Once those first fresh asparagus spears sprout up, invite some special friends for a brunch and pull out this recipe. This lovely pie has a hint of Swiss cheese and beautiful green asparagus peeking out of every slice.
Ann Eastman, Greenville, California
Christmas dinner wouldn't be the same without this colorful side dish. We love the interesting combination of vegetables including red potatoes, brussels sprouts and parsnips covered with a zippy sauce.
Mary Jane Jones, Williamstown, West Virginia
This salad is a favorite at church suppers. It deliciously combines a tangy dressing with crisp cabbage, slivered almonds, sunflower kernels and ramen noodles. This dish pairs nicely with many entrees.Betty Thompson, St. Charles, Missouri
Guests at a barbecue we hosted last summer brought this cool, refreshing salad. Now it's a mainstay at most all our cookouts. The mingling of zesty tastes and textures instantly wakes up the taste buds.
-Sherry Duval, Baltimore, Maryland
A fresh garden salad with homemade Italian-style dressing is the perfect accompaniment to my special lasagna. Nicely seasoned with garlic, herbs and a hint of lemon, the dressing is our family's favorite. As soon as the jar is empty, I make more.
-Evelyn Gebhardt, Kasilof, Alaska
One of my all-time favorite side dishes, this marinated medley is well-received whenever I serve it - which is often. It's wonderful with turkey, but also pleasant with just about any main dish you can think of.
-Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana
A light, lemony vinaigrette drapes the crisp asparagus in this well-seasoned salad from Linda Lacek of Winter Park, Florida. "The dressing can bleach the vegetables it touches, so toss the asparagus with the vinaigrette just before serving," Linda advises.
Get your next dinner party off to an impressive start with this savory cream soup. Guests will love the roasted tomato flavor and crispy bread slices. If you make it in summer, try grilling the tomatoes instead.—Patterson Watkins, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania