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.
These savory biscuits have a flavorful tomato and bacon filling. “I got the recipe at a friend’s house one Thanksgiving,” Paige English relates from Portland, Oregon. “I’ve made them at special gatherings ever since. They always disappear fast.”
These peppers are so addictive that if I want any for myself, I either need to make a double batch or hide some. The jalapenos are not that spicy after they are baked (I take out the seeds and white membrane), but have a wonderful flavor. —Linda Foreman, Locust Grove, Oklahoma
Ranch dressing mix flavors this fast-to-fix mixture that's packed with shredded cheese and is made to go with pretzels. It's one of those snacks that when you start eating it, you can't stop! This dip can be made with any type of beer, including nonalcoholic. I've taken it to many parties and am always asked for the recipe. —Michelle Long, New Castle, Colorado
Margaret Pache's festive French bread slices topped with roast beef, red peppers and melted cheese are simple to make and a breeze for guests to handle. They remain a holiday hit with family and friends in Mesa, Arizona.
For our family reunion at my sister's farm house, I made mini wagons out of veggies to place on the tables. Even the youngsters had fun eating their vegetables right down to the cucumber wagon wheels. —Nella Parker, Hersey, Michigan
This mouthwatering salsa shared by Suzi LaPar of Wahiawa, Hawaii features fresh pineapple and a handful of seasonings. Serve it with tortilla chips or atop grilled chicken or fish for a jazzed-up meal.—Suzi LaPar, Wahiawa, Hawaii
“My husband and I love this pizza, which makes a quick, hearty meal for us on busy work nights,” writes Connie Clegg of Frederick, Maryland. “We are eating more vegetarian meals now, and this certainly fits the bill! I buy the packaged baby spinach and use the remaining spinach in a warm spinach salad later in the week.”