THIS SALAD is ideal for one or two people, but I've often increased the recipe to take to potlucks.
For variety, I'll sometimes add chopped pickles or shredded cheese. In summer, fresh tomatoes add color and flavor.
-Ruth Griggs, South Hill, Virginia
This easy recipe is elegant enough for company, writes Bridgette Monaghan from Masonville, Iowa. “I've served it often, and everyone comments on its rich flavor. I love the fact that it can be made ahead.”
"This melt-in-your-mouth Chicken Marsala is based on a recipe picked up in a cooking class," recalls Greta Igl in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. "But the basil and splash of lemon are my own touches. We’ve tried this dish in many restaurants, but always agree our homemade version tastes best. It’s so easy…and if we’re lucky enough to have leftovers, they reheat beautifully in the microwave.”
I enjoy both Cajun and Mexican cuisine, and this rich, elegant soup combines the best of both. I serve it with a crispy green salad and a glass of white wine for a simple but very special meal. —Karen Harris, Castle Rock, Colorado
“My brother told me this was the best chicken
he had ever tasted,” writes Kara Cook from Elk
Ridge, Utah, “and it’s one of my very favorites, too.
“Not only is it easy to prepare, but it also looks elegant, tastes spectacular, and never fails to bring raves when I serve it to guests.”
TIP: Try using any leftover mozzarella cheese to dress up salads, sprinkle on cups of hot chili or make mini pizzas.
Onion and cheddar cheese perk up the rich flavor of summer squash in this comforting casserole from Katherine Metz, Jacksonville, Florida (with husband Chuck, at right). A crispy cornflake-crumb topping adds a little crunch.
“I first made French Silk Pie when I was in high school, then, years later, I tinkered with the recipe until I was happy with it," says Lisa Francis of Elba, Alabama. "Now, it’s one of my husband Dalton’s favorites."
"I recently began experimenting with pork and came up with this easy dish, which has turned out to be a favorite," writes Marilyn McGee of Tulsa, Oklahoma. "I like to vary it occasionally by using lemon-pepper or garlic-seasoned tenderloin for added flavor."