After having a wonderful cherry Brie topping from a local market, I just knew I had to create one for pork. If you're really crazy about cherries, add even more to the slow cooker. —Susan Stetzel, Gainesville, New York
A tender, savory pork roast gets dressed up for the holidays in this tangy apricot sauce. It's wonderful old-fashioned dish that's a family favorite. It looks so pretty on the table. Dorothy Pritchett, Wills Point, Texas
Mother made this dish for field lunches during cotton harvest. She's a great cook, and I give her lots of credit for my kitchen know-how. My husband, Jeff, and I have a 1-1/2-year-old daughter. I plan to pass Mom's recipes on to her.
PASTIES were a must years ago when men worked the mines in northern Michigan. The housewives made them in the morning and wrapped them tightly in newspaper so they would stay warm until lunch break.
Everyone used to say my mom made the best pasties in the world. This is her recipe.
-Vivienne Abraham, Detroit, Michigan
A true comfort food that's impossible to resist, this main dish is hearty and saucy with flavors that blend so nicely together. Many shepherd's pie recipes call for beef, so this pork version is a tasty change of pace.
-Michelle Ross, Stanwood, Washington
We raise hogs, so pork is something I cook with a lot. These miniature meat loaves made with ground pork and Italian herbs are full of flavor. Our children especially like the topping of ketchup and Parmesan cheese.
-Patricia Staudt, Marble Rock, Iowa