Comfort food is getting us through. 

By Antara Sinha
December 14, 2018
Photo: 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.

And the indulgences don’t stop there—it is the holidays after all. We’re sampling peanut butter whiskey at 11 A.M. (Spoiler: It was incredible). We’re ogling at this magical, masterpiece gingerbread cookie construction. We’re obsessing over the return of the S’mores Oreo.  We’re pondering the difference between scalloped potatoes and potatoes au gratin. And we’re learning how to cook prime rib to a perfectly juicy medium rare. Basically, our advice for the last few weeks of 2018: Do what you gotta do. Go ahead and indulge in what you’re craving, eat two breakfasts if you’re feeling it, splurge in the high-quality butter, and eat pizza on the couch—even Prince William does.
The good news is that 2019 is looking like it’s shaping up to be a tasty year with plenty to look forward to. Pinterest revealed their predictions for the top food trends of 2019, and yummy homemade jams and breads made the list. Chicken Salad Chick, the beloved “Baskin Robins for chicken salad,” as our editor, Darcy Lenz, described it, is expanding locations. McDonald’s is getting cheesy bacon fries. Pantone declared coral the color of 2019, which is full of lots of tasty possibilities. In summary: As you’re trudging through the snow, or driving on an especially dark and chilly morning, there’s always going to be a treat to look forward to that’ll brighten your day.