I COLLECT cookbooks and enjoy reading them much like a novel. But when I start cooking, I create my own recipes to suit my taste.
I used to cater parties and found I often had to be resourceful. This sandwich is one of my creations, so easy to cook for two and even one!
-Norma Curtis, Ithaca, Michigan
My family loves dividing up this super-easy sandwich that's brimming with great spinach and onion flavor. Refrigerated pizza dough shaves minutes off prep time and creates a golden brown crust. The cheesy slices taste terrific warm or cold, so they're great for lunches, picnics or trips. —Mary Nichols
Denver, New Hampshire
THIS WONDERFUL RECIPE is just too good to keep to myself! My daughter shared it with me.
The portions are just right to suit my appetite, and the muffins are so pretty when they're pulled from the oven with the cheese all bubbly and hot. I also serve these to guests.
-Violena Carver, Potosi, Missouri
For a classic grilled sandwich, this recipe is the best. You can also use your imagination for other fillings, such as a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, chives or even a tiny spoonful of salsa. —Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah
I re-created my favorite dish from a unique restaurant in Ramona, California, that was housed in the original town telephone office, complete with the memorabilia. All their dishes were named after old telephone lingo. This open-face sandwich is versatile and flavorful, with great visual appeal. —Joyce Hrin, Surprise, Arizona
When all I had available was ground beef and I was tired of plain-old hamburgers, I invented these. A good dose of Italian seasonings and mozzarella makes them unique. They're great with homemade French fries for a quick meal. —Steven Schend, Grand Rapids, MI
Whether I make enough for just the two of us or increase the amounts for a social occasion, I always get a request for this recipe. There's a nice mixture of flavors with the pickles and ripe olives, and a good crunch from the celery.
“I first tasted this delicious combination in a local bistro,” recalls Robyn Larabee. She's been making the hefty sandwiches ever since at home in Lucknow, Onatario. It's a tasty way to use up those last, languishing garden tomatoes!
TIP: Robyn says her BLTs are especially good served on rustic, homemade whole wheat-and-honey bread.
For a casual meal, this fast and flavorful sandwich from Sue Bosek of Whittier, California can’t be beat. The tender chicken breasts are coated with seasoned bread crumbs and smothered in marinara sauce. Served on a hoagie, it’s a real treat!