I recently started experimenting with new soup recipes, and finally created a rich squash version that omits heavy cream altogether, making it a healthier way to curb my creamy-tooth. —Nithya Kumar, Davis, CA
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
When we grill, my mother asks me to make the family macaroni salad. To make it extra creamy, I like to keep a small amount of dressing separate and stir it in just before serving. —Carly Curtin, Ellicott City, Maryland
Try these unique little tarts as an appetizer before a special meal, or save them for a surprisingly different dinner finale. They’re sweet, creamy and crunchy—and very addictive!—Angela Vitale, Delaware, Ohio
Roasted butternut squash has a sweet, nutty flavor similar to pumpkin but is much easier to prepare. If time is a factor, buy pre-chopped squash that you can find in most grocery stores. —Nicole Hopping, San Francisco, California