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Comfort Foods

Everyone's idea of comfort food is different, but most can agree on a few favorite dishes. If you're craving a rich macaroni and cheese, a slow-cooked beef stew, or a warm and cozy dessert, there's a recipe here to soothe. Go ahead and indulge in these popular dishes. And if you prefer lighter versions of classic comfort food, we have those recipes, too.

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Make way for little squares of heaven -- these fried morsels are sure to be voted most popular at any party. You can (and should) prepare the stovetop macaroni and cheese a few days ahead, since it will firm up in the refrigerator, for easier cutting. Then follow a two-step breading process, using panko instead of regular breadcrumbs for a crust that's crisp yet light. Don't be put off by the yield; the squares fry quickly, in three or four batches, and you can reheat replenishments over the course of the evening -- whenever the platter is wiped clean (which will be often).This recipe originally appeared in Martha Stewart's Appetizers (Clarkson Potter).

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If your family loves meatloaf as much as mine, get them into the kitchen to help assemble this simple, winning meatloaf recipe with oatmeal. Whip up some mashed potatoes and a vegetable, such as green peas or steamed carrots, and you've got a well-rounded meal. Hold on to leftovers for sandwiches the next day -- they're killer!