I love fresh strawberries, and I try to enjoy as many as possible during the season. Because so many strawberry recipes are quite sweet, I wanted to start the meal with something savory, so I came up with strawberries, cheese and good bread.
A soy sauce mixture with sesame seeds and green onion adds flavor to these deep-fried wings. My mom got the recipe from a friend in Vancouver, British Columbia and passed it on to me. My husband just loves chicken wings, and these are by far his favorite.
-Tami McLean, Brampton, Ontario
We’re of German heritage, so we love bold flavors. Cheddar and beer make a tangy dip to serve with pretzels, crackers, pumpernickel and brats. Choose a beer that you really enjoy the flavor of, as it will come through in your finished recipe. —Angela Spengler, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
This creamy flavorful dip from Linda Doll of St. Albert, Alberta is sure to be popular at parties. “Bake it in a hollowed-out pumpernickel or white round bread loaf,” she suggests. “Serve it with bread cubes, pita bread or assorted raw veggies.” TIP: “I often used canned crab,” Linda notes.
WHEN I was 13, I came to the United States from Korea with my family. Korean food was the staple of our meals as I was growing up in America and still is today with a family of my own. Although many of the dishes from my heritage are hot and spicy, Korean Wontons (mandoo) are not. The fried dumplings, filled with vegetables and beef, are very easy to prepare, and the ingredients are inexpensive. As a stay-home mom with four kids, I prepare Korean food almost every day because my husband, Yong, says he cannot live without it, even though he’s been in America for almost 30 years!—Christy Lee, Horsham, Pennsylvania
Guests will think you spent hours preparing these cute appetizers, but they're really easy to assemble, using purchased puff pastry. And the tasty combination of Brie, caramelized onions and caraway is terrific.
-Carole Resnick, Cleveland, Ohio
These easy shrimp look impressive on a buffet table and taste even better! The zesty sauce has a wonderful spicy citrus flavor. I especially like this recipe because I can prepare it ahead of time. —Mary Jane Guest, Alamosa, Colorado
Classic empanadas from South America are stuffed pastries of beef or chicken, usually fried. That doesn't mean "classic" never changes. Chicken goes well with black beans, corn and jalapenos in this baked version with a Southwestern spin. —Jane McMillan, Dania Beach, Florida