"Here in the Northwest, we have a seemingly endless supply of seafood, so we're always searching for creative new recipes," reveals Renton, Washington cook Jennie Benjaminson. "This thick hearty stew was a big hit when I served it one year on Father's Day. My dad loved it! And so did everyone else."
"I developed this seasoned chicken mixture to reduce meal preparation time," writes Nancy Pease of Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania. "It's handy to keep in the freezer for a head start on three different meals. No one realizes they come from the same beginnings,"
"The mouthwatering aroma of this herbed fish dish baking is sure to lure guests to your kitchen" predicts Ellen De Munnik. "It makes a lovely and colorful presentation for company," she adds from Chesterfield, Michigan. "In a pinch, you can use dried herbs and canned diced tomatoes to replace the fresh ingredients."—Ellen De Munnik, Chesterfield, Michigan
Fishing for salmon is how we make our livelihood, so we eat it four or more times a week. This recipe is quick, has tasty seasonings and lets the goodness of grilled salmon come through.—Jenny Roth, Homer, Alaska
It's hard to resist a big scoop of this comforting casserole with its fluffy mashed potato topping. Eggplant, lamb and ground turkey complement each other nicely in the stick-to-your-ribs filling. —Sharon Ann McCray
San Francisco, California
Shrimp and clams give such an elegant touch to this easy-to-fix linguine dish that people will think you fussed, predicts Karen Fitzgerald of Mt. Airy, Maryland. "I'm a day-care provider with a husband and two hungry boys to cook for. When I'm pressed for time, I rely on this tried-and-true recipe that everyone likes."
"This special entree is always on our Easter table, and i serve it for other events throughout the year," notes Christy Porter of Centennial, Colorado. "I first tasted this delicious lamb at a dinner party given by a friend."
"With lots of prosciutto and flavor from feta and seasonings, this impressive pasta is quick and easy," Jill Conley relates from Chicago, Illinois. "It’s a tasty entree for a twosome’s weeknight meal. Plus, it’s a cinch to double for a crowd at special gatherings."
"This is without a doubt the yummiest stew I've ever tasted," informs Lorna Irving of Holberg, British Columbia. "My mom often made it for special occasions when I was growing up. It's been popular with our family for the past 40 years. You can make it ahead and reheat before serving."
"Out of all our recipes for pasta, this simple meatless main dish is our favorite," writes Christa and Holley Hageman from Telford, Pennsylvania. "We can hardly wait for summer to arrive so we can use our garden-fresh tomatoes and minced basil in this recipe." The entree's Mediterranean flair comes from feta cheese, oregano, olive oil and lemon.
My son-who is now 27-brought home this recipe for moussaka (a classic Greek entree) when he had a sixth-grade assignment about Greece. It earned high marks when we made it for his class. Men love the hearty meat-and-potatoes combination.