Secret Ingredient

Add Pizzazz to Seafood Salad

In Fort Myers Beach, Florida, Mary T. gives seafood pasta salads pizzazz with a sprinkling of allspice. “This secret ingredient really brings out the flavor of shrimp and crab,” she says.

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Add Sage to Squash

“A dusting of sage on cooked summer squash or cauliflower is a real improvement,” assures Ethel B. of Somers, Connecticut.

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Add Spark to Green Beans

Want to spark up a can of green beans? Alene B. of Greenville, Texas suggests, “Add a few drops of vinegar and a tablespoon or two of picante sauce. Wonderful!”

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Add Taters to Chili

“During the Depression, my mom stretched many dishes by adding potatoes,” recalls Wanda P. of Mesa, Arizona. “Even today, my favorite chili recipe uses cubed potatoes.”

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Add Variety to Side Dishes

Add variety to any dish that calls for green beans, snow peas or broccoli by substituting asparagus. Be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly. —Katie Kathmann, Eagle, Idaho

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Add Zing to Fruit Salad

When making a fruit salad, I use the juice from a small can of pineapple to keep my apples and bananas from browning. Adding the pineapple gives the salad a little more zing, too. —Fran A.,…

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Add Zip to Potato Soup

“Put a little zip into your potato soup by stirring in a tablespoon or two of spicy mustard,” suggests Donna L. of Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Add-Ins for Green Bean Casserole

“With the mushroom soup in my green bean casserole, I add a cup or so of shredded cheddar cheese and a spoonful of prepared horseradish,” says Olive S. of Haydenville, Massachusetts.

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Added Flavor for Chicken Pasta Salad

“To make a chicken pasta salad with lots of flavor, I simmer the chicken until tender, then use the broth and additional water to cook the noodles,” comments Elizabeth F. of Red Wing,…

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Added Spark to Rhubarb Pie

“To add a spark to my rhubarb pie, I add grated orange peel,” conveys Florence V., a field editor from Story City, Iowa.

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