For rich, warm comfort food start with a simple roux of butter and flour. Add milk and sharply flavored Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses to make a velvety sauce, then bake with macaroni. Buttered breadcrumbs and a dash of paprika make an attractive crust.
This Thai shrimp soup with button and straw mushrooms starts with a stock made from shrimp shells combined with slices of galangal, kaffir lime leaves, lemon grass and fish sauce. Garnish with cilantro.