Grits were a breakfast staple when I was growing up. Even today, we still have them about three times a week. The trick with grits is the more you whisk, the creamier they'll be. —Melissa Pelkey Hass, Waleska, Georgia
These light crispy onion rings are sliced thin and spiced just right with garlic powder, cayenne pepper, chili powder and cumin. My family likes them alongside grilled burgers. They're even good as leftovers.
-Tamra Kriedeman, Enderlin, North Dakota
Meet the Cook: Try these as an accompaniment to hamburgers or fried fish, or with steaks on the grill. The recipe's from my mom, and it's one of her most popular. (As a newlywed 15 years ago, I often found myself on the kitchen "hotline" to her!)
My husband and I have three children - 9,7 and just about to turn 1.
-Marsha Moore, Poplar Bluff, Missouri
When I was growing up, my dad enjoyed making these French fried onion rings. I'm not sure where the recipe came from, but it's been in Mom's recipe box for as long as I can remember.
When I married 22 years ago, I copied some of Mom's recipes and this one was a must. Now I make this family favorite, and I'll expecially try to make it for Dad when he visits!
Instead of being battered and deep-fried, this onion is brushed with melted butter and mustard, sprinkled with bread crumbs and seasonings and baked. It's an impressive-looking appetizer, and the dip can be used for veggies and crackers, too. —Kendra Doss, Kansas City, Missouri
“These are a real family favorite—especially when Vidalias are in season,” says Tonya Vowels of Vine Grove, Kentucky. "You can boost the flavor even more with seasoned breadcrumbs or a shake or two of different spices."
Field editor Christine Wilson of Sellersville, Pennsylvania shared this appealing appetizer. Sweet Vidalia onion rings are deep-fried to a crispy golden brown, then served with a cool and zesty lime dipping sauce.