After moving, I couldn't find a Chinese restaurant that met my tastes. So, I decided to create my own Chinese dishes. This is one of my favorites, and can be served as a vegetarian main dish or side dish. —Jacob Kitzman, Seattle, Washington
LIKE MOST women of her generation, my husband's grandmother was a "no-measure cook". This recipe of hers suffered as it was handed down, so I made an effort to work out the kinks.
Finally, my husband pronounced the results as good as he remembered, and we declared it the "official" recipe.
-Joan Kasura, Silver Spring, Maryland
My recipe uses a product native to the north-central United States, wild rice. Wild rice is not a rice at all, but rather a grass seed. It was a staple in the diet of the early American Indians and remains a favorite today because of its crunchy texture. This dish is especially good served with poultry.
A colorful stir-fry shared by Gloria Warczak comes together in no time with leftover long grain rice. "This is one of our family favorites,” Gloria relates from Cedarburg, Wisconsin. "It's quick and easy and takes just minutes to prepare."
When company's coming or when I need a quick-and-easy dish to pass, this is my hands-down favorite. A neighbor introduced me to the delicious combination of fluffy rice and sage-seasoned sausage. One forkful was all it took to convince me that I'd found a winner.
We were always glad to see a big bowl of this festive rice on the table. The carrots, peas and tomatoes make it so pretty. This versatile side dish goes great with any meat or Mexican meal.
— Jerri Moror, Rio Rancho, New Mexico
"After searching through cookbooks without finding a brown rice recipe I liked, I decided to create my own," relates Orien Major of Hinton, Alberta. Pretty red, yellow and green peppers peek through this versatile side dish.