Popular served with tea in Victorian days, scones are making a big comeback. Apricots and nuts are stirred into the batter in this recipe I baked for the theme shower. Spread with Devonshire cream, they delighted the bride-to-be and guests.
-Robin Fuhrman, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Guests will think you fussed when you serve this three-layer torte made with convenient cake and pudding mixes, a bit of jam and fresh raspberries. It looks elegant for most any special occasion and always brings lots of compliments.
-Dolores Hurtt, Florence, Montana
During the holidays, I'll at times serve this unusual salad in place of cranberry sauce. It goes well with pork or poultry . Honestly, though, it's good with any everyday meal, too. It's just a little tart, so it rounds out rich food.
I've been cooking ever since I made corn bread to surprise my family when I was 9. My brothers wouldn't eat it—but my parents did!
My husband and I are dairy farmers in partnership with our grown son.
Meet the Cook: The best way that I can describe these is to say they taste like a celebration.
Cooking from scratch like this is an easy way to cut a few corners on my food budget. My husband and I have a son who's 7 and a daughter who's 5.
-Darlene Simmons, Newfield, New Jersey
An active mother of four young sons, Elane Hefner of Elida, Ohio, relies on recipes that deep entertaining simple. "This cake roll can be chilling in the freezer long before guests arrive," she says. "Try varying the flavor of the ice cream to suit different tastes."