For a winning appetizer, serve crispy phyllo cups filled with taco-seasoned ground beef and shredded cheese. These handheld bites will be a surefire hit with a hungry crowd. —Roseann Weston, Philipsburg, Pennsylvania
Blue cheese contributes a pleasant, tangy bite and olive a saltiness to this creamy cheese ball. For the optimum taste, let the cheese ball stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving.—Jan Stawara, Howell, Michigan
We love to use this versatile mayo on any sandwich, but it's especially good on a BLT or grilled hamburgers. I usually make a big batch on the weekends and use it as leftovers to dress up any evening meal. —Cindie Haras, Jupiter, Florida
This pretty bruschetta packs plenty of fresh flavor and gets a hint of heat from jalapeno pepper. It’s perfect for a casual buffet table when tomatoes are at their summer best. Del Mason of Martensville, Saskatchewan shares the recipe.
MY HUSBAND suggested I share this salad recipe. It's one of his favorites, which I created long ago in a moment of panic.
I'd opened the refrigerator to get out the makings for green salad and discovered I had only a couple lettuce leaves. The cottage cheese was a perfect substitute.
-Pat Wasing, Houston, Texas
This recipe uses the combination of veggies from one of my favorite recipes and the rolling technique of another. The result is this stunning presentation which tastes as good as it looks. —Laine Beal, Topeka, Kansas
Valerie Moore of Olathe, Kansas likes using a colorful blend of peppers to brighten her skillet specialty—and a little balsamic vinegar to flavor the tender chicken. If you prefer a stronger flavor, add a little more!
Pineapple juice, soy sauce and cider vinegar give these juicy steaks their tangy taste. We found that the sweet and tropical marinade is also good on pork.
—Lorraine Darocha of Mountain City, Tennessee
So much flavor for so few fixings! "This family favorite of ours has a great fresh taste, lots of different textures and can be tossed together in a heartbeat," says Chris DeMontravel in Mohegan Lake, New York. "For variety, change up the dressing to honey mustard or any other favorite."
I grow purple asparagus, so I'm always looking for new ways to prepare it. Recently, my husband and I discovered how wonderful any color of asparagus tastes when it's grilled. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
I love fresh strawberries, and I try to enjoy as many as possible during the season. Because so many strawberry recipes are quite sweet, I wanted to start the meal with something savory, so I came up with strawberries, cheese and good bread.
Sharing supper with a friend who’s watching his or her weight? Taco seasoning, salsa and a squirt of lime add up to a nice summery flavor for chicken—but a slim 239 calories for you! —Doris Heath, Franklin, North Carolina
Sauteed green beans, hunks of blue cheese and toasted nuts make this an extremely decadent salad. "I lightened up two recipes and combined them into this elegant specialty," writes Sarah Bartel from her home in Kewaunee, Wisconsin.
This chicken dish is extremely fast and economical. It makes a nice sauce that works well over brown rice or wide noodles. If you want extra sauce for leftovers, double the recipe. —Irene Boffo, Fountain Hills, Arizona