This special stew is the meal our two kids look forward to each fall because we only get to enjoy it when the fresh pumpkins come out of the garden. The stew is cooked and served right in the pumpkin shell. A true taste of autumn, it also makes a pretty presentation at a potluck. —Donna Mosher, Augusta, Montana
For a comforting meal, try this savory stew from field editor Bernadine Dirmeyer of Upper Sandusky, Ohio. The combination of fluffy, well-seasoned dumplings and tender meat and vegetables is so good, you’ll want to serve it to guests.
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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“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
Even with chunky vegetables and tender meat, the mushrooms star in this stick-to-your-ribs main dish. I got the recipe from my cousin and adapted it for my mushroom-loving family.
-Cherie Sechrist, Red Lion, Pennsylvania
This satisfying stew was recommended to me by Jackie Palm, whose area ranch ships out several thousand head of lambs. Even though my husband, Randy, and I are "empty nesters," I always make a big batch of this flavorful stew with its rich gravy. Since we have a busy cattle ranch and I also substitute-teach, leftovers always come in handy — Sandra Ramsey, Elk Mountain, Wyoming