Winter: What's it good for?

I don't ski or ice skate, so, although I live in the northeast, I never learned to appreciate cold weather. However, it is an excuse to enjoy hearty soups and stews, and a steaming cup of hot cocoa in front of a roaring fire. What are your winter comfort foods?

Today's subfreezing tempertures gave me a counterintuitive inspiration. I usually have trouble keeping the bowl of my KA ice cream maker cold enough for the duration of the churning process in my hot kitchen, so I did the whole thing it outside on the deck. I made Frangelico (hazelnut) coffee ice cream, and it came out denser and creamier than ever. My spouse won't eat ice cream except between Memorial Day and Labor Day, but I have no such qualms, so more for me!


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