You may not have thought the coldest season of the year is something to look forward to, but we're here to prove you wrong: Winter offers some of the year's most rewarding dishes. From oven-baked cioppino to chicken pot pie, here are a few standout dishes we're truly looking forward to making.
Take advantage of the short window that is dungeness crab season  to make an oven-baked cioppino  that's perfect for holiday entertaining. Scared of making crustaceans on your own ? Check out our ultimate guide to buying seafood  first.
Gorgonzola-Apple Mac and Cheese
Blue cheese has a creamy texture and sweet, ripe flavor profile that works best during cold-weather months. Enjoy it as the star of a gorgonzola and apple mac and cheese .
Roasted Root Vegetable Pasta
Chilly climes bring root vegetables like parsnips and yams, which, when tender, add earthiness to a roasted root vegetable pasta .
Take advantage of chicories like radicchio that come out of the woodwork in Winter to shine in dishes like this radicchio and potato soup .
Seared Scallops in White Wine Butter Sauce
Diver scallops, seared and served alongside a white wine butter sauce , make for an indulgent Winter meal.
Chicken Pot Pie
In Jamie Oliver 's version of pot pie , all-butter puff pastry envelops chicken, scallions, and button mushrooms (all held together with a thyme cream sauce).
Baked Potato Soup
Skip the oven-roasted spuds in favor of a baked potato soup  that offers the same flavor in a velvety emulsion.
Smoky Roasted Cauliflower
Cauliflower is at its peak in Winter; enhance the vegetable's natural state by roasting it with pimentón  until caramelized and smoky.
Re-create the smell of roasted chestnuts on the street with a homemade recipe for the classic Christmas nut .
Butternut Squash and Brie Pizza
Just because tomatoes and basil are Summer ingredients doesn't mean you can't have pizza in Winter. Top your seasonal pie with butternut squash and brie  instead.