"I THINK what I enjoy most about Ukrainian cooking is the smells it creates. This pork roast reminds me of my mother's kitchen—it smells wonderful! My mother canned and preserved in the fall and always used applesauce to glaze the meat. That's probably why I associate the sweet aroma of this hearty stick-to-your-ribs meal with cooler weather."
When I was newly married, I was very interested in cooking, so I started to collect recipes. My new sister-in-law's mother sent me her family's favorite chicken recipe, and I knew it was destined to be a favorite in our household. The delicate flavor of lemon makes this dish great. —Elisabeth Garrison, Elmer, New Jersey
Even though Connie Lou Bommers can't lay claim to Irish ancestry, this Pella, Iowa subscriber calls St. Patrick's Day one of her favorite holidays. "Everything about it is so festive," she enthuses, "especially the food." Connie shares the dinner she prepares, starting with this succulent corned beef recipe. "Aside from Christmas, it's the meal we most enjoy," she affirms.—Connie Lou Blommers, Pella, Iowa
Just right for an endearing February 14 meal is this lovely looking roast from Linda Ault of Newberry, Indiana. (The pretty potato roses, carved by Crafting Traditions' kitchen experts, provide an inviting hearty complement.) Linda writes it's a favorite with her family—so add it to your all-year recipe file as well!
Meet the Cook: About any side dish would accompany this entree well. In summer, we like to have our homegrown sweet corn and cheesy potatoes hot off the grill, a cold salad and green vegetables alongside it.
If you ever have leftovers - it's rare that we do! - the pork would be good in a breakfast casserole or omelet.
-Ginger Johnson, Farmington, Illinois
Meet the Cook: Whether I serve this roast for church dinners, company or just family, it is always a hit. (To go along with it, my family likes scalloped potatoes, tossed salad and pie). If there's ever any left over, it makes good sandwiches, too.
I'm a widow with four children, 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Many of them live close by, so I still do plenty of cooking.
-Ardis Gautier, Lamont, Oklahoma