Fresh kale, collards and cabbage make for delicious salads when paired with other winter produce like carrots and radishes. Cold weather makes the greens less bitter than those harvested during the summertime.
To "Top Chef" finalist Carla Hall, cream of cauliflower soup is a perfect way to warm up winter. The recipe calls for just a few basic ingredients -- cauliflower, leeks, garlic, butter and chicken stock -- but Hall recommends using roasted cauliflower florets and toasted nuts as a garnish to add texture to the pureed soup.
Though most people think Rob Roys should be made with sweet vermouth, the original recipe calls for dry vermouth, one bartender says. He makes the cocktail with Scotch, dry vermouth and a couple of dashes of orange bitters, an update that adds complexity.