"Our mom-Elizabeth Lorenz Abel-topped beef roast with bacon and onion," says Betty Abel Jellencich from Utica, New York. "Whenever I prepare it, I can't help but reminisce about the wonderful life she gave me and my brothers."
Meet the Cook: The secret to this sauerbraten is that it doesn't require marinating. I've been making it for 20 years now. It's an excellent family dinner, and you can also serve it to company along with potato pancakes, red cabbage and applesauce.
My husband and I have three grown sons and a grandson. Cooking's my favorite hobby, but I'm an avid flea-market and antique shopper, too.
-Phyllis Berenson, Cincinnati, Ohio
Seasoned with Southwestern zest, this lean beef roast is fork-tender and gets a little kick from salsa. "My husband, Phillip, and our two young daughters raise our own cattle and hogs on a farm just outside Freeburg, Missouri," writes Cathy Sestak. "This one of our favorite ways to eat beef. Enjoy!"
A tender, savory pork roast gets dressed up for the holidays in this tangy apricot sauce. It's wonderful old-fashioned dish that's a family favorite. It looks so pretty on the table. —Dorothy Pritchett, Wills Point, Texas
From just two trees, we get an abundance of pears. So I'm always looking for new ideas on how to use them. This elegant roast offers a delicious way to incorporate pears into a main dish stuffing and glaze.
My favorite entree for Christmas and other special occasions, a crown roast is easy to prepare. Both its elegant appearance and excellent flavor are sure to impress your friends and family. (Call ahead to order a crown roast from your butcher or meat department.)
I enjoy cooking and am constantly on the lookout for new recipes to try. I feel very fortunate when I find a dish like this that becomes a family favorite. Ever since I found this recipe several years ago, it's the main way I fix pork loin.
-Virgina Barrett, Rochester, New York