"I love to cook and bake for my family and friends," says Bonnie DeVries. The reader from Brainerd, Minnesota seasons this chicken and rice casserole with ground ginger, then stirs in some crunchy cashews. —Bonnie DeVries, Brainerd, Minnesota
I like to experiment with different ingredients when I make this popular dish. Try celery instead of bok choy or toasted almonds instead of cashews. Each and every combination turns out great! —Aysha Schurman, Ammon, Idaho
We love eating ethnic foods, especially Asian dishes. This chicken stir-fry is my family's favorite! The cashews add crunch and a sweet, nutty flavor, and the tasty sauce adds richness to garden-fresh carrots and broccoli.
—Ena Quiggle, Goodhue, Minnesota
"I especially like this dish because I can get it ready the day before I need it," comments Julie Ridlon of Solway, Minnesota. It's easy to whip up with common pantry items, including macaroni, canned soup and saltine crackers.
Says Linda Avila of Toone, Tennessee: “Whenever my friends and I get together for a potluck, they always ask me to bring this dish. The recipe came from my brother; it has a distinct Chinese flavor from all the spices.”
This is truly a dish that combines international flavors with homespun comfort. The sweet curry aroma alone will warm hearts on gray-sky days. For more veggie goodness, add roasted cauliflower. —Aysha Schurman, Ammon, Idaho
There are lots of recipes for cashew chicken, but my family thinks this one stands alone. We love the flavor from the fresh ginger and the crunch of the cashews. Another plus is it's easy to prepare. —Oma Rollison, El Cajon, California
Meet the Cook: For me, the hardest part of making this quick dish is keeping the cashews in the cupboard! My husband loves them, and so do our three little girls - 5, 4 and 3.
-Vicki Hirschfeld, Hartland, Wisconsin