Meet the Cook: Especially during fall and winter, this recipe is a favorite. With its red color, it looks great served at Christmastime. It's nice for taking to potlucks as well.
My husband and I have two grown children. I teach home economics.
-Margery Richmond, Lacombe, Alberta
This sensational bean salad started out with my mother's recipe, which I changed a bit to suit our tastes. The thyme and mustard give it such zest. It's a staple menu item every time our family gets together.
— Roseanne Martyniuk, Red Deer, Alberta
We have a small asparagus patch, and my husband and I wait eagerly for this tasty vegetable to appear every spring. We're pleased to use our precious harvest in this soup. Lemon and nutmeg give it a surprising spark.
—Darlene Swille, Green Bay, Wisconsin
When I managed a cafeteria, I would cook up different snacks for the staff. These tiny squares with big asparagus flavor never lasted long and prompted lots of recipe requests. —Lois McAtee, Oceanside, California
This salad goes well with all meats—it's especially good at barbecues—and fish. I recently served it at the Prayer Brunch of our local women's club.
After 55 years of marriage, I'm a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother doing the things I like to do...and cooking's on top of that list!
Mom used to make this potato salad without a recipe. When I got married, she and I made it one afternoon and wrote down the ingredients so I could make it at home. Of course, we used our famous Idaho potatoes.
If you're looking for a change from plain baked potatoes, try these tender and buttery potato fans seasoned with oregano, garlic powder, celery and onion. To cut down on grilling time, I sometimes microwave the potatoes for 5-6 minutes before slicing them.
-Jennifer Black-Ortiz, San Jose, California
Meet the Cook: As a party planner for a catering company, I often serve this attractive side dish with a steak dinner or at a brunch. Our two grown sons and their families often request these fresh-tasting oven-roasted vegetables, too.
-Grace Ammann, Richfield, Minnesota
Meet the Cook: When my husband worked as a deputy ag commissioner, he'd bring me bushels of vegetables from area farms. This pretty side dish is the result - it's easy to fix but impressive enough for company. We're busy retirees with five grown kids and a menagerie ranging from show dogs to miniature donkeys.
-Judy Williams, Hayden, Idaho