There's no need to slave away making mashed potatoes at the last minute, not when this creamy, comforting potato side dish is so handy to prepare well in advance. Plus, it's an easy dish for people to serve themselves and it looks so appealing on a buffet.
-Margaret Twitched, Danbury, Iowa
"We were camping, and I didn’t have enough milk for my usual blueberry muffin recipe,” recalls Dorothy Ross of Ear Falls, Ontario. “I did have some sour cream and a bit of rhubarb, so I used those. The muffins were awesome, and now I make them often!”
Growing up, this recipe was a favorite of mine. I couldn't wait for the rhubarb to ripen so Mom could bake this delicious coffee cake. Now this special recipe is part of my own collection. —Angie Fehr, Ottosen, Iowa
These light crispy onion rings are sliced thin and spiced just right with garlic powder, cayenne pepper, chili powder and cumin. My family likes them alongside grilled burgers. They're even good as leftovers.
-Tamra Kriedeman, Enderlin, North Dakota
This moist and spicy bread from field editor Rebecca Cook Jones of Henderson, Nevada gives a true feeling of fall. “My family isn’t fond of traditional sweet potatoes, so I make this yummy bread instead,” says Rebecca.
A tongue-tingling lime dressing complements the colorful variety of fruit in this delightful salad. It's always a hit at summer get-togethers. It looks beautiful on a buffet and is very refreshing on a hot day.
Combining banana and almonds in this moist cake is a treat for your taste buds. Enjoy it for breakfast or surprise the kids by putting it in their lunch boxes on the first day of school. —Gina Buzzell, Ogden, Iowa
With its Christmasy colors, this salad is a very merry part of my holiday menu. It serves a big group, but since it also keeps well in the refrigerator, you can look forward to the tasty leftovers, too.
Because I feed three hungry "men" (my husband, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and our two little boys), I love satisfying snacks that are easy to make. We all appreciate this cool, light fruit dip. —Karen Laubman, Spruce Grove, Alberta
The recipe for this beautiful flavorful loaf came from our daughter-in-law, Karen. She's a great cook. Everyone who enjoys a slice of this moist bread asks me for the recipe. It's super used for a sandwich or just served with butter.
-Ardath Effa, Villa Park, Illinois
My Italian mother remembers her mother making these dumplings for special occasions. She still has the bowl Grandma mixed the dough in, which will be passed down to me someday. —Tina Repak Mirilovich, Johnstown, Pennsylvania