For a delightful breakfast or brunch surprise, serve crisp golden waffles that feature portobello mushrooms and bacon in the batter. They're topped with tangy goat cheese butter and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. (This creative recipe took first place in the Mushrooms Every Day, Every Way contest "Fun Fungi" category).—David Bridges, Shreveport, Louisiana
Minced gingerroot and dried orange peel enhance the taste of these spiced muffins. I especially love the whipped ginger butter served with these holiday treats. —Susan Bracken, State College, Pennsylvania
My husband grew up in the South, where biscuits are practically daily fare. So early in our marriage, I began adding variety to this ordinary quick bread. These biscuit squares are good with seafood, beef and pasta dishes. —Lorene Corbett, Ringgold, Nebraska
“My mother gave me this microwave recipe several years ago,” writes Marla Pinson from Granbury, Texas. “It’s easy and so tasty even my kids eat their veggies with this on them!” Also try the garlic-flavored topping over bread as a yummy change of pace or substitute garlic salt for garlic powder for a bit more flavor.
To me, nothing tastes better than a warm homemade muffin right from the oven and topped with this yummy flavored butter. It's also wonderful on toast, quick breads and biscuits. —Pat Hockett, Ocala, Florida
You'll need only three ingredients to whip up this fruity spread from Irene Marquardt. "It's great on plain bread or toast, but it's especially good on pancakes and waffles," says the Peshtigo, Wisconsin cook.
“Here in New Mexico, we love the taste of chipotle chili on just about anything. This simple, delicious recipe proves that chipotle pairs perfectly with grilled steak.”—Angela Spengler, Clovis, New Mexico
There are several farms in our community where families can go pick their own strawberries. We usually pick a big bucketful and can't resist sampling some in the car on the way home. But we make sure to save enough for this delcious spread.
One of my favorite toppings for toast is this tart spread. It's also great spooned over poultry…and ice cream! I've given jars as gifts and have always gotten positive comments. —Carol Studebaker, Gladstone, Missouri