Cooking meats, I have to confess, isn't my specialty. But everyone who tastes this main-course dish wants more!
I'm a mostly at-home mom. I like to sew and read. I also enjoy gardening—we grow a good-sized patch, and it's so nice to have fresh-picked tomatoes and spinach when I make salads.
"As soon as pumpkins are available in October, I stock up on them for making this special dish," pens Patricia Sacheck from her family's ranch outside Wasilla, Alaska. "The beefy mixture is filling and tastes good the next day - that is, if there are any leftovers!"
A variation on shepherd's pie, this hearty dish brings together saucy beef and mashed potatoes, parsnips and other vegetables. It's always the star of our March 17 meal. —Lorraine Caland, Thunder Bay, Ontario
There's just enough ginger, chili powder and garlic powder in the sauce to spark the taste of this enjoyable steak specialty. For variety, you can substitute chicken or pork for the sirloin. If I'm in a hurry or don't have fresh vegetables on hand, I'll reach for two bags of frozen stir-fry vegetables instead.
Sweet and tangy, these kabobs have a delicious kick, thanks to the hot pepper sauce. My recipe can be adapted to add your favorite vegetables. It's great with rice and a fresh salad. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
My mom's Italian friend taught her the secret to this saucy spaghetti dish. Our whole family is grateful! Mom gave me this recipe as a wedding present. It's the best-tasting spaghetti ever...and the meatballs are so tender.
One year, when St. Patrick's Day was coming near, I knew what would happen if I served plain cabbage again—the kids would all take one look and go "yuck"! So I decided to try this recipe. It's now become more or less a family tradition for us come every March 17.
In fact, my husband (we're the parents of four and grandparents of five) likes it so much I fix it for him year-round. Friends enjoy it a great deal, too—it makes a great-looking platter!
My husband loves swordfish, and this is his favorite way to have it—moist, tender and perked up with herbs. Tuna is a good substitute for swordfish. Its firm texture stands up to grilling. —Lorie Rice, Liverpool, New York