My black-eyed pea salad reminds me of a Southern cooking class my husband and I took while visiting Savannah, Georgia. People go nuts for it at picnics and potlucks. —Danielle Ulam, Hookstown, Pennsylvania
I try to make special foods for my kids, especially on their birthdays. To transform plain old pancake mix, I add cake mix and sprinkles. Frosting closes the deal. —Dina Crowell, Fredericksburg, Virginia
On weekends I like to make a hearty breakfast for my hardworking husband. But by the time the weekend rolls around, I'm ready to relax, too! So I use an electric waffle iron to make this French toast-inspired meal. It comes out just right. —Linda Martindale, Elkhorn, Wisconsin
My sister-in-law used to own a pizza restaurant and gave me this awesome recipe that features ground beef, cheddar and thousand island dressing. We like it on whole-wheat crust. — Katie Buckley, Wyoming, Delaware
Porcini mushrooms surround these luscious pork chops with earthy undertones and a delectable flavor. Hints of rosemary and Parmesan cheese make polenta a sophisticated accompaniment to this restaurant-quality meal from Casandra Rittenhouse of North Hollywood, California.
Cheddar cheese and Thousand Island dressing make this moist and juicy burger from Dave Bremson of Plantation, Florida a real family treat. The amount of flavor this burger packs with just a few simple ingredients will really surprise you.
This simple dish tastes like something you'd order from a local barbecue joint. The tender meat basically shreds itself when it's done cooking. It's definitely my favorite pulled pork sandwich of all time. —Lauren Adamson, Layton, Utah
I like using the slow cooker for our meals because it gives me time for other preparations, frees the oven, and it usually doesn't matter if you serve it later than planned. The fruit in this recipe, which I adapted, gives the pork a special flavor. —Mary Jeppesen-Davis, St. Cloud, Minnesota
This hearty main-dish salad, sent in by Iola Egle of Bella Vista, Arizona, makes a great cool-weather entree. It's colorful, delicious and filled with the kind of heat that’s great after a chilly football game or hike. Best of all, you can have it on the table in half an hour!
We love this wonderful salad that tastes like a piled-high BLT without the time or effort. Plus, you can make it hours ahead and keep it in the fridge till serving time. —Denise Thurman, Columbia, Missouri
It’s love at first bite when you get a delectable burst of sweet-and-salty flavor with just the right amount of garlic in this simple side. Just trim the asparagus, and it’s ready to eat in the blink of an eye. —Lisa Daniell, Loveland, Colorado