Seafood was a staple for my large family when I was growing up. Inspired by my mother's delicious meals, I developed this recipe. The fish is moist and flavorful, and the sauce is so good over rice. As I do when serving this dish, you'll get many compliments and recipe requests.
—Winnie Higgins, Salisbury, Maryland
A tempting combination of tiny shrimp, crabmeat, hard-cooked eggs and rice makes a cool, hearty salad perfect for a hot summer day. Our daughter, who's 12, likes to prepare this salad for company. It's delicious and easy to fix.
-Gwen Landry, Jennings, Louisiana
This scrumptious seafood dish "travels well". At least, the recipe does= I make sure to pack it in my handbag whenever my husband and I are preparing to visit out-of-state relatives.
Now that we're retired, we travel often. And it's our custom to take over in the kitchen wherever we visit and whip up one of our own family favorites-frequently this casserole. It never fails to win us compliments...along with invitations to visit again!
Jambalaya is a traditional Louisiana dish, coming from our Spanish and French culture. Rice is the main ingredient, with different meats or seafood mixed in. I particularly like this variation with shrimp and ham. —Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana
We live near the Chesapeake Bay and reap its bountiful seafood harvest. I serve this to company often and receive rave reviews nearly every time. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as my family does! —Jeffrey MacCord, New Castle, Delaware
Gumbo is one of dishes that helped make the Creole-Cajun cuisine of Louisiana so famous. We live across the border in Texas and can't get enough of this traditional Cajun version featuring okra, shrimp, spicy seasonings and the holy trinity of onions, green peppers and celery. This recipe calls for seafood, but you could also use chicken, duck or sausage. —Ruth Aubey, San Antonio, Texas
We have lots of friends from up North who come down here to Florida each winter to be our of the snow and in the sun. They always love to be served fresh seafood, a green salad and pie made with just-ripened strawberries. So I always try to accommodate them...and they usually compliment the chef!