Meet the Cook: Once strawberry-picking time arrives here each summer, my husband and I look forward to this bread. Since only fresh strawberries will do, I have been thinking of trying a different kind of berry...so we can enjoy it more often. Baking is great fun for me. I have to admit, though, sweets are my weakness. On occasion, a bag of chocolate chips never makes it to the batter!
-Suzanne Randall, Dexter, Maine
My mother's made this bread for years, but she uses date filling. I loved her bread so much that I made my own with cranberries for a slightly tart filling with the sweet streusel topping. Each slice reveals an enticing ruby swirl. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
I stir up this wonderful creamy fudge every Christmas. My friend Marlene gave me the recipe years ago, and I've passed it on to everyone who tries it. Flavored with four different kinds of chips, this is the best fudge I've ever tasted!
-Delores Wigginton, Prudenville, Michigan
I received this recipe from my co-worker and dear friend, Judy, 32 years ago. When she gave it to me she said, “You will never need another banana bread recipe.” She was almost right. I added lots of chocolate chips for the chocolate lovers in my family. — Debra Keiser, St. Cloud, Minnesota
What gardener doesn't have extra zucchini? When it's abundant, I shred and freeze plenty so I have it on hand to bake this moist sheet cake all year long. The cream cheese frosting is yummy, and the big panful always goes fast at picnic or potluck. —Marie Hoyer, Hodgenville, Kentucky
It's tough to resist a second piece of this delightful treat with its comforting flavor. It's a breeze to throw together because it calls for pound cake mix and canned pumpkin. —Sarah Steele
A batch of this smooth fudge can be made in minutes, so it’s perfect for a bake sale when time is short. But it’s so easy, you can fix it anytime you're craving a sweet treat. Use different flavors of frosting and chips for variety.—Sue Ross, Casa Grande, Arizona