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Favorite Family Recipes

The best recipes are those passed along as family favorites

Photography by Mark Mosrie
Food styling by Whitney Kemp

Summer is the time for picnics, barbecues, and gatherings around the picnic table. These recipes from our Out Here readers, offer a variety of dishes that you can serve either at your next get-together or take to someone else’s.

Blue Burger Barbecue


"Out here on the ranch, when the grandkids come to visit, they want something different and special," writes NancyLee Murrell of Chappell Hill, TX. "It was the same as when I was a kid going to my grandma’s. I always knew there would be something special just for us, and this is what it was. The grands love it and so does their Poppy."

How To Make Blue Burger Barbeque

Oven-Fried Zucchini Sticks


Diana Wasser, of Kintnersville, PA, loves zucchini and was hunting for a recipe that mimicked a dish she loved that a local restaurant had discontinued. Not only does this recipe provide a way to use abundant zucchini from her garden, but her children also love it, she says. "They dip them in ranch dressing and think it’s another form of a chicken nugget."

How To Make Oven-Fried Zucchini Sticks

Pasta and Vegetable Salad


This cold salad from B. Joey Laster, of Henderson, TN, is one of those dishes that becomes tastier the longer it marinates. "This keeps well in the refrigerator for several days," he writes.

How To Make Pasta and Vegetable Salad

Chunky Guacamole


Leah Lampirez, of Redfield, AR, loves avocados, so she was eager to try this guacamole recipe several years ago when a friend gave it to her. "It’s a special treat for me, and it’s kind of a healthy treat," she says.

How To Make Chunky Guacamole

Cowboy Cookies


These cookies are so tasty that Sue Ruff, of Hendersonville, NC, finds them special enough to give batches of them as Christmas gifts. "They really are good, and this recipe makes many cookies," she writes.

How To Make Cowboy Cookies