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Thirsty Thursday: A Cocktail for Snow Days

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Who said snow days can’t be fun for adults too? When you’re stuck inside from inclement weather, there’s really no better time for this Rum Hot Toddy. A warm cocktail in hand can turn a freezing-cold day into a comforting and toasty afternoon. It’s all about perspective (and booze), really.

A toddy is the perfect cold-weather beverage, and for centuries this classic cocktail has been a folk remedy for the sniffles, the flu and winter blues. While normally made with whiskey or bourbon, this version is made with rum. Simply infuse hot water and rum with lemon, honey and cinnamon for a soothing and restorative pick-me-up that is sure to keep you warm on snowy days.

Bottoms up, folks!

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Thirsty Thursday: Wine Fruit Spritzers

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

We might need to detox from all the rich holiday food, but who says we can’t stick to our New Year’s resolutions and also enjoy a cocktail with a weekend winter brunch? After all, winter is full of seasonal fruits, so it’s time to start using fresh juices to brighten things up and give us a break from heavy winter meals.

These Wine Fruit Spritzers will give you a chance to mix and match wine with fruit juices and tasty, seasonal garnishes. Start with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc and pair with your juice of choice, such as pink grapefruit, blood orange or pomegranate. Top this tipple with club soda to soften the sweetness, and garnish with fresh fruit. It’s an entirely refreshing brunch beverage that won’t leave you feeling guilty.

Bottoms up, folks.

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Hump Day Snack: Igloo Cake

Polar vortex in the house! If you’re lucky enough to be huddled inside your well-heated home right now, embrace the general state of frigidness outside by crafting this arctic tundra-inspired dessert. With all the temperature record-breaking going on this week, it’s just another excuse to celebrate with cake, and let’s face it, winter can always benefit from more cake. Use half a donut for the doorway, ice cream cones for sparkly shrubbery and round out your edible igloo with icy tiles of sugar-crusted white chocolate. Take that, weather. Get the recipe for this eskimo-friendly cake and then cozy up with some of Cooking Channel’s comforting winter recipes:

Restorative Winter-Warming Soups and Stews

Did you know that January is actually National Soup Month? I’m just guessing, but perhaps there is some correlation between National Soup Month and the cold and flu season. Don’t underestimate the comforting and healing powers of a steaming broth, or how such a simple, hot meal can be so welcoming after rich holiday foods. The bitterly cold month of January is optimal for enjoying vegetable-laden, creamy-pureed or hearty meat soups.

Just pair your soup or stew with a light salad and good, crusty “mopping” bread for a warm, curative meal. This month cook your way through broths, bisques, ramen and ribollita, because they may just be the best medicines for a cold winter.

Here are 5 soups for inspiration:

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Fall Fest: Our Best Pork-Filled Brussels Sprouts Recipes for the Holidays

My first experience with Brussels sprouts was not very pleasant: I used to associate them with small, soggy gray cabbages that looked like lumps of coal on our Christmas spread. Not to mention they smelled horrible. After a while, my mother wouldn’t let a sprout so much as cross the threshold of our doorstep. So one year when my sister wanted to try her hand at making Brussels sprouts for Christmas, it was met with adversity. But I quickly learned that this controversial vegetable doesn’t have to be boiled into oblivion; it can be roasted, sautéed or shredded for differing tastes and textures.

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Spring Clean Your Pantry

Braised Veal Sweetbreads With Tomatoes and Fennel

Braise today, grill tomorrow -- cook the last of your favorite winter foods.

Oh, winter, with your gray days, cold temps and snow drifts. I may wax poetic for picture-perfect snow storms when the oppressive August heat arrives, but right now I’m so ready to move on to warmer and greener things. My pantry, however, is still stuck in depths-of-winter mode. Is yours still prepped for the next ice storm? This week, bring it into the light by using up the last of all those winter remnants.

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