My trick to roasting veggies is to choose ones that cook in the same amount of time. Try pairing up cauliflower florets with baby carrots or okra with cherry tomatoes.— Courtney Gaylord, Columbus, Indiana
Next, she prepares the Speedy Salmon Casserole, which bakes at the same oven temperature as the cake.
"Living here on the Kenai Peninsula, we have plenty of fresh salmon. Bat this creamy, comforting casserole tastes just as good with canned salmon," she assures.
"It's also a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes—or dress up instant ones.
Every time I fix this recipe for friends, it's asked for - and usually by the husbands! As a new mom (Mike and I are the parents of a 9-month-old son) who works full-time, I also like how easy it is to prepare. It's one of our favorites. Some people I've shared the recipe with have used a beef brisket in place of the regular roast. For a bit different taste, I at times add red wine vinegar. My mom started me cooking young. I made my first from-scratch Thanksgiving dinner at 13. After that, I figured I could tackle about any cooking!
-Georgia Edgington, Crystal, Minnesota
Apples, potatoes, ground pork and seasonings tucked inside flaky golden pastry never fail to win praise from my family at home and friends at church functions. The assembly requires a bit of effort, but these impressive little turnovers are worth it.
-Ruby Carves, Litchfield, Maine
I can't count the times I've turned to this tried-and-true recipe when company is coming. The potato filling is creamy and rich tasting, plus the servings are attractive. But the best part is you can spare yourself the hassle of mashing potatoes at the last minute.
Since we have avid hunters in our family. I will quite often prepare game. Once it's stuffed with apples and topped with a unique combination of sauces, this wild bird requires no basting and cooks up nice and moist.
PASTIES were a must years ago when men worked the mines in northern Michigan. The housewives made them in the morning and wrapped them tightly in newspaper so they would stay warm until lunch break.
Everyone used to say my mom made the best pasties in the world. This is her recipe.
-Vivienne Abraham, Detroit, Michigan
A neighbor gave me the recipe for these yummy rolls. They're warm and wonderful to serve for breakfast of as a treat any time of day. I often make extra mashed potatoes with these cinnamon rolls in mind.—Christine Duncan, Ellensburg, Washington
Meet the Cook: As a pastor's wife, I cook for crowds often. This dish's always a hit. My own family - we have a daughter, 11, and a son, 10 - thinks the potatoes are a must with London broil or marinated grill chicken breasts. I frequently prepare them for guests, too. The recipe is very adaptable, and the results disappear.
-Michelle Grigsby, Beavercreek, Ohio
Meet the Cook: When there's no gravy with the meat, this is great to serve in place of regularly mashed potatoes. I make it often to take to picnics and church socials. My husband even made it for his family's reunion one year when I couldn't go!
We have a grown son, a 17-year-old son and a 12-year-old daughter.
-Cindy Stith, Wickliffe, Kentucky
WHAT better time to shape rolls into cloverleafs than for the celebration of St. Patrick's Day?
I found this recipe in a magazine 40 years ago. These rolls are well received at fellowship dinners and are also popular at home. They are the lightest and tastiest rolls I make.
-Beatrice McGrath, Norridgewock, Maine