By Carl Hanson

As the mercury dips, the cravings for comforting foods begin to creep up. These favorites help you transition from summer and prepare for every season and spice (and casserole) of autumn.

1. Chicken Pot Pie IX

This classic savory pie combines cubed boneless chicken breast with carrots, peas, and celery in a sauce starring chicken broth and milk. It's all tucked into an unbaked pie crust and baked to beautiful golden brown. "This was the best chicken pot pie I have ever tasted," says CDNRUNREH. "I added potatoes like someone else suggested, and it made it a hearty meal."

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2. My Favorite Pot Roast

Here's one for the Dutch oven. Brown the pot roast on all sides, then combine the roast with potatoes, carrots, onion, and a mixture of brown sugar, salt, mustard, black pepper, and vinegar. Let it roast until the meat just falls away. "This is certainly the most flavorful pot roast I've ever made," says KatieinChina.

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3. Lamb Shanks

This braised lamb dish delivers deep, rich flavor. The shanks are wet rubbed with smoked paprika and rosemary and braised with saba, a sweet Italian condiment that's a little like balsamic vinegar. Chef John says: "If you're looking for a foolproof, wintry braised meat dish, this is virtually impossible to screw up!"

4. Brown Sugar Meatloaf with Ketchup Glaze

Crushed croutons are the secret ingredient in this easy ground-beef meatloaf. Shell Hargis says: "This meatloaf is glazed with brown sugar and ketchup for a moist and flavorful weeknight dinner."

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5. World's Best Lasagna

John Chandler's filling, satisfying lasagna really lives up to its name. It combines sweet Italian sausage and ground beef with tomato sauce, Italian seasonings, and three types of cheese. "Really the best," raves YONKAZ. "The only one that is truly like my grandmother's. The combination of ground beef AND sausage can't be beat!"

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6. Chef John's Coq au Vin

This braised chicken dish stars mushrooms, bacon, onions, red wine, and chicken thighs. It's French-style comfort food at its finest. Chef John prefers chicken thighs here: "Like all braised dishes, tougher cuts with lots of connective tissue work best, and on a chicken that would be the thigh/leg section."

7. Beef Stew VI

This 5-star beef stew is simple, savory, and so satisfying. Cubes of beef, carrots, and potatoes are seasoned with rosemary and parsley and simmered on the stovetop. "This thick beef stew is good eaten from a bowl or poured over biscuits," says Paula. "Substitute lamb, and voila!'s Irish stew! The longer this simmers, the better!"

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