Meet the Cook: As the second oldest of eight children in a busy farm family, I had plenty of opportunity to practice cooking while I was growing up. Now that our three children are grown, I am cooking just for my husband and me - though few weeks pass without visitors. For "country eaters", this hearty pie is perfect!
-Diane Gillingham, Carman, Manitoba
These potatoes taste just like the deep-fried kind, but they're easier and less messy to make since they're baked. They're great served with fish or any meat dish. See if this doesn't become on of your family's favorites.
"A good friend shared the recipe for this egg casserole with me," notes Pat Clark of Richmond, Indiana. Hearty with hash browns and ham chunks, squares of this flavorful dish are wonderful for a Sunday brunch.
I dreamed up this family favorite after dining on something similar in a restaurant. My family asks for these potatoes on special occasions, but I like them anytime. They're a nice change from our everyday mashed potatoes.
-Patti Lacey, Lincoln, Nebraska
This versatile side dish was dairy-good with the steaks we grilled and is delicious with other meats as well. A creamy cheese sauce and crunchy topping make this potato casserole ever-popular for family dinners and potlucks.
—Carol Troyer, Pryor, Oklahoma and Teresa Stutzman, Adair, Oklahoma
Meet the Cook: Depending on the time of year, I serve my stew with bread or sweet corn muffins and fresh butter, and with salad or fruit. Then, since it tastes even better the next day, we have it for lunch on the rare occasions there are leftovers!
-Rosemary Jesse, Cabool, Missouri
This delicious dish is truly comfort food at its finest. Sour cream, butter and cream of chicken soup combine with Tater Tots to create a creamy, filling base. Then it's topped with crushed potato chips and cheddar cheese which complete this sinful supper.
My cousin gave me this simple savory recipe. Whenever I'm making homemade mashed potatoes, I throw in a few extra spuds so I can make this dish for supper the next night. —Tanya Abernathy, Yacolt, Washington
When my husband and I got married in 1951, one of the first appliances we bought was an apartment-size electric range. The range came with a cookbook that included this recipe. I've used the same recipe ever since!