Meet the Cook: Try these as an accompaniment to hamburgers or fried fish, or with steaks on the grill. The recipe's from my mom, and it's one of her most popular. (As a newlywed 15 years ago, I often found myself on the kitchen "hotline" to her!)
My husband and I have three children - 9,7 and just about to turn 1.
-Marsha Moore, Poplar Bluff, Missouri
Meet the Cook: This snack bread's very versatile - I've served it with spaghetti, as an appetizer and as a main dish. Because it stays so moist, I often bake it a day before.
I have been an avid cook ever since my husband and I were married...that was 29 years ago. We have two children - a son 22 and a daughter 19.
A cake that's savory instead of sweet? Absolutely! Everyone who tastes this cheesy concoction, topped with a dilly of a cucumber sauce, will relish its richness and come back for more. "It's a family favorite," writes Donna Cline of Pensacola, Florida.—Donna Cline, Pensacola, Florida
It figures that this colorful and carefree dish is a favorite with Margaret McGehee's family. "The recipe evolved from adding and subtracting ingredients until everyone liked the results," reports the Knoxville, Tennessee reader.
"Either as an appetizer or side dish," promises Faye Buffenmeyer of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, "this is delicious!" And, since it can be made ahead, you might think about doubling the recipe and freezing some for unexpected guests.—Faye Buffenmeyer, Lebanon, Pennsylvania
From Lynette Clement of Grand Junction, Colorado, this full-of-zip spread's sure to be the star of any New Year's gathering! It can also easily be formed into alternate shapes for serving at other festive times—an egg for Easter, a leaf for fall, etc.—Lynette Clement, Grand Junction, Colorado
Though they're small, Judy Theriot's pleasing "pies" are packed with flavor and sized right for a buffet. What's more, writes Judy from Pierre Part, Louisiana, "They can be stored in the freezer to make party or gift preparations that much easier."