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Vintage Recipes from the ’70s Worth Trying Today

This collection of quiche, carrot cake and cheese logs should prove that '70s food is so worth making today.

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Cheese and Fresh Herb QuicheTaste of Home

Cheese and Fresh Herb Quiche

With herbs from the garden to use, I created a quiche with basil, parsley, and dill along with feta, Swiss, Gruyere and mozzarella. Goat cheese is also yummy. —Sonya Labbe, West Hollywood, California. Also, try these delicious recipes like grandma used to make.

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Bacon-Wrapped Spam BitesTaste of Home

Bacon-Wrapped Spam Bites

These sweet and savory bites use Spam—a favorite ingredient in Hawaii—in a fun new way. Bet you can’t stop at just one! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen. Don’t miss these 35 recipes everyone should know by 35.

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Old-Fashioned Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese FrostingTaste of Home

Old-Fashioned Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

A pleasingly moist cake, this treat is the one I requested that my mom make each year for my birthday. It’s dotted with sweet carrots and a hint of cinnamon. The fluffy buttery frosting is scrumptious with chopped walnuts stirred in. One piece of this cake is never enough—better than all the other carrot cakes I’ve tried!—Kim Orr, West Grove, Pennsylvania. These vintage recipes from the 20s are also worth trying.

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Polynesian KabobsTaste of Home

Polynesian Kabobs

With their explosion of flavors and textures, these kabobs make a quick, satisfying entree. —Chris Anderson, Morton, Illinois. Learn these 25 brilliant kitchen shortcuts you’ll wish you knew sooner.

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Oyster Cheese Appetizer LogTaste of Home

Oyster Cheese Appetizer Log

When you say “holiday tradition” around our house, this appetizer comes to mind immediately. Every winter, I make lots of cheese logs and freeze them for when I’m expecting company or need to take food to someone’s home. The blend of smoked oysters, chili powder, nuts, and cream cheese tastes good-even people who don’t like oysters may enjoy this interesting appetizer. —William Tracy, Jerseyville, Illinois. These are the cooking shortcuts you can’t get away with, so don’t try.

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Strawberry Banana CrepesTaste of Home

Strawberry Banana Crepes

My family often has company over for breakfast or brunch, and these light fruit-topped crepes are our favorite. The sweet sensations are as fast to make as they are fabulous. You can cook the crepes the night before, refrigerate them with waxed paper in between, then fill and top them in the morning. —Shelly Soule Las Vegas, Nevada. Try more of these make-ahead brunch recipes, too.

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Hawaiian MeatballsTaste of Home

Hawaiian Meatballs

Talk about one easy dish that creates an amazing sweet and sour sauce! You can serve over rice for more of a dinner-like option, but I also like to offer them as an appetizer simply served with toothpicks. —Julie Schiefer, Nappanee, Indiana. Learn how to cut a pineapple like a Hawaiian.

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Cornbread-Topped FrijolesTaste of Home

Cornbread-Topped Frijoles

My family often requests this economical slow-cooker favorite. It’s loaded with fresh southwestern flavors. One batch makes several servings—but it never lasts long at our house! —Suzanne Caldwell, Artesia, New Mexico. Make sure to avoid these common kitchen mistakes.

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Pina Colada Grilled PineappleTaste of Home

Pina Colada Grilled Pineapple

During a cookout with friends, I forgot about dessert. I had a fresh pineapple and coconut, so I improvised. Now I grill pineapple at every cookout. —Josee Lanzi, New Port Richey, Florida

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Cheeseburger Macaroni SkilletTaste of Home

Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet

This is the ultimate simple and fulfilling dinner that uses items I typically have in my cupboard. It’s so easy to prepare and cooking all in one skillet makes it a snap for clean up. —Juli Meyers, Hinesville, Georgia. This is the biggest mistake you can make when cooking pasta.

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Chicken AlohaTaste of Home

Chicken Aloha


This chicken is a welcome way to cook a quick, delicious meal. —Beth Corbin, Sarasota, Florida. Here’s how you can fix the most common cooking disasters.

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Skillet Pineapple Upside-Down CakeTaste of Home

Skillet Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

For a change of pace, you can substitute fresh or frozen peach slices for the pineapple in this old-fashioned recipe. —Bernardine Melton, Paola, Kansas

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Homemade Alfredo SauceTaste of Home

Homemade Alfredo Sauce

When I found out I had celiac disease and couldn’t have fettuccine Alfredo, I was determined to figure out a way to re-create it. This has now become one of my most requested dishes. I use gluten-free multigrain pasta, but you can use any style of pasta. —Jackie Charlesworth Stiff, Frederick, Colorado. For a sweet dessert, try these secret cookie recipes Grandma almost wouldn’t share.

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Pumpkin BreadTaste of Home

Pumpkin Bread

I keep my freezer stocked for our harvest crew with home-baked goodies like this deliciously spicy, easy pumpkin bread recipe. —Joyce Jackson, Bridgetown, Nova Scotia Here are more pumpkin recipes you’ve never tried before.

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Cheesy Cheddar Broccoli CasseroleTaste of Home

Cheesy Cheddar Broccoli Casserole

People who don’t even usually like broccoli casserole beg me to make this comforting broccoli cheese casserole recipe. It’s similar to a classic green bean casserole, but the melted cheese just puts it over the top. —Elaine Hubbard, Pocono Lake, Pennsylvania. Like to cook your casseroles in Pyrex? Make sure you don’t make this mistake with your Pyrex then.

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Spicy GoulashTaste of Home

Spicy Goulash

Ground cumin, chili powder and a can of Mexican diced tomatoes jazz up my goulash recipe. Even the elbow macaroni is prepared in the slow cooker. —Melissa Polk, West Lafayette, Indiana

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Classic Beef WellingtonsTaste of Home

Classic Beef Wellingtons

Perfect for holidays, this beef wellington is also impressively easy. Find ready-made puff pastry sheets in the frozen food section. —Kerry Dingwall, Ponte Vedra, Florida. These cooking tricks are only taught in culinary schools.

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Best Ever Fresh Strawberry PieTaste of Home

Best Ever Fresh Strawberry Pie

Next time you get a pint or two of perfectly ripe strawberries, make my favorite pie. It combines fresh berries and a lemony cream cheese layer. If you’re in a hurry, use a pre-made pie shell. —Janet Leach, Granger, Washington. Don’t miss this dessert that has been pinned over 270,000 times.

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Cheese Lover's FondueTaste of Home

Cheese Lover’s Fondue

French bread cubes and apples are the perfect cheese fondue dippers for this classic fondue, made with white wine and Swiss and Gruyere cheeses. It’s a crowd-pleaser. —Linda Vogel, Elgin, Illinois

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Authentic Pasta CarbonaraTaste of Home

Authentic Pasta Carbonara

I learned on my culinary internship in Tuscany that real Italian cuisine is simpler than you think! This carbonara is quick, simple and delicious, just the way they like it in Italy. —Lauren Brien-Wooster, South Lake Tahoe, California. Find out the one ingredient you should be adding to your pasta sauce.

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Flavorful Chicken FajitasTaste of Home

Flavorful Chicken Fajitas

This flavorful recipe is definitely on my weeknight dinner rotation. The chicken fajita marinade in these popular wraps is mouthwatering. They go together in a snap and always get raves! —Julie Sterchi, Campbellsville, Kentucky. These are the most iconic American foods from each decade.

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Pineapple-Dijon Ham SandwichesTaste of Home

Pineapple-Dijon Ham Sandwiches

My kids like ham; the challenge is finding new ways to make it. When I slow-cook it with pineapple and Dijon, the juices make an amazing dipping sauce. —Camille Beckstrand, Layton, Utah

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Zucchini Nut BreadTaste of Home

Zucchini Nut Bread

Lighter and fluffier than most zucchini breads, this recipe is a great way to put that vegetable to good use! —Kevin Bruckerhoff, Columbia, Missouri. Here’s your guide to the best comfort food in all 50 states.

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Classic French Onion SoupTaste of Home

Classic French Onion Soup

Enjoy my signature French onion soup the way my granddaughter Becky does. I make onion soup for her in a crock bowl complete with garlic croutons and gobs of melted Swiss cheese on top. —Lou Sansevero, Ferron, Utah.

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Seafood CioppinoTaste of Home

Seafood Cioppino

If you’re looking for a great seafood recipe for your slow cooker, this classic fish stew is just the ticket. It’s brimming with clams, crab, fish, and shrimp, and is fancy enough to be an elegant meal. —Lisa Moriarty, Wilton, New Hampshire. These old-school recipes definitely deserve a comeback.

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Grandmother's Orange SaladTaste of Home

Grandmother’s Orange Salad

This orange salad dessert is slightly sweet and tangy, too. It adds beautiful color to any meal and appeals to appetites of all ages! —Ann Eastman, Santa Monica, California

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Crown Roast with Apricot DressingTaste of Home

Crown Roast with Apricot Dressing

I have been making crown roasts for many years but was only satisfied with the results when I combined a few recipes to come up with this guest-pleasing version. It’s beautifully roasted with an apricot glaze and a nicely browned stuffing. —Isabell Cooper, Cambridge, Nova Scotia

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Orange Chocolate FondueTaste of Home

Orange Chocolate Fondue

“Invite your family and friends to dip cubes of cake and pieces of fruit into this rich, luscious fondue for a special treat during the holiday season,” writes Mary Jean DeVries from her home in Grandville, Michigan. Add these secret pantry ingredients to your recipes to make them taste ten times better.

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Ham It Up PrimaveraTaste of Home

Ham It Up Primavera

I adapted this recipe from a cookbook my husband and I received when we got married. We love all the veggies, especially the fresh asparagus.—Angelia Holland, Plano, Texas
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Slow cooker beef stewTaste of Home

Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

When there’s a chill in the air, nothing beats this stew. Seasoned with thyme and dry mustard, the hearty slow-cooked stew is chock-full of tender carrots, potatoes and beef.—Earnestine Wilson, Waco, Texas
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Lemon BarsTaste of Home

Lemon Bars

These lemon squares are a delightful recipe from my mother’s file. I’ve been serving it for many years. This lemon bar recipe has a wonderful tangy flavor, and they’re always a hit. The color and shape make them a nice addition to a platter of cookies. —Etta Soucy, Mesa, Arizona. Here’s what your favorite foods say about your personality.

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Three-Cheese QuicheTaste of Home

Three-Cheese Quiche

Try eggs and cheese at their best. Guests often remark about how tall, light and fluffy this crustless entree is. You’ll love it! —Judy Reagan, Hannibal, Missouri

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Beef & Spinach Lo MeinTaste of Home

Beef & Spinach Lo Mein

If you like a good stir-fry, this dish will definitely satisfy. I discovered the recipe at an international luncheon, and it’s now a favorite go-to meal. —Denise Patterson, Bainbridge, Ohio. Prefer takeout? Here’s what to order off the “secret” menu at Chinese restaurants.
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Frozen Hawaiian PieTaste of Home

Frozen Hawaiian Pie

Cool summer pies are one of Mom’s specialties. This version offers pineapple, maraschino cherries, and walnuts that are folded into a fluffy filling. It’s an easy yet tempting no-bake dessert. —Jennifer Mcquillan, Jacksonville, Florida. Here’s why you should start baking vintage pies.

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Eggs Benedict with Homemade HollandaiseTaste of Home

Eggs Benedict with Homemade Hollandaise

Legend has it that poached eggs on an English muffin started at Delmonico’s in New York. Here’s my take on this brunch classic, and don’t spare the hollandaise. —Barbara Pletzke, Herndon, Virginia
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Three-Cheese SoufflesTaste of Home

Three-Cheese Souffles

No matter when I’ve made these soufflés, they have always been a success. Although I’ve never seen the centers start to fall, it’s best to plan on serving them hot from the oven. —Jean Ference, Sherwood Park, Alberta
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Must-Have TiramisuTaste of Home

Must-Have Tiramisu

This is the perfect guilt-free version of a classic dessert. My friends even say that they prefer my lighter recipe over other tiramisu.—Ale Gambini, Beverly Hills, California. Here’s the most delicious food from every state.
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Pina Colada Molded SaladTaste of Home

Pina Colada Molded Salad

My gelatin ring gets a tropical twist from coconut, pineapple and macadamia nuts. It’s a wonderful anytime treat. Now that I’m retired from teaching, I have more time for kitchen experiments. —Carol Gillespie, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

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Slow-Cooker Mushroom Beef StroganoffTaste of Home

Slow-Cooker Mushroom Beef Stroganoff

I love making this for my husband and me to have on a cold night. It warms you right up! Greek yogurt can be substituted for sour cream. —Meg Hilton, Atlanta, Georgia. This is the one food you have to try in every state.

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Quick Hawaiian PizzaTaste of Home

Quick Hawaiian Pizza

Our family never quite liked the taste of canned pizza sauce, so one time I tried mixing some barbecue sauce into spaghetti sauce to add some sweetness. I’ve made my pizzas with this special and easy sauce ever since, and my family loves it! —Tonya Schieler, Carmel, Indiana
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Mom's Swedish MeatballsTaste of Home

Mom’s Swedish Meatballs

Mom fixed this Swedish meatball recipe for all sorts of family dinners, potluck suppers, and PTA meetings. The scent of browning meat is intoxicating. Add to that the sweet smell of onions caramelizing, and everyone’s mouth starts watering. —Marybeth Mank, Mesquite, Texas. Here’s what all 50 states look like designed out of food.

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Microwaved Chicken KievTaste of Home

Microwaved Chicken Kiev

I fix these microwave-easy chicken breasts all the time and love the taste. —Dorothy LaCombe, Hamburg, New York
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Black Forest Chocolate TorteTaste of Home

Black Forest Chocolate Torte

If you’re thinking about pulling out all the stops for a dessert that says “wow,” look no further. This cherry-crowned beauty—stacked layers of chocolate cake and cream filling—will have everyone talking. —Doris Grotz, York, Nebraska. Don’t miss the strangest food laws in every state.

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Cherry Cheese LogsTaste of Home

Cherry Cheese Logs

Our party guests flock to this holiday gem of an appetizer —cherry-studded cream cheese served with graham or water crackers and pears. —Libby Walp, Chicago, Illinois. Here are some ways to cook everything faster.

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Hawaiian Pork Roast with PineappleTaste of Home

Hawaiian Pork Roast with Pineapple

This is one of my favorite slow cooker recipes. It’s wonderful with rice or potatoes and any vegetable. It also reheats well for lunch the next day. —Ruth Chiarenza La Vale, Maryland

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Molded Cranberry Orange SaladTaste of Home

Molded Cranberry-Orange Salad

I take this dish to potlucks during the holidays. People always ooh and aah. Feel free to sub whipped cream for the celery curl garnish. —Carol Mead, Los Alamos, New Mexico. Find out the timeless cooking tips we learned from Grandma.

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Three-Cheese FondueTaste of Home

Three-Cheese Fondue

I got this easy recipe from my daughter, who lives in France. It’s become my go-to fondue, and I make it often for our family.—Betty A. Mangas, Toledo, Ohio

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Classic Lemon Meringue PieTaste of Home

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 worth the effort. —Lee Bremson, Kansas City, Missouri. It’s time to stop making these common kitchen mistakes.

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Stuffed Peppers for FourTaste of Home

Stuffed Peppers for Four

Truly a meal in one, this quick supper has it all: Veggies, meat, pasta, and sauce, packed into tender peppers. It’ll look so pretty on your table. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Hawaiian HashTaste of Home

Hawaiian Hash

I like the combination of ginger, pineapple, and macadamia nuts, plus this dish brings back memories of an island vacation. —Roxanne Chan, Albany, California. Lastly, make sure to avoid these cooking mistakes that ruin your food.

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