I enjoy cold pasta salads and rice salads, so I decided to make one with orzo, a rice-shaped pasta. Feel free to add other favorite veggies—like asparagus and green beans—and serve with rolls or pita bread.—Valonda Seward, Coarsegold, California
REMEMBER the fable about the ugly duckling who turned into an elegant
swan? Our kitchen crafters do! They took their cue from that tale to transform a plain melon into this latest “Crafting with Taste” beauty. You can easily do the same. Select a ripe honeydew melon, pull out a sharp kitchen knife and start cutting, following the easy instructions here. Then top the table with this swan server for any kind of festive function—and be prepared for a smile to crop up on everyone’s face!—Tast
This simple, colorful salad from Ginger Burow, Fredericksburg, Texas, combines fresh tomatoes with avocados. It goes great with any kind of Mexican food or it makes a wonderful appetizer when spooned on a toasted baguette.
By alternating fruity layers of gelatin in harvest colors with sweetened sour cream, Melody Mellinger of Myerstown, Pennsylvania created one eye-catching treat. "Kids really fall for it," she says with a laugh, "but it's impressive enough to satisfy any adult."
My salad dressing calls for on-hand ingredients and complements any king of greens—from pre-bagged salad to fresh lettuce from our garden. What's more, it stays tasty for several days in the refrigerator.—Karalee Reinke, Omaha, Nebraska
You'll find that this dish is very versatile—more special than everyday but easy enough to make anytime.
Sweet potatoes aren't as popular here in New England as in some parts of the country. I had a friend from Maryland many years ago, however, and we enjoyed swapping recipes. This one's a combination of hers and one I already had in my file.
Packed with zest, this raisin salad from Marshfield, Missouri reader Bernice Morris is a lively addition to a country meal. "It's easy to prepare and good for you, too. The walnuts and broccoli add lots of crunch," she notes.
Baby spinach, mandarin oranges and avocado are teamed in this refreshing springtime salad from Margaret O'Bryon of Bel Air, Maryland. You can also substitute fresh orange slices for the mandarin oranges.
Put this colorful creamy combination into the mix of dishes at your next get-together—and watch it disappear fast! Radishes, cucumber, green pepper and onion lend fresh garden flavor to the macaroni mixture. Remarks Edie DeSpain of Logan, Utah. "It also makes a nice light meal on a hot summer day." (For best results, unmold the salad just before serving.)
I saw a cranberry chutney recipe that used sugar, oil and other flavors I didn't care for, so I made this combination with sugar substitute and eliminated the oil. Now it's a family favorite. —Gloria Wiech, Frontenac, Minnesota
Meet the Cook: Back in the 1950's, I was a home economist for the electric company, which is how I came across this recipe. During spring and summer, when it is hot here, my family especially likes it. (My husband and I have two children and a pair of granddaughters, all grown.)
I've also found this chicken salad is good for women's luncheons and covered-plate meals since it's so different.
-Johnece Stuard, Mansfield, Texas