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This south-of-the-border chowder is one of my favorite slow cooker recipes, and it's a winner at family dinners and potlucks alike. We like ours topped with fresh avocado, shredded cheddar cheese and chili cheese corn chips. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, NV
I got this recipe from my aunt, a great cook. Loaded up with bacon, cheese and chives, this soup tastes just like a loaded baked potato! My husband and I love to hunker down with it on chilly nights. — Molly Seidel, Edgewood, NM
I miss my Russian grandma's barley porridge and Beef Stroganoff, so I combined the two dishes. Cook the barley using the risotto method to keep the grains whole and irresistibly chewy. —Tatiana Kireeva, New York, New York
I have happy memories of my mother's tomato-y beef stew, so I combined her recipe with a bunch of fall veggies I needed to use. That night, we had a fun, fill-you-up dinner. —Kristen Heigl, Staten Island, New York
This recipe for the classic Southern comfort food was the first thing I ever cooked for my girlfriend. It was simple to make, but tasted gourmet. Lucky for me, it was love at first bite. — Kael Harvey, Brooklyn, NY
I make a soup every football Sunday. I came up with this recipe because I wanted to use lots of vegetables and keep it healthy, but wanted it to be interesting and original, too. My wife suggested adding the andouille.—Steven Thurner, Janesville, Wisconsin
I remember making this velvety soup with my mom. Butternut squash gives it warm color, and garlic wards off any unfriendly spirits. Try using whipping cream for an extra smooth texture. —Steven Eder, Lebanon, Pennsylvania