To have homemade treats ready for my husband’s lunch or a quick snack, I make extra cookies, dessert bars, etc. and keep them in a plastic container in the freezer. When I pack my husband’s lunch, I wrap a few treats straight from the freezer. They defrost by lunchtime and taste fresh all week. —Joye Crist, North Charleston, South Carolina
My family was tired of my traditional scalloped potatoes. So when I came across this recipe featuring a pesto and sun-dried tomato sauce, I knew I had to try it. I'm so glad I did, and so is my family! —Jamie Milligan, Kimberley, British Columbia
We celebrated our daughter's birthday (during the last Winter Games) with an Olympics theme party that could be adapted for a 2000 Summer Olympics gathering. The symbolic five rings - made from pepperoni - decorate the yummy homemade pizza.
-Therese Judge, Westminster, Maryland
When a friend gave me some ground turkey to use up, I looked for an inventive way to prepare it. I found this recipe while scouring through my collection. My family loves it because of the stuffing in the middle. For a variation, I sometimes use cheese on top instead of bacon.Patricia Eckard, Singers Glen, Virginia
For a show-stopping spring or summer dessert, serve this colorful, refreshing "cake." This recipe takes a little time to prepare, but it's a beautiful and delicious creation. Family members often request it for their birthdays. —Paula Wipf, Arlington, Virginia
When my husband and I were both working full-time, we loved this recipe's 10-hour cook time. The beef brisket tastes so good after simmering all day in the crockpot, and the chili sauce adds a unique touch to the gravy.
— Anna Stodolak
Here’s a trick I used when my grandchildren were little and visited me often. When I bought ice cream, I’d let it sit in the refrigerator until soft, then I scooped servings into several 6-ounce plastic containers with lids. Having the serving-size portions in the freezer saved time and cut down on the mess when the grandkids wanted ice cream. Plus, it eliminated the “he got more than I did” comments. —Faye Hogenson, Gresham, Oregon
Topped with the toasty texture and flavor of hazelnuts, this pasta makes an easy, earthy weeknight dinner. I serve it with an herb lettuce salad and white wine. —Charlene Chambers, Ormond Beach, Florida
An original recipe, my molded gelatin gets a tropical twist from coconut, pineapple, and macadamia nuts. It's a wonderful anytime treat. Now that I'm retired from teaching, I have more time for kitchen experiments. —Carol Gillespie, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
Tip: This chicken is also delicious with mashed potatoes.
Mom served the thick, tangy sauce that coats this tender chicken as a gravy over rice or mashed potatoes. It makes a welcome centerpiece for any meal. —Donna Sasser Hinds, Milwaukie, Oregon