THIS favorite recipe was one of my dear mother's, and each time I serve it, I'm filled with warm memories.
This was our family's celebration roast. Mother served it on birthdays and holidays. The combination of herbs enhances the drippings as well, so I use it to make a flavorful gravy.
-Ruth Bethurum, Ozan, Arkansas
I first made this recipe on Christmas...the oohs and aahs from my family were a delight! In addition to the holidays, I sometimes make a crown roast for Sunday dinner - it reminds me of my childhood, when Sunday dinners were always special. People would often stop by in the afternoon hoping to be asked to stay for a meal since Mom was such a good cook.
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
Meet the Cook: Many pork recipes were too spicy for me, so I decided to try this sweeter alternative. That was 18 years ago, and it became a family favorite. It tastes great the day after in a cold sandwich, too.
Today, our two daughters make this roast often. We also have eight grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
-Madeline Strauss, Clinton Township, Michigan
Meet the Cook: We're ranchers who live 23 miles from any town. Anyone who's here at mealtime gets fed! When I'm having a special couple out, I like to fix something like this. Face it, men love to eat - and we gals don't do a bad job of it either!
My husband and I have eight children and 17 grandchildren.
-Shirley Creamer, Lamar, Colorado
Just right for an endearing February 14 meal is this lovely looking roast from Linda Ault of Newberry, Indiana. (The pretty potato roses, carved by Crafting Traditions' kitchen experts, provide an inviting hearty complement.) Linda writes it's a favorite with her family—so add it to your all-year recipe file as well!
Meet the Cook: About any side dish would accompany this entree well. In summer, we like to have our homegrown sweet corn and cheesy potatoes hot off the grill, a cold salad and green vegetables alongside it.
If you ever have leftovers - it's rare that we do! - the pork would be good in a breakfast casserole or omelet.
-Ginger Johnson, Farmington, Illinois