My family is stationed in Italy with my husband, Lieutenant William Robert Blackman. William grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and I’m from Texas, so the dish that spells "home" for us is a good ol' barbecue. I have my own recipe for barbecue sauce that we like to pour all over sliced brisket. Eating it reminds us of weekend barbecues with our families. —Tina Blackman, Naples, Italy
"This recipe has been in our family for nearly 80 years. Our backyard mint patch provided the main ingredient," reports Ruth Bogdanski of Grants Pass, Oregon. "Our gang won't eat lamb without this mint sauce."
We love to use this versatile mayo on any sandwich, but it's especially good on a BLT or grilled hamburgers. I usually make a big batch on the weekends and use it as leftovers to dress up any evening meal. —Cindie Haras, Jupiter, Florida
Dorothy Ross of Jackson, Ohio relates, "I owned a pizza shop for 10 years and developed this popular sauce to serve with a stromboli steak sandwich. Everyone loved it. It's also delicious on chicken and pork chops."
There always seems to be a glut of zucchini...with every gardener having more than he or she can use! So I have spent lots of time looking for different uses for zucchini. One day I was thinking of my homemade chutney and suddenly decided to use zucchini in it. Now we serve it with almost anything - hot dogs, roast beef, chicken, as a sandwich spread - you name it.
With gorgeous color and three kinds of tangy fruit, this ruby-red relish is always a highlight of holiday menus. Enjoy it straight from the stove or chilled, whichever your family prefers.—B. J. Reimer, Fowler, Kansas
This tart relish combines a powerhouse of nutrients with cranberries and pomegranate. It captures the flavor of the holiday season and adds a beautiful ruby-red color to any meal. —Arlene Rakoczy, Gilbert, Arizona
"I think this steak sauce tastes better than the commercial brands," writes Judy Neil of Royal Oak, Michigan. Her creative condiment features everything from tomato paste and raisins to grapefruit juice, honey, garlic and soy sauce.