Completely packed with delicious fillings, these pockets get their patriotic name from red peppers, white sour cream and tangy blue cheese. But don’t wait for the Fourth of July to serve them; they’re fantastic any night of the year! Charlene Chambers — Ormond Beach, Florida
Meet the Cook: My husband and I lived for 11 years in the Arctic, where there was very little fresh produce and I had to order non-perishable groceries for a year ahead of time. This hearty soup - a meal in itself served with warm rolls - became a staple in our diet because it requires ingredients I could easily find.
-Lil Morris, Emerald Park, Saskatchewan
A succulent mixture of spinach, peppers and sunflower kernels gives extra-special flavor to these steak slices from Jetta Kaune of Ft. Huachuca, Arizona. "When I have time, I roast my own sweet peppers for the filling," she notes.
"This is one of my husband's favorite dishes," relates Carmen Edwards of Midland, Texas. "I like it because it has meat and vegetables, and the flavors work so well together. Sometimes we serve it over rice and add steamed asparagus or a salad for a great meal."
Cool cucumber and avocado combine with spicy marinated steak to create a fun and tasty balance of flavors your guests will love. If the spice is too much, remove the cayenne and red pepper flakes from the avocado mixture.—Ning Watson of San Diego, California
It takes just minutes to broil this nicely seasoned flank steak that’s served with made-in-minutes couscous. Slicing the meat on an angle across the grain produces the most tender results. If you prefer, a pound of sirloin steak can be used instead of the flank steak in this recipe.