“Here’s a speedy and satisfying version of traditional minestrone soup. The fun polka-dot shapes of the couscous, baby carrots and black beans give this stew its name.”
-Teagan O'Toole, Boston, Massachusetts
"As the owner of a fitness center, I rely on a slow cooker many days to create a wonderful meal for my family." This hearty stew is chock full of herbs and spices reminiscent of the old days.
Susan Kain, Woodbine, Maryland
Anaheim chilies are the top crop in New Mexico. I roast them to use in a variety of dishes. Peppers give this down-home stew a wonderful rich flavor my family loves.—Mary Spill, Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico
“For effortless entertaining, try this hearty stew. You can make it hours ahead, so you have plenty of time to get ready for your party. I serve it with baby greens and blue cheese tossed with balsamic vinaigrette.”
—Rebecca Ames, Wylie, Texas
The perfect dish for a hungry hardworking bunch, this savory stew has a hearty sausage flavor and a delicious creamy sauce. Lots of vegetables add color and interest to each ladleful.—Ann Nace, Perkasie, Pennsylvania
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"My husband and I run a dorm for missionaries' children, who live and work with us in Yamoussoukro while their parents work in the interior. This traditional African dish is easy to Ameericanize and tastes great."
Thai cuisine features flavors that are hot and sour, salty and sweet. This one-dish pork satay balances all of them using ginger and red pepper flakes, rice vinegar, garlic, lime juice and creamy peanut butter. —Nicole Werner, Ann Arbor, Michigan