We live on the Gulf Coast, where fresh seafood is plentiful. I adapted several recipes to come up with this rich bisque. It's great as a first course or an entree, and it can be made with just shrimp or crabmeat. —Pat Edwards, Dauphin Island, Alabama
I simmer my rich and creamy shrimp soup in the slow cooker. Because the chowder is ready in less than four hours, it can be prepared in the afternoon and served to dinner guests that night. —Will Zunio, Gretna, Louisiana
Smoky bacon, spicy jalapenos, and a vibrant blend of sweet peppers and corn create a symphony of flavor that makes this chicken chowder anything but ordinary. Rich cream and buttery Yukon potatoes provide balance, while a dash of cayenne pepper adds depth.