Hot days call for cool foods, like this refreshing soup. Both filling and flavorful, it uses the best of summer’s bounty. Seasonings can be adjusted to your tastes.—Mary Marlowe Leverette, Columbia, South Carolina
In Gretna, Louisiana, Will Zunino simmers this rich and creamy creation in his slow cooker. Because the chowder is ready in less than four hours, it can be prepared in the afternoon and served to dinner guests that night.
"This zippy chowder is chock-full of shrimp and vegetables, so it satisfies hearty appetites, but the skim milk and reduced-sodium broth help keep fat and calories to a minimum," writes Michelle Conley of Evanston, Wyoming. "It tastes even better the next day, after the flavors have melded overnight."
I enjoy both Cajun and Mexican cuisine, and this rich, elegant soup combines the best of both. I serve it with a crispy green salad and glass of white wine for a simple but very special meal.—Karen Harris, Castle Rock, Colorado