"My grandpa and his brother (they're twins) love to fish," shares 11-year-old Jasmina Kocurek, Palacios, Texas. "For years, they've made this colorful chowder. It's so good that when I entered it in our 4-H Food Show, I received a top award."
The recipient of this gift will have one hearty bowl of soup, that will chase away the chills on a blustery winter's day. Suggest they have it with a salad or roll for a satisfying meal.—Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah
When it comes to stirring up comfort in a bowl, Nancy Mueller knows her onions. Her low-fat soup-made with Vidalias or other sweet onions-is a cold-weather tonic for her and husband John of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.
One of my favorite childhood memories is of my Aunt Claire serving up hearty bowlfuls of her famous cheesy soup. She would pair it with a slice of warm buttered bread for a downhome lunch. It’s become a tradition to include it as part of our family’s Christmas buffet.
"Simple-as-can-be" best describes this hearty cold soup from Chris Brooks of Prescott, Arizona. "You just chop and combine the ingredients, then chill," she advises. "It tastes great with crunchy croutons or breadsticks."
A recipe book was included when we purchased a set of pots and pans about 30 years ago. Living in New England, we love fish in any dish and this is something we especially enjoy when there’s a chill in the air.