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Garlic-Buttered Pasta

Garlic-Buttered Pasta

Garlic-Buttered Pasta

This pasta goes nicely with any entree. Guests always leave a spot for it on their plates. It's great hot or served cold with fresh herbs from my garden.—Stephanie Moon, Boise, Idaho.

Glazed Baby Carrots

Glazed Baby Carrots

Glazed Baby Carrots

For an extra zip for a carrot side dish, try this recipe with brown sugar. It comes together in no time at all.—Anita Foster, Fairmount, Georgia

Butternut Orzo Risotto

Butternut Orzo Risotto

Butternut Orzo Risotto

This creamy dish resembles traditional rice risotto, only it’s quicker and easier to make. Fresh herbs enhance the tender orzo pasta and sweet butternut squash. Try it as a warming side dish for pork.—Country Woman Test Kitchen
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Brown Rice Vegetable Casserole

Brown Rice Vegetable Casserole

Brown Rice Vegetable Casserole

One taste of this crowd-pleasing casserole brings compliments and requests for my recipe. It's been in my file for as long as I can remember. The blend of tender vegetables and rice is perfect for holiday meals and dish-to-pass affairs.

Sausage Bread Dressing

Sausage Bread Dressing

Sausage Bread Dressing

My husband and father go crazy for this dressing. Although leftovers are rare, it freezes quite well. To save time, chop the veggies and prepare the stuffing mix ahead of time. —Bette Votral, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Spicy Red Beans and Rice

Spicy Red Beans and Rice

Spicy Red Beans and Rice

I guess I'm one of those women "who have moved from the country in body but not in heart"! Although I'm an attorney in a large city, my parents are ranchers. And, since they once grew rice, that's a staple of my cooking. Because of my busy schedule, I like dishes like this that can be easily reheated throughout the week. This was actually a soup recipe when I first found it. I needed a side dish, however, so I simply reduced the amount of water.

Perfect Potato Pancakes

Perfect Potato Pancakes

Perfect Potato Pancakes

I like to serve these potato pancakes with barbecued sausage. They're also nice with baked ham and applesauce or with breakfast sausages. And, with these and other types of meals, they're a good alternative to french fries. My children are married, and I'm a widow. So I don't do as much cooking as I once did. Guests always ask for the recipe when I serve this dish, though. And when my son and his family visited me from Winnipeg not long ago, one of the first things he asked for were Perfect Potato Pancakes!

Creamy Mushroom-Potato Bake

Creamy Mushroom-Potato Bake

Creamy Mushroom-Potato Bake

The day I first made this, we'd invited a neighbor—a bachelor farmer—over, and I wanted to fix something hearty. It was a hit instantly. These days, our three sons enjoy it as a change from regular mashed potatoes. We've found that it's best served with beef...either with or without gravy. —Kathy Smith, Granger, Indiana

Fire and Ice Tomatoes

Fire and Ice Tomatoes

Fire and Ice Tomatoes

You won't miss the salt in this refreshing tomato salad! It's well-seasoned with cayenne pepper, mustard seed and vinegar but not the least bit spicy. This dish is always a hit at potlucks. —Nan Rickey, Yuma, Arizona

Golden Mashed Potatoes

Golden Mashed Potatoes

Golden Mashed Potatoes

Meet the Cook: When there's no gravy with the meat, this is great to serve in place of regularly mashed potatoes. I make it often to take to picnics and church socials. My husband even made it for his family's reunion one year when I couldn't go! We have a grown son, a 17-year-old son and a 12-year-old daughter. -Cindy Stith, Wickliffe, Kentucky

Portobello Mushroom Saute

Portobello Mushroom Saute

Portobello Mushroom Saute

It’s guaranteed this festive vegetable medley will have guests asking for seconds. The portobello’s intense flavor and firm texture make the nutritious saute top-notch.—Leona Ryynanen, Houghton, MI
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