THIS SALAD is not only delicious, it helped our family weather the Depression. I still remember lining up with Papa to receive dried beans and a 10-pound sack of yellow cornmeal. We used the cornmeal to make polenta. Mother made this salad with vegetables from the garden, and it really tasted good with the polenta. -Rudy Mancini, Calistoga, California
This is a delicious recipe for a focaccia sandwich with roasted eggplant and red bell peppers and sauteed portobella mushrooms. You can substitute your favorite veggies and use any Italian flat bread you choose.
What a treat to come home from work and have this savory soup ready to eat. It's a nice traditional beef soup with old-fashioned goodness. We pair it with crusty rolls topped with melted mozzarella cheese. -- Heather Thurmeier, Pense, Saskatchewan
Coca is a crust or pastry that may have a sweet or savory topping. This savory coca is an everyday Catalonian dish and would make a tasty main course dish. We used leftover Samfaina topped with ricotta cheese (which is very similar to the fresh cheeses you would find in Catalonia) and sprinkled with kosher salt. You could also top it with greens, pine nuts, and paprika.