As much as I miss tomatoes—round and juicy and plump as a water balloon—I’m pretty happy where we are, in the doldrums of winter, surrounded by vegetables caked in dirt. Parsnips, carrots, beets, turnips, rutabaga. These ingredients are tough and starchy and ready whenever you are. If you want to cook one tonight, great! If you forget about it for a week or three, it will find a way to survive. Which is why I always try to always have a couple in my kitchen during these colder months. Below are some of the root-forward dinners on my wishlist right now, plus a couple desserts our staffers are baking to stay warm.

Pureed Soups for the Soul

Someone once told me they dislike pureed soup because it reminds them of baby food. Which got me thinking: Do I love pureed soup because it reminds me of baby food? After all, being a baby is nice. Your to-do list is clear and manageable (play, eat, nap, repeat) and you get to wear pajamas in public. Admittedly, the food can be a little bland—but when properly seasoned, adult pureed soups are anything but. I like topping mine with bonuses like chile oil, croutons, or, best of all, a chopped-up grilled cheese.

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31 Highly Festive Holiday Cookie Recipes From Our Favorite Bakers

This time of year signifies a great many things: gatherings of loved ones, thoughtful gift exchanges, feasting galore. It’s also the time for long-standing family traditions, whether it’s breaking out that precious set of heirloom china for the big holiday dinner, assembling around the piano for a round of caroling after the meal, or baking up a batch of special-occasion cookies to enjoy by a crackling fire at the end of the evening, mug of cocoa in hand.

In fact, to us, nothing says “the holidays” more than these special-occasion cookies. Whether the recipes have been passed down to us from our great, great-grandparents, or brought into the family from a magazine clipping or church cookbook over the years, they usually have a meaningful story, and always bring good holiday cheer.

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Green beans go by a couple of nicknames, both of which tell you a lot about the vegetable. One is string bean, which refers to the string running along the seam (less noticeable in modern varieties). The other, snap bean, predicts what happens when you bend a bean in half. Snap!

We love this vegetable for its color (especially as the weather gets drearier), quick cooking time (a few minutes in boiling water is all you need), and next-level versatility. Here are 28 of our favorite recipes starring green beans.

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