Our area is famous for its sourdough bread, and this is my favorite way to serve it! The fondue is fun to prepare and even more fun to serve. It works well for any occasion—plain or fancy. Sometimes we even have it for dinner!
For a tasty alternative to plain old potato chips, try the crunchy snack Lee Denney of Cushing, Oklahoma created from pasta. "The spices and cheese that coat the fried noodles give them a terrific flavor," she assures. "We love to eat them with soup, sandwiches or in between meals."
Using ingredients you likely already have on hand, these savory crepes will add fun to your celebration for mere pennies, according to Kathi Grenier of Auburn, Maine. "Plus, by changing the filling to something sweet, such as berries and whipped cream you can create a great dessert," she adds.—Kathi Grenier, Auburn, Maine
A friend gave me this recipe, and whenever I serve these pretty and delicious appetizers, people ask me for the recipe, too! Besides being attractive and tasty, the pinwheels can be made ahead of time and sliced just before serving, leaving you time for other last-minute party preparations. —Pat Waymire, Yellow Springs, Ohio
We have asparagus almost every day during the short Midwest growing season. This quick pizza-like dish is great for a luncheon or a light dinner, or as an appetizer. For variety, you can saute half a pound of sliced fresh mushrooms with the onion and garlic. —Judy Wagner, Chicago, Illinois
Guests often try to guess the secret ingredient in this. None think of strawberries...but many ask for the recipe.
Our six children—all daughters—are grown, and we have 10 grandchildren. Knitting is among my hobbies, so I plan on making an afghan for all 16 of them. So far, I've finished 10!
To make this zesty appetizer, you simply layer beans, salsa, cheese and other taco-like ingredients onto a platter, reveals Marieann Johansen of Desert Hot Springs, California "I like to call it a 'walking dip', because you can scoop some on a plate with a few tortilla chips, then take it with you as you stroll around and talk with guests," she shares.—Marieann Johansen, Desert Hot Springs, California
Fresh from the CT test kitchen comes a flight of fancy that's sure to win grins from youngsters—and get them to eat their vegetables without a fuss. In fact, to make it really nifty, ask each of your young ones to help to assemble a plane from cucumber, carrots and olives (be sure an adult does the cutting, of course).
At the root of this appetizer is a boatload of sweet, citrusy flavor. Children will find the carved pineapple appealing and be eager to dig into the delicious dip inside with fresh-cut chunks of summer fruit. "Adults also find the fruit dip delightful," comments Katie Adams from Red Oak, Texas. "I often treat myself to a batch when melons are in season."—Katie Adams, Red Oak, Texas