Says Dona Alsover of Upland, California, “Our children and grandchildren live far away, so my husband, Jim, and I frequently plan a quiet dinner by candlelight. We have Vegetable Ramekins often since we can pull fresh things from our garden all year. It is a colorful and delicious side dish.”
I love thyme and cracked black peppercorns on beef, so I combined them in this recipe. Some family and friends have commented that this is the best beef they've ever tasted.—Kathyrn Heft, Bullhead City, Arizona
This yummy rice mixture is a delightful change from our traditional corn bread dressing. To make it a meal in itself, I sometimes will add finely chopped cooked chicken and a little more broth before baking.
-Linda Emery, Tuckerman, Arkansas
Long ago, Johnny Appleseed passed through this part of the country. Now, nearly every hill is crowned with ancient apple trees. Cider is abundant in the fall, and my family looks forward to having it in this bean dish! —Mara Mcauley, Hinsdale, New York
There's plenty of flavor in this bright side dish that's quick and easy to prepare but special enough for company. Jodi Rice of Appleton, Wisconsin seasons sliced carrots and dried apricots with a pleasant blend of dill, fennel, brown sugar and dry mustard.
This special side dish never fails to have people returning for more. The celery and almonds provide a great crunch. It tastes impressive, but it's very simple to prepare. —Dorothy Pritchett, Wills Point, Texas
This simple yet sophisticated side dish uses just a few basic ingredients. The way the bold garlic flavor blends with the smoky bacon makes ordinary broccoli irresistible. —Erin Chilcoat, Smithtown, New York
When your conventional oven is filled with the turkey and side dishes, these dressed-up brussels sprouts can be prepared in the microwave. I think you will agree the cheese topping makes these sprouts special enough to include in a holiday meal.
-Gloria Warczak, Cedarburg, Wisconsin