When this pasta salad arrived on the picnic table, and where it came from, is a mystery. It may have been an offshoot of another creamy summer salad, the potato kind. Crisp celery, peas, and scallions punctuate this version, which is sprinkled with bits of ham and ground pepper and nutmeg.
This mac and cheese is a fantastic one-dish meal -- it's so rich and creamy and cheesy, all you'll need is a simple green salad to serve alongside, and your menu is set. Lobster goes great in this recipe, but if that seems too luxurious, use any combination of seafood that makes you happy.
Jim Raftus from Elkhart, Indiana, uses the sunny flavors of tomato, olives, and feta in this mac and cheese. If you like, add canned tuna, browned ground meat, or cooked chicken when you stir in the feta. This dish is delicious right out of the oven or at room temperature.