What We’re Cooking in December
In between our holiday parties, we're digging up winter salad recipes, soups, and pastas to keep out the cold
Thanksgiving has come and gone, and the upcoming month is a non-stop barrage of parties filled with chit-chat, itchy red sweaters, sugary cocktails, and those sneaky paper cuts that come from prolonged contact with wrapping paper (don’t even think about touching any lemons until New Year’s Eve). It also can come with a lot of party food, which is sometimes great, but when you are eating that for a few meals every week, sometimes you find yourself longing for the comfort of your own kitchen, with tools and ingredients you bought for yourself.
When we finally get a few minutes at home this month, we’re going straight for the soups. We’ve got a hearty pork stew, some thick peanut soup, and heaps of vegetables in olive oil. We’ve even got a chickpea and pasta version. And when the liquid diet becomes too much, we’ll move on to a simple pasta or a salad sprinkled with pomegranate seeds.
This stew is full of meaty pork neck, potatoes, and nutty perilla seeds. Sesame seeds cannot be substituted for the perilla in this recipe; seek perilla seed, also called wild sesame seed, out at Asian markets. Get the recipe for Gamjatang »
Sometimes in winter, you want to keep it simple. This dish is the epitome of simple but delicious. Get the recipe for Pasta Cacio e Pepe »
These enchiladas will give you a tiny taste of summer while still keeping you warm and full in the winter. Get the recipe for Hatch Green Chile Enchiladas »
You can use pretty much any vegetable on hand in this soup, which is part of why we love it. Get the recipe for Italian Bean and Vegetable Soup »
If you like peanut butter, you’re going to love this thick and spicy soup. Get the recipe for West African Peanut Stew »
Bokkeum is an umbrella term given to dishes—often made with inexpensive, strong-flavored cuts of meat—that are stir-fried over high heat. Get the recipe for Korean Spicy Stir-Fried Pork Belly »
Wintertime breakfasts are the best, especially when they come in a pillowy soufflé. Get the recipe for Soufflé au Fromage »
Even if your grill is collecting dust under a cover in your garage, you can (and should) still have ribs. Get the recipe for Mexican Braised Spare Ribs with Squash and Corn »
This soup is a meal in and of itself, full of lots of vegetables, chickpeas, and pasta. Get the recipe for Chickpea and Pasta Soup »
If you get tired of soup and feel like you need a little green, add some herbs to your salad and sprinkle it with pomegranate seeds. Get the recipe for Chicory and Herb Salad with Apple, Pomegranate, and Creamy Miso Dressing »