RECIPES

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Maple and Pecan Salad

Looking festive and seasonal with pecans and pomegranate, this salad can be stretched by adding more greens. Some of our judges said the cayenne and ground pepper "snuck up" on them, but others found the heat just the right accent to spark up a holiday meal.

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16
Nov

Cherry Pie

In Linda Triplett's circles, she's famous for this recipe, which, amazingly, she created the first time she tried making cherry pie. "I just couldn't bring myself to pour the cherry filling from a can into a pie crust and call it my own," she explains. The key: whole tart cherries give it a fresh taste even though they're canned. Though the recipe has been "top secret" until now, it was among the top finishers in our contest -- and now the secret's out!

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Nov

Orange Mandarin Salad

The color and sweetness of orange and the richness of caramelized almonds make this a special side salad for any occasion.

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Nov

Family Dressing

Joyce Faughnan recommends sage-flavored sausage, which added a seasonal tang that definitely kept our judges coming back for more. Her final tip: "Serve with love."

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Nov

Christmas Puff

This may be the only recipe in which you get to use an electric beater in a pan you've just taken off the burner. "I kept thinking 'This is weird, this can't work,' but it does, and it is not difficult," Hope Barron assures cooks. Indeed, it's simply a question of spreading a "crust" layer with your hands, smoothing a "rising" layer over it, baking and then frosting it. "It is so yummy," Hope adds -- and she's right again.

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Nov

Melting Moments Cookies

So simple -- and so tasty! In a season of rich desserts and exotic ingredients, these cookies are a refreshment for both guests and bakers.

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16
Nov

Oreo Truffles

Three ingredients is probably the minimum we've ever seen submitted as a recipe, but this is certainly the trifecta for "delicious." Serve as an elegant addition to a dessert buffet or have the grandchildren help roll the cheese-and-cookie balls -- either way, guests will be back for more!

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16
Nov

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls Soup

There! No rolling cabbage leaves, no toothpicks, just the classic taste of cabbage rolls in an easy-to-make, easy-to-serve soup. "Lots have asked for this again," notes Pamela Seivert, who also contributed our first-place recipe.

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16
Nov

Malva Pudding

This dessert looks like a plain yellow cake -- but it doesn't taste like one. Contributor Marie Houle writes: "My niece is spending two years in Johannesburg, South Africa with her husband and four children. Her favorite new holiday dessert is Malva Pudding. It’s a baked dessert available in all South African restaurants during the winter season.

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16
Nov

Marinated Mozzarella Cubes

They'll be clustered around this red, green and white appetizer any time of the year. Make a few batches, put them in pretty jars and present as gifts, packaged with bread or crackers. 

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