Hygge, pronounced “hoo-gah,” is a Danish word that, roughly translated, means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life that you love.
During the holidays, so much of what contributes to a hygge experience revolves around food.
PRACTICE HYGGE WITH THESE EASY COMFORT FOOD RECIPES
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There are certain foods that tend to soothe and comfort us, especially around the winter months.
Comfort foods like stews, casseroles, pot pies, homemade loaves of bread, and baked goods bring a sense of well-being and can elevate mood, especially on a long and cold winter day.
So, break out the slow cooker and baking utensils and settle in for a hygge-inspired holiday filled with comfort foods and treats.
WAYS TO PRACTICE HYGGE IN THE KITCHEN
Baking and cooking are a big part of the hygge mentality, especially when done with family and close friends.
Keeping traditions alive using old family recipes is a hygge favorite. Just the thought of putting Great grandma’s apple-cinnamon pie recipe to use gives a warm and fuzzy feeling. And to be able to pass on these recipes by teaching your children how to make them when they are older and have families is so satisfying.
Establishing traditional family recipes of your own is also a fun holiday hygge activity. Decide together what type of comfort food you all would like to learn to make.
Follow a recipe and add in a few touches of your own. Hand-write the recipe afterward and keep it in a safe place for next year. One idea is to use a designated box to keep all of your traditional, comfort food holiday recipes in.
Each year, you and your family will look forward to breaking out the recipe box, remaking your favorite comfort foods, and adding in new ones.
Hygge holidays are even better when comfort foods are used to spread the holiday cheer. Gifting your favorite homemade holiday treats will surely bring a smile to anyone’s face.
Cookies, pies, and holiday fudge are all great choices for gift giving. Wrap them up in some festive cellophane for transport and add in a handwritten card of good wishes.
Comfort meals are also a very thoughtful gift, especially when given to a friend or loved one who leads a super busy lifestyle. What a better gift than to not have to worry about what to make for dinner that night? Comfort foods like lasagna, soups, and casseroles tend to travel well and reheat with ease. Holiday cheer is always enriched with gracious gift-giving.
So, don’t wait to start practicing hygge this holiday season. Think about those traditions, foods and recipes that you would like to experience. Take steps to make those heartfelt and cozy memories that will last a lifetime.
HYGGE COMFORT FOOD RECIPES
Here are some hygge-inspired easy comfort food recipes that you might want to try:
Bisquick Chicken Pot Pie by Brown Eyed Baker
Classic Homemade Beef Stew by Taste And Tell Blog
The Best Homemade Lasagna Recipe by Baker By Nature
Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate by Happy Foods Tube
Cinnamon Rolls by Two Peas And Their Pod
Soft And Chewy Gingerbread Men Cookies by House Of Nash Eats
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