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16 Big-Batch Soups to Warm You Up From Your Head to Your Toes

16 Big-Batch Soups to Warm You Up From Your Head to Your Toes

There may be a few reasons why a bowl of homemade soup is one of the most comforting things to eat in the winter. Maybe that it’s seasoned just how you like it. Or that the vegetables aren’t exactly the same size, some small and slurp-able, others still al dente—all delicious. Or it could be that you've made a big batch of it, and that reassuringly full pot of goodness is still on your stove, ready and waiting for second and third helpings.

And that’s exactly what we need at this time of year, right? When we’re scrambling to find the perfect presents and writing greeting cards and hopping from holiday party to holiday party—it feels so good to hunker down with a big mug of soup and a pile of blankets. It’s the sippable self-care we need for this hectic season.

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9 Indian Instant Pot Recipes for Rich, Comforting Flavor Fast

9 Indian Instant Pot Recipes for Rich, Comforting Flavor Fast

"My son Mark learned to cook with a [stovetop] pressure cooker when he was nineteen years old," Urvashi Pitre writes in the introduction to her forthcoming book, Instant Pot Fast & Easy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, January 2019). "I still remember the day he mastered four different dishes in one day. Now, Mark is scary-smart, this is true, but it's also true that pressure cookers are not that complicated."

Pitre—aka the "Butter-Chicken Lady," per New Yorker contributor Priya Krishna—is probably one of the smartest people I've ever talked to; she's a scientist by day and a cookbook author by night. From a single 30-minute phone conversation with her, I learned more about pressure cooking than I have reading about it for years in cookbooks, online, or even in my own kitchen tinkering with my little 3-quart Instant Pot, the electric pressure cooker Pitre also uses for her recipes. In these 30 minutes (about the time it takes for her Instant Pot butter chicken to come together), she expressed her frustration at all of the Instant Pot recipes out there that make you sauté first, when science shows a simple dump-and-cook would do.

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