Cold weather calls for cozy, comforting meals. We're talking fall-apart tender meats braised in your Crock-Pot, warming soups and stews, hearty pastas, and more. We've also got plenty of healthy recipe ideas, including how to make the most of winter fruits and vegetables, including squash, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and all kinds of citrus. Don't forget to top off the season with decadent desserts, hot chocolate, and cider.
10 Slow-Cooker Soup and Stew Recipes to Warm Your Body and Soul
The only thing better than a nearly effortless dinner is the smell of it simmering all day long.AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
Roast Beef with ShallotsBeef bottom round is a wallet-friendly and flavorful alternative to traditional beef tenderloin -- and this preparation ensures it's also very tender.
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12 Casseroles and Slow-Cooker Favorites You'll Want to Eat All WinterWhen the weather outside is frightful, these comforting classics are oh so delightful. Whether it's a "set it and forget it" slow-cooker recipe or an easy casserole that keeps cleanup to a minimum, each one of these recipes is simple to prep, cook, and clean up afterward. And with this much flavor? They're bound to be a hit around the dinner table.
How to Winterize Your SaladTry these four salad strategies to get you through the coldest days with plenty of veg-centric meals. We have some seriously delicious recipes too!
Comfort and Joy: An Easy Winter MealEvery cook needs one perfect winter meal in her repetoire. It should be lavish enough for a special occasion yet easy to prepare. This menu hits all the marks.
Hot Chocolate RecipesMinty or nutty, spicy or spiked, extra-creamy or dairy-free -- we've got a version to please every palate and chase away every chill.
Our Best Slow-Cooker RecipesIf you're looking for easy comfort foods, try our slow-cooker recipes. Ranging from loaded baked potatoes to beef stew, they make it a cinch for you to pull together a satisfying all-in-one meal. Bonus: slow-cooker recipes also mean quick cleanup!
Vegetarian Chili, Soup, and Stew Recipes
Endlessly versatile soups, stews, and chili are an essential part of the vegetarian repertoire. Packed with vegetables, and often filled with protein-rich beans, these meatless recipes can be great starters or a complete meal in a bowl.
15 Soul-Warming Cider Recipes
Make these toasty cider cocktails for your next fall fling, or leave out the alcohol for family-friendly affairs.
Cauliflower Soup Recipes to Make You Crave the Crucifer All WinterIt's one amazing vegetable, the cauliflower: This brassica packs a potent punch with immunity-boosting vitamin C and nearly 50 percent of daily recommended fiber. What's more, it makes fabulous soup. Whether creamy, cheesy, or chilled, these cauliflower soup recipes will sustain you all winter long.Recipe
Pear-Cranberry TartA delicate custard holds slices of sweet Bosc pear and jewel-like cranberries in this elegant tart. Most of the time needed is hands off and the press-in crust means no rolling, so this gorgeous dessert is much easier than it might appear.Recipe
Baked Brie with Boozy FruitThis grand appetizer uses store-bought puff pastry. Express your artistic side with the pastry leaf decoration.Recipe
Smoky Salmon-and-Potato StewBriny clam juice is the secret weapon in this dish. We like the salinity of Bar Harbor brand, which goes well with the paprika.Recipe
Loaded Baked Sweet PotatoesRoasting sweet potatoes directly on the oven rack allows their skins to become extra-crisp. For a variation, try pale-fleshed Japanese sweet potatoes, which have a richer flavor and are in season in November.Recipe
Shortbread SwirlsGive this universal favorite a modern update by creating an ombre of color. Each batch of dough can be divided in half for two colors. For red/pink and green/light-green variations, tint the dough to a light shade before dividing, then separate in half and add more dye to one half for a deeper color. (The golden variation has no food color.) To make all five colors pictured, you'll need to make three batches of dough. A cookie press can also be used in place of the piping bag.Recipe
Brandy-Nutmeg CrescentsThis one goes out to eggnog lovers everywhere. For the best flavor, grate your nutmeg fresh; we like a Microplane zester for the job.Recipe
Double-Chocolate Peppermint SandwichesPeppermint patties inspired these chocolate shortbread cookies. You can use small snowflake, Christmas tree, or other holiday cutters to make the cutout windows. Bake the cutouts at 325 degrees until the edges are firm, 6 to 8 minutes.Recipe
Streusel JammiesInspired by an Italian tart, torta sbrisolona, this almond-studded batter does double duty. Three-quarters is pressed into rounds, and the remainder is sprinkled around the jam center like a streusel.Recipe
Cornmeal, Cherry, and White-Chocolate-Chunk BiscottiCornmeal adds a nice crunch and hint of sweetness to these dunkers. The salted macadamia nuts balance out the richness of the white chocolate.Recipe
Spiced Orange PalmiersFor this classic, we had morning buns on our minds and added orange zest and cinnamon to the sugar.Recipe
Pistachio and Dried-Apricot RugelachSimmered dried apricots with a hint of vanilla are a perfect combination of tart and sweet. (We tested apricot jam in this filling, and it wasn't the same!) The mixture is slathered on rounds of cream-cheese dough, which is sliced into wedges and rolled into crescents before baking. The dough and filling can be made a couple of days in advance and refrigerated to make assembly easier (the dough disks wrapped in plastic, the filling in an airtight container).Recipe
Butternut-and-Boursin ShellsHerby, garlicky, creamy Boursin cheese amps up the flavor in this meatless pasta.Post
4 Classic Cocktails with a Twist You Should Make This Winter
Consider adding these seasonal cocktails (all new spins on classics) to your repertoire -- they’ll warm you from the inside out.Recipe
Winter Cadillac MargaritaRim only half of the glass in salt to complement this sweet-meets-tangy drink.Recipe
Apple DumplingsA traditional Pennsylvania Dutch dessert, these apple pastries are spiced with cinnamon and studded with raisins. Martha made this recipe on episode 708 of Martha Bakes.AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
Dairy-Free Smashed PotatoesWho needs milk or butter? These smashed potatoes rely on chicken broth for their super savory flavor.Recipe
Sweet Potato MashWe love Jewel and Garnet sweet potatoes for their earthy, pumpkinlike quality.Recipe
Garlic-Thyme Mashed PotatoesPotatoes can be peeled and cut up to 2 days ahead. Store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container filled with water. Mashed potatoes can be made 2 hours in advance. Transfer them to a heatproof bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place over a pot of simmering water. Uncover and stir to serve.