We confess: When Southern California starts flirting with cooler temperatures, our thoughts turn to comfort foods.

You know what we mean, right? Rice pudding. Chocolate (or butterscotch) budinos. Mac 'n' cheese. Homemade dinner rolls. Bar cookies...

Anything chocolate.

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PHOTOS: 76 comfort food classics

To be sure, these aren't daily staples in anyone's diet. But, if you are going to indulge, we suggest you go for the best.

That's why we've scoured the Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen's archives for the best comfort food recipes we could find.

As you click through the photo gallery above, you'll find recipe links embedded in the pop-up caption bar.

Did we miss any of your favorite comfort foods? If so, let us know in the comments section below and we'll circle back to our recipe collection. If we can find it, we'll add it to this collection!

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