At our house, low-and-slow recipes have to have kid and husband appeal, plus good marks for nutrition. This chipotle chicken wins in both categories. Use leftovers for zippy barbecue pizzas or burritos. —Tamra Parker, Manlius, NY
A DEAR NEIGHBOR shared this zesty recipe with me in the late '50s - she'd found it in a Marine Officers' Wives cookbook.
This barbecue has always been a great hit with my family. I usually serve it with French fries and coleslaw.
-Carmine Walters, San Jose, California
I love experimenting in the kitchen. These tasty meatballs made with turkey were a family-pleasing results the first time I made them. They're so good, people don't always realize they're good for you as well.—Mary Stifflemire, Lexington, Texas
If your family likes gyros as much as mine, they'll love this easy version that's made with ground beef instead of lamb. I found the recipe in a newspaper and adapted it to fit our tastes. They're very much like the ones served at a local restaurant. A cucumber yogurt sauce adds an authentic finishing touch. —Ruth Stahl, Shepherd, Montana
A friend of mine invented this fruity chicken salad. I've made it many times, and guests are always surprised at the pleasant blend of tastes and textures. It's handy to take in a cooler to a picnic, where you can assemble the croissants on site.
-Shelia Lammers, Englewood, Colorado
My husband and his buddies love to pack these tasty sandwiches when they go on fishing trips. The tangy tuna salad gets fun flavor from sweet pickle relish and lots of crunch from apples, celery and walnuts. The satisfying sandwiches are a complete meal in themselves.
-Ivy Eresmas, Dade City, Florida
"We created these quick vegetable patties to use up some of our garden bounty," relates Mary James from Port Orchard, Washington. "To suit your family's tastes, include more of the vegetables you like and leave out the ones you don't for a specialty sandwich that's all your own."
"It's a snap to prepare these beefed-up sandwiches that get their fast flavor from onion soup mix and cheddar cheese," remarks Erlene Cornelius from Spring City, Tennessee. At just 47 cents a serving, they're economical as well.
Here's a guaranteed table-brightener for a shower, luncheon or party. Just stand back and watch these sandwiches vanish. For an eye-catching presentation, I tuck each one into a colorful folded napkin.
-Roxann Parker, Dover, Delaware