WHEN I prepare this delicious carrot recipe, I'm reminded of a fabulous church supper our family attended back in 1942. I had never seen so much delicious food before - truly Southern cooking in full flower. These carrots were one of the side dishes served.
-Billie Scoggins, Long Beach, Mississippi
WE'VE BEEN eating this wonderful side dish for as long as I can remember. It's an old-time recipe from this part of the country, and I like it because of its great flavor and festive color. It complements most any meal, so we enjoy it often.
-Auton Miller, Piney Flats, Tennessee
THIS RECIPE is my grandmother's. Originally Gram even made the tomato juice in it from scratch!
Every time I return to Massachusetts for a visit home, Gram has this soup simmering on the stove. She's always loved to cook, and at age 95, she still enjoys making tomato soup and other favorite dishes.
-Gerri Sysun, Narragansett, Rhode Island
I OFTEN MAKE this easy potato dish when I invite someone over for lunch. It's a nice accompaniment to salads or sandwiches.
This dish always draws complimentary comments when my lunch guest arrives...the aroma of that touch of onion baking with the potatoes whets the appetite.
-Precious Owens, Elizabethtown, Kentucky
THIS RECIPE was always one of my family's favorites, and it remains so for my husband and me.
When we plan a trip by car, I make the frittata the night before, stuff it into pita bread in the morning and microwave each one for a minute or two. Then I wrap them in a towel, and down the road an hour or so, we enjoy a still-warm breakfast!
-Carol Blumenberg, Lehigh Acres, Florida
MY HUSBAND and I grew up on plain hearty foods, and we both learned early on that simple food, well prepared, maintains good health.
I always felt I was giving my family the best when I prepared this dish. They loved the nutty flavor and chewy texture of the barley, and it was a delicious departure from rice as a side dish.—Elaine Kremenak
Grants Pass, Oregon
MY NIECE suggested I try cooking squash and potatoes together. I found that potatoes really do enhance the flavor of squash.
I made up this recipe, and it turned out to be a keeper—a great side dish for any entree and a complement to other vegetables as well.
I RECEIVED this recipe from a friend a long time ago, and it's been a family favorite ever since.
The tartness of the slaw and the sweetness of the fruit give it a unique flavor. We like it best served with ham or pork chops. —Margaret Wampler
THIS SIDE DISH is compatible with any meat entree you serve.
One of my friends gave me this recipe many years ago. I made a few changes, and it has been a family favorite for a long time. This secret of the tasty flavor is the chicken broth. —Norma Poole
MY SISTER introduced me to this recipe several years ago because she knows I love blue cheese.
This dish is a simple way to dress up asparagus, giving it a tangy taste altogether different from the usual cheese sauce. I make it every spring when we have fresh homegrown asparagus. —Leona Luecking
West Burlington, Iowa
THIS IS one of those dishes that our family calls "a Mama recipe". My mother rarely consulted a cookbook, so when asked for a recipe, she could only estimate.
I've worked out the ingredients to make it for two, but it can easily by doubled. It's simply a good, wholesome dish most folks seem to enjoy.
East Point, Georgia