For an easy and elegant side dish, I add canned crab and shrimp to boxed stuffed mix. When I served this to my mom as part of her birthday dinner, she said it was the best she had ever tasted...and nest time she wanted just the stuffing for her meal! —Marcy Thrall
Haddam Neck, Connecticut
In Carmel, Maine, Jacquelyn Smith dresses up garden-fresh zucchini with mushrooms, onion, cheddar cheese and a hint of basil. "I let everyone season their own servings of this side dish with salt and pepper at the table," she adds.
The tomato wedges in this delicious dish get a special treatment from a mushroom-and-crumb topping. "I serve it often in summer, and everyone takes seconds," notes Ruth Pyles of Temple Hills, Maryland. "It disappears quickly!"
"Since we have plenty of fresh sweet corn available in our area, we use this recipe often in summer," writes Connie Lou Hollister of Lake Odessa, Michigan. "Parsley, chili powder and cumin accent the corn's just-picked flavor."
Butter, lemon juice, parsley and chives enhance this simple side dish. I usually prepare these potatoes when I'm having company. Since they cook in the slow cooker, there's plenty of room on the stove for other dishes. —Tara Branham, Austin, Texas
Lots of wonderfully fresh-tasting vegetables are showcased in this chunky soup sent by Victoria Zmarzley-Hahn of Northampton, Pennsylvania. "It's a great way to use up summer's excess produce," she explains. "And it's so versatile—you can add or delete just about any vegetable."
Tender cubed zucchini gets pleasant flavor from a cheesy sauce and cracker-crumb topping. "This fast-to-fix side dish is a great way to use up a big crop of the common squash," says Kathi Grenier of Auburn, Maine. At 35¢ a serving, it's an uncommon value.
Looking for a speedy way to jazz up canned pork and beans? Sue Thomas of Casa Grande, Arizona gives them homemade taste with bacon, onion, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. A pleaser at picnics, this dish is easy on your pocketbook at a mere 28¢ per serving.