We raise hogs, so pork is something I cook with a lot. These miniature meat loaves made with ground pork and Italian herbs are full of flavor. Our children especially like the topping of ketchup and Parmesan cheese.
-Patricia Staudt, Marble Rock, Iowa
Our three boys don't seem to mind the flavor mushrooms, green peppers and onions in my spaghetti sauce as much as the chunks. Through the years, I've learned to chop the vegetables very fine so there's nothing for them to search for and pick out.—LaVonne Hegland, St. Michael, Minnesota
We can hardly wait to dig into this cheesy, meaty lasagna. It smells great when baking and tastes even better! Watching Mom carefully make this wonderful main dish and hearing the raves she gets inspired me to learn to cook.
-Gina Squires, Salem, Oregon
My husband, Mark, and I host Wednesday night dinners at our church. It's a fun way to help others and to experiment with different recipes. No matter how many times I prepare it, this remains a favorite.—Becky Carnell, Rowlett, Texas
Meet the Cook: At our house, this is a regular - it's as much fun to fix as it is to eat! (Sometimes, we even make extras of the potatoes to serve as appetizers.) Since it's so thick, it's great for potlucks as well.
My husband and I frequently team up in the kitchen. We're the parents of two young daughters, ages 4 and 1.
-Mara Beaumont, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
With mozzarella cheese inside, these tender meatballs taste almost like pizza. Whether I make them for a church potluck or a family gathering, they're a hit with all ages. --Kim Kanatzar, Blue Springs, Missouri
For a big hearty meal, I make this recipe as a side dish to go with veal cutlets or a roast. But you could also serve the beefy lasagna as a main dish. Just pair it with a tossed green salad and loaf of garlic bread. —Patricia Collins, Imbler, Oregon
Served with crusty French bread, this makes a great summer meal. My husband and our two daughters ask me to fix it for them frequently.
Besides cooking, I enjoy antiques, crafts and getting out in the garden.
-Michele Shank, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania