I lead a busy life, so I'm always trying to come up with time-saving recipes. This zippy and colorful soup is one of my husband's favorites. It has been a hit at family gatherings, too. —Vickie Gibson, Gardendale, Alabama
These juicy tenderloin steaks, lightly crusted with blue cheese and bread crumbs, are special enough for holiday dining. When drizzled with wine sauce, the beef melts in your mouth. —Tiffany Vancil, San Diego, California
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.
I got the basics of this recipe from a friend at a Super Bowl party and tweaked it from there. I do have to tone it down a bit for my wife...and my mom once asked if I was trying to get my inheritance early! People who like spicy food really go for it.—Rob Via, Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
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
Fit for a dairy farmer's birthday, this hearty appetizer was perfect for our theme dinner. The spread is "beefed up" with dairy products, and pecans give it a pleasant crunch.
—Carol Troyer, Pryor, Oklahoma and Teresa Stutzman, Adair, Oklahoma
"This is a great recipe for grilling out or for camping trips," notes Jodee Harding of Granville, Ohio. "Adapt it for indoors by cooking the steaks in a skillet and heating the tortillas in a warm oven."
When I make meat loaf, I usually just mix together whatever I have on hand. One time I added leftover kidney beans I had in the fridge, and my family loved the meat loaf's soft texture. Now it's our favorite.
—Patricia Zwerk of Tucson, Arizona
Meet the Cook: Frankly, I never cared much for chili. But my husband, Pat, likes it. So I just played around with ingredients until I came up with one I enjoyed - this one!
Pat and I are the parents of a pair of sons and the grandparents of five.
-Sue O'Connor, Lucan, Ontario