Serving this rich, fresh-tasting dessert decorated like the flag is a great salute to the nation's independence! I used a new recipe I found and made some modifications based on tricks my grandma taught me. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
“My son taught me how to make hummus, which is a great alternative to calorie-filled dips," says Nancy Watson-Pistole of Shawnee, Kansas. "This recipe is simply delicious. Fresh roasted red bell peppers make it really special.”
"I love anything with Cajun spices, so I came up with this slow-cooker jambalaya that’s just as good as that served in restaurants," says Jennifer Fulk from Moreno Valley, California. "If you can’t find Andouille sausage, hot links, smoked sausage or chorizo will also work. I like to serve it with warm cornbread and garnished with sliced green onions."
Store-bought rotisserie chicken makes this spicy chili easy, but you could also cook your own. We like it with sour cream, green onions, cheese or salsa on top. —Emmajean Anderson, Mendota Heights, Minnesota
Here's a recipe I created as an alternative to plain potato soup. Hearty and comforting, it disappears quickly when I serve it to my family on chilly evenings. Team it with bread and a salad, and you have a complete meal.
My family's not big on traditional pasta salads made with mayonnaise, so when I served this colorful version that uses Italian dressing, it was a big hit. This crowd-pleaser is loaded with vegetables, beans and tricolor pasta.
-Felicia Fiocchi, Vineland, New Jersey
After tasting a similar soup in a restaurant, I went home and cooked up my own version. It's so soothing on a winter evening served with crusty French bread. For a change of pace, try substituting ham or turkey for the chicken. —Kathleen Rappleye, Mesa, Arizona
This creamy pasta dish looks and tastes like it’s meant for festive occasions but only takes 20 minutes to make. As Cassie says, “People love this entree's flavor and think it’s complicated, but jarred sauces make it so fast.” Cassie Conrad - Prescott Valley, AZ