If you get all the chopping done the night before, it’s smooth sailing when company arrives the next day. “Just prepare this casserole in advance, and bake at serving time,” suggests Linda Vail of Ballwin, Missouri.
All my kids and grandkids absolutely love this stuffing, but especially my daughter-in-law, Amber. I usually have to make a big batch at Thanksgiving so I will have leftovers for my husband. Otherwise, you can use this recipe to make it for two. —Kathy Katz, Ocala, Florida
With tons of veggies and flavorful rice, this simple dish has all your sides covered. Hearty and filling, this, paired with chicken or the pork chops here, is the only side you'll need. Vary the basil depending on how sweet you like your meals. Pat Habiger - Spearville, Kansas
Green beans taste terrific all by themselves, but my mom has managed to improve on Mother Nature! She adds mushrooms, celery and crisp slivered almonds to dress up the popular green vegetable.
-Becky Brunette, Minneapolis, Minnesota
“Golden caramelized onions and creamy roasted garlic are an ideal match for the flavors in this recipe. It’s like a quick transport to a ristorante in Rome. For a bit of heat, add red pepper flakes while sauteeing the onions.”—Jeanne Holt, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Even in frosty weather, Lucille Mead of Ilion, New York serves up garden-fresh flavor with this pretty, colorful side dish. The crisp-tender veggie combo goes with a variety of entrees and is ready in minutes.
Bright asparagus, yellow summer squash and other vegetables get flame-broiled treatment in this must-try side dish. The grilled specialty gets a flavor boost from red wine vinegar, basil and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.
I came up with this recipe one day when I didn't have many groceries in the house. My kids named it Hobo Hash because it didn't have a lot in it and could be cooked in one pan.—Linda Hendershott, St. Joseph, Michigan
“Fresh asparagus is a rarity in our small town, but when I find it at the store, I make this colorful stir-fry,” says Judy Stashko of Mayerthorpe, Alberta. “Even folks who don’t like asparagus will enjoy this.”