Once a week, I create a new recipe for my blog, An Officer and a Vegan. I first made this risotto when I needed something cheerful and comforting. It would be fantastic with asparagus, zucchini or summer squash, but use whatever veggies are in season. —Deanna McDonald, Kalamazoo, Michigan
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
Kathy Rairigh dresses up fresh mushrooms with mild seasonings that let their flavor shine through. "I've prepared this side dish often-mushroom lovers always come back for more," reports the Milford, Indiana cook.
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.
I discovered this recipe while watching a cooking show some years ago. The first time I served it, my guests raved and were surprised when I told them it was brussels sprouts. —Tangee Zayas-Thaler
Silver Lake, Ohio
This hearty side dish will bring good taste and a dash of holiday color to any table, promises Mary Bauer in Wichita, Kansas. “It’s great with almost any entree.”
TIP: Adding a cup of leftover diced chicken to the vegetables makes this a quick lunch or meal-in-itself, suggests Mary.
WHEN MY MENU features poultry, I reach for this side dish recipe with its subtle sage flavor. The zesty onion and crunchy celery make a superb combination, and it's easy to make.
-Estelle Stimel, Conway, Arkansas