This recipe has been a family favorite for several years. The addition of coconut, orange peel, pineapple and nuts gives a new twist to a loaf of banana bread. It's so good I sometimes serve slices of it for dessert.
-Lanita Anderson, Chesapeake, Virginia
Meet the Cook: While I most often make this traditional Ukranian bread for breakfast, I've also served it for an afternoon tea.
I've been baking since I was about 8. My husband and I have three grown sons and seven grandchildren.
-Rose Kostynuik, Calgary, Alberta
Meet the Cook: As the cook for our local volunteer fire department, I'm a nonstop recipe clipper. This one's been a constant in my file for years. It's great for grabbing and going, and a good lunch dish, too.
Here on our farm, my husband - who's also a teacher - and I have cattle and hogs plus one chicken who furnishes many of our eggs. We are the parents of a 6-year-old daughter.
-Kathy Wells, Brodhead, Wisconsin
My sisters, brothers and I started cooking and baking when we were young. Mom was a very good teacher—she told us we would learn our way around the kitchen. Now, I tell my kids the same thing! —Cindy Middleton, Champion, Alberta
Meet the Cook: When it comes to baking, muffins are No. 1 to me. I bake a batch every day. These are great with your favorite tea...or cool lemonade in the summer or a cup of hot cocoa in the winter!
My family - my husband and I have three children...7, 3 and 2 - live in the country. We have horses and enjoy riding, along with fishing, boating plus lots of other outdoor activities.
-Terrie Cox, Honeyville, Utah
Meet the Cook: No matter when I make these muffins - for breakfast, or for lunch to serve with a bowl of soup or salad - my husband devours them! He's retired from the Air Force, and we have four grown children. Gardening's my top hobby.
-Loretta Baline, South Burlington, Vermont
Meet the Cook: If you're looking for a good "brown bag treat", try these. I also make them for breakfast and at-home snacks. Usually, I'll bake a double batch so we can eat some hot from the oven and pop the others in the refrigerator to heat later.
My husband and I have a son who's 4 and a baby daughter who's 9 months.
-Robin Henry, Sugar Land, Texas
Meet the Cook: As an ex-farm girl, I have fond memories of making apple butter with my grandmother. I often bake muffins for my husband and me to eat during job breaks. I work part-time, but the best part of my week is the time I spend at home being a wife and a mother to our daughter, born just last November.
-Anita Bell, Gallatin, Tennessee
Meet the Cook: There's a deliciously different taste to these muffins, thanks to the pineapple juice and raisins they contain. We have them for breakfast, lunch and snacks.
My husband and I enjoy gardening...I do flowers, and he does vegetables.
-Pauline Rohloff, Endeavor, Wisconsin
Meet the Cook: To tell the truth, I cook out of necessity but enjoy myself when I bake! I make these for school lunches and my husband to take with him to work. They are nice to serve for breakfast besides.
Our children are 9 and 5. While we don't farm, our home's out in the country and we do have a pony here.
-Marlene Falsetti, Lowbanks, Ontario