Meet the Cook: The day I first made this, we'd invited a neighbor - a bachelor farmer - over, and I wanted to fix something hearty. It was a hit instantly. These days, our three sons (17, 16 and 13) enjoy it as a change from regular mashed potatoes. We've found that it's best served with beef...either with or without gravy.
-Kathy Smith, Granger, Indiana
Stuffed with a succulent combination of wild rice, mushrooms and dried cranberries these golden hens are sure to become a special-occasion entree in your home. "They're a wonderful change of pace from traditional turkey," writes Nancy Horsburgh of Everett, Ontario.
Here's a fun way to jazz up wild rice. Soy sauce and chicken bouillon add plenty of flavor, while celery, mushrooms and water chestnuts help dress it up. "My husband and two adult children love this delicious side dish," comments Joyce Bodle, Enumclaw, Washington. "It's convenient, too, because you can make it a day ahead."
I have fond memories of standing at the stove cooking this hearty Italian rice dish with my Nona. I’ve altered the recipe a bit to save on time, but it still delivers just as much home-cooked love.—Amanda Cable, Boxford, Massachusetts
This is a unique and easy way to cook spaghetti squash. Be sure the squash is on the small or medium side so that it fits into the slow cooker after being cut in half.—Melissa Brooks, Sparta, Wisconsin
To go with your turkey entree, how about serving Sausage Mushroom Dressing? The recipe comes from Mary Coleman of Norwood, Massachusetts.
"My children and guests almost pass over the turkey in favor of this savory dressing each holiday," Mary notes.
Crisp-tender veggies and soy sauce are combined with linguine noodles in this colorful main dish. "I got this recipe from a radio program several years ago," recalls Sara Tatham of Plymouth, New Hampshire.
"This make-ahead main or side dish has all the flavor and boldness of traditional jambalaya," affirms LynnMarie Frucci of LaCenter, Washington. "If there's any left over, roll it up in a flour tortilla and add your favorite topping."