Shallots are part of the onion family and have a mild onion-garlic flavor. In place of 3 to 4 shallots, use 1 medium onion plus a pinch of garlic powder or (if you like the taste of garlic) 1 minced garlic clove.
For a pretty presentation at your holiday gathering, reach for this impressive recipe. The sun-dried tomato sauce is great with the chicken as well as grilled veggies.—Jaqui Humphrey, Kirkland, Washington
Pears and brandy team up to turn ordinary pork chops into a restaurant-quality dish that’s good enough for guests. Serve with an upscale side, such as brussels sprouts or asparagus, and a glass of wine for a fantastic meal. —Gina Quartermaine, Alexandria, Virginia
"This is my most-requested salad recipe. It is delicious as a main dish with grilled chicken breast or as a side salad. I think it's so good, I sometimes eat it as dessert!"
DeNae Shewmake, Burnsville, Minnesota