I got this recipe from an aunt and made a couple of changes to suit our tastes. With ground beef and bacon mixed in, these satisfying beans are a big hit at backyard barbecues and church picnics. I'm always asked to bring my "special" beans.
-Julie Currington, Gahanna, Ohio
"I had a rich pasta dish similar to this at a restaurant," recalls Dana Simmons of Lancaster, Ohio. " It was so unique that i tried to duplicate it at home a few days later. This is remarkably close, but not as fussy because it uses ready-made ingredients rather than being made from scratch."
Looking for a different treatment for cabbage? Try this spicy cheese-topped dish that I adapted from a friend's recipe. I added a little of this and that until it tasted the way I wanted. Not only do my husband and kids like it, I get rave reviews when I make it for company or church functions.
-Bobbie Soileau, Opelousas, Louisiana
“I created this recipe for a Cinco de Mayo party, and it was a hit! It’s so easy, yet has a serious ‘wow’ factor. The creamy dipping sauce mellows out the shrimp’s heat perfectly.”—Mandy Rivers, Lexington, South Carolina
Even people who don't like peas love this crunchy recipe, including my own children. I love the fact that it's so easy and makes a refreshing alternative to more traditional salads. A friend gave me the recipe years ago and I've been making it ever since. —Laurinda Nelson, Phoenix, Arizona
This is a spin-off of a Mexican dip I had once. The original was wicked good, but I was going through an I’m-so-over-Mexican-dip phase and decided to switch it up. Take it to a party—I'll bet you no one else will bring anything like it! —Mandy Rivers, Lexington, South Carolina