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Baked meatloaf on platter (minus a couple of slices.)

Old-fashioned Meatloaf

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By Teresa G.
This is my Grandmother's delicious meatloaf recipe, with my addition of Italian flavor. I usually ...
Just needs a spoon! Ready in 30 minutes.

Betty's Apricot Chicken

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By Betty Bramanis
Not overly sweet and with no jam this meal is a regular in our home. ...
Just needs cream!

Betty's Strawberry Pie

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By Betty Bramanis
A sweet and crunchy pie packed with plump strawberries. I make this when strawberries are ...
Here's another batch in a petal shaped pan that makes 6 perfect large buns.

Pecan Stickies

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By Linda Mericle
When I was doing the bake sale at church, people lined up, craning their necks ...
Sausage Pizza Dough Rolls

Sausage Pizza Dough Rollups - Super Fast Meal!

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By Lisa 'Gayle' Goff
This is SOOOOOOOOO quick and easy, It was done start to finish in 25 minutes!! ...

Sesame Napa Pasta Salad

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By Kathy W
This salad is crunchy and delicious. You can make it ahead of time and is ...
Onions chopped and added.  I placed the onions and wings first to make sure it would all fit. I used and 8 quart IP, so you may have to adjust the amount and size for the 6 quart.

Turkey Gravy In The Instant Pot

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By Charlotte Carlile
I've been using a make ahead gravy recipe for a while now, and it took ...

Sweet Pecan Blondie Bars

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By Sheila Nakata
This is a sweet bar that is best served cold. Toasting the pecans steps up ...
Pudding on a plate with raspberries poured on top.

Raspberries Romanoff

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By Elaine Green
My mother in law's recipe. It is a very elegant yet simple dessert. It's my ...
(2 ratings)
A slice of green chili chicken on a plate

Baked Green Chili Chicken

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By Sheila Nakata
This is a great make ahead dish. Make the night before and put in the ...

Pizza Margherita

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By Julie Ann Keene
This super easy pizza is probably one of the most traditional of the Italian style ...

Bacon And Egg Breakfast Bake

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By Sheila Illes
Served this casserole for breakfast on New Year's Day after preparing a day in advance. ...

Mom's Icebox Rolls

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By Janice Bartholome
My mother made these wonderful yeast rolls for every occasion -- sometimes Sunday dinner was ...
(2 ratings)
Quick make ahead casserole

Beefy Cheesy Mac

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By Sheila D
Everyone in the family seems to like this casserole. I like that I can make ...

Elaine's Rotkohl (red Cabbage)

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By Elaine Douglas
May be cooked on stove top for 30 - 35 minutes. Tastes even better on the ...

Elaine's Creamed Curried Chicken And Mushrooms

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By Elaine Douglas
I created this dish to use just what was in my fridge that day. The ...
(1 rating)

Elaine's Mediterranean Chickpea Stew

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By Elaine Douglas
I use my home canned or frozen tomatoes for this. They have no additives or ...
This impressive, easy, make-far-ahead dessert feeds 16 people, generously. In the unlikely event that any of this is left over, it freezes well. The cloud itself is gluten free, and takes on different personalities depending on the choice of topping.

Dreamy Dessert Cloud

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By Maureen Haddock
I have been making this dessert since the early 1970s and am not sure where ...
(1 rating)
Pillsbury Annual Recipes, 2006

Night Before Taco Bake

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By Sharon Whitley
Prepare the night before, then pop in the oven for dinner tonight. A great help ...

Picnic Rice Salad

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By Sharon Whitley
Great cold salad, which makes it perfect for summer picnics. Make ahead and refrigerate overnight. ...

Three Meat Bbq Baked Beans

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By Tess Geer
These are ALWAYS a hit. The slow cooker makes them easy to have ready for ...

Melt In Your Mouth Sugar Cookies

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By Rachel Burke
These are a family favorite. They are always requested during holidays, special events and cookie ...
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Chicken Tres Quesos (layered Chicken Enchiladas)

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By Sue Weaver
This dish is a family favorite and comfort food at its best. It can ...

Elaine's Best Ever Macaroni And Cheese

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By Elaine Douglas
This recipe is a treasure. Don't let the list of ingredients put you off. It ...