Tropical fruit lends a summery taste to Mary Beth Harris-Murphee's easy salmon main course. “Make the salsa the night before and serve it with cellophane noodles or jasmine rice for a fast and delicious meal,” she writes from Tyler, Texas.
This simple skillet recipe makes it easy to cook turkey on a weeknight. The combination of sweet, spicy and smoky flavors from orange, peppers and molasses is amazing.Darlene Morris, Franklinton, Louisiana
In Forest City, Iowa, Margaret Peterson shares this tongue-tingling combination of savory ground beef and zippy seasonings. Turn a big batch of this mixture into a taco supper when serving plenty of hungry guests. Or use a portion to feed your family, saving the extra meat for the following dishes.
Your gang will come running the minute you take this zesty pizza out of the oven. Sarah Vovos of Middleton, Wisconsin tops convenient refrigerated pizza dough with leftover taco meat, tomatoes and cheese, bringing a flavor-filled fiesta to the table.
Diners meet up with plenty of flavor when they dig into Marian Platt's meatless mainstay that's bursting with cheese, rice, onion and peppers. "These burritos are a fun change of pace from traditional sandwiches," she notes from Sequim, Washington.
Meet the Cook: My "policy" in the kitchen is to try to fix something totally new at least once a week. This recipe came out beautifully on the first try! Ever since, in between experiments, I've made it often.
I usually fix Meaty Spanish Rice for family meals - but it's also great for doubling if unexpected company comes and the cupboards are all nearly bare!
My husband and I own a small engine repair service. Someday soon, we plan to retire to the farm 70 miles west of here that we also operate. We have three grown children and five grandchildren - and I spend as much time with those little ones as I can!
-Margaret Shauers, Great Bend, Kansas
I like to "spice up" my meat dishes with peppers, and this Basque Piperadeadapted from a Spanish recipeis a family favorite. The bright red and green peppers look especially good with meats like pork, chicken or seafood...but I use the sauce to season beef when I cook that, too.
This recipe has been in my family so long I don't even remember where it came from. Mexican-style food has been a favorite of mine since I was a child. This easy dish is mild, but it can be made hotter if desired.
Savory Cajun flavor zips up this quick skillet dish that's loaded with beans, tomatoes, rice and seasonings. "It's delicious served with corn bread muffins," notes Ranae Jones from Fort Rucker, Alabama.