Each fall there's a Lima Bean Festival in nearby West Cape May to honor the many growers there and showcase different recipes using their crop. This comforting chowder was a festival recipe contest winner several years ago.
—Kathleen Olsack, North Cape May, New Jersey
This special recipe from my mother-in-law is one that I enjoy making as part of our fall meals. The soup is so pretty that it dresses up the table. We think it hits the spot on crisp evenings.
-Maryann Klein, Washington Township, New Jersey
Some of us cooks at the restaurant where I work were talking about stuffed peppers and decided to stir up similar ingredients for a soup. Customer response was overwhelming to our creation! —Hoss's Steak and Sea House, Krista Muddiman, Meadville, Pennsylvania
Every time we have a church fellowship supper, people ask me to bring this soup. I don't mind making it over and over-it's so easy to prepare! I also like serving this spicy Southwest soup when Northern friends visit-and fixing it for my husband and our two children all the year through.
This is a hungry man's-type of soup—the nice hearty, filling kind.
I started cooking for a harvest crew when I was 10 years old. Now, 40 years later, my husband and I live in the heart of a potato-growing area. One of our neighboring towns—Alliston—is the "Potato Capital of Ontario". There's a Potato Festival there each year—one year, this recipe won me a prize at it!
I love this recipe because it's so easy to prepare. It allows me time to play with my two children - Avery, 4, and Sarah, 2 - or work on craft projects. I usually serve it with crusty bread and a crisp green salad.