“I worked in an Italian restaurant that served pasta with olive oil, garlic and a sprinkling of walnuts. I enjoyed the medley so much that I developed this recipe for an important dinner—and it was a hit,” writes Nancy Beckman from Helena, Montana.
In Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mary Ann Kosmas cooks up this light and lemony rice dish flecked with pretty carrot shreds. "I have an herb garden, so I prepare this with fresh rosemary in summer," she jots. "The aroma is heavenly."
Dried apricots and golden raisins lend sweetness and pretty color to this flavorful rice mix from Emily Chaney of Penobscot, Maine. "I usually serve this special side dish with fish or chicken," she relates. "Dotted with almonds it gets rave reviews from my family."
Dorothy Pritchett of Wills Point, Texas shares a great way to present sweet, tender carrots. She glazes the colorful coins with margarine and adds dill just before serving for a simple, savory side dish.
From East Troy, Wisconsin, Kathleen Taugher shares a blend of spinach, mushrooms, brown rice and cottage cheese that's hearty enough to serve as a main dish. The creamy casserole gets nice crunch from sunflower kernels sprinkled on top.
"For years, my family has spiced up vegetable side dishes with this tangy sauce," relates Kristi Wise of Linwood, Kansas. "Even my dad, who doesn't care much for broccoli, will eat it when it's topped with this bright fast-to-fix sauce."
A neighbor who always had a large garden showed me how to make these easy, buttery potatoes. For a flavor twist, sometimes I substitute fresh or dried dill for the parsley.—Kathie Morris, Redmond, Oregon
I have no trouble getting my kids to eat their vegetables. I exposed them to a variety of vegetables at an early age helped. They love these tender brussels sprouts, which have just the right amount of nutty crunch.—Kathie Morris, Redmond, Oregon
Crushed crackers and french-fried onions create this fast and flavorful topping for this home-style corn and green bean casserole from Dorothy Bahlmann. "It's a terrific dish to take to potluck dinners," remarks the Clarksville, Iowa cook.