When winter holds Maple Grove, Minnesota in its icy grip, Sharon Skildum relies on this hearty, old-fashioned chicken soup to warm her right down to her toes. It's just like Grandma used to make-full of veggies and rich flavor.
THIS RECIPE is my grandmother's. Originally Gram even made the tomato juice in it from scratch!
Every time I return to Massachusetts for a visit home, Gram has this soup simmering on the stove. She's always loved to cook, and at age 95, she still enjoys making tomato soup and other favorite dishes.
-Gerri Sysun, Narragansett, Rhode Island
MANY of our family-favorite recipes came from my mother-in-law, who was a wonderful cook. My husband inherited her love of cooking, and he enjoys stirring up her recipes, including this fabulous soup. We've often treated our friends to this dish, and one young man even asked for the recipe when he went off to college. —Louella Kightlinger
If you love the classic clam chowders served in many restaurants, I know you'll enjoy this recipe. It tastes better than any other versions I've tried. You'll be delighted with this soup's easy preparation.—Donna Smith, Fairport, New York
I ADAPTED a basic recipe to copy the onion soup served at my favorite restaurant. No matter what my entree, I always ordered the soup. Now I can make it at home.
It's a meal in itself or an impressive beginning to a full-course meal.
-Barbara Brunner, Steelton, Pennsylvania
THIS DISH is one my husband and I enjoy any time of the year, and if I don't have leftover ham, I buy a thick slice and use that.
Served with a salad and rolls, it's a quick meal for two, but it's also easily adapted for a larger number.
-Judy Hall, Lockport, Illinois
WE celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary with dinner at a lovely pre-Revolutionary War restaurant in Pennsylvania, where I enjoyed a wonderful salmon chowder.
I wanted to duplicate it, so I put this recipe together, using salmon we had purchased in Alaska. It's a thick hearty soup.
-Barbara Harrison, Ringoes, New Jersey
WHEN OUR two sons left home (in the same year) to build their own "nests", we had lots of adjustments to make, especially in our menus.
This recipe works well for us. It's easy, healthy and tasty. My husband's favorite vegetable is broccoli, so this soup makes his day!
-Elsie Quance, Newark, New York
A NEIGHBOR brought over her children's cookbook to show us, and I discovered this recipe for our favorite soup in it!
Not only is it delicious, but it's easy to prepare and makes a small amount perfect for my husband and me. It tastes like "restaurant" soup but is lower in fat.
-Linda Mumm, Davenport, Iowa