As the cold front hit this past week, all I could think of was going home and curling up with a warm bowl of something. So I tooled around our Web site to find my best options. Here's my weeknight meal plan:

Monday: Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
I wanted something not too heavy since I over-did it at the Super Bowl Party so I went for our this light soup.

Tuesday: Southwestern Pork Soup.
I was craving a little spice so I chose this superfast soup which has lots of flavor.

Wednesday: Asian Corn Soup
I'm thinking mid-week vegetarian sounds good. Stir in a little seared tofu or chicken if you prefer.

Thursday: Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
Why not go all in? This will hit the spot.

Friday: Smoky Slow Cooker Chili
This is my day off from cooking dinner. Our Jan/Feb magazine issue featured a slow cooker Test-Kitchen-developed recipe (which also happened to be the cover) from my TK colleague, Mike Wilson. It's a perfect make-ahead meal for a busy family that needs a hot, affordable meal ready when they get home.

Shhhh! Insider info: On the back page of every issue this year, a different TK staff member or food editor will share one of their favorite recipes. Keep an eye out for the next Test Kitchen Secret: Homemade Pita Bread (look for it in the March issue).