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
With my husband being an avid hunter and fisherman, I can never have enough new fish and wild game recipes. We especially enjoy this rich chowder. It's a hearty dish with big chunks of fish, potatoes and bacon in a tempting creamy broth.
-Cyndi Fliss, Bevent, Wisconsin
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
Our Test Kitchen adapted Amy Chop's recipe to use up leftover wild rice. “I found this years ago, and it has become a family favorite,” says the Oak Grove, Louisiana cook. TIP: “Try adding cooked chicken or smoked sausage. There are endless possibilities for new and exciting variations,” Amy says.
"I lightened up this recipe by using less oil and reduced-fat milk," Naomi Tarr of Salisbury, Maryland says of her savory soup. "The original call for crabmeat, but my family prefers it with shrimp and imitation crab instead."
To add extra variety to this easy soup, toss in whatever leftovers you have on hand. This recipe is quick to assemble, a definite plus here on our small but busy livestock farm.—Stephanie Allread, Bradford, Ohio
"I make this chowder for our annual Souper Bowl luncheon at work, and everybody loves it!" comments Chris Sheetz of Olmsted Falls, Ohio. "I've slimmed it down by using both reduced-fat margarine and mushroom soup." Tender chunks of red potatoes add color and texture to her thick chowder.
"You'd never guess that this thick, rich soup is a blend of convenient canned ingredients," promises Betty Sitzman of Wray, Colorado. "My husband and I love it during our busy harvest season...it's so simple t simmer up when time is tight."