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Detail of Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

A great dish for dessert or breakfast, these filled crepes are quick and easy to make, full of wonderful flavor, and make any occasion special.

Pesto Potato Salad

This recipe is part of Linda Larsen's More Summer Salads article.

This salad comes from the same contest! It won the grand prize for the fabulous flavors and textures. I had my way with it and my version appears here.

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup low fat mayonnaise
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1/4 cup prepared pesto

Combine well and set aside.

3 pounds red potatoes, boiled, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1 chopped red bell pepper
2 cups Havarti or Muenster cheese, cubed

Combine potatoes, green onions, pepper and cheese. Stir in dressing and chill well.

Serves 8

Linda Larsen is a freelance Home Economist with a degree in Food Science from the University of Minnesota and a degree from St. Olaf College. She has been on the Pillsbury Bake-Off staff since 1987, and was in charge of Internet Recipe Search in 2000. Linda has developed recipes for Pillsbury and Malt-O-Meal, presented food to taste panels, held cooking seminars, and owned her own catering business "The Perfect Occasion". She loves to cook and entertain, write about food, talk about it, plan parties, read cookbooks and develop recipes. She has a cookbook collection of at least 1000 books and reads them as though they were novels.

Linda's first meal was a Mother's Day dinner from the Betty Crocker Children's cookbook, prepared when she was 11. Since then she has hosted wedding and baby showers, birthday parties, business dinners and cocktail parties, and wonderful simple meals for friends. Join her and learn simple and elegant ways to entertain your family and friends during the week.

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