For special days, I make this cheesy pasta bake loaded with chicken and all sorts of veggies. Want a vegetarian version? Use vegetable stock and garbanzo beans. —Liz Bellville, Jacksonville, North Carolina
This is one of my original recipes, but I've made it so long that it's an "old favorite" for my family! I always try to include a variety of ingredients to give my recipes a unique touch. The combination in this dish is quite unusual, and people always want to know what's in it.
Brunswick Stew dates back to the 1860s, when it was served as a complete meal. We now use it as an accompaniment to barbecues. It is delicious picnic fare when served with country ribs, coleslaw or potato salad. When I make this stew, I double the recipe and freeze small portions so we can enjoy it at several meals.
After our children left home, I had to learn to cook all over again, I began to economize on food purchases by buying some meats in quantity and freezing extras for future menus.
My husband especially loves this chicken recipe, which I pared down to fit our life-style today. —Helen Whelan
This chili is wonderfully flavorful with many different vegetables and meats. It is perfect to make sure your kids get their servings of vegetables. They will think it is so delicious and not know it is good for them.—Ed Horkey, Ahwatukee, Arizona
FOR US, chicken breasts prepared this way is a nice reminder of when abalone was found in markets and menus on the West Coast.
These days, abalone is scarce, so my son discovered a way to prepare chicken to resemble our favorite food. It's a wonderful, simple recipe.
—Marian Platt, Sequim, Washington