It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without the versatile root vegetable—the sweet potato. Building on traditional recipes used by my mother and grandmother, I've added maple syrup, brown sugar, dried apricots and more spices to update this holiday casserole.
—Keri Scofield Lawson, Fullerton, California
I never liked green beans until I tried this recipe. The beans, onion and chopped pecans are coated in a delicious orange-mustard sauce. Now I make it for my family on a regular basis.
-Donna Buckley, Western Springs, Illinois
Mom would prepare home-grown green beans using this recipe, and boy did they ever taste good. The bacon provides rich flavor and the brown sugar a touch of sweetness. This is one irresistible side dish.
-Willa Govoro, St. Clair, Missouri
"I got this recipe from a friend back when we were in nursing school," writes Kenda Burgett of Cloudy, Oklahoma. "Whenever my husband is cooking meat on the grill, you can bet I'll be in the kitchen preparing these mushrooms."
Steamed Broccoli Florets, with a tart mustard vinaigrette, is a delightful fast-to-fix recipe from field editor Peggy Van Arsdale of Crosswicks, New Jersey. "My Aunt Marion was a wonderful cook. I have many recipes from her, including this one," Peggy pens.
My husband and I love this recipe as newlyweds, and now that our children are grown, we are enjoying it again. As soon as the weather turns cool, we get hungry for this squash dish, filled with savory ground beef and topped with a sprinkling of cheese.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
This is an excellent way to serve one of the season's most delicious vegetables—butternut squash. Its rich flavor and golden harvest color really come through in this smooth vegetable side dish.
—Dorothy Pritchett, Wills Point, Texas
I've always enjoyed cooking and experimenting with recipes. My corn pudding is a variation of a recipe from a friend. It's a comforting, buttery side dish with lots of corn.—Nick Mescia, Surprise, Arizona
This is one of my favorite ways to use butternut squash, which I love not just for its flavor but also because it's full of vitamin A. I usually make this when I am grilling steak or chicken. —Esther Horst, Monterey, Tennessee