comfort food

Three white bowls of pork and pinto beans chili on a metal tray with cornbread in a skillet

Pressure Cooker Pork and Pinto Bean Chili

Ladies and gentlemen, this is why we have pressure cookers. Because they render an inexpensive cut of pork and plain old pinto beans into a smoky, soulful, put-your-spoon-down-and-sigh bowl of chili in a fraction of the usual time.

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Plate of pumpkin spice toffee--made with toffee, pumpkin spice, white chocolate, and pecans

Pumpkin Spice Toffee

All that familiar autumnal spice loveliness in perhaps the only pumpkin spice incarnation you’ve yet to try.

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A metal serving dish of eggplant stew, called kawaj in Syria, filed with chunks of eggplants, potatoes, tomatoes with parsley on top

Eggplant Stew ~ Kawaj

Simple to make. Comforting as heck. And though you may not have experienced this in your childhood, somehow it still seems to taste like home.

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Long strips of fresh homemade red wine pasta laid on a wooden board

Homemade Red Wine Pasta

When we say this intensely hued pasta is simply stunning, we mean it’s visually breathtaking. Also that it comes together so simply it stuns us.

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A pot of velvet mashed potatoes--made with plenty of butter, cream--with a wooden spoon and pat of butter on top

Velvet Mashed Potatoes

No mere mash, this creamy potato purée owes its uber velvetiness to truly indecent amounts of butter and cream. And we mean that in the best possible way.

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A ceramic oval dish of baked spinach mornay with cream sauce, sliced onion, and browned top

Baked Spinach Mornay

Sorta like potato gratin, except the nutty, cheesy white sauce swaddles leaves of spinach, not sliced spuds. Sure beats salad.

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Lots of cinnamon rolls baked together

Cinnamon Rolls

Time to change into your baggiest sweatpants—the ones with the no-longer-elastic waistband.

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A black platter with golden brown herb butter chicken, roasted onion, a lemon wedge, and sprigs of thyme and oregano by Dorie Greenspan

Roast Chicken with Herb Butter

Just when you thought you were unable to come up with yet another variation on roast chicken that didn’t bore you out of your mind, along comes Dorie Greenspan with this simple yet surprisingly lovely rendition.

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A black oval pot with five veal Rosso buck, carrots, and tomato sauce

Veal Osso Bucco

Comfort food from Alex Guarnaschelli. We don’t think we really need to say anything else.

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A yellow pot with 3-ingredient macaroni and cheese--elbow macaroni, cream, Cheddar cheese

3 Ingredient Macaroni and Cheese

Mac and cheese doesn’t get any easier than this 3 ingredient macaroni and cheese that’s done in 20 minutes. Kids! Dinner!

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A decorative bowl with chicken braised with saffron, cinnamon, lavender, and almonds over rice

Chicken Braised with Cinnamon

Dating back to an Andalusian cookbook from the 13th century, this recipe makes us think they dined much, much better in the Middle Ages than we’d ever imagined.

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  • 2 H
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A loaf of applesauce bread in a parchment-lined loaf pan

Applesauce Bread

Comfort finds us in unexpected ways. And thank goodness for that—or rather, thank goodness for this not-too-sweet, subtly apple-y quick bread.

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