Meet the Cook: As a cattle rancher, my husband's a big fan of beef. For him to comment on a poultry dish is rare. But he always tells me, "I love this casserole!" I first tasted it at a potluck; now, I fix it for my family (we have a 3-year-old daughter) once or twice a month, and I'm asked to take it to most every get-together.
-Rochelle Brownlee, Big Timber, Montana
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
One day when I was preparing Italian sausages, I decided to do something different. After browning them, I put the sausages in a pot and added other ingredients, ending up with this stew that my husband and I like very much. We have four grown children and will soon celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary!
"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!"
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.
Meet the Cook: The secret to this sauerbraten is that it doesn't require marinating. I've been making it for 20 years now. It's an excellent family dinner, and you can also serve it to company along with potato pancakes, red cabbage and applesauce.
My husband and I have three grown sons and a grandson. Cooking's my favorite hobby, but I'm an avid flea-market and antique shopper, too.
-Phyllis Berenson, Cincinnati, Ohio