I used to have a catering business, and my specialty was comfort food. I once needed a gluten-free meatloaf and my clients went nuts over this. I often use an 8x8 pan or a loaf pan, but a muffin tin really cuts the cooking time. —Vangie Panagotopulos, Moorestown, New Jersey
“I found this recipe just about the time I was getting brave about using herbs and rubs to flavor meats,” recalls Karin Woodbury of Ocala, Florida. “My family loved the taste and it's been a favorite ever since.”
Every time I fix this recipe for friends, it's asked for - and usually by the husbands! As a new mom (Mike and I are the parents of a 9-month-old son) who works full-time, I also like how easy it is to prepare. It's one of our favorites. Some people I've shared the recipe with have used a beef brisket in place of the regular roast. For a bit different taste, I at times add red wine vinegar. My mom started me cooking young. I made my first from-scratch Thanksgiving dinner at 13. After that, I fig
Good old-fashioned pot roast has a new mouthwatering flavor the way Deby Kominski prepares it. "This colorful dish makes an appealing holiday meal," she writes from Honesdale, Pennsylvania. "The cranberries mixed with horseradish give the beef terrific taste. You can add any vegetables you like to make it more unique."—Deby Kominski, Honesdale, Pennsylvania
At church socials and family reunions, this satisfying dressing has always been well received. It's a favorite with our family, too. I cut back on the recipe to serve a smaller group.
Lake Charles, Louisiana
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.
PASTIES were a must years ago when men worked the mines in northern Michigan. The housewives made them in the morning and wrapped them tightly in newspaper so they would stay warm until lunch break.
Everyone used to say my mom made the best pasties in the world. This is her recipe.
-Vivienne Abraham, Detroit, Michigan