My family's favorite rice dish is this tempting medley of white, brown and wild rice. I prepare it as a side dish or a stuffing. In fall I add chopped dried apricots, and for the holidays I mix in dried cranberries. My guests always ask for seconds.
-Ricki Bingham, Ogden, Utah
This refreshing salad is wonderful served year-round. I have taken it to potluck suppers and made it for family barbecues, picnics and dinner parties. People seem to enjoy the combination of flavors in this dish. I like that it can be made ahead and still taste like I really fussed.
-Margery Richmond, Lacombe, Alberta
This salad is a great way to use leftover turkey. The fruit makes it refreshing, and the apples and toasted nuts give it a nice crunch. Just serve it with rolls or breadsticks to make a lovely lunch.
-Mary Anne Mayberry, Fairmont, Minnesota
This recipe turns out what seems like a bushelful of cookies—that's probably how it got its name. But watch out! They disappear fast in a crowd. The flavor of the raisins and pecans comes through in every bite, and the butterscotch chips add a deliciously distinctive taste.—Martha Schwartz, Jackson, Ohio
Meet the Cook: Like my husband, I'm a retired teacher. This dessert is one that always went over big as a snack whenever I'd take it to share in the teachers' lounge!
-Shirley Awald, Walkerton, Indiana
Meet the Cook: People practically inhale this dessert. I modified another recipe years ago to come up with a different way of using cranberries - a favorite fruit of mine.
My husband and I have three grown children and two grandsons.
-Jo Ann Fisher, Huntington Beach, California