Guests won't need much coaching to run for the sandwiches when they're served on tasty football buns, like those I baked for a theme party. They were part of a sporty dinner I planned for residents at a nursing home, where I head the food staff. —Sister Judith LaBrozzi
Convenient canned crab and flavored cream cheese combine to turn ordinary celery sticks into special appetizers. I keep this recipe's ingredients on hand for anytime snacking. —Marian Platt, Sequim, Washington
"These mini tarts are perfect for showers, parties or whenever you need a pretty dessert," writes Shelly Forslund of Delafield, Wisconsin. Tip: "Top them with blueberries, mandarin orange segments, or sliced strawberries, kiwifruit, bananas or pineapple," she advises.
Put this colorful creamy combination into the mix of dishes at your next get-together—and watch it disappear fast! Radishes, cucumber, green pepper and onion lend fresh garden flavor to the macaroni mixture. Remarks Edie DeSpain of Logan, Utah. "It also makes a nice light meal on a hot summer day." (For best results, unmold the salad just before serving.)
People will think you went to a lot of trouble to make these luscious pies, but with just six ingredients, it's quite simple to make. The crowd-pleasing dessert will be the hit of any potluck or party. —Anne Powers, Munford, Alabama
"I constantly had cravings for peanut butter while I was pregnant with our second child," says Columbia City, Indiana's Karen Jagger. "This unusual dessert pizza satisfied me, and using a brownie mix meant I could throw it together in no time."
Vegetables and dip are a mainstay at most holiday parties. I like to dress up this appetizer by cutting vegetables into festive shapes and arranging them as a wreath. It's a nice conversation piece.
—Edna Hoffman, Hebron, Indiana
Sweetened cream cheese is a simple and satisfying way to dress up canned pears. Plus, they look so pretty on the table. For a different twist, you can use canned peaches in place of the pears.—Barb Marshall, Pickerington, Ohio