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    31 Comforting December Recipes That'll Help You Combat Those Winter Blues

    Comfort food is an absolute must this time of year.

    Well, it's official: The days are getting shorter and the weather chillier. You might be starting to feel the winter blues settle in, but I'm a firm believer that comfort food this time of year can cure all (and is absolutely necessary). So from make-ahead breakfasts to cozy cocktails, here are a few recipes to get you through the cold December days.

    A list of seasonal December produce, including spinach, rutabaga, kale, leeks, grapefruit, cranberries, escarole, tangerines, winter squash, fennel, dates, potatoes, cauliflower, carrots, pears, pomegranates, cabbage, broccoli, apples, and persimmons

    1. Carrot Cake Pancakes

    A stack of pancakes being drizzled with maple syrup

    2. Apple Cheddar Biscuits

    Apple cheddar biscuits on a sheet of white parchment paper

    3. Chocolate Orange Morning Rolls

    Chocolate-filled rolls covered in icing

    4. Cranberry Orange Loaf Cake

    5. Breakfast Strata With Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions

    An egg strata in a large casserole dish topped with mushrooms and thyme

    6. Savory Pear Galette With Goat Cheese and Walnuts

    A round galette with sliced pears and chopped walnuts

    8. Pomegranate and Pear Green Salad With Ginger Dressing

    Sliced pears, pomegranate seeds, pecans, and goat cheese atop a bed of arugula

    9. Whole Roasted Cauliflower With Lemony Whipped Feta

    A whole cauliflower head with a slice taken out on top of whipped feta and pomegranate seeds

    10. Mushroom and Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin

    11. Caramelized Leek Pizza With Spicy Honey

    A caramelized leek pizza cut into six slices and topped with fresh basil

    12. Pear and Buttermilk Bisque

    13. Roasted Butternut Squash With Feta and Spinach

    Two slices of roasted butternut squash stuffed with feta, spinach, and pine nuts

    14. Spicy Sausage and Kale Skillet Lasagna

    Kale, sausage, and lasagna noodles in a cast-iron skillet with dollops of ricotta

    15. Pumpkin Polenta With Balsamic Roasted Beets

    A bowl of pumpkin polenta with roasted beets sitting on top

    16. Chicken Poblano White Bean Chili

    18. One-Pot Chicken and Rice

    19. Creamy Thai Carrot Sweet Potato Soup

    A bowl of Thai carrot sweet potato soup topped with almonds and fresh herbs

    20. Creamy Balsamic Chicken and Mushrooms

    Chicken and whole mushrooms in a white pot topped with fresh herbs

    21. Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad

    Shaved Brussels sprouts tossed in Caesar dressing topped with bread crumbs

    22. Fennel Orange Pork Meatballs With Sweet Chili Glaze

    Meatballs plated on top a bed of vegetables and feta

    24. Orecchiette With Creamy Carrot Miso Sauce

    Carrot miso orecchiette in a bowl topped with carrot top gremolata

    25. Persimmon Pie

    A slice of persimmon pie topped with whipped cream and surrounded by whole persimmons

    26. Upside-Down Pear Gingerbread Cake

    27. Soft Gingerbread Cookies With Maple Glaze

    round gingerbread cookies on a sheet tray with glaze and sprinkle decorations covering one half of each cookie

    28. Sticky Toffee Persimmon Pudding

    30. Cranberry, Clementine, and Rosemary Cocktail

    a cocktail in a glass topped with fresh cranberries and sprig of rosemary

    31. Cinnamon Apple Bourbon Smash

    A cinnamon apple bourbon small in a glass with a smoked cinnamon stick and apple garnish