I created this slow cooker recipe using convenience products to save time chopping vegetables and browning beef. Apple cider and cinnamon are the unique additions that give a down-home flavor to this oh-so-easy and economical stew. It also makes a rich, flavorful potluck dish for holiday gatherings or on busy school nights. —Margaret Wilson, Sun City, California
On cool days, which we get plenty of here, I like to get out my slow cooker and make up a batch of this comforting stew. Trying to appeal to 10 picky eaters in our large household is not too easy, but with this recipe, everyone asks for seconds.
-Barb Smith, Regina, Saskatchewan
I had no choice but to lean to cook some years ago while my wife recuperated from surgery. But I found I really enjoyed trying different recipes and adapting them to my own taste—that's how my now-famous stew recipe came to be! —Gene Pitts, Wilsonville, Alabama
"This thick, tangy soup has been one of our favorites ever since my daughter gave me the recipe years ago," says Janice Mitchell of Aurora, Colorado. "It's satisfying any time, but especially wonderful on a chilly evening."
Every spring, my family heads out to our timber acreage to collect morel mushrooms, and then we cook up this stew. We use morels, of course, but baby portobellos or button mushrooms or will work, too. —Amy Wertheim, Atlanta, Illinois