Parmesan cheese and dill make this the most incredible chicken salad I’ve ever tasted. For the no-cook version, use canned chicken. These sandwiches are a simple entree to serve at parties, showers or picnics.—Jaclyn Bell, Logan, Utah
Meet the Cook: I've enjoyed cooking ever since I was very young. This recipe's one I spotted in a local hospital auxiliary cookbook. When I gave it a try, my husband loved it, and I have had lots of compliments from the guests I've served it to, too.
Our children are 4 and 3. Calvin is a logger, but besides we're seeing what our luck's like in raising thoroughbred horses here on our 160-acre farm.
-Brenda Read, Burns Lake, British Columbia
"Since we can hardly wait for asparagus to appear in the spring, this recipe is a real family favorite," confides Lois Crissman of Mansfield, Ohio. "If you get too impatient waiting for garden-fresh spears, you can substitute canned or frozen instead, which will also lessen the cooking time."
Our son, a restaurant owner, showed me how to make this quick shrimp and noodle dish zipped up with garlic and cayenne. I take advantage of this area's ample shrimp supply and make this special entree often. It's also tasty served over rice.
It's fun for me to have my family together so I can prepare their favorite foods, like this saucy barbecued chicken. The moist and plump pieces always bring enthusiastic compliments from our four grown children and three grandkids.
Meet the Cook: Based on the "moist meat" method of preparation my grandmother used, this gets passed around the table a second time. Even people who think that pork is dry like it. I serve it with mashed potatoes, peas and cranberry sauce.
My husband and I have two grown children and four grandchildren.
-Nancy Schilling, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
After years of making this recipe, I have yet to find a better grilled chicken. The cooking technique makes it so juicy and tender, you won’t want to fix a whole chicken any other way.—Shirley Hodge, Bangor, Pennsylvania
The spicy coating for this chicken is one I've put together over the years. My recipe really got a workout when our four children (now married)were young and our family competed out on the rodeo circuit. Whenever the word spread I'd brought along fried chicken, the cowboys would crowd around!
Today, my husband and I run an 800-acre cattle and quarter horse ranch.
Meet the Cook: These burgers were a favorite when I was growing up. I now use them as a way to "fancy up" a barbecue without a lot of extra preparation. They keep me out of a hot kitchen yet let me serve a nice meal. Fresh fruit and corn on the cob are wonderful accompaniments.
As the oldest of six children, I began cooking when I was very young. But I really started enjoying cooking 2 years ago when I married a very appreciative husband. He inspires me!
-Sheryl Creech, Lancaster, California
A casual dinner turns into a bow-tie affair when I toss pasta, mushrooms, pepperoni and tomato sauce together. This recipe is my version of a favorite restaurant dish. —Dawn Onuffer, Crestview, Florida