"I came up with this simple, delicious soup years ago when my husband and I both worked," writes Mary Dixon of Northville, Michigan. "It's easy to dump all the ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning...and wonderful to come home to the aroma of dinner ready."
Grandma's philosophy was, "Add a little color to your food, and folks will eat up a storm!" This delightful golden chowder was one of her favorite recipes, and the broccoli, carrots and zucchini in it add flavor as well as color. Grandma served mugs of steaming chowder to warm us as we sat cross-legged before the crackling fireplace in her kitchen.
I play around with ingredients in my pantry instead of running to the store when I don’t know what’s for dinner. Here's a happy experiment. Cut some fat by leaving out the bacon. It's still tasty. —Barbara Banski, Fenton, Michigan
This chowder is a wonderful warmer-upper on a rainy afternoon. For a quick and delicious variation, spoon chowder into a split baked potato! I like all types of cooking, especially baking pies. I'm a volunteer at our local hospital. When at home, I enjoy reading, biking and hiking.
“As a mother of three, it goes without saying that time is short but precious to me,” relates Brenda Turner of Schererville, Indiana. “I whipped up this fast and nutritious chowder one night, and my 7-year-old son said it was ‘Awesome!’ ”
You'll dig into satisfaction when this thick and creamy chowder is on the menu. Loaded with comforting flavor, it's sure to make friedns and family think you labored for hours perfecting it.—Lee Bremson, Kansas City, Missouri
"I made up this quick creamy chowder one winter afternoon," recalls Tom Bailey of Golden Valley, Minnesota. "I like to use a can of red sockeye salmon for best flavor. The soup also can be seasoned with tarragon instead of dill."
My family enjoys homemade soup, but I don't always have the time to make it from scratch. This simple recipe calls for ingredients I can keep on hand, so I can serve steaming bowls of chowder in a hurry.—Kathryn Awe, International Falls, Minnesota
"As a school principal, wife and mom, I cook to wind down at the end of a busy day," comments Amy Lingren of Des Peres, Missouri. "This recipe, rich with cheese and crab, is a quick and different way to dress up canned soup."