Fennel adds to the flavor of this wonderful chicken dish, along with lemon, capers, wine, spices and a bit of bacon. Serve with a colorful salad or veggie for a special meal. —Rebecca Hunt, Santa Paula, California
This creamy comforting chowder is thick with potatoes, carrots, green beans and corn. My mother served it on chilly evenings with warm French bread. Leftovers, if there are any, taste just as good and make a great lazy-day lunch.
-Sara Phillips, Topeka, Kansas
I've always loved pork and apples together, and this recipe combines them nicely to create a comforting main dish. It calls for a bit of preparation, but my family and I agree that its wonderful flavor makes it well worth the extra effort. —Suzanne Strocsher, Bothell, Washington
"EVERYONE in my wife's family is a corn lover, so her mom came up with this wonderful recipe to satisfy their appetites. With the bacon, sausage and potatoes, it's hearty enough to be a one-pot meal, but it's also really good with the chicken."
I write a food column for our local newspaper, and I consider myself a pretty good judge of recipes. But I'll admit I was surprised by this one—I didn't think the usual ingredients would go together as well as they do. —Connie Blommers, Pella, Iowa
“Pure comfort food,” is how Sheila Harms of Battle Lake, Minnesota refers to her warmer-upper soup filled with flavor, herbs and potatoes. “It’s one of my husband’s very favorite cold-weather meals,” says Sheila. “I serve it with warm biscuits or garlic toast.”