This peerless pastrami sandwich was adapted from a menu favorite at Primanti Bros. Restaurant in Pittsburgh. We took the basic ingredients—grilled cold cuts, cheese, fried potatoes and tomatoes—and created a tasty replica, including our version of their secret coleslaw topping. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Since we love to cook and eat, my husband and I are always developing new recipes. This is one we especially enjoy when we have fresh peppers. Our home is a small mountain cabin that's 3 hours from town. We have no electricity or phone...and we cook about half the time on a wood stove.
-Edie Fitch, Clifton, Arizona
Meet the Cook: My family likes its food spicy. I found the original recipe for these burgers in a cookbook, then added and subtracted ingredients until they suited our taste. Cajun Burgers are always on the menu whenever we have company over for a backyard cookout.
Like my husband, I was raised in the country. We have four children (20, 16, 13 and 9) and now a grandson, too!
-Julie Culbertson, Bansalem, Pennsylvania
Meet the Cook: You'll find that these hearty sandwiches will satisfy even the healthiest appetites. My husband and our three children love them! I like the fact that the recipe makes a big batch of meatballs with tangy sauce.
-Kelly Gerhardt, Council Bluffs, Iowa
Looking for a new twist on burgers? Margie Jarvis of Decatur, Tennessee has created a patty melt loaded with onions and Swiss cheese on rye bread. This flavorful combination is a great way to use ground turkey as well.
“I created this creamy crunchy salad for a small tea party I was having one midwinter afternoon,” pens Karen Jantz from New Plymouth, Idaho. “It’s a great way to use up some of that leftover holiday turkey when friends drop by.”
When I moved to Nebraska, I discovered many ethnic foods that I had never heard of before. A friend introduced me to this German-Russian beef sandwich, and it quickly became a family favorite. —Dolly Croghan, Mead, Nebraska
Want to branch out from traditional grilled cheese sandwiches? Make 'em festive with cute winter-themed cutters like pine trees or mittens. Try these with whole wheat bread and sourdough if it better suits your family's tastes. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen