This upside-down apple pie has won eight ribbons at area fairs. People say it looks and tastes like a giant apple-cinnamon bun. I take time off from work around the holidays to fill pie requests from family and friends. This recipe is everyone's favorite. —Susan Frisch, Germansville, Pennsylvania
Meet the Cook: People practically inhale this dessert. I modified another recipe years ago to come up with a different way of using cranberries - a favorite fruit of mine.
My husband and I have three grown children and two grandsons.
-Jo Ann Fisher, Huntington Beach, California
This is a super pie that my whole family likes, made from ingredients we usually have on hand—we keep one cow for our family milk supply, and she provides plenty of cream! We run 850 head of crossbred cattle on our ranch, and my husband, our two kids and I spend a lot of time on horseback working up hearty appetites! I enjoy baking and cooking special events. As president of our local CowBelle chapter, I do a lot of cooking with beef.
This is a family favorite that's perfect for cozy winter nights. The golden brown crust bakes in the oven, and the apple and cranberry filling cookings in the microwave, then is spooned into the crust.
—Beki Kosydar-Krantz of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
Meet the Cook: Almost like a pizza, this tart's easy to pick up and eat out of your hand. Kids love it. Like most of my best recipes, it came from my mom. Since it's so pretty, I fix it for fancy gatherings such as ladies get-togethers...but I make it to serve at informal barbecues as well.
We have two daughters, 5 and 2.
-Leslie DuPerron, Edmonton, Alberta