Sauteed bits of garlic and shallot, plus a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds, turn ordinary beans into something special. Keep the recipe in mind for your garden crop in summer, too. —Deirdre Cox, Kansas City, Missouri
Snappy Pea Pods look just as good as they taste. “This side dish is great and really quick,” says Trisha Kruse of Eagle, Idaho. “Sesame oil enhances the pea pods' flavor, giving this medley extra flair.”
If you crave Asian food or just want to add some excitement to suppertime, give this exotic pasta from our Test Kitchen a try. The linguine with crunchy veggies, peanut butter and sesame seeds can be served warm or cold. For more zip, stir in an extra splash of hot pepper sauce.
I love to cook and come up with new recipes. I serve this dish at least once a month and sometimes more. For a different twist, I'll occasionally add a scrambled egg or use soy sauce instead of the rice vinegar. —Sonya Labbe, Santa Monica, California