My mom immigrated from the Philippines, so we would often eat Filipino pancit, a well-known noodle dish. I took her version and added my own touches to make it easier and a little healthier. —Jasmin Baron, Livonia, New York
My husband enjoys Chinese food, and he's my test kitchen judge. Thus far, there aren't many dishes he doesn't care for. Early in our marriage, I tried not to serve some of the common dishes I grew up with and have become more creative with cooking. —Shirley Claggett
Red pepper flakes, ginger and garlic lend a spicy touch to this seafood stir-fry. Pea pods, carrots and Chinese cabbage give the dish a fresh taste that's more than welcomed as the season changes. -The L&T Home Economists
Soy sauce and gingerroot add great flavor to this quick beef stir-fry. It couldn’t be simpler to make, but it’s definitely elegant enough to serve someone special. Charlene Chambers - Ormond Beach, Florida
"As the holidays near, I fix meals that are simple, light and nutritious," writes Sharon /Fleming of Bogota, Colombia. "This is one of our favorites. I keep cut-up veggies in the fridge for snacks...they're handy for tossing into stir-fries like this."