I was late coming home one evening and forgot to pick up tortillas for the fajitas we planned for dinner. So we used pita bread that I had in the freezer instead. The warm chicken-filled pockets, garnished with a homemade sauce and other tasty toppings, are often requested when we're hungry for something in a hurry.
-Diana Jones, Springtown, Texas
For years, I had trouble finding a pizza my family likes. So I started making my own. The evening I served it to company and they asked for my recipe. I thought, "I finally got it right!"
When I prepare my sauce, I usually fix enough for three to four pizzas and freeze it. Feel free to spice up my sauce to suit your own family's tastes. —Cheryl Kravik, Spanaway, Washington
Mother used to fix this wonderful, easy dish when we had company. She was from a family of fantastic Cajun cooks, so our food was always well-seasoned. In Louisiana, rice is part of many meals. The cheese sauce sets these stuffed peppers apart from any others I've tried. —Lisa Easley, Longview, Texas
These ribs are unique because of the spicy rub and the combination of sweet brown sugar and spicy jalapeno peppers in the sauce. I always make them for my husband's birthday. —Shirley Manthey, Omaha, Nebraska
For a pretty presentation at your holiday gathering, reach for this impressive recipe. The sun-dried tomato sauce is great with the chicken as well as grilled veggies.—Jaqui Humphrey, Kirkland, Washington
Meet the Cook: This is a special meal in our house - as soon as I get ribs, I know which dish my family will ask me to make.
My husband and I have three children, ages 8, 6 and 3. So I've automatically learned to be a versatile cook!
-Joanne ShewChuk, St. Benedict, Saskatchewan
Ever since the Taste of Home Restaurant opened its door in downtown Greendale, Wisconsin, diners have been asking us to share this recipe, so here it is.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
For a real straight-from-the-chuckwagon beef meal, you can't rope a better recipe than this! This is the recipe I rely on when feeding a hungry group. The wonderfully tangy sauce is lip-smacking good.—Mildred Sherrer, Fort Worth, Texas
WHEN I was married 45 years ago, my mother gave me this recipe. I always prepared this dish when we had company because it never failed and was so good!
Through the years, it became one of my family's favorite meals, and now I still often fix it for just the two of us. Whenever I do, my husband and I get to enjoy the bonus of leftovers!
-Emma Nye, New Oxford, Pennsylvania
My father is Cajun, and I grew up eating Cajun food. This easy recipe makes me think of happy childhood memories. Sometimes I use oysters or crawfish in addition to—or instead of—the shrimp. —Stacey Johnson, Bonney Lake, Washington