From Niceville, Florida, Diane Hixon shares a tasty topper for tortilla chips. Chili powder and sassy salsa season a zesty mixture of ground beef and refried beans that's sprinkled with green onions, tomatoes and ripe olives.
Mexican food is popular for potluck gatherings here in South Texas, and this dish always brings "oohs" and "aahs". It's usually served as an appetizer, but is hearty enough for a main course along with a salad and Spanish rice. —Connie Bolton, San Antonio, Texas
A friend gave me this zesty dip recipe many years ago, and now I serve it at our annual holiday open house. To make it mobile, spoon a serving of the dip in the bottom of a disposable cup, then garnish with fresh veggies. —Karen Gardiner, Eutaw, Alabama
"You can whip this three-ingredient dip in no time in a blender or with a mixer," points out Bonnie Wither of Branford, Connecticut. "It's yummy and smooth and goes great with any kind of fresh fruit."
Kim Marie Van Rheenen of Mendota, Illinois reports, "At our family gatherings, I'm 'required' to serve this creamy dip - so I'm thankful it mixes up so quickly! It's especially attractive served with red and green apple wedges."
My husband and I have company often. Keeping a supply of these frozen meatballs on hand means I can easily prepare a quick, satisfying meal. I start with a versatile meatball mix that makes about 12 dozen meatballs, then freeze them in batches for future use. —Ruth Andrewson, Leavenworth, Washington
For a galaxy of good eating, pair this creamy dip with your favorite fruits cut into star shapes! We shaped apples, kiwifruit and strawberries with small cookie cutters (you could also use a knife). Melon, pears and bananas are other possibilities. If you find fresh starfruit in your supermarket, simply slice it.
A crunchy coating turns apples and peanut butter into a finger-licking after-school snack, shares Beatrice Richard of Posen, Michigan. "Even very young kinds will have a blast spreading peanut butter on the apple wedges and rolling them in cornflake crumbs," she jots.