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
I LIKE this potato recipe because it’s a make-ahead dish and when the company rings the bell, it can be placed in the oven. Of Swedish origin, it was first served to my husband and me when we visited our daughter in Michigan and this was part of her Easter meal. She had received it from a friend.
MY SISTER created this recipe and shared it with me. I always serve it on special holidays, particularly Easter.
My husband says he hates asparagus, but he loves this casserole. He doesn't know he's eating his "enemy vegetable"!
-Joyce Allison, Millsap, Texas
While traveling in Kentucky a few years ago, my husband and I enjoyed an excellent mixed vegetable dish at a restaurant...and the owners were kind enough to share the recipe. It makes four casseroles so it's great for a church supper or other large group.
-Jean Voan, Shepherd, Texas
"MOTHER called this her secret recipe, and to this day, I'm not quite sure I have all the ingredients she used in it. But it still tastes great, so who knows—maybe I acquired some of her 'touch'. After I was married, this casserole became my husband's favorite vegetable dish."
Our 1-year-old son can be a fussy eater, and my husband is mostly a "meat and taters" man. But both my guys love this cheesy squash bake! Often, I make a double batch of it and take one to the 4-H nutrition class I teach. It's a "hit" there, too.
If you're a pressed-for-time cook like I am, this squash casserole will streamline your menu planning.