As the air gets chilly and the holidays draw near, I find myself craving the taste of my favorite comfort foods. These dishes are not just meals, they're like a warm hug on a chilly day. The type of food that always seems to make everything better.

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I was recently on the hunt for something new to try this year and came across some great recipes from EatingWell. Some of what I found immediately brought back great childhood memories. Meals like mom used to make. Warm and delicious. Let me share with you five of my all-time favorite comfort foods.

LOOK: FEAST YOUR EYES ON THESE 5 FAVORITE WARM COMFORT FOODS

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Potato Soup

There's something so incredibly soothing about a bowl of creamy potato soup. It's like a blanket for your stomach. Tender potatoes blended with milk and butter create a smooth flavor that's both filling and comforting. I love adding a sprinkle of cheddar cheese and some crispy bacon on top.


 

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Mac and Cheese

This classic dish never fails to bring me back to my childhood. Creamy cheese that covers each tender macaroni is a delightful experience. It's simple, yet so satisfying.


 

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Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Is there anything better than a perfectly toasted grilled cheese sandwich? Golden crispy bread with gooey melted cheese in the middle is a fantastic combination. Pair it up with a bowl of tomato soup and you're good to go.


 

Homemade Irish Beef Stew
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Beef Stew

On particularly cold days, a hearty beef stew is my go-to. Chunks of beef, maybe some carrots, potatoes and onions, simmered all day long – it's a meal that warms you from the inside out.


 

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Chicken Fried Steak

Last but not least, chicken fried steak is my guilty pleasure. The crispy breading surrounding the juicy, tender steak inside, all smothered in creamy gravy, is just amazing. It's a little bit of Southern comfort that always makes me feel great.

As the holidays embrace us, these dishes are my go-to for not just satisfying hunger, but for bringing a sense of warmth and nostalgia. From potato soup to chicken fried steak, each bite is a reminder of the cozy joys this season can bring. So grab your spoon or fork, and dive into some comfort foods this year.

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