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Fresh Inspiration

Spring is just around the corner! This month's Family-Cents features fresh ideas for everything from entrees to side dishes to desserts.

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Recipe photo Crunchy Onion Potato Bake
Start with Betty Crocker packaged mashed potatoes and add a few savory special touches to satisfy a crowd (or just your hungry family) in a hurry.

Recipe photo Baby Peas with Bacon and Almonds
Dress up a springtime vegetable favorite in just minutes with your skillet and a few unexpected additions.

Recipe photo Taco Supper Skillet
Reduce fat and sodium in this family pleasing southwestern meal-in-a-skillet, with a few easy substitutions.

Recipe photo Chicken Lo Mein
Save money when you skip Chinese takeout in favor of this quick and delicious Oriental stir-fry.

Recipe photo Ham, Spinach and Cheese Strata
Make company brunch stress-free by assembling this colorful, tasty dish the day before.

Great Tips from You!


Which recipes or ingredients signal to your family that Spring is finally here?


Tip #1 from Lindsay in Maumee, OH

My family knows spring is here when we can break out the grill again! Easy foil packets with fish or chicken, plus vegetables and a little olive oil, creates a light dinner everyone loves!

Tip #2 from Susan F. in Wichita Falls

Asparagus. Good quality asparagus arrives in the stores at very reasonable prices before the warm weather actually comes. It is a yearly reminder that spring is just around the corner.

Tip #3 from Marjean S. in Sault Ste Marie, MI

Easter eggs, potato salad, and barbeque.

Tip #4 from Elizabeth D. in Nazareth, Pa

When I start making Potato salad and Macaroni salad, it's a signal that Spring is real close. Then when I start grilling everything outside on the grill, it's a sure sign that Spring has sprung...

Editor's Picks:
Elegant, Easy Brunch

Brighten up brunch – or a special breakfast – with this colorful quiche in an easy to make crust.

Featured recipe


arrow Chocolate-Kiwi-Berry Parfaits  Serve this fruity, creamy parfait as a lighter replacement for sugary desserts.  
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arrow Brownie Ice Cream Torte  Turn any meal into a party when you let kids (and adults) garnish this torte with goodies.  
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arrow Chocolate Cheerios® Marshmallow Bites  Sneak your favorite oat cereal (Cheerios®, of course!) into these chocolate-y marshmallow delights.  
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