Any meal benefits from this ruby-colored salad - it's always a refreshing accompaniment. I never have leftovers, since the combination of sweet, tangy and crunchy ingredients is so irresistible.
-Regina Albright, Southhaven, Mississippi
Served with rolls or homemade bread, this slaw's hearty enough to be a main course, it's also a great side dish—my family especially likes it accompanying steak and corn on the cob. It tastes good with ribs besides.
Even people who don't enjoy cabbage like it prepared this way. (I know...my husband, Glen, is one of them!) The honey's sweetness helps with that.
Glen works for our local police department, and I work for the fire department. We have a pair of sons, 19 and 6, an
New Jersey is known for its cranberries and this cake is a delicious way to use them. The marshmallows melt and seep through the cake, making it moist and very tasty. It's great for brunch, or just with a cup of coffee! —Adelaide Krumm, Manasquan, New Jersey
A tangy cream cheese dressing makes this refreshing salad special. I've found it's a big hit at potlucks, whether served as a salad or dessert. It makes a luscious finale on those sultry summer days when baking is out of the question.
—James Korzenowski, Fennville, Michigan
This unusual combination of pearl onions and cranberries is surprisingly delicious. There's plenty of thick, dark red sauce, and the onions have a sweet-tangy taste. They'll melt in your mouth!
-Lesley Tragesser, Charleston, Missouri
When strawberries and asparagus are at their peak, this salad is sensational! I like to serve it for brunch or dinner. Sometimes I add grilled chicken or salmon to create a refreshing but filling main dish salad.
Since I'm single, I freeze extra loaves in freezer bags when I bake this nicely moist bread. Then the night before I'm about to run out of bread, I take a loaf out and thaw it at room temperature. It was only after I retired that I became interested in cooking and baking. Now, when relatives and I get together at Christmastime, I'm the one who's asked to bring the bread.
-Nilah Schenck, Beloit, Wisconsin
Pineapple, bananas and marshmallows are folded into orange Jell-O in this refreshing salad. Frosted with a creamy topping, pecans and coconut, this yummy dish is a real crowd-pleaser. I have been making it for years.
-Anna Jean Key, Muskogee, Oklahoma
Meet the Cook: The best way that I can describe these is to say they taste like a celebration.
Cooking from scratch like this is an easy way to cut a few corners on my food budget. My husband and I have a son who's 7 and a daughter who's 5.
-Darlene Simmons, Newfield, New Jersey
Meat loaf will be wearing new accessories this year - spinach, carrots, zucchini and whole grains. Grind the nuts in a food processor but be sure to add a little flour so you don't end up with nut butter. —Susan Preston, Eagle Creek, Oregon