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Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

You don't have to spend a lot of money to eat well. This beef and broccoli stir fry recipe is a perfect example. More recipes in this collection include my top-rated baked ziti, hot dog chili, easy meatloaf and more.

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Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Wednesday April 23, 2014
Mexican quesadillasWhen we go out to eat, my kids always want Mexican food. With these Cinco de Mayo recipes, it's easy to enjoy restaurant-quality Mexican food at home.

Take my Mexican quesadillas. They're quick to prepare and perfect for dinner, lunch or an afternoon snack.

My 7 layer dip makes a fantastic appetizer for a Mexican dinner. And for dessert, try my buttery chocolate Mexican wedding cookies. These cookies are melt-in-your-mouth good and sure to become family favorites.

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What to Bring to a Potluck

Sunday April 20, 2014
7 layer dipThe season for outdoor entertaining is almost upon us. These potluck recipes will make sure you always have something good to bring to the party.

My seven layer dip is a classic favorite and works as well for a backyard barbecue as it does as a Cinco de Mayo recipe. Serve with good-quality tortilla chips.

My chicken pasta casserole is a fantastic main dish for all kinds of celebrations. But be prepared: If you make this one, everyone will want the recipe.

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Broccoli Raisin Salad Recipe

Thursday April 17, 2014
Broccoli Raisin SaladThis five-star broccoli raisin salad recipe is one of my favorite "go to" side dishes for spring and summer meals. It is full of great textures and colors, bright with fresh ingredients and perfect for everything from an Easter ham to burgers on the grill. The bonus: You can make this salad a day in advance.

If you like this recipe, check out my other broccoli salad recipes, too. They're all quite good, especially my broccoli bacon salad with grapes!

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9 Spring Desserts You'll Want to Make Again and Again

Wednesday April 16, 2014
fresh strawberry cupcakesThis collection of spring desserts features fresh seasonal flavors and lighter textures. My strawberry cupcakes, for example, are made with fresh strawberries -- in both the cupcakes and the frosting.

Want something quick and easy? Try my lemon Jello Cool Whip parfaits. This dessert is a wonderful marriage of textures and complementary flavor pairings (fresh blueberries and lemon go beautifully together).

And you won't want to miss my chocolate pecan pie recipe. It is reminiscent of the famous Kentucky Derby pie and makes a perfect treat for Derby-watching.

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