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5 Delicious Things to Keep You Warm: Birchbox Test Kitchen

New York is heading into a second round of Polar Vortex, which means that salads and smoothies aren’t quite cutting it. There’s no better time to reach for core-warming treats—these are our picks to ward off the winter chill.

Soup Dumplings

I would travel uphill through bitter cold in a sleeveless sweater to get dim sum, and soup dumplings are far and away my favorite dish at this traditional Cantonese meal. Filled with steaming broth and crab or pork stuffing, these purse-shaped dumplings are tricky to make—and to eat. They’re worth trying to make on your own (perhaps during the next snow day?), and I like this recipe from Serious Eats.

Black Bean Veggie Stew

When I think warming, I think stew, especially this long-time favorite. It is deep and flavorful, with a thick broth and meaty mushrooms—plus just enough spice to heat you up. I guarantee you’ll walk away from your bowl satisfied and fulfilled.

Ginormous Warmed Pretzels

Sure, popcorn is a classic movie snack but when it’s frosty out I say up your game with these homemade preztels. I’m a fan of Alton Brown’s recipe—don’t forget to add really good mustard for dipping!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Saveur posted this classic chocolate chip cookie recipe recently and I just. . .can't. Don’t they just look all toasty and amazing? Time to bake the cookies!

Hot Cocoa

No winter-warmer roundup would be complete without hot cocoa. Try it Chocolat style or go Mayan by adding chile powder. I like to plop in a few Three Tarts Gourmet Marshmallows for good measure. O.M.G.

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