Measuring shortening with a spoon can be a mess, so I use an ice cream scoop. The scoop releases the shortening with ease into the measuring cup and eliminates the fuss! —Marjorie Dungan, Winnetka, California
These warm and comforting Apple Dumplings are great by themselves or served with ice cream. You can decorate each dumpling by cutting 1-inch leaves and a 1/2-inch stem from the leftover dough. —Robin Lendon, Cincinnati, Ohio
"'MY mom served this moist coffee cake every Sunday after church, but the peach topping was reserved for special occasions, like when company came,' Dad says. 'Usually, she simply sprinkled sugar and cinnamon on top.'"
"THE BREAD at this meal sometimes varied, but we loved Mother's cheese biscuits best. Although the biscuit bowl was always filled to the top, there never seemed to be enough. The cheese gives these biscuits an unforgettable flavor, and buttermilk makes them especially light."