“My mother used to prepare orange chicken with rice back in the ‘60s, and it was so good. My version uses pearl barley instead of rice, and I added parsnips for flavor and baby carrots for color.” —Helen Glazier, Seattle, Washington
Festivals in North Carolina wouldn't be the same without this popular stew. A thick hearty blend of meats, vegetables and seasonings in a savory tomato-based broth, it's a special main dish for a crowd.—Judi Brinegar, Liberty, North Carolina
With just 15-minutes of prep, you'll be out of the kitchen in no time. This deliciously low-fat dish gets even better served with reduced-fat sour cream and chopped cilantro. Brandi Castillo - Santa Maria, California
Meet the Cook: It's been 20 years now since I adapted this from a recipe for beef stew. We like it so much that, in all that time, I have never changed any ingredients or amounts - unless it was to double them!
Our home's on a river, and my husband, our three boys - 12, 10 and 9 - and I enjoy camping and boating.
-Valerie Jordan, Kingmont, West Virginia
I really love African flavors, but you don't really encounter them much in America. Here the combination of native African ingredients, all of which are readily accessible to Americans, really transports you to a new culinary place. —Michael Cohen, Los Angeles, California
This hearty and healthy soup will warm your family up right down to their toes! It’s packed with veggies and warm tastes of autumn. Serve with cornbread or rolls to soak up every last morsel. —Jan Valdez, Chicago, Illinois