My family is stationed in Italy with my husband, Lieutenant William Robert Blackman. William grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and I’m from Texas, so the dish that spells "home" for us is a good ol' barbecue. I have my own recipe for barbecue sauce that we like to pour all over sliced brisket. Eating it reminds us of weekend barbecues with our families. —Tina Blackman, Naples, Italy
This elegant meal-in-one from Tammy Strange of Winder, Georgia features a hearty portion of salmon served on flavorful couscous and topped with an amazing mango sauce featuring basil, honey and Dijon mustard.
Add crusty bread and a salad to this easy pasta dish to make a complete meal in mere minutes. "The creamy sauce with fresh tomatoes and basil is a pleasant change from traditional tomato-based sauces," writes Irene Smoliga of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Hot pepper sauce and a jalapeno pepper give this snappy sauce just the right amount of zip. It makes a great dip for tortilla chips or a tangy sauce for tacos and fajitas. "This is always a big hit at parties and office gathering," writes Barbara Sellers of Shreveport, Louisiana. "I even make it for my mother when she needs to bring a dip to a party."
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
“My sister Amy came up with this recipe that does a great job of making boring old chicken breasts a lot more exciting,” writes Molly Cappone of Columbus, Ohio. “My husband and I just love the wonderful sauce!”
Instead buying a pizza sauce in the store, this recipe allows you to create it at home. It is so easy and flavorful that you will being making it every time you make homemade pizza.—Cathy Blankman, Warroad, Minnesota
"Oven-roasted tomato sauce is a nice addition to this traditional meat loaf," says Joan Airey, a grain and cattle farmer from Rivers, Manitoba. "To bake it, I line my broiler pan with foil, with holes poked in so the fat drains through. It browns beautifully."
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
These rich steaks are smothered in a rich mushroom-wine sauce to create a wonderfully savory entree. The tender steaks, from Stephanie Allee of Hagerstown, Maryland, are sure to be a hit, and would certainly dress up any plate.