The key to a delicious Christmas cheese board is, well, the cheese! I love its party-ready convenience— I serve it straight from the slow cooker, so set-up and clean-up are a breeze! —Shelby Goddard, Baton Rouge, LouisianaGet RecipeTaste of HomeLoaded Twice-Baked Potato CasseroleMy husband is a meat and potatoes guy, so I try new combinations for variety. —Taste of Home Test KitchenGet RecipeTaste of HomeBeer Macaroni & CheeseCreamy with a hint of beer, this cheesy mac is one of our favorites for a big family dinner. The classic combination of peanut butter and chocolate chips comes through in every yummy bite. —Carole Rago, Altoona, PennsylvaniaGet RecipeTaste of HomeWhite Cheddar Scalloped PotatoesThis recipe has evolved over the past eight years. —Aria Thornton, Taste of Home Prep CookGet RecipeTaste of HomeMini Zucchini PizzasLooking for low carb? It always leaves you wanting more. Properly trained to a central leader, the plant could make a good small to medium-sized street tree. There wasn't a crumb left on the platter when I left for that day! Winter sun and wind sometimes burn and dry the broad leaves, giving them a scorched appearance. Erect a protective screen of burlap or spun agricultural fabric around shrubs that show this problem. It's a snap to make but looks really impressive. It has tender noodles and a crowd-pleasing golden crumb topping. Description Additional Information Reviews (0) Product Description. A vigorous grower, cherry laurel reseeds freely. —Ashley Lecker, Green Bay, WisconsinGet RecipeTaste of HomeMushroom-Gouda QuicheFor a laid-back Sunday brunch, we make a quiche in no time using refrigerated pie crust. —Brea Barclay, Green Bay, WisconsinGet RecipeButternut-Gouda Pot StickersMy family can't get enough butternut squash. —Julie Craig, Kewaskum, WisconsinGet RecipeTaste of HomeMom's Macaroni and CheeseThe wonderful homemade goodness of this creamy Velveeta mac and cheese makes it a staple side dish in my mother's kitchen and in mine as well. Q. And it gets nutrient-rich sweet potatoes into a meal, which I love. An almond-flavored cream filling and macaroon crust complement the fruits. Be advised…your guests will be vying for the last tasty slice. Cherry laurel shrubs growing near the northern limits of their range are vulnerable to winter damage. Serving it with toasted pita bread and salad makes this one of our family's favorite meals, and it's been in the family for a very long time! It grows in well in semi-shaded deep clay loams around pecans and other massive trees, but isn’t as drought tolerant in shallow exposed soils. We do a lot of experimenting, so we don't have the same, old thing every week. —Jean Ecos, Hartland, WisconsinGet RecipeReuben PizzaFridays are pizza nights at our house. It makes a big pot—enough for seconds! When they come out of the oven, we top with feta for a little melty goodness. Propagation of Cherry Laurel: Seed - requires 2 - 3 months cold stratification and is best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe. The whipped cream topping adds a unique twist to this meatless casserole packed with roasted butternut squash, two kinds of cheese and a host of seasonings. I had some left over, so I used pot sticker wraps and veggies to create these fun little appetizers. With only five ingredients, this pizza is a snap to whip up, and it tastes just like a Reuben sandwich. —Cynthia Gerken, Naples, FloridaGet RecipeTaste of HomeCheesy Skillet Pizza DipThis creamy dip is oozing with cheesy goodness thanks to the combination of cream cheese and mozzarella. —Maria Costello, Monroe, North CarolinaGet RecipeTaste of HomeGarlic Asiago Cauliflower RiceThe garlic seasoning and Asiago really pack a punch, making this five-ingredient low-carb side dish a real weeknight winner. —Heidi Pepin, Sykesville, MarylandGet RecipeTaste of HomeHerbed Cheesecake AppetizerIf this large cheesecake is too large for your gathering, cut it into wedges. I especially like it because it can be assembled in a wink. —Roxanne Chan, Albany, CaliforniaGet RecipeTaste of HomeSweet Potato Cheesecake BarsYour whole house will be filled with the aroma of pumpkin spice when you bake these wonderful sweet potato cheesecake bars. I found this recipe when we lived in Wisconsin. —Ann Chan, Atlanta, GeorgiaGet RecipeTaste of HomeCheese Soup with a TwistOne of my favorite childhood memories is of my Aunt Claire serving up hearty bowlfuls of her famous cheesy soup. To make ahead, just assemble, cover and refrigerate, then bake when ready. A cheese ball is another great choice. —Lois Lauppe, Lahoma, OklahomaGet RecipeCherry Cheese BlintzesThese elegant blintzes can be served as an attractive dessert or a brunch entree. This easy-peasy meal fits the bill. The tree can reach 40 feet in height with a 25-foot spread though is often seen smaller when grown in the open. —Judy Batson, Tampa, FloridaGet RecipeSpicy Lasagna Skillet DinnerShortcut lasagna bails me out when I'm in a frenzy to serve dinner. What's not to like? Rich, creamy and cheesy, it will warm you from the inside out and stir your appetite for what’s to come. The succulent, melt-in-your-mouth seafood flavors and textures make for elegant comfort food. When it got taller and wider than I wanted it to be, I started shearing it across the top and the sides, and after years of that treatment the shrubs gradually became leggier and infested with pests of all sorts. Allowing the lasagna to stand for 10 to 15 minutes before serving makes it easier to cut. Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) Also known as the English Laurel, this is a hardy laurel that is very popular in the southern part of the United States. —Leondre Hermann, Stuart, FloridaGet RecipeTaste of HomeMakeover Traditional CheesecakeThough softer than a full-fat cheesecake, this lightened-up dessert has all of the original's delectable flavor. 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For more information see No… —Nick Iverson, Denver, ColoradoGet RecipeAntipasto BakeStuffed with savory meats and cheeses, these hearty antipasto squares would satisfy an entire offensive line! Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. —Paula Nolan, Granite Bay, CaliforniaGet RecipeTaste of HomeItalian Ricotta Easter BreadI changed our family's traditional Easter bread by adding ricotta and a few other ingredients. New plantings are discouraged especially where it could impact forest lands. —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, VirginiaGet RecipeMacaroni and Cheese SoupI have worked in the food service industry for too many years to count and have made this one-of-a-kind soup at many different jobs. Top these family favorites with berry syrup to turn an ordinary morning into an extraordinary day.—Dianna Digoy, San Diego, CaliforniaGet RecipeTaste of HomeRefrigerator Lime CheesecakeI made this for a Father's Day party, and it was a hit! —Ruth Hartunian-Alumbaugh, Willimantic, ConnecticutGet RecipeTaste of HomeNacho TotsThis is an easy, versatile party appetizer that everyone loves. —Marjorie Carey, Alamosa, ColoradoGet RecipeChocolate Chip Cheese BallYour guests are in for a sweet surprise when they try this unusual cheese ball…it tastes just like cookie dough! Top with anything you like! I like to serve it with a warm baguette and fresh fruit for lunch or a light supper. This is not your ordinary, run-of-the-mill macaroni and cheese. Rolled in chopped pecans, the chip-studded spread is wonderful on regular or chocolate graham crackers. The Carolina Cherry Laurel tree is an evergreen shade tree, plus a bonus of a white flowering tree! —Maria Davis, Hermosa Beach, CaliforniaGet RecipeGrilled Cheese & Tomato Soup BakeThis casserole brings together two classic comfort foods: grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. Enjoy one now and freeze the other wedges for a fast appetizer in the future. Let the birds have them. https://homeguides.sfgate.com/toxicity-cherry-laurel-humans-86008.html This delightful snack (or light meal) is a wonderful pick-me-up, and it can be customized to feed just a few people or a family-sized crowd. We freeze locally grown corn during peak season, and I love to use it in this special side. If you cube the cheese, you’ll discover delicious pockets of melted cheese throughout the dish. The bright cherry sauce gives them a delightful flavor. https://www.thetreecenter.com/shrubs-and-hedges/cherry-laurels Although it is legal to sell and grow it in Washington, English laurel is classified as a Weed of Concern in King County and its control is recommended in natural areas that are being restored to native vegetation and in protected forest lands. I serve it with tortilla chips or sliced French bread. —Hope Toole, Muscle Shoals, AlabamaGet RecipeTaste of HomeSweet & Savory Pineapple Cheese BallOne of my favorite dishes in childhood was my mom's pineapple and green pepper cheese ball. —Taste of Home Test KitchenGet RecipeTaste of HomeMozzarella Mashed Potato RemixHere's a yummy way to finish off extra mashed potatoes. We just had to get the recipe, and we have since added a few ingredients to make it even tastier. Even today, we still have them about three times a week. —Marion McNeill, Mayfield Heights, OhioGet RecipeTaste of HomeGolden Gouda Mushroom SoupHere’s a fantastic first course for guests. I made this for my girlfriends, and everyone asked for the recipe! —Shirley Rickis, Lady Lake, FloridaGet RecipeTaste of HomeSlow-Cooker Spinach & Artichoke DipWith this creamy dip, I can get my daughters to eat spinach and artichokes. I tried it in a puff pastry pocket with a bit of cream cheese; it tasted sensational. —Nancy Raymond, Waldoboro, MaineGet RecipeTaste of HomeMini Grilled CheeseIf you're looking for a fantastic make-ahead snack, try these miniature grilled cheese sandwiches. — Tina Mirilovich, Johnstown, PennsylvaniaGet RecipeTaste of HomeSpring Onion Pimiento Cheese GritsGrits were a breakfast staple when I was growing up. It's sure to make any special event more festive. 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