I enjoy both Cajun and Mexican cuisine, and this rich, elegant soup combines the best of both. I serve it with a crispy green salad and a glass of white wine for a simple but very special meal. —Karen Harris, Castle Rock, Colorado
My mother used to prepare this salad for an evening meal during the hot summer months. It also serves well as a delicious but quick luncheon or potluck dish. You can't beat the tasty combination of chicken, grapes and almonds. —Kathy Kittell, Lenexa, Kansas
It's a tradition in our house to start baking Christmas cookies early in the season and try some new recipes every year. This nutty glazed melt-in-your-mouth cookie is one of my favorites.
Phillipsburg, New Jersey
When our children come home for the holidays, I make sure to bake this coffee cake. I always use fresh berries in season, then put a few bags in the freezer for later on. That way, we can enjoy this moist cake anytime we want!
—Mildred Schwartzentruber, Tavistock, Ontario
My sister gave me this recipe for what she calls "the ultimate carrot cake," and it really lives up to the name. When people taste it, they're bowled over by the tender, not-too-sweet cake and unexpected pecan filling. —Linda Van Holland, Innisfail, Alberta
This recipe has to be the ultimate in a fast-fixing mini burger with simply fabulous flavor! Creamy mayo and sweet Hawaiian rolls help tame the heat of the chipotle peppers.
—Shawn Singleton, Vidor, Texas
One of my mother's friends used to bring this over at the holidays, and it never lasted long. With the tangy raspberry filling, tender cake and crunchy topping, it has become a favorite at our house.
-Amy Mitchell, Sabetha, Kansas
The taste of buffalo wings and pepper poppers pair up in this appealing appetizer. It will disappear fast-so make a double batch, and have copies of the recipe handy. —Barbara Nowakowski, Mesa, Arizona
“These tasty flatbread tacos, made with convenient refrigerated biscuits, are ideal for serving buffet style. Set out the toppings and let everyone make their own!”
-Jennifer Eggebraaten, Bothell, Washington
Topped with toasty pecans, this sweet-and-savory cheese ball makes a festive hostess gift for holiday parties. Says Heidi: “It’s always a hit; there’s never anything left over, and everyone asks for the recipe.” At home, make it ahead of time for convenience, then bring to room temp and serve.
Heidi Blaine Hadburg - Safety Harbor, FL