This is a wonderful fall or winter meal, served with thick slices of warm homemade bread. The recipe evolved over the years as I added to it. I often double it and freeze what we don't eat. That way, I can throw some in a pot for a quick meal or if unexpected guests drop by. —Emily Chaney, Penobscot, Maine
To stretch our meat supply during the Depression, Mom made all kinds of soups and stews. I loved her recipe for potato soup, especially when the potatoes were new and the parsley was fresh from the garden. Mom served this soup often because is was meatless, but I never tired of it!
This is one of my "tried-and-true" recipes that I always make after Thanksgiving when the turkey leftovers are just about used up. The carcass makes a wonderful broth, and it's amazing how much more meat is made available after boiling those bones!
Meet the Cook: We also call this 2-Day Bean Chowder, since it can be started in the afternoon, chilled overnight and finished off the next day - if you can wait to taste it!
-Joe Ann Heavrin, Memphis, Tennessee
When I was a little girl, I helped my parents work the fields of their small farm. Lunchtime was always a treat when Mother picked fresh vegetables from her garden and simmered them in her big soup pot. We loved making this delicious soup. —Ethel Ledbetter, Canton, North Carolina
This nutritious soup never gets boring, because the vegetables can vary depending on what's in season or on hand. In Dad's case, he was too young to help his older brothers in the fields, so he'd dig the vegetables of his choice out of the garden and help his mom prepare the soup. The dumplings are optional.
I created this recipe on the spur of the moment for a friend who was coming to visit. I knew she enjoyed soup, so I decided to liven up my usual vegetable soup by adding oxtails. Little did I know, oxtails were her favorite and she hadn't had them for years! Was she pleased when I sent the leftovers home with her!