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Happy 2010!

Have you made any resolutions for the new year? How about preparing homemade meals with your family more often? You'll save money and stay more connected.


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Recipe photo Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce
It's easy in a slow cooker. Just 15 minutes prep time, and so delicious.

Recipe photo Mac and Cheese Burger Bowl
Warm up your family in a flash with this hearty meal-in-a-bowl. It takes only 10 minutes to prepare when you start with Hamburger Helper®.

Recipe photo Super-Tuscan White Bean Soup
Serve this chef's elegant recipe soup with crusty bread and a salad for a gourmet Italian meal.

Recipe photo Impossibly Easy Turkey-Ranch Pie
Let your family choose between the cheesy Ranch and the spicy Taco recipe (topped with lettuce, tomatoes, olives and sour cream). Both are impossibly easy and tasty!

Recipe photo Spicy Three-Bean and Chicken Soup
Spice up your supper menu with a steamy bowl of "soul food". Three kinds of beans add a nutritious bonus of protein and veggies.

Great Tips from You!


When it's frosty outside, which favorite foods help your family feel warm and cozy inside?


Tip #1 from Chris T. in Cohasset, MN

My family always appreciates a steaming bowl of chili for lunch or dinner on a frosty day. I set out a variety of toppings to keep things interesting. Grated cheese, sour cream, and onions are favorites. Some other fun toppings: cheesy mini goldfish crackers; chopped green, red, or yellow pepper; avacados, black olives, corn chips, even macaroni (the kids love this).

Tip #2 from S. Davenport in White Hall

Grandma's homemade potato soup with homemade bread. After school, a cup of hot cocoa hits the spot.

Tip #3 from Samantha in Tallahassee, FL

My top three meals for keeping you warm and cozy inside are Homemade Macaroni and Cheese, Slow-cooker Beef Stew, and Turkey Chili.

Tip #4 from Kim in Maryville, TN

Broccoli and Cheddar soup in the crock pot and warm french bread.

Editor's Picks:
Cinnamon-y Secret

Fill the air with the tempting aroma of cinnamon and apples. Then invite your family to guess the secret ingredient!

Featured recipe


arrow Ultimate Turtle Brownies  Don't tell anyone these gooey brownies weren't made from scratch–they wouldn't believe it anyway!  
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arrow Buttermilk Banana Bread  Add a dash of flavorful fiber to homemade banana bread with Fiber One® Honey Clusters® cereal.  
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arrow Easy Monster Cookies  These monstrously tasty cookies are so easy when you combine chocolate chip and peanut butter cookie mixes together.  
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