"I created this zippy side dish after eating something similar at a restaurant. It complements any Tex-Mex meal wonderfully," writes Michelle Dennis of Clarks Hill, Indiana. "Sometimes I add cubes of grilled chicken breast to the rice to make it a meal in itself."
I guess I'm one of those women "who have moved from the country in body but not in heart"! Although I'm an attorney in a large city, my parents are ranchers. And, since they once grew rice, that's a staple of my cooking.
Because of my busy schedule, I like dishes like this that can be easily reheated throughout the week. This was actually a soup recipe when I first found it. I needed a side dish, however, so I simply reduced the amount of water.
The recipe for this zippy side dish was given to me by my husband's grandmother. Convenient corn bread stuffing mix and a can of green chilies give fast flavor to sliced summer squash. Since I cook for just my husband and me, I often freeze the leftovers for another day.
-Tara Kay Cottingham, Munday, Texas
"This colorful dish was a hit at a get-together I had for friends," say Ellen Papa, who works as a caterer in Miami, Florida. "I served the tart with sour cream on the side, a green salad and crusty bread."
In Mexico, grilled corn sometimes comes slathered in mayonnaise, rolled in grated cheese and served with lime and chili powder. This is my family’s take on the dish, with our own flavor enhancements.—Carolyn Kumpe, El Dorado, California
We have so few bad-weather days in New Mexico that we like to celebrate cold rainy one with bowls of hot soup. My family likes this ham and bean variety alongside green chili corn muffins.
—Beverly Peacock of Santa Teresa, New Mexico
It's a snap to change the spice level in this popular rice side dish by choosing a milder or hotter salsa. It's a delicious way to round out burritos or tacos when the clock is ticking. —Molly Ingle, Canton, North Carolina
"One of my family's favorite vegetables is corn, and this quick corn dish is so easy to prepare," assures Nancy McDonald of Burns, Wyoming. "It tastes delicious and goes very well with turkey and chicken. It's a simple way to add a touch of spice to your meal."