Here’s a refreshing salad that’s great for lunches at work from Teresa Wilkins-Reckard in Monroe, Indiana. "I can mix up the dressing at home, then pick up enough salad ingredients at the store to last for several days," she notes. "My family and friends like it, too. And variations are easy to make.”
These sandwiches have been a hit with my family from the first time I served them years ago. They make a quick hearty meal along with soup or a salad. I like to make a large batch and freeze the leftovers.
-Pauline Schrock, Sullivan, Illinois
People's eyes light up when I set this special snack on the table. Layered Shrimp Dip has a terrific combination of flavors and looks so pretty. Once folks start dipping, they can't seem to stop. —Sue Broyles, Cherokee, Texas
When we have friends over during the summer, I usually serve this grilled chicken. It's tender, moist and bursting with the tangy taste of lime. I'm often asked for the recipe.Kay Alliman, Biggsville, Illinois
Batter for a two-layer 9-in. cake can be used to make 2 to 2-1/2 dozen cupcakes. Fill greased or paper lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove cupcakes from pan and cool on a wire rack. Frost as desired.
Tackle gatherings to go with a bright pasta salad. This tricolor toss-up with broccoli, tomatoes, olives and a hardworking dressing is the easiest one you could take. —Amanda Cable, Boxford, Massachusetts
Everyone who tastes them agrees that these are not your ordinary burgers! A flavorful Asian-inspired marinade and crunchy water chestnuts make them a surefire crowd-pleaser. —Mitzi Sentiff, Annapolis, Maryland
Many recipes call for soft or fresh bread crumbs, which are so easy to make in a food processor or blender. Simply tear a few slices of bread into 1-1/2-in. pieces and place in the food processor or blender container. Cover and pulse (short on/off actions) until the bread turns to crumbs. The more “pulses”, the finer the crumbs. If desired, you can process a sprig of fresh parsley or another herb along with the bread for added flavor.
Tiramisu is Italian for "pick-me-up," and this treat truly lives up to its name. It's worth every bit of effort to see my husband's eyes light up when I put a piece of this delicious torte in front of him. —Donna Gonda, North Canton, Ohio
Our Test Kitchen stuffed these yummy Vegetarian Tacos with a blend of sauteed cabbage, peppers and black beans so flavorful and filling you won’t even miss the meat! Let the kids top their own with avocado (aguacate), cheese (queso)—or a dollop of sour cream (crema agria). (And if they’re taking Spanish in school, you might even let the them print out a Spanish label for each garnish.)