When I was married in 1944, I could barely boil water. My dear mother-in-law taught me her specialty - making the lightest angel food cakes ever. This chocolate version is an easy, impressive treat. For many years, it was our son's birthday cake.—Joyce Shiffler, Colorado Springs, Colorado
An active mother of four young sons, Elane Hefner of Elida, Ohio, relies on recipes that deep entertaining simple. "This cake roll can be chilling in the freezer long before guests arrive," she says. "Try varying the flavor of the ice cream to suit different tastes."
I MAKE this special treat for my family whenever there's a birthday or anniversary. Even without a special occasion, it caps any meal with a festive flair.
I especially like to prepare the brownies in a heart shape for Valentine's Day and garnish them with berries.
-Dottie Miller, Jonesborough, Tennessee
Folks will know you fussed when you bring out these sweet, cloud-like cups topped with fresh berries (or a tart fruit filling if you like). Crisp outside and chewy inside, these meringues from the American Egg Board makes an elegant ending to a company dinner.
When I was living with my mother, she loved custard,, so I'd make this comforting dessert each week. Without leftovers, there's no chance of getting tired of this treat!—Billie Bohannan, Imperial, California
This is a delectable dessert for chilly fall and winter days. The streusel topping complements the smooth, spicy custard to perfection. I adjusted a dessert recipe in my files to come up with this two-serving version.
-Maxine Smith, Owanka, South Dakota