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Low and Slow: Warm & Cozy Dinners Perfect for Winter Weekends

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On gloomy, grey winter weekends, where the sun hides behind blankets of clouds, I let myself hide under cloud-like blankets. I leisurely sip my coffee and open a million tabs (give or take) while catching up on my growing list of newsletters. At some point, I meander to the kitchen to make a pot of oatmeal or stock. If I haven’t left my apartment by sunset, so be it. Winter weekends are meant to be spent indoors.

The best stay-at-home recipes are soups and stews and roasts and beans. The ones that take hours to simmer or braise, building layers and layers of flavor. I feel justified in spending an afternoon on my couch (reading) if I’m also being productive (making a meal). My favorite low-and-slow recipe is my mom’s red beans and rice—but there are loads of options for anyone looking for a weekend project. Here, we’ve gathered 16 of our favorites.

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Super Simple Glazed Ham
Super Simple Glazed Ham
Pavo En Kol Indio

Pavo En Kol Indio by aargersi

Marcella Hazan's Rice and Smothered Cabbage Soup

Marcella Hazan's Rice and Smothered Cabbage Soup by Genius Recipes

Vegan Gumbo with Beans and Greens
Vegan Gumbo with Beans and Greens
Turkish Slow-Cooked Beef and Vegetable Stew (Güveç)
Turkish Slow-Cooked Beef and Vegetable Stew (Güveç)
A Soulful Bowl-Full (Smoky Chicken and Barley Congee)

A Soulful Bowl-Full (Smoky Chicken and Barley Congee) by savorthis

Carrots Cooked Forever, à la Roy Finamore

Carrots Cooked Forever, à la Roy Finamore by Merrill Stubbs

Split Pea Soup for a Winter's Day
Split Pea Soup for a Winter's Day
Lablabi (Middle Eastern Spicy Chickpea Stew)

Lablabi (Middle Eastern Spicy Chickpea Stew) by creamtea

Betty Wason's Basic Pot Roast

Betty Wason's Basic Pot Roast by Genius Recipes

Pastrami

Pastrami by Michael Anthony

Braised Oxtail with Butter Beans

Braised Oxtail with Butter Beans by Mas Appetit

Balsamic-Braised Lamb Shanks
Balsamic-Braised Lamb Shanks
Pollo e Peperoni (Chicken with Tomatoes and Red Peppers)
Pollo e Peperoni (Chicken with Tomatoes and Red Peppers)
Hunter's-Style Chicken

Hunter's-Style Chicken by lastnightsdinner

Slow-Cooked Tuscan Kale with Pancetta, Bread Crumbs, and a Poached Egg

Slow-Cooked Tuscan Kale with Pancetta, Bread Crumbs, and ... by Alexandra Stafford

What do you make on those cold, dreary days? Share your favorite winter weekend recipe below!

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