As the end of the year approaches, it’s a good time to look back at 2021. In doing so, we’re taking a look at the stories you responded to the most and one that we felt you should have noticed more.

Homestyle favorites like chicken and dumplings and meatloaf, and desserts like peach dumplings and apple crisp, were the recipes you wanted to try the most this year. Add to that the quest for the perfect tomato sandwich and Kate Wood’s Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake and these are the best recipes of this year.

Recipe: Old-Fashioned Southern Chicken and Dumplings

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Air fryers are one of the best gifts the culinary gods have given us in recent years. So when it came to rounding up the best air fryer recipes, we took things very seriously. There are, oh, zillions of air fryer recipes on the internet, so we had to find the ones that are truly worth your air-frying energy. The qualifications? They have to be simple, healthy, and—most importantly—absolutely delicious.

So, what can you cook in an air fryer? Better to ask what can’t you cook. From versatile chicken recipes to easy breakfasts and desserts, we’re sharing 43 of the very best easy …….

Chef Lisa Dahl’s Lovely Lentil Soup.

Credit: Scott Yates

A new year is nearly upon us, and if you’re like me you’re probably already thinking about what you want your first meal of 2022 to be. There are many New Year’s food traditions around the world, with the consumption of certain foods promising happiness, health and wealth. While there’s no way to prove these claims, there’s no question that comforting foods like black-eyed peas and collard greens are a great way to kick off the new year. I hope you enjoy one or more of these chef-…….

In Britain, food writing by “minority groups” – and here I’m talking about Indians, because that’s my own background – almost always gives a central role to those “heirloom family recipes” handed down the generations from mother or grandmother. When I started writing about food 20 years ago, an editor even joked that I would have to “invent a grandmother”. It was already a cliche a generation ago, but now this problematic pursuit of “authenticity” through appeals to a mythic matriarch is simply done to death.

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Year-end lists can be very revealing. Take, for instance, Spotify’s personalized lists of users’ most-played songs and artists, all of which can be telling. Was there a lot of upbeat pop or groovy disco? Or was it all Death Cab for Cutie, a sign that the vibes were not quite so high? Whatever the case, The New York Times Cooking staff’s end-of-year recap also reflected our general mood: Comfort and ease were essential, and so were reliable old standbys.

You know when you just want to eat cake and you want it now, and you al…….

Soup and chili carry a lot of nostalgia with them. On a cold winter’s day, nothing hits quite like a steaming bowl of Panera’s broccoli cheddar soup or a quick cup of Wendy’s chili. But sometimes, you don’t want to bundle up and schlep to the nearest restaurant or take-out window—or think about the fat, calories, and sodium associated with some of your favorites. Fear not, because we’ve cracked the code to these winter favorites to bring you healthy copycat soup and chili recipes from your favorite restaurants with a healthy spin. Make a big batch of these 16 popular reci…….

With more than 600 recipes to choose from, compiling our annual list of favorites is no easy task. After making our list (and cutting it twice, no thrice!) we narrowed it down to a baker’s dozen — still double what we have space for in our digital replica edition. So, as we have in the past, we’re breaking it up into two installments. Because the recipes were easily split between sweet and savory, that’s where we drew the line.

First up: Savories.

We selected these recipes based on how often we made them again after publication and your feedback.

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Fortified wine has a long history in cocktails. While the most well-known is vermouth, which is used in cocktails from the Negroni to the Manhattan, other types of fortified wine can also take a starring roll in your drinks.

Whether tawny Port, Madeira or sherry, you can get new life out of leftover bottles of fortified wine, and give cocktails a delicious upgrade not found with many other ingredients. Here are eight recipes to get you started.

Published on December 29, 2021

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This year, our readers were absolutely obsessed with two types of meals—oatmeal and soup.

While we’re not exactly sure the reasons behind why these two types of recipes increased in popularity this year (is it because they’re served in bowls? Is it because they’re both comforting and warm?), we’re not complaining about it.  Our readers have a taste for the tasty, and these recipes are some of our best.

From comforting oatmeal recipes to soups and even baked goods and healthy dinners, here are the best recipes of 2021 that our readers absolutely loved.</…….