I love the addition of peanut butter to savory recipes. Intensify the flavor by sprinkling with minced fresh cilantro and chopped peanuts for that restaurant-quality look and taste. —Stephanie Anderson, South Gardiner, Maine
This is a fantastic curry that I've tweaked over the years using a blend of aromatic spices. Fenugreek seeds can be found in specialty spice stores and are common in Middle Eastern curries and chutneys, but you can leave them out of this recipe. —Janis Kracht, Windsor, New York
Growing up and living in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, we've always had fresh vegetables from the garden, and this recipe allows me to use many of them. These stuffed peppers are equally perfect for lunch or dinner.
This is a heart-healthy, one-skillet meal that is quick and easy to prepare, yet elegant enough for company. Vegetarian teachers and students alike appreciate this stew at school potlucks. —Jane Siemon, Viroqua, Wisconsin
“I’ve been making this pretty, festive-looking dish for years and people often ask for the recipe. Convenient for company, it can be made ahead of time right up to the point of dusting with flour and browning.” —Virgina Anthony, Jacksonville,
Breakfast for lunch or dinner? Why not, when the recipe’s this easy! I like to serve it with some crisp, juicy sweet apples. Sometimes I add raisins and nuts to the filling for sweetness and crunch. —Michele McHenry, Bellingham, WA
For a fresh take on flounder, Phyllis Schmalz, Kansas City, Kansas, came up with an oven-baked, lightly breaded fillet teamed with tarragon tartar sauce. Lake perch, tilapia, sole and orange roughy work just as well in her recipe.
More than at any other time of year, watching your diet around the holidays can be a real challenge. That's when I reach for this chicken recipe. It's festive and full-flavored, so you won't feel like you're missing out on the best tastes of the season.