Crab and mushrooms put a deliciously different spin on classic macaroni and cheese. It's an upscale casserole for special occasions...but my family could eat it every day!—Angela Ochoa, Lake Elsinore, California
"This salad is so easy to make, and it tastes even better the next day," assures Doris Moore of Augusta, Illinois. Extra macaroni and cheese is the key to the cool creamy mixture that's seasoned with a pinch of dill.
My aunt originally made this hearty casserole for family gatherings. Now I enjoy fixing it for my family any night of the week. What a great way to sneak in some garden veggies. —Kate Beckman, Hemet, California
I've found that I can't go wrong taking this colorful bean and pasta salad to a potluck, patio party or picnic. It is easy to put together ahead of time...and the flavors blend as the salad chills.
Arthurdale, West Virginia
In Hebron, Indiana, Edna Hoffman created this colorful veggie soup with a hint of cayenne. A nice change of pace from heavy cream soups, this hearty yet healthy combination can be served as a side dish or light meal.
Brimming with meat and vegetables, this full-bodied soup is sure to take the chill off frosty weather. Vary the veggies to make the most of your own garden plenty...and don't forget to add a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese for extra flavor.
If you like to brown a few pounds of ground beef at one time to have it ready for all kinds of dishes, you'll enjoy this recipe from Edie Farm of Farmington, New Mexico. Extra cooked ground beef is the key to her pleasing pasta skillet.
"Even people who have had their own macaroni and cheese recipe for years ask for mine when they taste this crumb-topped version," writes Schelby Thompson of Dover, Delaware. Tip: "Make it with extra-sharp white cheddar cheese for more flavor," Schelby recommends.
I'm always making up recipes, and this refreshing salad came about when I wanted something cool yet spicy to eat during hot summers. Serve it as a meatless main course or as a side dish at barbecues. --Donna Williams of Las Vegas, Nevada
Peas, pecans and pimientos complement the salmon in this potluck-perfect dish that's topped with crushed potato chips that give it added crunch. It's great for family dinners, too.