RECIPES

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Pumpkin Crunch Cake

"This is my family's all-time favorite pumpkin recipe," Seivert says -- and it was the 2014 contest winner as well!
1st Place winner in the 2014 Savor the Season Lillie Newspapers holiday recipe contest

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Nov

Cranberry Meatballs

It's the sauerkraut that gives these meatballs the extra tang that keeps people coming back for more.
2nd Place winner in the 2014 Savor the Season Lillie Newspapers holiday recipe contest

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Fresh Cranberry Sour Cream Pie

This pie is adaptable through the seasons. Try gooseberries cut in half or chopped rhubarb in season, or simply freeze fresh cranberries for a later treat!
3rd Place winner in the 2014 Savor the Season Lillie Newspapers holiday recipe contest

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Holiday Morning French Toast

We've learned over the years to expect top-notch recipes from Sandy Andersen, and here's yet another! Andersen says her family enjoys this every Christmas morning, topping it with butter, syrup or whipped cream according to taste.

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Nov

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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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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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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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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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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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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