Granola goes glam when stowed in a see-through container decked out with tinsel. Nuts, dried fruit and more make a crunchy mix for topping oatmeal or eating by the handful. Tie on mini holiday bulbs fancied up with a metallic paint. —Johnna Johnson, Scottsdale, Arizona
“My best friend made this refreshing salad for lunch one hot summer day,” says Nikki Gaines of Covington, Georgia. “It was so good, I just had to have the recipe. Now I make it every chance I get. It’s always a hit at picnics and church brunches.”
This delicious alternative to maple syrup makes a great change-of-pace topper for French toast and other morning meals. "My husband doesn't feel deprived when I serve this syrup with his waffles and pancakes," says Barbara Hill of Oil Springs, Ontario.
When I was a little girl, my grandmother took me aside one day and taught me how to make her famous banana beignets. Although we made them during the holidays, they're pretty fantastic any time of the year. —Amy Downing, South Riding, Virginia
Five ingredients are all you need for this lip-smacking sauce that's ideal over reduced-fat ice cream. "We even like it warm over biscuits with a dash of cinnamon and a dollop of whipped cream," writes Evelyn Gebhardt from Kasilof, Alaska.
Just a sweet little something to top off any meal at all and make it special — from breakfast to dinner! These party-pretty bites are as easy to make as they are delicious. Try them as a refreshing fruit appetizer, too.
Lisa Huff – Clive, IA
The microwave makes Loretta Kleinjan's warm and cozy treat a snap to whip up. "Adapt the ingredients to suit your taste," suggests the Volga, South Dakota reader. "Try it as a quick pick-me-up any time of day."
I was never a fan of grapefruit until I had it broiled at a Florida restaurantit was so tangy and delicious! I finally got the recipe and now make it often for husband Ron, myself and our children and grandchildren.
Terry Bray, Auburndale, Florida
Meet the Cook: With all the eggs our chickens produce, I could make this omelet every day! I guess I consider it to be mostly a festive dish, but you could fix it anytime...including for a light supper.
Growing up in a big family - seven children - of big eaters, I started cooking early. Now, I have a husband who likes to eat! We're the parents of one son, 8, and two daughters, 6 and 4.
-Melissa Davenport, Campbell, Minnesota
Cinnamon, nutmeg and honey add a dash of heartwarming charm to this crunchy homemade granola. "We like it over yogurt or milk, but it's also good on it's own as a snack," promises Oshkosh, Wisconsin's Margaret Potempa.
New dietary recommendations encourage half of the grains in the diet to come from whole grains like the oatmeal in this recipe. Try sprinkling this granola on yogurt, salads, ice cream and baked winter squash to help meet your dietary goals.