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  • America's Best Comfort Foods

    By Emma Sloley

    Cutting-edge cuisine has its place, but sometimes you just want a hearty meal with your favorite comfort foods.

    Loveless Cafe's signature biscuits and sausage gravy in Nashville, TN.Loveless Cafe's signature biscuits and sausage gravy in Nashville, TN.

    There are certain feel-good foods we universally reach for when we need to be comforted. A fragrant bowl of chicken soup. A dose of silky mashed potato. A 10-napkin serving of unctuous barbecue. Restaurant trends may come and go, but comfort foods are forever. Fortunately, America is awash with restaurants where the traditional never went out of style.

    While on the hunt for America's best comfort foods, we stuck to tried-and-true dishes that tend to evoke a sense of place. We found a bigger-than-Texas chicken-fried steak in Houston, biscuits and gravy worth lining up for in Nashville, and a chicken soup recipe handed down through generations in Philadelphia, along with a host of other feel-good staples.

    The common denominator: all of them are unpretentious, homemade, and in most instances, the kind of dishes that would cause a riot were the restaurants to

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  • World's Most Traditional Holiday Foods

    By Howie Kahn

    Savor the variety of the season with traditional holiday dishes from around the world.

    Mushroom soup with zarashka eaten in Russia during the holidays.

    Long before you sit down to Christmas dinner in Ethiopia, preparations are under way. Farmers buy lambs early to fatten them up for yebeg wot, the thick, buttery berbere-spiced stew that locals know and expect.

    Slideshow: Traditional Holiday Foods

    After all, holiday meals are judged by a different set of standards than any other kind. You may like your dish dry because that's what pleased you as a child. Memory is the juicier thing. Such sentimentality is a shared global matter, but food traditions are decidedly local-and reveal much about a destination.

    Slideshow: America's Best Pies

    The same old, same old won't necessarily be available abroad, so if you're leaving home for the holidays, embrace the opportunity to savor the season as celebrated in another part of the world. Every place has specialties, prepared with love and idiosyncrasies similar to your own.

    Slideshow: World's

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