In this recipe, the good-tasting grain simmers in a broth brightened with a cornucopia of vegetables. Try it for a savory supper or lunch.—National Barley Foods Council, Mary Sullivan, Spokane, Washington
When my mobile home park put on a "Soup Day" potluck, this is the recipe I made. Everyone agreed it tasted as good—if not better!—than the version so popular in New England.—Gretchen Draeger, Santa Cruz, California
Meet the Cook: The basis for this recipe was handed down to me by my aunt, who said she got it from a "grizzled Montana mountain man". I added some zesty ingredients to come up with the final version.
Hot food is something that my husband's family isn't accustomed to. So I adjust the spices for them. In fact, with a few simple alterations to the "heat" index, I can serve this chili to anyone.
Chad and I and our 2-year-old son live 12 miles from town in the country.
-Lisa Humphreys, Wasilla, Alaska
This rich, creamy chowder is so good you won't believe it starts with canned soup and frozen vegetables. It showcases tender chunks of halibut, but salmon or most any type of whitefish will do. I double the recipe for large gatherings, and guests almost lick the pot clean!—Mary Davis, Palmer, Alaska
This soup simmering on your stove will fill the whole house with the most tantalizing aromas. By the time that you ladle it out, your family (or guests) will likely be standing in line! I adapted the recipe from a Hungarian cookbook. When my family's extra-hungry, I serve it with "pocket bread" I've filled with either jam or cheese for a hearty variation.
Every time we have a church fellowship supper, people ask me to bring this soup. I don't mind making it over and over-it's so easy to prepare! I also like serving this spicy Southwest soup when Northern friends visit-and fixing it for my husband and our two children all the year through.