For me inn December I can still go out and find blue oyster mushrooms in the forest. I’ll pick some and clean them store them in the fridge. Sometimes I can find candy caps as well. I like to boil them and then rip them longways along their gills and fry them with salt and pepper, sweet onions, and potatoes. I then make gravy and mix it together and toss in cranberries. I really like it.
I also like getting tofu about 1/2 inch thick and in a 4x4 square and bake it. I’ll make sweet potatoes that are baked and then mash them cinnamon, anise seeds, and vanilla extract and top it on the tofu.
Dessert wise, I really like buying chocolate licorice , chopping it, and mixing it with soy vanilla icecream and pumpkin spice.
The main thing in winter for me is typically overall in winter my diet moved towards more roots and gourds, and pecans and walnuts. I’ve not actually seen chestnuts for a while and I’ve never seen store chinquapin nuts. Maybe I’ll find some good blight immune ozark chinquapins or american chestnuts one day and be able to eat them.
I want to have roasted American chestnuts before I die lol. I hear about them in old Christmas songs and want to try it.
Additionally in fall and winter my coffees tend to be flavored with seasonal flavors and I enjoy it. But since I live alone and have since i was 17 except for when married, I don’t really cook anything special for holidays. Just flow with seasonal foods and flavors.