Frozen meatballs and convenient jarred mushrooms with cans of tomato sauce and beef broth simplify this homey stew that cooks all day. Each bite boasts lots of fresh veggie flavor and comforting rich gravy. It smells so good while it cooks, it’s hard to resist! —Anita Hoffman, Holland, Pennsylvania
Meet the Cook: With our supply of homegrown beef, I'm always searching for new ideas on how to cook it. That's the way I came to invent this dish. Everyone loves it!
My husband and I have three children, all of them now grown.
-Madeleine DeGruchy, Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Meet the Cook: Because I've never entered a recipe contest before, I hesitated before sending my stew in. I knew, though, it not only was so good but anybody could make it. You just throw the ingredients into a pot and stir!
I've been cooking 40 years. My husband and I have one grown daughter.
-Carol Smith, Stuart, Florida
Meet the Cook: How much does my husband like this stew? So much that he'll eat it cold!
We have a daughter, 8, and a son, 6. We just moved here from the Yukon so my husband could go to school, and I look forward to returning one day.
-Amberleah Homlberg, Calgary, Alberta
Meet the Cook: This is an all-time favorite because it combines the satisfying ingredients of meat and vegetables with the flavor and textures of pasta dishes. My husband is a hunter besides, so on occasion I'll use elk or venison in place of the beef.
We have three daughters and three grandchildren. Plus, my husband's the oldest of 14 children. Having 30 or 40 for holiday dinners isn't uncommon!
-Ann Shorey, Sutherlin, Oregon
Meet the Cook: This recipe came with me from New Mexico, where I lived years ago. It's been a hit at everything from a simple family supper to a church fellowship!
Our three daughters are 19, 17 and 6. My husband's a truck driver, and we live in town. But we also have an 80-acre farm, filled with pine trees, that belonged to my great-granddad - one day, we hope to build a house there.
-Patti Henson, Linden, Texas
Meet the Cook: Next to hamburger, round steak probably is the most frequent dinner "guest" at our place! I'm always experimenting with recipes, changing them to fit our tastes...this one's easy and good.
Our little town has a post office, a cafe, two gas stations and two country stores. My husband and I have a pair of sons, 13 and 9, and a daughter, 7. I work part-time in the cafeteria at their school (it's small, with only about 100 students or so) helping prepare lunch.
-Deborah Cole, Wolf Creek, Oregon
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