Looking for just the thing to add to your prescription for a moment of calm? Cheesy, creamy, and bready foods will definitely help you unwind.
Simmer down and loosen up while creating these scrumptious good-mood recipes. With a list that includes everything from enchiladas
to cocktails, there’s a recipe to help you relax and unwind on any given day.
First up is our French Onion Soup. French onion soup is such a simple dish that the ingredients and the way they’re cooked make all the difference. It’s worth the effort to make your own stock for this simple soup, but if you want to save time, you can use store-bought unsalted beef stock or lower-sodium broth.
View Recipe: French Onion Soup
For a denser, creamier texture, cool the cake in the oven one hour with the oven door ajar instead of closed. Make a day ahead
since the cooled cake needs to chill overnight. Serve cake with seasonal fruit: Berries, cherries, and sliced stone fruit
are all good options.
View Recipe: New York Cheesecake
Serve this savory caramelized onion, Gruyère, and bacon spread with crackers or bread slices. If you can't find Gruyère, substitute
raclette, fontina, or Swiss cheese.
View Recipe: Caramelized Onion, Gruyere, and Bacon Spread
Chili is almost an American symbol of winter comfort—or a fun football night. Like most chilis, this one tastes even better
the next day, once the flavors have had a chance to mingle and meld.
View Recipe: All-American Chili
A lighter take on the classic croque monsieur—there’s no egg dip, and they’re served open-faced—these sandwiches are equally
kid friendly and adult pleasing.
View Recipe: Melty Monsieur
A soft-cooked egg coats the pasta and adds rich flavor to this rustic dish. The key to success with the eggs is to plunge
them quickly into ice water to stop the cooking.
View Recipe: Walnut-Breadcrumb Pasta with a Soft Egg
An Italian dish based on creamy rice, risotto is perfect when you want to curl up with a bowl of something warm and soothing.
View Recipe: Spring Risotto
To save time creating this delectable dish, you can make all of the components ahead and simply assemble the enchiladas just
View Recipe: Beef and Black Bean Enchiladas
Many grits lovers say the most flavorful variety is stone-ground yellow grits, which will also take longer to cook (but can
be worth the wait). Take your pick before preparing this recipe: Stone-ground grits are more coarse than regular grits; instant
grits have been precooked and dehydrated.
View Recipe: Eggs Blindfolded Over Garlic-Cheddar Grits
Challah is a rich, traditional Jewish bread; substitute Hawaiian bread if challah isn’t available. Maple and apples make this
a comforting, warming meal.
View Recipe: French Toast with Maple-Apple Compote
Bread pudding becomes a main dish inspired by the flavors of a loaded baked potato. Preparing the puddings in individual ramekins
gives them a dressier feel and shortens cook time.
View Recipe: Savory Bread Puddings with Ham and Cheddar
Dried peaches make this dessert a year-round option. Keeping dough ingredients chilled ensures a crisp, tender crust, which
is baked rather than fried.
View Recipe: Peach “Fried” Pies
The perfect mix of sweet maple, tart lemon, and the warmth of bourbon makes this cocktail a keeper. For an extra hit of maple,
dip wet glass rims in maple sugar.
View Recipe: Bourbon-Maple Sour
Serve a rich and hearty cheesy soup as part of a comforting cool-weather meal. When making this soup, stir in the cheese and
remove from heat as soon as it melts to prevent curdling.
View Recipe: Cheesy Potato Soup
Update a childhood favorite by adding walnuts and chickpeas to tuna salad. Here, the cheese goes directly on the bread (instead
of on top of the sandwich) to help keep the bread from getting soggy.
View Recipe: Tuna Salad Melt