Depending on where you live, you may or may not be able to do any outdoor entertaining this time of year. However, there are some things that just taste better when shared on a winter day, when the days are short and the nights long.

Let’s start with the drinks. Unlike summer libations which tend to be on the light and fruity side, winter cocktails are more substantial with deeper flavors. To see how to make five winter standards, including “Irish Winter” and the “Dandy Shandy” you can check out the video, courtesy of

Food and Wine magazine has a wonderful list of winter comfort foods and recipes on their website, from stews and soups to puddings and cakes. I have decided to try the Artichoke Heart, Spinach and Mozzarella Bread Pudding this weekend. Yum!


What’s your favorite rainy day treat?
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