From Sharon Delaney-Chronis in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin: When I first prepared this change-of-pace soup for a party, everyone called it a hit! My husband always likes it warmed up, but I prefer my soup chilled. Any leftovers, we drizzle over frozen custard for a fresh, fruity topping. — Sharon Delaney-Chronis, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
One summer I worked at a health food store that sold sandwiches. We were close to a college campus, so I made lots of these fresh filled pitas for the students. Crunchy with crisp vegetables and nutty sunflower kernels, they're a fast-to-fix lunch when you're on the go.
-Linda Reeves, Cloverdale, Indiana
Dotted with dried apricots and maraschino cherries, this tender coffee cake has a festive flavor and look. I love to serve it at Christmastime for my family, fellow teachers and students. It makes a welcome holiday gift, too.
-Linda Hollingsworth, Quitman, Mississippi
I've made this recipe by toasting the bread on a grill at cookouts, but any way I serve it, I never have any leftovers. The bruschetta is sweet instead of savory as is often expected, and visitors enjoy that change. -Patricia Nieh of Portola Valley, California
I wanted healthy alternatives to my family's favorite recipes. Pumpkin, cauliflower and thyme make an amazing dish. You'll never miss those plain old mashed potatoes. —Kari Wheaton, South Beloit, Illinois
Since I'm single, I freeze extra loaves in freezer bags when I bake this nicely moist bread. Then the night before I'm about to run out of bread, I take a loaf out and thaw it at room temperature. It was only after I retired that I became interested in cooking and baking. Now, when relatives and I get together at Christmastime, I'm the one who's asked to bring the bread.
-Nilah Schenck, Beloit, Wisconsin
These finger-licking muffins have the appeal of old-fashioned sticky buns without the fuss of yeast dough. Their delightful blend of flavors comes from walnuts, raisins, cinnamon and sunny orange zest. They're a sure morning eye-opener and a treat anytime.
-Sandi Ritchey, Silverton, Oregon
Green beans and dill pickles perk up this pretty potato salad, and the Italian-style dressing adds a refreshing tang. My Irish grandmother made it for family gatherings, even though I've changed a bit, Nanny always comes to mind when I dish it up.
-Marguerite Novicke, Vineland, New Jersey