Meet the Cook: The best way that I can describe these is to say they taste like a celebration.
Cooking from scratch like this is an easy way to cut a few corners on my food budget. My husband and I have a son who's 7 and a daughter who's 5.
-Darlene Simmons, Newfield, New Jersey
Looking for an alternative to garlic bread? Try this golden focaccia bread that's a big hit at our house. The dough is easy to whip up in the bread machine, then season with rosemary, garlic salt and Parmesan cheese. I serve it warm whenever we're having spaghetti or another Italian dish.
-Kay King, Dyersville, Iowa
"A friend who is a home economist gave me the recipe for this mix that can be used to make dinner rolls or cinnamon rolls," notes Barbara Morse of Spirit Lake, Iowa. The buttery dinner rolls make a super accompaniment to any entree, and the sweet cinnamon rolls are perfect with coffee.
Ever wonder why a bread recipe includes mashed potatoes? The potato's starchy quality absorbs liquid during the kneading stage, and it holds onto that liquid during baking. The bread finishes with a crisp, brown exterior crust and a flavorful, moist interior that helps the bread keep longer. —Joan Ranzini, Waynesboro, Virginia