Green beans taste terrific all by themselves, but my mom has managed to improve on Mother Nature! She adds mushrooms, celery and crisp slivered almonds to dress up the popular green vegetable.
-Becky Brunette, Minneapolis, Minnesota
My favorite entree for Christmas and other special occasions, a crown roast is easy to prepare. Both its elegant appearance and excellent flavor are sure to impress your friends and family. (Call ahead to order a crown roast from your butcher or meat department.)
“These are beautiful for holiday parties. They're a big hit each time! To make them extra-special, use a new small paintbrush to lightly dust the almonds with a gold luster.” —Deb Holbrook, Abington, Massachusetts
Whenever I make this dish for friends and family, I'm reminded of the wonderful scent of the Maine orchards where we picked our own apples every fall until we moved to Missouri last year. The aroma of the pork and apples certainly takes the chill out of crisp autumn air.
-Louise Keithley, Columbia, Missouri
Apple cider and crisp apples lend a hint of fall to this refreshing salad that's perfect for autumn and holiday gatherings. A dear neighbor lady shared the recipe with me.
-Cyndi Brinkhaus, South Coast Metro, California
This surprisingly simple pork tenderloin is unique and full-flavored! The sauce is bursting with fig flavor, while the seasoning adds bite, and the orange adds subtle citrus flair.
—Kathy Pettit, Los Angeles, California
I was looking for a zippy relish to jazz up plain hot dogs. Not wishing to make a run to the store, I rummaged through my refrigerator and found these items and thought they would be good together—and I was right! This relish also goes well on toasted bagel bites.