As an appetizer for my Presidents' Day dinner, I reshaped a favorite cheese ball recipe into this log. Rolled in nuts and sprouting herb sprig "branches", it was a fun and flavorful way to honor one of our most famous leaders.
-Mary Beth de Ribeaux, Gaithersburg, Maryland
At the root of this appetizer is a boatload of sweet, citrusy flavor. Children will find the carved pineapple appealing and be eager to dig into the delicious dip inside with fresh-cut chunks of summer fruit. "Adults also find the fruit dip delightful," comments Katie Adams from Red Oak, Texas. "I often treat myself to a batch when melons are in season."—Katie Adams, Red Oak, Texas
I SAW this recipe in our local newspaper and modified it so that it serves two.
Cheese Danish has become standard fare at our house. When company drops by, I simple double the recipe to accommodate my guests.
They love this sweet treat, and so do I - it's delicious and preparation time is minimal.
-Mary Margaret Merritt, Washington Court House, Ohio
"This pretty pie can be whipped up in no time. But it tastes so sweet and creamy people will think you fussed," assures Sue Blow of Lititz, Pennsylvania. "My family likes it best when it's made with orange sherbet. It's especially refreshing on a warm summer day."
"This moist cake with cream cheese frosting is the best I've ever eaten," writes Jeanette McKenna of Vero Beach, Florida. "It's so simple, too, because it uses two jars of baby food instead of fresh carrots that need to be grated."
Meet the Cook: As a pastor's wife, I cook for crowds often. This dish's always a hit. My own family - we have a daughter, 11, and a son, 10 - thinks the potatoes are a must with London broil or marinated grill chicken breasts. I frequently prepare them for guests, too. The recipe is very adaptable, and the results disappear.
-Michelle Grigsby, Beavercreek, Ohio