Comfort food is getting us through.

By Antara Sinha
Updated December 14, 2018
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Credit: Alison Miksch; Food Styling: Mary Clair Britton and Kady Wohlfarth; Prop Styling: Prissy Lee
  • We’re all looking forward to reuniting with loved ones and eating good food, and it’s all so tangibly close—just a few days away! But, if we’re being 100-percent honest (and let us know if you agree or disagree) these few weeks leading into festivities can kind of suck. It’s that time of year when burnout really sets in. If you’re a student, you’re usually in the thick of finals. If you’ve got kids, they’re probably home for winter break, way too early, and keeping them entertained and occupied can be a struggle. And even if none of those apply, it’s dark, cold and gloomy which is an automatic sap on energy and motivation.
  • Here’s what we’re (predictably) relying on, to pull us through: All. The. Comfort. Food. We’re talking homemade Beef Pot Pie. A classic, perfected Pork Roast. Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes. Fresh-baked Parker House Rolls. And when it comes to those holiday parties and potlucks, we’re skipping over the crudité platter and finicky, fussy dishes with portions that leave you feeling hungry and unsatisfied, and going straight for all things creamy and cheesy. Buttery French Onion Soup Bites are high on our list, along with this Creamy Roasted Cauliflower and Onion Dip—with crackers, not celery, please.