A simple rice salad in a café inspired thoughts of adding Indian spices and chutney to this dish. To fire things up, mix in a small amount of hot chili oil, tasting carefully as you go. —Brooke Martin, Greenfield, Minnesota
Seasoned with cayenne pepper and cinnamon, this spicy microwave brittle from Terri McKitrick packs its own heat and warms up holiday visitors to her Delafield, Wisconsin home. It also makes a great stocking stuffer!
Cashews add a nice crunch to this grilled turkey and spiral pasta combo. I first tasted this salad at a baby shower and asked the hostess for her recipe. Since then, I've served it for many occasions.
-Karen Wyffels, Lino Lakes, Minnesota
Spinach, cashews and pasta are mixed with roasted asparagus in this delightful spring salad. The mixture is topped with a light vinaigrette, seasoned with soy sauce and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. I've used this recipe many times.
One taste of this crowd-pleasing casserole brings compliments and requests for my recipe. It's been in my file for as long as I can remember. The blend of tender vegetables and rice is perfect for holiday meals and dish-to-pass affairs.
When I'm in the mood for Chinese food, I turn to this snappy recipe. The colorful nutty dish is sure to stir your creativity...substitute broccoli for the asparagus or add carrots and mushrooms.
—Christine Sherrill of Herndon, Virginia
"I especially like this dish because I can get it ready the day before I need it," comments Julie Ridlon of Solway, Minnesota. It's easy to whip up with common pantry items, including macaroni, canned soup and saltine crackers.
"Here is a simple snack mix I created on the spur of the moment," writes Barbara Roberts of Middleton, Wisconsin. "It's easy to toss together for a Halloween party or to package in individual bags for a fall bake sale."
Along with crunchy cashews and strips of Swiss cheese, a sweet-and-tangy poppy seed dressing makes this tossed salad something special. There are seldom any leftovers when I serve it!
-DiAnne Mallehan, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Meet the Cook: Every time I take this sweet orangy salad to a potluck, I pass around the recipe, too. My husband and I have three children, ages 22, 18 and 10. He's a beef and poultry farmer, and I'm an elementary school teacher.
-Cathy Lavers, Scotsburn, Nova Scotia