When I was running late one night, a go-to recipe of my mom's popped into my head. Now it's one of my husband's favorites. It’s also a fast answer to unexpected company. —Patricia Swart, Galloway, New Jersey
Meet the Cook: I've enjoyed cooking ever since I was very young. This recipe's one I spotted in a local hospital auxiliary cookbook. When I gave it a try, my husband loved it, and I have had lots of compliments from the guests I've served it to, too.
Our children are 4 and 3. Calvin is a logger, but besides we're seeing what our luck's like in raising thoroughbred horses here on our 160-acre farm.
-Brenda Read, Burns Lake, British Columbia
I've been part of the Food Services staff at Appalachian State University for 33 years. One summer we created this flavorful sandwich that combines seasoned grilled chicken, Swiss cheese and sauteed mushrooms and onions. Thousands of students have enjoyed this wonderful sub since then.
-Jane Hollar, Vilas, North Carolina
These hearty, meat-and-potato skewers have a little something to please everyone, from pineapple to pork. I cook these kabobs even in winter; I just shovel a path to the grill. —Dione Steffens, Dimmitt, Texas
Cubes of chicken and chunks of smoked turkey kielbasa, plus plenty of herbs and veggies, make this a hearty stir-fry. I sometimes top off servings with shredded mozzarella cheese and minced basil and parsley.
—Sharon Clemens of Groveland, Illinois
This fast favorite hits the spot when we're short on time. Roast beef, cheese, and sauteed onion, green pepper and mushrooms are sandwiched between slices of sourdough bread, then toasted on a griddle to buttery perfection.
I've been pleasing dinner guests with this delicious pasta dish that was based on one I found in a favorite Italian cookbook. The delicate cream sauce blends well with the colorful and hearty mix of vegetables. I chop the vegetables ahead and later prepare this dish in a snap.—Kerry Kerr McAvoy, Rockford, Michigan
This stew looks as terrific as it tastes! Flavored with a variety of herbs and chockfull of vegetables, this recipe lists salt as an option, making it ideal for family members and friends who must restrict sodium.
—Marlene Severson, Everson, Washington
"Being of Danish descent, I'm fond of pork dishes. This is one of my own creations," shares John Hansen of Marstons Mills, Massachusetts. "We've enjoyed this on many occasions-it can be made ahead when you're expecting company."