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(Non-Chicken Soup) Recipes for the Soul

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Last weekend there was a national uptick in cooking: long simmers, kneading, and focused knife work specifically. (This is an unconfirmed report but supported by circumstantial evidence among our editorial team of ten-ish.)

We cooked enough to feed our respective blocks—some of us did share with the neighbors in order to keep the fridge clear enough to fill up again (win, win). And we cooked food that wasn’t particularly frilly or experimental.

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Deb Perelman said, of Thanksgiving, “I don’t think we travel by buses, trains, cars and planes, often during inclement weather [...] for an edgy new recipe someone found in a fancy food magazine this year.”

The same goes for when you’re cooking for comfort. With hopes that it inspires this weekend's cooking, here's what the editorial team made this past weekend:

power VEGETABLES

Wintery Braised Red Cabbage, Plus Some Jelly

Wintery Braised Red Cabbage, Plus Some Jelly by Nicholas Day

Meet the Most Famous Squash Toast in the World

Meet the Most Famous Squash Toast in the World by Sarah Jampel

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SAUCY, STEWY

Nigel Slater's Really Good Spaghetti Bolognese

Nigel Slater's Really Good Spaghetti Bolognese by Kristen Miglore

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Genius Pork Shoulder Ragu (a.k.a. The Instant Dinner Party)

Genius Pork Shoulder Ragu (a.k.a. The Instant Dinner Party) by Kristen Miglore

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chicken

Eggs & "Eggs"

Deviled Eggs; Purgatory Edition

Deviled Eggs; Purgatory Edition by MeghanVK

Scrambled Egg Tacos with Avocado

Scrambled Egg Tacos with Avocado by Kenzi Wilbur

Baking

Nekisia Davis' Olive Oil and Maple Granola

Nekisia Davis' Olive Oil and Maple Granola by Genius Recipes

Buttermilk Sweet Potato Pie

Buttermilk Sweet Potato Pie by Erin McDowell

Other hugs

  • All the peppermint tea
  • Olivia rediscovered the comforting properties of a bowl of Cheerios and milk
  • Baked rice à la Pierre Franey from A New Way to Dinner
  • Stuck pot rice from A New Way to Dinner
  • Multiple tuna salad sandwiches, which are one of Merrill's favorite comfort foods

Tell us: What do you cook to comfort?