I work full time but love to make home-cooked meals for my husband and son. It’s a comfort to walk in and smell this simmering roast that I know will be fall-apart tender and delicious. —Gina Jackson, Ogdensburg, New York
"I sometimes treat my friends at work to these peppy pitas at lunchtime," relates Helen Overman from Pottsboro, Texas. "I prepare everything in advance, so the spicy sandwiches can just be zapped in the microwave."
Traditional Reuben taste-but without the bread. Sauerkraut fans will love this hearty, layered casserole shared by Agnes Golian of Garfield Heights, Ohio.
TIP: Round out this meal for two with dinner rolls and a light fruit dessert.
Go on a burger road trip in your own backyard. Grill the patties and load them sky high. Peanut butter and bacon make them southern style; coleslaw and tomatoes, a northern version. —Susan Mahaney, New Hartford, New York
From Locust Grove, Oklahoma, Linda Foreman suggests this quick steak with sauteed mushrooms and beans and a zesty dipping sauce for cool-weather evenings. To complete the meal, she serves with steak fries, potato salad or pasta and cold beer or wine.