This is a special side dish my mother liked to serve at church dinners. She was recognized by family and friends as an outstanding cook. It's a pleasure to share her recipe with you. Nancy Frank, Ariel, Pennsylvania
Earlene Ertelt of Woodburn, Oregon found the recipe for Pasta with Tomatoes in the newspaper a few years ago and has used it frequently ever since. "My husband, Charles, and I are busy on our farm and with other activities, so quick and easy dishes like this one are very important to me," Earlene asserts.
When I started bringing this distinctive dish to holiday dinners, a lot of people had never seen barley in anything but soup. They have since dubbed me "the barley lady", and now I wouldn't dare bring anything this dish. Even if I double the recipe, I come home with an empty pan.
-Renate Crump, Los Angeles, California
This crunchy eye-catching cooked cabbage is seasoned with a flavorful blend of vinegar, spices and bacon. Even when my mom fixes a big batch, the bowl gets emptied quickly. Cathy Eland
Hightstown, New Jersey
"A lovely dish for guests, this spinach-stuffed turkey breast look s beautiful when you slice it for serving," Shirley Goehring writes from Lodi, California. "I've also spooned the filling into a pocket slit in a boneless center-cut pork roast with delicious results."
"I constantly crave the wholesome goodness of fresh garden vegetables, so I fix this quick and delicious dish as often as possible," writes field editor Ruth Ann Stelfox of Raymond, Alberta. "It's wonderful to make on camping trips."
For almost 30 years, I've been preparing this zippy side dish for all sorts of gatherings. In fact, whenever I'm invited to an event that involves food, it's "understood" that I'll bring this casserole. Plus, it's a great way to use up hard-cooked eggs.
-Patricia Friend, Milledgeville, Georgia
This delicious cheesy casserole is made with the bounty from my garden. The dish includes a sunny medley of summer vegetables like eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes. It's so nice to cook with those abundant crops.
-Phyllis Hickey, Bedford, New Hampshire