• D.C., of Juneau: "I received a Christmas gift basket in the mail that had a jar of jalapeno jelly in it. Delicious! I am a busy working mom and have not had the time to go out and find a recipe. Would you ask your readers if they have a recipe they would share?"
• I.K., of Ketchikan, is still looking for a Russian black bread recipe, can you help?
D.W., Juneau, wrote via e-mail: "My sister sent this recipe to me from her local paper. I thought it would fit nicely into your call for the 'easy entrees challenge' since all the ingredients can be purchased at the market."
Thanks, to you and your sister, D.W., for sharing this recipe with our readers.
Chicken and Artichoke Soup
2 tablespoons butter
2 leeks, white part only, washed and chopped
1 clove garlic
1 potato, peeled and diced small
1 (8-ounce) package frozen artichoke hears, thawed
2 cups chicken stock or broth
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 to 1½ cups diced cooked chicken breast
Green onion tops or chives
Melt butter in heavy soup pot. Add leeks, garlic and potatoes; cook 5 minutes stirring frequently. Add artichokes, broth, salt and pepper; cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Puree with hand-held blender or blender. Add 2 tablespoon mascarpone, blend again to combine. Add chicken and stir gently (try not to break chicken pieces). Bring to a slow simmer until chicken is warm and soup is serving temperature. Ladle into four bowls. Top with softened mascarpone cheese and green onion tops or chives.
• Ask Auntie Emo, coordinated and created by Emo Bylund, of Ketchikan, is a weekly feature in Neighbors and the Ketchikan Daily News that includes sought-out and shared recipes from Southeast Alaska. Recipes are not tested by the Juneau Empire. To submit, write to Ask Auntie Emo, 186 Marblehead Lane, Ketchikan, AK 99801, or to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are responding to a requested recipe, include the publication date and author of the original recipe request. Submissions must include name, telephone number and city of residence. Only initials and city of residency will be published.
Ask Auntie Emo will now appear in Sunday's Neighbors section. And we are looking for recipes. Send in your easy entrees - no-fuss main dishes, including beef, pork, chicken and meatless recipes. Or send in pizza recipes. We'd love to hear about your zesty creations.
Dig into your files, and if you find a recipe you would like to share with our readers, send them in.