As girls, my sisters and I always helped our mother make these hearty melted cheese sandwiches. Served with a robust tomato sauce for dipping, they made a quick, nutritious lunch or dinner. Nowadays, I prepare them for my husband and our two teen sons here on Long Island.
Sun-dried tomatoes add rich, smoky flavor to always-pleasing pesto. For a main dish sauce, add 2 tablespoons olive oil for every 1/3 cup pesto and toss with hot pasta.—Catherine Chintala, Robbinsville, New Jersey
I grow a huge garden every year to help feed my family of seven. My sister shared this recipe with me as a way to use up my bounty of tomatoes. You can also puree the mixture to create a barbecue sauce for meats.—Jean Kennedy, Walton, Oregon
"Unlike many barbecue sauces, this recipe doesn't use ketchup, which typically contains sugar," says Debbie Purdue of Westland, Michigan. "The savory sauce, made with sugar-free maple-flavored syrup, gives unbelievable flavor to pork, chicken and spareribs. You won't miss the sugar at all.
I made this recipe for an assignment in culinary school—my first time making barbecue sauce. I have to say, it was the best barbecue sauce I had in a long time! The hint of coffee livens up the sweet barbecue sauce perfectly. —Evan Haut, Canton, Ohio
My father and brother are avid fishermen who keep me supplied with fresh fish from the Pacific. I came up with this recipe that blends Louie sauce with grilled tuna, to make a very yummy sandwich —Cleo Gonske, Redding, California
Dorothy Ross of Jackson, Ohio relates, "I owned a pizza shop for 10 years and developed this popular sauce to serve with a stromboli steak sandwich. Everyone loved it. It's also delicious on chicken and pork chops."