From Lansing, Michigan, Lee Deneau writes, “Nothing warms my body and brings back memories of home like a bowl of corn chowder. My mother's recipe was much more time consuming than mine, but I like this one just as well.” With lots of corn, bacon and potatoes, the soothing soup will fill you up on chilly days.
Our Test Kitchen adapted Amy Chop's recipe to use up leftover wild rice. “I found this years ago, and it has become a family favorite,” says the Oak Grove, Louisiana cook. TIP: “Try adding cooked chicken or smoked sausage. There are endless possibilities for new and exciting variations,” Amy says.
Have you ever bought marvelous-looking German potato salad, only to discover that it tastes like yesterday's rain? This is my mom's recipe, and it's been a staple in our family for years. The whipping cream makes it taste like no other. —Tracy Zettelmeier, Mukwonago, Wisconsin
From Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Jennifer Reisinger shares a scrumptious way to jump start winter mornings. “I use the leftover Hollandaise sauce from this savory breakfast treat to dress up broccoli at night,” she adds.
“My husband enjoyed this salad at a restaurant, so I went home and duplicated it,” recalls Joan Rockvam from Alexandria, Minnesota. “He tried it and said, ‘It’s better than theirs!’ So it’s been a keeper.”
Bean sprouts, water chestnuts and chow mein noodles give this crunchy green salad an Asian flair. It's tossed with bacon, eggs and a tangy homemade French dressing for added appeal.
“I modified the ingredients in this main dish to suit my family,” notes Geri Faustich of Appleton, Wisconsin. “It’s quick to put together in the morning, and at the end of the day, all we do is cook the noodles and eat!” TIP: “This recipe can be doubled or tripled, which I often do when we’re spending time at the cottage with two other families.”
My family calls these “one more gift to open” because it’s the last present they unwrap on Christmas morning. Everyone's mouth waters when they open these delicious bundles.—Helen Meadows, Trout Creek, Montana