Recipes to combat winter gloom

Caycie Clayton’s delicious apple oat muffin, meant to be Fall themed and consisting of nutmeg and cardamom, could easily be a winter themed muffin as well. Overall these muffins were healthy, flavorful and hands down a great snack to have during the holidays. Photo by Caycie Clayton.
Article by Jaeden Callender and Caycie Clayton.
The winter can feel lengthy, dark and cold due to the prolonged nights and chilly air. These long months can easily feel gloomy and dismal, meaning extra steps need to be taken in order to get through the winter. One of the best ways to keep spirits up is through food! In this article, different winter foods and snacks will be discussed to help students keep warm and comfortable during the winter. 

One of my favorite treats to make during the wintertime is muffins. It’s fun baking with family and friends, and a great way to spend quality time with loved ones. I love to make oat-apple muffins, which can become winter-themed by simply adding in a dash of nutmeg and cardamom, giving the muffins a warm and earthy taste. Also, it’s even more enjoyable to eat them afterward.

Another great holiday food is gingerbread houses. Not only are they a tasty treat, but can also be an enjoyable way to make memories with family and friends while simultaneously expressing creativity. And baking gingerbread is simple! All it takes is butter, sugar, molasses, eggs, flour, baking soda and spices. Assembly of the gingerbread houses can certainly be difficult, but that means it’s extra enjoyable to have contests. 

Latkes are one of my all-time favorite foods, and they only come out once a year in the winter for Hanukkah. They are essentially pancakes made out of shredded potatoes. A binding agent, such as flour and egg, is added into the batter. I always joke that the secret ingredient to latkes is sweat and blood from hand grating numerous russet potatoes, and tears from grating onions. But it’s always worth it in the end to eat these with family. 

Another delicious winter snack is candy canes. In addition to the original mint, there are countless other flavors of this seasonal candy. In part, there are many flavors due to networks such as Nickelodeon making their own flavors based off of shows such as Spongebob. So far, I’ve tried the Spongebob and Patrick candy canes, but they were too sour for me. Additionally, they are a great way to decorate Christmas Trees.

Food is one of the major ways in which people can build communion and relationship with one another. Eating delicious meals with loved ones during the winter can bring warmth to these dark months, so it’s important to have a few different ideas of what foods to share.

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