"I first tasted this warm, well-flavored dip at our daughter's house—and immediately asked for the recipe," relates Ramona Larson, a homemaker from Andover, Minnesota. Since then, she's served it herself at family gatherings. "Everyone who tries it comes back for more," she reports. If you'd like, you can place the dip in a hollowed-out-artichoke, just like our kitchen crafters did. Or keep it in the dish you bake it in—either way, it'll heat up any setting.
Enjoy this colorful and refreshing Tuscan Bean Salad suggested by Cori Rothe from Livermore, California. It’s a “can’t-miss” side dish that’s jam-packed with juicy veggies, wonderful flavor and easy convenience.
"This is a snap to make, thanks to store-bought pizza dough...and the kids love it," writes Andrea Jones of McKinney, Texas. TIP: "You can use just about any pizza topping as filling to suit different tastes," Andrea writes.
“After dating my husband for a month, I wanted to impress him with my cooking," recalls Lindy Bonnell of Loveland, Colorado. "When I fixed this recipe, it convinced him I was ‘the one’! We’ve been married for several years.”
Capers are actually pickled flower buds. Look for them near the pickles and olives in your grocery store. They’re very salty and should always be rinsed before using. Don’t have any capers? Chopped green olives make a good substitute.
My mom's deep-fried rice balls, flavored with traditional Italian cheeses, make a hearty main dish. She serves them with her special spaghetti sauce - my favorite - featuring ground beef and artichoke hearts.
-Concetta Maranto Skenfield, Bakersfield, California
Strudel through history and you’ll find origins for this sweet layered pastry in Austria. Bring it over to the savory side with Tuscan influences of tomatoes, mushrooms and pesto. —Jeanne Holt, Mendota Heights, Minnesota