"Lois Henry, a lady in our church, first gave my this recipe as a way to use our bounty of home-canned tomatoes," comments Marcia Clay of Truman, Minnesota. "My husband loves it, and I like that it's easy to warm up for a carefree dinner in the winter months."
Festivals in North Carolina wouldn't be the same without this popular stew. A thick hearty blend of meats, vegetables and seasonings in a savory tomato-based broth, it's a special main dish for a crowd.—Judi Brinegar, Liberty, North Carolina
I'm fortunate to have a husband who loves to cook; He's always digging through cookbooks in search of new recipes. We enjoy grocery shopping and coming home to spend time together in the kitchen. - Miriam Wages, Arnoldsville, Georgia
A customer at my beauty salon shared this recipe with me a few years ago. I especially like it because it's hearty and economical. Plus, it makes a big batch. You can take it to various potlucks and be assured of receiving many compliments! - Vera Bouteller, Nolanville, Texas
My dad concocted this recipe at an annual Labor Day camp-out with fellow church members. On the last night he rounded up everyone's leftovers, tossed them together ...and ended up with a delicious stew. - Laurie Schafer, Aurora, California
Everyone will warm up to this hearty stew after a long day of sledding, skiing or other fun activities in the frosty outdoors. Use leftover or rotisserie chicken to keep the preparation easy.—Patty Stremsterfer, Pleasant Plains, Illinois
This was one of my Lebanese grandmother's original recipes. It is one of my family's favorite winter meals, so, we have it often in our home. This enables me to indulge in memories of her and the wonderful aromas and flavors I associated with her kitchen.—Mary Robbins, Clarksville, Arkansas
Teacher, Westside Elementary School, Hartman, Arkansas