Beat the Winter Blues with Dottie's Favorite Recipes


Hi there Hokies,

We are right smack in the middle of another chilly and long winter, and we still have a bit more time to go before the weather begins to warm up (especially here in  the Burrrg’). Although this time of year makes it easy for many of us to sit at home and try to hibernate for the better part of the season, there are so many ways to enjoy yourself and try new recipes! Here are just a few of my gobble-worthy ideas that are sure to help you break out of that winter funk, and into the kitchen!


  1. Classic Vegetable Noodle Soup

Vegetable Noodle Soup isn’t just good for curing the common cold—it helps warm you from the outside cold as well! Whether you’re cooking it up to help bust germs you’ve acquired due to the cold, or just trying to eat something to warm you up by the fire, vegetable noodle soup is always there for you. Personally, I am not a fan of chicken noodle soup, for obvious reasons, but if that’s your favorite then go for it!



  1. A Roast with Veggies

Nothing screams cold weather food to me more than a classic roast in the crock pot with vegetables surrounding it and a nice pot of gravy. This recipe is sure to warm your feathers. The smell and warmth of the oven will keep your home feeling cozy no matter what weather is howling outside.


  1. Eggplant Parmesan

Italian food is a favorite among many of us, and it’s especially known for its’ versatility and ability to succeed as a crowd pleaser at almost any gathering. This toasty dish is easy for the cook, and delicious for the crowd, making it a perfect dish for lazy winter nights! If you have a gathering to attend, make this recipe ahead of time and pop it in the oven right before you attend for a delicious meal.


  1. Crockpot Hot Chocolate

My absolute favorite recipe for warming up this season is crock pot hot chocolate. This delicious sweet treat smells as good as it tastes. If you leave this recipe in the crockpot all day to cook, your home will be filled with the delicious and cozy aroma of chocolate and vanilla. This recipe makes a lot, so share if with your family and friends!


There are so many more delicious recipes for the season, so feel free to share yours below for the rest of us to try! Gobble away at all your winter treats my friends, and I’ll talk to you soon!


Until next time Hokies,



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