Every since my husband and I began growing apricots more than 30 years ago, collecting recipes featuring that elegant fruit has been a favorite hobby.—Elegant Apricot Specialty Foods, Jo and Joe Martin, Patterson, California
I prepare this satisfying salad Saturday evening and serve it to my husband and sons on Sunday after a round of gold. It's a winner on warm days - with a unique mix of vegetables like bean sprouts, green onions, water chestnuts and pea pods. And it's lovely in a glass bowl.
-Joanne Trentadue, Racine, Wisconsin
Dazzle your hungry visitors with this crunchy salad. It showcases an interesting mixture of chicken, pasta, spinach and other vegetables. The delectable dressing complements the colorful ingredients. A hearty plateful makes a satisfying entree. —Janet Mooberry, Peoria, Illinois
This hearty, colorful dish makes a convenient all-in-one meal. I serve it often, and my family never seems to get tired of it. They like the way the sweetness of the pineapple in this recipe balances the garlic and hot pepper. —Leah Johnson, Pearl City, Hawaii
Meet the Cook: My family likes chow mein...this is a little like that but not quite as exotic.
I've been cooking with a wok for a couple years, ever since I bought one at a rummage sale. My husband's a veterinarian, and our big meal's in the evening when everyone's home (we have four children, ages 9 to 1-1/2).
I am a secretary at the University of Oregon. I love living in Oregon and enjoy cooking with the many foods available in this part of the country. Crabmeat is abundant here and makes a great company dinner.
This is a quick-and-easy recipe - and it comes in mighty handy at the end of a busy work day! I enjoy collecting cookbooks and am always looking for new ideas. I found this one in a magazine, and my family really liked it.
This is a popular dish in our home. It tastes good, and stir-frying food is a method of cooking I really enjoy. It's also a quick way to cook food, and, what's more, it's a healthy way to prepare it, too! I hope you'll try it.
Meet the Cook: The first time I made this recipe, back some years ago, my closest girlfriend came over for dinner. Between the two of us, we managed to finish the entire panful! Nowadays, I cook for my husband and 17-year-old daughter.
-Jane Flatgard, Circle Pines, Minnesota