The addition of hot sauce zips up this cut of meat. It takes me back to spicy dinners I enjoyed as a child in the Southwest. I like to use the leftovers in different dishes-including barbecued beef sandwiches, quesadillas and burritos. —Carol Stevens, Basye, Virginia
Tender slices of this fruit-glazed ham are on our family's Christmas menu every year. Topping the meat with pineapple slices, cherries and cloves makes it look festive--and adds to the flavor of this easy holiday entree.
I have such fond childhood memories of Christmas dinner and my mother serving a golden brown Christmas goose. To flavor the meat, Mom stuffed the bird with peeled and quartered fruit that's discarded after baking.
White Stone, Virginia
They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. So when I invite that special guy to dinner, I like to prepare something equally special. This well-seasoned pasta dish has lots of flavor...and it won't hurt your budget!
Silver Spring, Maryland
A platter crowned with her impressive ham is passed around Barbara Nowakowski's table at holiday time. "I always get requests for this on special occasions," she relates from Mesa, Arizona. A spiced marmalade glaze and plump golden raisins add sweetness to every slice.
I adapted this recipe from a seasoning I saw for blackened catfish. Because these steaks have a lot of kick, I make a more mellow side dish, like buttered potatoes or grilled fresh vegetables. —Vera Kobiako, Jupiter, Florida
Sun-dried tomatoes and curry take center stage in this pasta dish that's loaded with tender shrimp and crunchy asparagus. "This is one of my husband's favorites for special occasions," notes Shirley Kunde of Rhinelander, Wisconsin. "Guests always enjoy it, too."
Sheets of easy-to-use phyllo dough create a crisp buttery crust for this comforting entree from Nancy Granaman. "This egg and vegetable pie always gets thumbs-up approval from my sons and husband," says the Burlington, Iowa cook.