GINGERSNAPS and mushrooms give these tender meatballs a special old-world flavor. The recipe was handed down from my husband's family several years ago.
I love to cook and found that this was an easy recipe to double and share with friends. The meatballs can also be frozen for a convenient meal at a later time.
-Gusty Crum, Dover, Ohio
My mother always made this delicious dish when we had lots of company or we were going to a church dinner. She'd make two casseroles and save one in the freezer for another time.—Jinger Newsome, Gainesville, Florida
Growing up and living in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, we've always had fresh vegetables from the garden, and this recipe allows me to use many of them. These stuffed peppers are equally perfect for lunch or dinner.
Chock-full of hearty meat and vegetables, this sauce freezes beautifully—so I serve some on the same day I cook it, then pack the rest in airtight containers and freeze for up to 6 months. It's convenient to have on hand when unexpected company drops in...or whenever your busy day doesn't allow much time for cooking "from scratch"!—Carol Ulliac, Atmore, Alberta
"My husband, Wayne, asks for this meat loaf all the time," reports Edna Lauderdale of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. "We like it spicy, so we use hot sausage rather than mild. Slices are terrific drizzled with ketchup, served with mashed potatoes and gravy, or in meat loaf sandwiches the next day."
Because this recipe feeds so many, I often take it to church dinners and potlucks. This colorful dish also comes in handy when we have lots of help to feed on our farm.—Verlyn Wilson, Wilkinson, Indiana
"I adjusted this favorite casserole for microwave use in the interest of speed and to save heating up the oven—we live in the Southwest," explains Joyce Marten of Cottonwood, Arizona. "I've taken it to friends who have been in the midst of remodeling and always get a request for the recipe."
This hearty stew is a favorite with our family, along with a basket of homemade breadsticks. Since lentils don't require the long soaking time that dried beans do, you can begin making this dish just an hour before supper—not the night before!—Carol Wolfer, Lebanon, Oregon