I've tried many versions of bruschetta but think this recipe contains the perfect blend of ingredients. It's super easy, and you can make the topping ahead. —Jennifer Mathis, Hilton Head, South Carolina
I love fresh strawberries, and I try to enjoy as many as possible during the season. Because so many strawberry recipes are quite sweet, I wanted to start the meal with something savory, so I came up with strawberries, cheese and good bread.
This savory bread is moist, tender and loaded with flavor from grated Parmesan cheese and roasted sweet red peppers. It’s great served as an appetizer or alongside your favorite dinner entree.—Cheryl Perry, Hertford, North Carolina.
Here's a beautiful and tasty way to use garden vegetables. This fresh, colorful salad is great to make ahead and take to a potluck later, after the flavors have had a chance to blend. It's sure to be a success! —Florence Jacoby, Granite Falls, Minnesota
Munching on fruit becomes so much more fun when there's a sweet, creamy dip to dunk your slices in. After working up an appetite playing party games, the kids enjoyed this dip. I enjoyed its ease of preparation.
—Karen Kenney, Harvard, Illinois
My mom came across this rustic-looking flatbread recipe many years ago and always made on Christmas Eve. Now I make it for my own family, especially during the holidays. It's easy to double or cut in half depending on how many you're serving. —Diane Berger, Sequim, Washington
For an easy spanakopita, try this version that is made in a pan, then cut into squares. It has all the wonderful taste of the classic version...buttery phyllo with a spinach-cheese filling, but is so simple to do.—Barbara Smith, Chipley, Florida
Our winters can get cold here, so I like to warm up holiday guests with oven-fresh appetizers. Crunchy bread slices are topped with mushrooms, artichokes and a blend of cheeses. —Nancy Mueller, Bloomington, Minnesota