Photo: Kelsey Hansen; Prop Styling: Kashara Johnson; Food Styling: Mark Driskill

Stay warm, my friends.

Sara Tane
January 05, 2018

There is no better day than a snow day. Say what you want about the cold, shorter days, and winter months, but don’t you dare speak ill of a good, old-fashioned snow day. Work and school are cancelled, so you have no other responsibility but to keep your a** inside, keep yourself warm, and of course, make sure that you’re plenty well-fed. If you’re in need of the perfect dishes that you can make while still in your pajamas and consume while wrapped in a blanket with your eyes glued to Netflix, we’ve got a few stellar ideas.

Basic Buttermilk Pancakes

Photo: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro; Food Styling: Anna Hampton

Victor Protasio

I mean...obviously, pancakes are going to be the first suggestion. Maybe you lived in a very warm climate growing up and are unaware that pancakes are the official food of Neglecting Your Responsibilities and Cancelling the Day Ahead, thus making them perfect for a time when you’re snowed in. Feel free to mix in some toppings (chocolate chips, where you at?!) or simply give them a good smear of butter and a heavy glug of syrup. Regardless, you are strictly forbidden from achieving anything productive from the moment these hit the griddle, got it?

Lemony Chicken and Spinach Soup

Photo: Kelsey Hansen; Prop Styling: Kashara Johnson; Food Styling: Mark Driskill

You may or may not be sick from the inclimate weather, but we can definitely guarantee that you’re cold—this soup is perfect for both of those problems. Not only does the fresh lemon juice and fresh dill brighten up the flavor of the entire concoction, but the egg-infused broth adds a hearty richness to the overall texture of the soup. Ladle some into your bowl, return to your palette of pillows and throws, and do not move a muscle for the rest of the day, you champ.

Watch Video: How to Make Lemony Chicken and Spinach Soup

Vegetable Soup with Beer Bread

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Photo: Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Karen Rankin; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

For a hearty, meatless soup that you can throw together using solely pantry staples, this vegetable soup is calling your name. Plus, the beer bread to go along with it is strictly not optional. It’s too simple and too delicious not to, so why wouldn’t you? And since you went ahead and cracked open that 6-pack, might as well keep it going...

The Ultimate Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookie

Sara Tane

Despite the obvious fact that anytime is a great time for a chocolate chip cookie, a day when the whole universe is cancelled for a brief moment and it’s just you and your seven favorite blankets makes for an especially great time for a warm batch. You can even pretend that you’re inside of a real-life snow globe when you sprinkle the flaky salt atop the cookies. Festive, I know!

Biscuit Cinnamon Sweet Rolls

C’mon, you know you want to to. And frankly, it doesn’t get much simpler than this. You asked for a baking project, and my friends, you’ve got one. If you’re going to be stuck inside your house all day, you might as well make it smell like the Auntie Anne’s store in the food court at your local mall, right?

Blueberry Sour Cream Muffins

Photo: Iain Bagwell Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas 

This muffin is everything you want in a warm baked good—crispy on the exterior, and light and fluffy on the interior. The crunchy, cinnamon oat streusel topping is a nice touch doesn’t hurt either. If you don’t have blueberries on hand (because, I don’t know, you didn’t manage to stop at the grocery store in the middle of a polar vortex), go ahead and sub in whatever fruit you might happen to have. And if you have literally no fruit (nice), what the heck, just throw in chocolate chips and be done with it.

Butternut-Cauliflower-Coconut Curry

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Since we know you’ve probably spent all day eating random snacks that you forgot you had in the back of your cupboard, why not make a dinner for yourself that’s just as comforting as it is healthy? Packed with warm curry spices, creamy coconut milk, and mixture of fresh and frozen vegetables, this highly adaptable, throw-together dish is perfect for a chilly night in front of the TV (A.K.A. every snow day ever).

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