FISH of all kinds are meal-time mainstays for us in Nova Scotia, so my search for new and tasty ways to prepare fish never stops.
These lighter-than-air salmon patties are a favorite in my family and are especially good served with green beans and a tossed salad.
-Beverly Willis, Bridgetown, Nova Scotia
MY MOTHER'S FAMILY was of German descent and enjoyed sausages and frankfurters. This recipe was one of their favorites.
I don't know if Mother made up this recipe or if it was handed down to her, but it's scrumptious and can be made in portions small enough to satisfy two people.
-Kathryn Curtis, Lakeport, California
I COULD have called this recipe "Busy Lady's Meat Loaf". It's quick to prepare and you just thaw, heat and serve the second loaf.
This is an original recipe. I enjoy creating my own. When our son was growing up, he'd ask, "Is this one of your originals or did it come from a cookbook?" —Bonnie Baumgardner
Sylva, North Carolina
I CAME ACROSS this recipe more than 40 years ago as a newlywed. It eventually became a standby in our family and our daughters' favorite recipe.
I still make this main dish for my husband and me in pared-down quantity. Our daughters make it for their families nowadays, and it's a favorite in their households too. —Mrs. Henry Sepanksi
Atlanta, New York
MY HUSBAND likes stuffed peppers, but my old recipe made too much. I devised this recipe to accommodate just the two of us. It helps to use a small-size casserole so the peppers won't tip over while baking.
For color, I serve steamed carrots with the peppers, rounding out the meal perfectly. —Elaine Carpenter
Horseshoe Bay, Texas
After our children left home, I had to learn to cook all over again, I began to economize on food purchases by buying some meats in quantity and freezing extras for future menus.
My husband especially loves this chicken recipe, which I pared down to fit our life-style today. —Helen Whelan
FOR YEARS, I've been exchanging recipes by correspondence with friends. A dear friend in North Carolina shared this one.
What's best about this recipe is that you can enjoy wonderful turkey flavor without preparing a whole bird. —Rachel Wellborne
Jacksonville, North Carolina
I ESPECIALLY like this recipe because it makes a nice meal for two without lots of leftovers.
The pork gives this meat loaf a moist, tasty, old-fashioned flavor—it's one of our favorite main dishes. —Kim McMurl
Fargo, North Dakota
THIS IS a perfect main dish when you're cooking for two. I've even used these hens as a stand-in for turkey on Thanksgiving Day when the group was not large.
I found this recipe among my mother's collection. She was always searching newspapers and magazines for new cooking ideas. —Geraldine Grisdale
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
A good recipe for Salisbury Steak is hard to find! I remember enjoying it often when I was growing up, but when I decided to add it to my recipe collection, I wasn't able to find it in my modern cookbooks. I came up with these ingredients on my own and experimented until it tasted like I recalled. It makes a hearty meal when served with mashed potatoes. —Faye Hintz
THIS IS an old recipe that has been passed down in our family through my sister-in-law. When I was a child, she did most of the cooking in our house, and this was my favorite meal. The variety of vegetables makes this an attractive dish, and the cooking time is minimal. —Ruby Williams