Meet the Cook: You could call me a "recipe tinkerer". It's fun to take a recipe, substitute ingredients, add seasonings to spice it up and make the final result my own!
-Shawn Asiala, Boca Raton, Florida
Romping in the national forest amid tall ponderosa pines around our home gives my husband and our two little boys big appetites. They like this savory stew. Because I'm a busy firefighter, I often make it ahead and serve it when I need a meal in a hurry.
-Linda Russell, Forest Lakes, Arizona
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