Meet the Cook: Very near the top of the list of foods I prepare for company is this chicken. It's easy to fix and has never flopped. It is a family favorite, too - any leftovers are great in a salad or sandwich.
My husband and I are the parents of eight, who range in age from 24 to 11. We also have three grandchildren.
-Edith Maki, Hancock, Michigan
“This recipe is a variation of the marinated ginger-sake flank steak my mother used to make. It was so good,” says Shawn Solley of Morgantown, West Virginia. So is the wonderful flavor and aroma of Shawn's incredibly tender lighter version. You'll want to try this one!
Walking on egg shells first thing in the morning is so, well, not a good start to the day. That's why making breakfast the night before (and cleaning it up) is a brilliant plan. Breakfast Strata changes easily when you switch to brown-and-serve sausage links, diced cooked ham or diced cooked bacon. Use Swiss or Monterey Jack if you're not a cheddar fan, and bread variations from herbed breads to sourdough. —Debbie Johnson, Centertown, Missouri
Popular any time of the year, this crowd-pleasing pasta salad is perfect for summer picnics. Made the day before, it has a pleasant vinaigrette dressing sparked with herbs. I set aside the Parmesan cheese and add it just before the salad is served.
-Marion Lowery, Medford, Oregon
Whether you broil this tasty steak—or slap it on the grill, the acid in the marinade’s lime and pineapple juice will help tenderize it. Pair with sweet potatoes for a colorful, hearty summer hit! —Roxanne Chan, Albany, California
Tender and full of flavor, this juicy tenderloin couldn’t be much more convenient on hectic weeknights. Make ahead the night before, marinate during the day, then grill when you get home. Mary Ann Lee - Clifton Park, New York
From Marysville, Washington, Karen Hamlin shares this tasty treatment for beef that relies on a made-in-moments marinade. "I like to add mushrooms to the skewers and serve the yummy kabobs over hot cooked rice," she writes.
These enchiladas have more of a spaghetti sauce-tomato taste than typical Southwestern dishes. Loraine Meyer of Bend, Oregon relates, “I found this recipe many years ago and it quickly became a family favorite. It is even better when it is prepared one day and served the next.”
Folks love to see a huge platter of these tender barbecued ribs arrive at the table. Since the ribs are cooked ahead, they simply need to be browned and reheated on the grill. I love the easy last-minute preparation and magnificent results. Raves begin with the first bite.
“I switched up my mom’s recipe to create this tasty variation. It’s delicious and perfect for warm days. It takes advantage of fresh summer veggies and keeps my kitchen cool.” —Blair Lonergan, Rochelle, Virginia