Meet the Cook: As the cook for our local volunteer fire department, I'm a nonstop recipe clipper. This one's been a constant in my file for years. It's great for grabbing and going, and a good lunch dish, too.
Here on our farm, my husband - who's also a teacher - and I have cattle and hogs plus one chicken who furnishes many of our eggs. We are the parents of a 6-year-old daughter.
-Kathy Wells, Brodhead, Wisconsin
My family waits expectantly for me to bake this beautiful sweet bread every year at this time. The tempting aroma as it's baking fills the kitchen and makes everybody eager for a thick slice of this yummy treat. —Linda Eager, Harlan, Indiana
This recipe was given to me by my mother-in-law, who received it from her mother! It was a standard treat in their family, made nearly every week. Now I make this dish for my own family for special occasions.
WHEN this old-fashioned bread is baking, it reminds me of childhood and the warm, inviting aromas that greeted me when I got home from school.
The light sweet flavor, crispy crust and hearty texture of this bread made for a special treat when Mom baked it for us. I hope I am leaving the same delicious memory for my family.
-Gloria Murtha, West Mifflin, Pennsylvania
My family looks forward to this flavorful combination of cranberry bread and fruitcake for the holidays. Baked in smaller pans, the pretty loaves make a nice gifts. The bread also freezes well. I got this recipe from a woman at church before my husband retired as minister.
Ellen Puotinen, Tower, Minnesota
My mom used this recipe when I was a little girl, and I've shared the tradition with my own daughters. They like to help shape the chubby little bears. Served with honey butter, these rolls are "bear-y" special.
-Annette Ellyson, Carolina, West Virginia
These are by far the best soft pretzels I've ever tasted. I make them often to serve as a snack or even as part of a meal. Chewy and golden brown, they're delicious!
-Shannon Cooper, S. Gibson, Pennsylvania
These buns regularly get packed as part of my husband's lunch! I've copied this recipe for many peopleone of the nice things about it is that it also makes very good breadsticks to take to covered-dish suppers or take to picnics.
I like to cook...and taste, too! In addition, I enjoy sewing and all kinds of crafts, and I've been fortunate to win several blue ribbons at Country Fair.