When it's cold, what comes to mind foodwise are cozy, comforting dishes. These 10 meals are designed to warm you up with a little fire and spice!

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Spanish Stewed Chicken Thighs

"This dish puts some heat in your belly with smoky chorizo and spicy jalapeno slices," Rachael says.

Spinach & Feta Stuffed Chicken

Tingly Szechuan Pepper Beef Noodles

"I love the spicy bite of Szechuan pepper in this noodle dish. If you can't find the spice in your supermarket or Asian market, order it from Penzeys Spices (penzeys.com)," Rachael says.

tingly szechuan pepper beef noodles

Mushroom, Ancho & Black Bean Chili

Top this hearty chili with shredded cheese, pickled jalapeno chile peppers and crushed tortilla chips!

Mushroom, Ancho & Black Bean Chili
Credit: Photography by John Kernick

Penne with Bacon & Fennel Sauce

Toss pasta, bacon, fennel, onion and seasonings, then top with cheese for a dinner the whole family will love.

Penne with Bacon & Fennel Sauce
Credit: Photography by John Kernick

Chipotle Stroganoff

"One of my fave hot kickers? Chipotles in adobo sauce. These canned chiles are dried, smoked jalapenos in chile-vinegar paste" Rachael says.

Chipotle Stroganoff
Credit: Photography by John Kernick

Mole-Topped Sweet Potatoes

"Mole is the dark reddish-brown sauce that is a specialty of Mexican cooking -- a smooth blend of chiles, spices and, often, chocolate. It's so good, I could eat it with a spoon!" Rachael says.

Mole-Topped Sweet Potatoes

Chicken Thighs with Apples, Onions & White Cheddar Polenta

White cheddar polenta is the perfect saucy side to serve with a big ole chicken thigh.

chicken thighs with apples onions and white cheddar polenta

Curry Turkey Patties

Top this patty with hot giardiniera or pickled peppers, cucumber slices, lettuce leaves, tomato slices and chopped red onion.

Curry Turkey Patties
Credit: Photography by John Kernick

Rigatoni with Creamy Mushroom Ragu

This is one meaty and mushroom-y sauce that'll have you licking the bowl clean!

Rigatoni with Creamy Mushroom Ragu
Credit: Photography by John Kernick

Lamb & Eggplant with Chiles over Orzo

Orzo tossed with feta cheese is the perfect pair for this flavorful lamb and eggplant dish.

Lamb & Eggplant with Chiles over Orzo
Credit: Photography by John Kernick

Winter Wonderland

Whip up one of Rachael all-time favorite winter meals for dinner.

Pasta & Escarole Soup