Meet the Cook: I started making my chili back when we lived near a huge farmers' market that sold all sorts of vegetables. Be as creative as you like with ingredients.
My husband loves chili, and this is a nice change from the traditional type. I've always enjoyed cooking - I grew up in a family with five girls. These days, I can count on our own youngsters (they're 4 and 2) to help me out!
-Judy Sloter, Charles City, Iowa
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
My sister brought this recipe with her when she was visiting from California. We served it at a family get-together and everyone just loved it. We're often asked to bring it to potlucks. —Marcia Tiernan, Madrid, New York
This pilaf is fantastic with fish or poultry and especially compatible with turkey. Since it's so colorful, I like to think it makes my turkey "dressed for the holidays".
-Erica Ollmann, San Diego, California
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