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The Birthday Dinner for the Month You Were Born

Your special day comes once a year, you deserve an awesome dinner to celebrate with. We've even included a sweet ending.

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January: Broiled Lobster TailTaste of Home

January: Broiled Lobster Tail

Wondering how to cook lobster tail? This recipe is for you! No matter where you live, these succulent, buttery lobster tails are just a few minutes away. Here in Wisconsin, we use frozen lobster with delicious results, but if you’re near the ocean, use fresh! —Lauren Knoelke, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Celebrate With: Butter Pecan Layer Cake

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February: Contest-Winning Mushroom Pot RoastTaste of Home

February: Contest-Winning Mushroom Pot Roast

Wow! The wine-warmed flavors in this recipe are amazing! Packed with wholesome veggies and tender beef, this is one company-special dish all ages will like. Serve with mashed potatoes to enjoy every last drop of the rich, beefy gravy. —Angie Stewart, Topeka, Kansas. Find out the most popular cooking show the year you were born.

Celebrate With: Chocolate-Raspberry Whoopie Pies

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March: Goat Cheese and Spinach Stuffed ChickenTaste of Home

March: Goat Cheese and Spinach Stuffed Chicken

This spinach-stuffed chicken breast recipe is special to me because it has so much flavor, yet not too many calories. I love Italian food, but most of the time it is too heavy. This is a healthy twist on an Italian dish! —Nicole Stevens, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Celebrate With: Creme de Menthe Cupcakes

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April: Shrimp Pasta PrimaveraTaste of Home

April: Shrimp Pasta Primavera

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So when I invite that special guy to dinner, I like to prepare something equally wonderful. This well-seasoned pasta dish has lots of flavor, and it won’t hurt your budget! —Shari Neff, Takoma Park, Maryland. You may also want to check out the most popular dessert the year you were born.

Celebrate With: Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes

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May: Soda Pop Chops with Smashed PotatoesTaste of Home

May: Soda Pop Chops with Smashed Potatoes

Root beer gives this family-friendly recipe a tangy taste kids will love. Served alongside the smashed potatoes, this makes a scrumptious stick-to-the-ribs meal any weeknight. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Celebrate With: Ice Cream Wafflewiches

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June: Barbecued BurgersTaste of Home

June: Barbecued Burgers

I can’t take all the credit for these winning burgers. My husband’s uncle passed down the special barbecue sauce recipe. We love it on everything…it was only natural to try it on, and in, burgers. Add cheese and bacon to take them over the top. —Rhoda Troyer, Glenford, Ohio. Find out the essential recipes you should know before turning 35.

Celebrate With: Banana Split Dessert

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July: Mojito Pulled Pork

This fork-tender pulled pork tastes fabulous on a bun, in a wrap or tortilla. My kids like to eat it spooned over rice in its citrus-flavored juices.—Mindy Oswalt, Winnetka, California

Celebrate With: Coconut-Rum Cake Pops

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August: Jim's Secret Family Recipe RibsTaste of Home

August: Jim’s Secret Family Recipe Ribs

For more than 30 years, my brother-in-law Jim kept his famous rib recipe a secret. When he finally shared it, we just had to pass it along because we loved it so much. This one’s for you, Jim! —Vicki Young, Brighton, Colorado. Think these recipes are too hard? Try one of these recipes that are as easy as boiling water.

Celebrate With: S’mores on a Stick

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September: Roast Chicken with Creole StuffingTaste of Home

September: Roast Chicken with Creole Stuffing

I’ve used this recipe ever since I roasted my first chicken. Our whole family looks forward to it. The combination of shrimp, sausage, ham, vegetables, and seasonings makes the stuffing unique and delicious.

Celebrate With: Pumpkin and Walnut Squares

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October: Cider-Glazed Pork TenderloinTaste of Home

October: Cider-Glazed Pork Tenderloin

This is a super-easy recipe full of sweet fall flavor. The maple flavor really shines through. —Susan Stetzel, Gainesville, New York. We’re also loving these 26 recipes we’ve clipped from the newspaper.

Celebrate With: Salted Caramel Cupcakes

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November: Salmon with Root VegetablesTaste of Home

November: Salmon with Root Vegetables

This cozy hash is loaded with protein and healthy fats that keep you going on busy days. We’ve been known to devour it at breakfast, lunch, and dinner! —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas

Celebrate With: Easy Mini Caramel Apple Cheesecakes

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December: Basil-Butter Steaks with Roasted PotatoesTaste of Home

December: Basil-Butter Steaks with Roasted Potatoes

A few ingredients and 30 minutes are all you’ll need for this incredibly satisfying meal. A simple basil butter gives these steaks a very special taste. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen. Love these recipes? You’ll want to try these secret recipes that were just released for the first time, too.

Celebrate With: Red Velvet Cake Bites

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