Put your garden-fresh summertime veggies to good use in a colorful side dish that gets a little heat from Cajun seasoning. It pairs well with any entree, and it's quick and easy to prepare. —Nancy Dentler, Greensboro, North Carolina
Although they might sound fussy to fix, these spuds are really a cinch from start to finish, according to the CT kitchen staff. All you need to do is mash the potatoes, pipe the mixture into fun designs using cake-decorating tools, then bake.
On a chilly morning, this fruity side dish warms you up. It complements just about anything you'd choose to serve for breakfast or brunch, such as the German Pancake or an egg dish or slices of warmed Canadian bacon.
-Renae Moncur, Burley, Idaho
"Don't forget fried potatoes-they're a wonderful way to use up leftovers," reminds Judy Scholovich from our test kitchen. "Ready in just seconds, they taste great with breakfast or as a side dish for supper."
When I was a girl, Mother made carrots taste more like candy than a vegetable with this recipe. She'd serve them, garnished with parsley, in a pretty bowl. They looked too good to eat - but that didn't stop us!
-Helen Vail, Glenside, Pennsylvania
"This speedy side dish is loaded with flavor," comments Kenda Nicholson, Honey Grove, Texas. "It's a wonderful way to use up garden bounty—the recipe was the result of an abundant crop of green peppers my parents grew."
A colorful mix of zucchini, onion, celery, green pepper and tomato is at its tasty best in this simple side dish. Mom came up with this recipe as a way to use up her garden vegetables. It has the taste of summer.—Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
In Carmel, Maine, Jacquelyn Smith dresses up garden-fresh zucchini with mushrooms, onion, cheddar cheese and a hint of basil. "I let everyone season their own servings of this side dish with salt and pepper at the table," she adds.
Lots of wonderfully fresh-tasting vegetables are showcased in this chunky soup sent by Victoria Zmarzley-Hahn of Northampton, Pennsylvania. "It's a great way to use up summer's excess produce," she explains. "And it's so versatile—you can add or delete just about any vegetable."