It’s winter, and leaving the house on chilly days? Well, that’s an adventure of its own. But fear not because Wine Down is here to turn your cold-weather blues into a warm, comforting feast at tonight’s happy hour. 

Women enjoying happy hour with comfort food

You, your friends, and your cozy home make a great picture indulging in comfort food that gives winter a run for its money. Today’s chill will seem like a distant memory. Ready to make your winter nights deliciously comforting? Let’s Wine Down and get cozy!

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The Cocktail

Winter comfort food - La Croix vodka cranberry cocktail with sugared cranberries & rosemary sprig on a swizzle stick
Wanderlust and Wellness - get the recipe

Jennifer from Wanderlust and Wellness has taken the classic Cape Codder and given it a guilt-free twist. How, you ask? Well, she works her magic by adding a splash of La Croix, cutting down on the calories without sacrificing an ounce of flavor. It’s the kind of drink that says, “Cheers to indulgence without the guilt!”

The Mocktail

Comfort Food - cranberry fizz mocktail with sugared rim and fresh cranberries
Thistlewood Farms - get the recipe

Say hello to the Cranberry Fizz – the mocktail masterpiece by Karianne from the stunning Thistlewood Farms. It’s the ultimate refresher, perfect for anyone embracing Sober January with style. This zesty, alcohol-free delight is not just a drink; it’s a celebration of vibrant flavors.

The Entrée

True winter comfort food - Ina Garten's baked ziti with sausage
Easy Kitchen Guide - get the recipe

Here’s a flavor-packed twist by Lori from the Easy Kitchen Guide on Ina Garten’s classic Baked Ziti. This ain’t your average baked ziti – it’s full of savory sausage goodness and gooey cheese. Lori’s culinary wizardry transforms comfort food into a masterpiece that’ll have your friends asking for seconds and thirds!

The Dip

a wooden board showcases baked brie in a crock with sliced figs on top, fresh slices of apples and figs and cheese, crackers & crostini, ramekins of honey and olives
Amanda Wilens - get the recipe

Get ready to swoon over Amanda Wilens’ “Fig & Honey Bliss Baked Brie” – a feast for the eyes and the taste buds. This drool-worthy creation features velvety baked brie adorned with fresh figs, a drizzle of honey, and a bevy of textures with crackers, crostini, cheese slices, and briny olives. This is a great recipe to use all year round.

The Crunch

mixed nuts in a bowl, on a board, and on a spoon, roasted and spiced - comfort food
Heart Healthy Greek - get the recipe

Ramp up your snacking game with Mediterranean Spiced Nuts by the culinary duo Christina and Alexa from Heart Healthy Greek. These nutty delights are a flavor explosion, generously coated with a blend of spices, including cumin, oregano, and paprika. It’s a spice journey for your taste buds. eo.

The Sweet

tarte pan filled with chocolate tart bottom and large rosettes of espresso cream.
Bakers Brigade - get the recipe

Indulge your sweet tooth in the divine chocolate tart crafted by the talented Jane from the Bakers Brigade. This isn’t just a dessert – it’s decadent dark chocolate crowned with a cloud of espresso whipped cream. Get ready for a dessert experience with you saying, “One bite, and I’m in heaven.”

As we wrap up this edition of Wine Down, let’s raise our glasses to the incredible flavors and stories these culinary friends share. From savory to sweet, each dish tells a tale of passion, creativity, and the joy found in good company and comfort food. I can’t wait for you to try these recipes. Until our next flavorful rendezvous, cheers to the art of indulgence!

Keep Dancing, Darlene