Make-Ahead

Beat the weeknight clock with these make-ahead recipes! From breakfast to dinner, set yourself up for a tasty meal.

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    Yogurt-Ricotta Cheesecake

    I have always liked Italian ricotta cheesecakes, but they have too much sugar for me. I made a light version, and my family couldn’t even tell the difference! I serve mine with sugar-free strawberry ice cream topping and fresh strawberries. —Diane Shipley, Mentor, Ohio

    Garden Salsa

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    This garden salsa recipe combines ripe ingredients and subtle seasonings to make a real summer treat. —Michelle Beran, Caflin, Kansas


    Sweet Potato Coconut Pie with Marshmallow Meringue

    My grandmother's sweet potato casserole contains coconut and marshmallows. I thought it would be even better as a pie. —Simone...


    Lemon Rosemary Chicken

    A fast-to-fix overnight marinade with dried rosemary gives wonderful herb flavor to this tender chicken shared by Marcia Morgan, Chevy...


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    Strawberry Pretzel Salad

    Need to bring a dish to pass this weekend? This make-ahead strawberry pretzel salad will disappear quickly at any potluck....

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    Easy Fresh Strawberry Pie

    For my mother's birthday, I made this strawberry pie recipe instead of a cake. Since it was mid-May in Oklahoma,...


    Baked French Toast

    Any day is special when Mom makes one of her French toast recipes, like this do-ahead baked version. —Jill Baughman,...


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    Banana Cream Pie

    Made from our farm-fresh dairy products, this pie was a sensational creamy treat any time Mom served it. Her recipe...


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    Caramel-Pecan Monkey Bread

    The kids will get a kick out of pulling off gooey pieces of this delectable monkey bread. It's hard to...


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    Chocolate Chip Cookie Delight

    This is a simple chocolate delight recipe for any type of potluck occasion, and the pan always comes home empty....


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    Ham and Swiss Sliders

    My next-door neighbor shared this ham and Swiss sliders recipe with me, and I simply cannot improve it! You can...


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    Greek Grilled Chicken Pitas

    I switched up my mom’s recipe to create this tasty pita pocket variation. It’s one of our favorite grilled...


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    Mixed Berry Pie

    Here's a delightful way to enjoy summertime fruits. If you're short on one of the berries, just make up the...

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    Banana Split Icebox Cake

    One day a friend showed me how to make a traditional icebox cake with just cream and graham crackers. I...


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    Chocolate Billionaires

    Everyone raves about these chocolate and caramel candies. I received the recipe from a friend while living in Texas. When...


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    Chocolate-Covered Cherries

    Not only is this my family's favorite festive dessert, but it makes a delicious holiday present, too. Best of all,...


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    Lemon Pudding Dessert

    After a big meal, folks really go for this light lemon treat. The shortbread crust is the perfect base for...


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    Overnight Oatmeal

    Start this breakfast the night before so you can get some extra sleep in the morning. My husband adds coconut...


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    Classic Lemon Meringue Pie

    This is the one and only lemon meringue pie recipe you'll ever need. The flaky and tender from-scratch crust is...


    Best Ever Fried Chicken Wings

    For game days, I shake up these saucy wings. When I run out, friends hover by the snack table until...


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    Heavenly Filled Strawberries

    These luscious stuffed berries are the perfect bite-sized dessert. —Stephen Munro, Beaver Bank, Nova Scotia


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    Make-Ahead Coffee Cake

    This is a wonderful time-saver because it's assembled the night before. My kids think the nutty topping, sweet glaze and...

    Pear Tart

    My sister-in-law brought this pretty pastry to dinner one night, and we all went back for seconds. It is truly...


    Strawberry Poke Cake

    That classic spring treat—strawberry shortcake—takes on a wonderful new twist with this strawberry poke cake recipe. Strawberry gelatin and strawberries...


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    Antipasto Platter

    We entertain often, and antipasto is one of our favorite crowd-pleasers. Guests love having their choice of so many delicious...


    Mini Cherry Cheesecakes

    These little cheesecakes make a fun dessert that's just right for cooks who don't have a lot of time for...


    Greek Pork Chops

    My in-laws taught me a lot about cooking, so any time I come across a great new recipe, I enjoy...


    Sticky Chicken Wings

    You'll want to keep an extra stack of napkins nearby once people start reaching for these sweet and sticky wings....