Smoked paprika and chipotle pepper give this version of blackened steak a spicy, Southwestern flair. To cool things off, add a salad of leafy greens with fruit and cheeses. —Denise Pounds, Hutchinson, Kansas
"Having the seasonings mixed up in advance makes stirring up a batch of chili a breeze," suggests Mary Henderson of Opelika, Alabama. "It's a bold but pleasant blend. I like the round steak and ground beef combination."
Ground beef tacos and taco salads are nicely enhanced by the mixture that Sue Gronholz uses in place of store-bought taco seasoning. "It's so easy to mix up a batch and keep it in the pantry," writes the Beaver Dam, Wisconsin cook. "It's convenient and saves money, too."
"I'm glad my sister-in-law shared the recipe for this coating mix for pork," says Margaret Welder. "It comes in handy when unexpected guests drop by, and it's wonderful on chicken, too." The Madrid, Iowa reader usually bakes the tender chops, but it's even quicker to cook them on the stovetop.
I work in a kitchen preparing lunch for the students at a small private school. I enjoy cooking and entertaining friends and family. My husband and I often cook the meals together for these gatherings.
This flavorful herb mix for rice is a great recipe to mix ahead as a side with baked chicken or pork chops. Just increase or decrease the amount for the servings needed. —Arlene Haupt, Madison, Wisconsin
A savory herb rub flavors this juicy roast that makes an impression every time my mom serves it for dinner. The creamy horseradish sauce adds a little kick to the crispy-coated slices of beef.
-Kerry Sullivan, Maitland, Florida