I like to think of myself as a "recipe tinkerer". It's fun to take a recipe, add ingredients (like shredded potato to a traditional dumpling) and make the final result my very own. -Shawn Asiala, Boca Raton, Florida
Pierogies are dumplings or tiny pies stuffed with a filling, often potatoes and cheese, and boiled, then cooked in butter. Our friends always ask us to bring them to potlucks. —Diane Gawrys, Manchester, Tennessee
"I received this recipe from a friend of mine, then tweaked it to suit my family's tastes," says Chris Shields of Monrovia, Indiana. Mountain Dew is the "secret" ingredient in this rich apple dessert that's a snap to make.
My Italian mother remembers her mother making these dumplings for special occasions. She still has the bowl Grandma mixed the dough in, which will be passed down to me some day. —Tina Repak of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
These tender homemade spaetzle noodles take only minutes to make and are a natural accompaniment to chicken. You can enjoy them with chicken gravy or simply buttered and sprinkled with parsley. —Pamela Eaton, Monclova, Ohio