Being a New England native, I love apple-picking season. Grab some apples and peanut butter to make this creamy PB&J riff. Dunk in sliced fruit or graham crackers, or spread it on a sandwich. —Brandie Cranshaw, Rapid City, SD
My mom gave me a fundraiser cookbook, and the recipe I’ve used most is for skillet nachos. My whole family's on board. For toppings, think sour cream, tomatoes, jalapeno and red onion. —Judy Hughes, Waverly, Kansas
I knew these stuffed crescents were keepers when my husband ate most of the filling before I could roll it into the dough. I’ve had to get sneaky now when I make them. —Carrie Pommier, Lakeville, Minnesota
The colorful side dish shared by Mary Tallman of Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin features sweet pineapple, crunchy vegetables and refreshing cilantro in a tangy dressing with pasta. It requires just 15 minutes of prep time, so it’s perfect for a quick lunch or on-the-go dinner.
I coat the catfish in pecans, then top it with a thick, rich cream sauce. It looks like you spent all day on it, but it's actually very speedy to prepare. Garnish it with lemon wedges, parsley or more chopped pecans if you desire. —Mary Ann Griffin, Bowling Green, Kentucky
"This sweet and tangy basting sauce came from my husband's family," says Jenine Schmidt of Stoughton, Wisconsin. "With just four ingredients, it's simple to stir up," she adds. A speedy alternative to bottled sauce, it can be brushed on chicken, ribs, pork or even turkey.
Everyone in my family likes this soup. Sometimes I use mini farfalle in this soup because my grandchildren say it looks like tiny butterflies. The recipe also works in a slow cooker. —Nancy Murphy, Oneonta, NY