I summer in northern Michigan and find the morels that grow wild up there just irresistible, but never pick mushrooms if you are not 100% sure they are safe to eat. If morels are not available, I use whatever mushrooms I can find at the supermarket. If you like crumble some goat cheese over the top. The tarts can be used as a vegetarian entree or an appetizers.—Jennifer Condreay, Centennial, Colorado
"This is my very favorite appetizer and the one all my friends and family ask me to make," says Linda Senuta of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. "I've given out this recipe to so many people that I've lost count. I use the leftover read to make croutons," she adds.
As a salad or appetizer, these tangy mushrooms are a welcome addition to any meal or party buffet table. It doesn't take long for a whole bowlful to be devoured. I love to cook with fresh mushrooms - a crop our state is well known for.
-Sandra Johnson, Tioga, Pennsylvania
"I never seem to have pizza dough on hand, but that doesn't stop our family from enjoying pizza," reports Cherie Sweet. The Evansville, Indiana cook tops crusty French bread with creamy Alfredo sauce, sausage and veggies. "It's great to serve at a party for children or teens," she adds.
Crisp and cheesy, these Mexican-style snacks from field editor Jeri Dobrowski of Beach, North Dakota are fun and flavorful. "We hosted a family reunion one spring and made a fiesta dinner. Everyone loved these quesadillas," notes Jeri.
Our winters can get cold here, so I like to warm up holiday guests with oven-fresh appetizers. Crunchy bread slices are topped with mushrooms, artichokes and a blend of cheeses. —Nancy Mueller, Bloomington, Minnesota