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
I came up with the recipe for this creamy and satisfying macaroni and cheese, which has a special twist. My husband requests it often - it's hearty enough to serve as a main dish.
-Michelle Rotunno, Independence, Missouri
My mom and her dear friend, Betty, came up with this recipe many years ago, and I'm still using it. Of course with sever kids in the family, Mom would have to double and sometimes triple the recipe.—Karen Byrd, Las Vegas, Nevada
My children liked to eat pizza with a lot of toppings, so I developed this recipe. With fresh tomatoes available year-round here, we still make it often, even though the kids are grown. It's a delightful change from usual meat-topped pizza.
What I cook is far better than any of those single-serving meals I can by in the frozen foods section at the supermarket. The fettuccini really picks up the basil and garlic flavors.—Ruth Bolduc, Conway, New Hampshire
"MANICOTTI was served as a first course for Easter dinner, and it's so good that we had to remember to save our appetites for the rest of the meal. Instead of using pasta, Mother made crepes, which we helped her fill with smooth ricotta cheese. It was a special holiday treat."
You can bet the pasta was homemade when my aunt made this dish. You don't have to make your own pasta, of course, especially if you want the preparation to go a lot quicker. What I remember most from those afternoons at my aunt's is the aroma of this sauce cooking. She'd have it simmering for 8 to 10 hours. I was worth the wait! —Esther Perea, Van Nuys, California