Meet the Cook: Based on the "moist meat" method of preparation my grandmother used, this gets passed around the table a second time. Even people who think that pork is dry like it. I serve it with mashed potatoes, peas and cranberry sauce.
My husband and I have two grown children and four grandchildren.
-Nancy Schilling, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
MY MOTHER, grandson and I put out heads and hearts together and after several tries, we came up with our version of oven fried chicken. We tweaked the ingredients until the gravy was tasty and the chicken was nicely browned and tender.
This fork-tender Swiss steak with rich gravy was an often-requested main dish around our house when I was growing up. Mom took pride in preparing scrumptious, hearty meals like this for our family and guests.
-Linda McGinty, Parma, Ohio
Reports Margery Bryan of Royal City, Washington, "This is one of the best and easiest meals I've ever made. It has only four ingredients, and they all go into the pot at once. The meat is nicely seasoned and makes its own gravy-it tastes wonderful when you serve it over mashed potatoes."
After driving my family crazy trying new recipes, I always return to this standby. These moist, comforting pork chops come out great every time. We love the rich gravy over the chops and mashed potatoes.
-Loraine Van Broeck, Geneva, Illinois
Here in the Ozarks, country-fried steak is a staple. These are wonderful served with mashed potatoes and some freshly baked rolls. I developed the recipe to meet the spicy tastes of my family—our six children range from 26 to 14.—Toni Holcomb, Rogersville, Missouri
As far as my family is concerned, I can never have enough homemade gravy on hand for Thanksgiving dinner! The base for this flavorful gravy is prepared with turkey wings and can be prepared in advance. —Linda Fitzsimmons, Fort Edward, New York
"This is the most delicious turkey I've ever had. I came up with it because my family loves macadamia nuts. The sage garlic butter rub gives the turkey a lovely taste."
Leimomi Lear, Wakefield, New Hampshire