Meet the Cook: I grew up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where many people are of English ancestry and pasties - traditional meat pies often eaten by hand - are popular.
Home is now a bush community. My husband and I have four children.
-Carole Lynn Derifield, Valdez, Alaska
The day I first made this, we'd invited a neighbor—a bachelor farmer—over, and I wanted to fix something hearty. It was a hit instantly. These days, our three sons enjoy it as a change from regular mashed potatoes. We've found that it's best served with beef...either with or without gravy. —Kathy Smith, Granger, Indiana
Meet the Cook: Especially during fall and winter, this recipe is a favorite. With its red color, it looks great served at Christmastime. It's nice for taking to potlucks as well.
My husband and I have two grown children. I teach home economics.
-Margery Richmond, Lacombe, Alberta
When I was growing up in Ohio, my mother often made this stew for Sunday dinner. She'd put it in the oven before we left for church, and I remember how pleasant it was to come home to such a wonderful aroma! No one ever was late sitting down at the table on those days!
I developed this recipe one evening while making "ordinary" biscuits. I had half a cup of potato flakes left in the box and I just added them to the dough. The biscuits came out of the oven as light and airy as pillows!