Remember the stories of Red Riding Hood or The Little Red Hen? A backyard journey in a little red wagon or a tireless game of Red Rover? The anticipation of the first day at the little red schoolhouse?

Then students discover the power associated with delivering a shiny, red apple to the teacher or the warmth of sharing a Valentine heart of red.Even before the school doors open, red-colored items play a part in the lives of children.

Consider the apple or strawberry, the cherry or a slab of watermelon.

But when you connect kids and foods that are red, spaghetti and pizza top the list.That's the connection for the March Recipe Exchange.

In conjunction with the annual Newspaper in Education "No Books Day," March 5, we invite students of all ages to submit their favorite recipes for foods that are red. We enjoy hearing from individuals and families but also find classroom contributions interesting.

Recipes will be tested by a student panel and selected recipes will return to the school as a part of the "No Books Day" features.

Rules for submitting recipes:

1. Submit only one recipe per sheet of paper (but all can be mailed in one envelope). Include name and address on each recipe (important to students if recipes are mailed as a class). Mail to Recipe Exchange, P.O. Box 1257, Salt Lake City, UT 84110.

2. No more than three recipes will be accepted from any one person.

3. Recipes must be postmarked by Friday, February 15.

4. If identical recipes are received, the recipe with the earliest postmark will be selected for testing.

5. Recipes will be tested by a panel of students. The best recipes will be printed in the Deseret News food section the first Tuesday in March. Students whose recipes are selected will receive $5.

Thanks to our readers for their contributions to simplifying our lives with one pot cooking:

Alta Hall, Suzanne Liechty, Janet Yergensen, Ellen Koucos, Mary Matheson, Sharon Hodson, Fay Sargent, Mrs. James Marshall, Melissa Helie, Jeanne Phillips, Shirley Goodman, Sharla Luker, Pamela Stoddard, Marsha Ashby, Thelma Thelin, An Bradshaw, Cristy Kulow, Norma Richardson and Susan Pohlman.