Former President Jimmy Carter gave First Place to this zippy salsa at the Plains Peanut Festival in his Georgia hometown. Mother-daughter team Lane and Elizabeth McCloud came up with the recipe just days before the competition. “Although we weren’t allowed in the judging room, we later saw a tape of President Carter tasting our salsa and saying, ‘Mmmmmm… that’s good,‘“ says Lane, who lives in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. “Elizabeth was only 9 at the time, but it’s a day she’ll never forget.“ &mdash
When I found this recipe, I was planning a party and thought it might be fun, different salsa to set out with chips. It was an absolute success. People love the garlic, corn and avocado combination.
—Susan Vandermeer, Ogden, Utah
Classic empanadas from South America are stuffed pastries of beef or chicken, usually fried. That doesn't mean "classic" never changes. Chicken goes well with black beans, corn and jalapenos in this baked version with a Southwestern spin. —Jane McMillan, Dania Beach, Florida
"Whenever there's a family gathering, my sister-in-law brings this zesty bean dip, and it's a big hit," report Pamela Smith of Flushing, New York. "Since it keeps well in the refrigerator, it's great to have on hand for unexpected guests."
Peg Wilson of Elm Creek, Nebraska provides us with her version of “Texas Caviar” that provides for so many possibilities. It's as flavorful as it is colorful and works well alone or as an accompaniment.
Lime juice lends a tartness to this colorful salsa - a zippy mixture of corn, sweet red pepper, red onion and jalapeno peppers. With its great grilled flavor, this chunky dip is perfect for summer gatherings and patio parties. Lori Fiock of Warren, Indiana shared the recipe.
I grow my own tomatoes, peppers, garlic and herbs to use in all of my cooking. Fresh ingredients make this salsa special. My recipe ideas come from combining foods I've enjoyed.—Dave Fisher, Ten Mile, Tennessee
When planning your next fiesta, look no further than this hearty, pretty salsa. Succulently seasoned with coriander, cumin, garlic and cilantro, your crowd will definitely say, "Ole!" —Betsy Sams, Jamesville, New York
This recipe makes art in a bowl! All the colors of summer are captured in this dish with a fresh, light flavor perfect for snacking between swims or to kick off a backyard barbecue. This can be served with chips or alone as a side dish. —Catherine Ann Goza, Leland, North Carolina