My mother used to prepare orange chicken with rice back in the ‘60s, and it was so good. My version uses pearl barley instead of rice, and I added parsnips for flavor and baby carrots for color. —Helen Glazier, Seattle, Washington
I'm fortunate to have a husband who loves to cook; He's always digging through cookbooks in search of new recipes. We enjoy grocery shopping and coming home to spend time together in the kitchen. - Miriam Wages, Arnoldsville, Georgia
A customer at my beauty salon shared this recipe with me a few years ago. I especially like it because it's hearty and economical. Plus, it makes a big batch. You can take it to various potlucks and be assured of receiving many compliments! - Vera Bouteller, Nolanville, Texas
"This is not your usual beef stew, which is why I get so many requests for the recipe," relates Anne Graham of Los Osos, California. "It's so easy to fix in the pressure cooker, which is one of the most underrated time-savers of all!"
I got this recipe from a woman at our church, Lois Henry, when I needed a way to use up our bounty of home-canned tomatoes. My husband loves it, and I like that it's easy to warm up for a carefree dinner in the winter months. —Marcia Clay, Truman, Minnesota