Crackling homemade bread makes an average day extraordinary. Enjoy this beautiful loaf as is, or stir in a few favorites like cheese, garlic, herbs and dried fruits. —Megumi Garcia, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
This is a popular choice when we're looking for something warm, quick and easy. And the strawberry mustard is adjustable to your tastes. I've never been a big fan of mustard and neither have my kids, but we all love this sauce! —Shannon Humphrey, Hampton, Virginia
These slightly crunchy pickled onions are not only a great gift for Christmas, but also a terrific contribution to a backyard barbecue as a relish for burgers and hot dogs. —Laura Winemiller, Delta, Pennsylvania
REMEMBER the fable about the ugly duckling who turned into an elegant
swan? Our kitchen crafters do! They took their cue from that tale to transform a plain melon into this latest “Crafting with Taste” beauty. You can easily do the same. Select a ripe honeydew melon, pull out a sharp kitchen knife and start cutting, following the easy instructions here. Then top the table with this swan server for any kind of festive function—and be prepared for a smile to crop up on everyone’s face!—Tast
This cool, crisp coleslaw is a great compliment to any meal. “I adapted this colorful, tangy dish from a more time-consuming recipe I had. It’s easy to double or triple for potlucks, too.” Maryrose DeGroot - State College, Pennsylvania
Quick Biscuits from Diane Hixon of Niceville, Florida make a satisfying accompaniment to the meal. "I never made biscuits until I tried this two-ingredient recipe," Diane explains. "Now my husband wants biscuits all the time!"
My husband never cared for sweet potatoes until he married me. I tell him it must be my cooking! He can't resist dipping into a bowl of these crunchy chips. They're a nice change from regular potato chips.—Janelle Lee, Appleton, Wisconsin.
THIS RECIPE has been handed down through my family, and I've had it for almost 50 years.
My husband and I especially like these popovers for a late breakfast or brunch, but they're great with soup or salad. Simply served with butter and honey, they're delicious anytime.
-Alpha Wilson, Roswell, New Mexico
With these aromatic poached pears simmering away, who needs expensive potpourri? This classic recipe will “wow” your guests as a seasonal dessert. It's simple and sumptuous. —Sunny McDaniel, Cary, North Carolina
My grandparents originated this recipe that's been treasured in our family for four generations. It's named after a dance hall they ran in rural Iowa. Whenever I bite into a hot dog or hamburger dressed up with this taste bud-tingling relish, I think of them and their delicious country cooking.
You'll love the sunny color and fruity flavor of this light dessert. If you can't find mangoes, substitute fresh peaches. To peal peaches, drop them into boiling water for a few seconds. Then you can easily slip the skins right off.