Let's face it: This time of year can take its toll...and we're not just talking about the weather. We've rounded up comforting classics that embody the creamy, the chewy, the warm, and the gooey. Think of them as an edible hug right when you need it most.
Perfect Macaroni and Cheese
Your search for the ultimate mac and cheese recipe has come to an end. Sharp white cheddar, grated Gruyere, and Percorino Romano cheeses give the sauce its heavenly richness and complexity.
6 slices good-quality white bread, crusts removed, torn into 1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for dish
5 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 1/2 cups (about 18 ounces) grated sharp white cheddar
2 cups (about 8 ounces) grated Gruyere or 1 1/4 cups (about 5 ounces) grated pecorino Romano