December Cooking: What Do You Want to Eat Right Now?

December is a strange month for cooks. On the one hand, it seems like the only food in the news is holiday related: Food gifts like caramels and fudge, and holiday sweets, like Christmas cookies and fruitcake. On the other hand, cooks cannot live by cookies alone. Dinner must be made! What do you cook this time of year, this time sandwiched between Thanksgiving and gingerbread houses?

Personally, I've been looking for reasonably healthy yet warming dishes that are filling but not too much work to prepare. The poblano and potato gratin pictured above looks terrific. Here are a few more recipes from Gourmet that I am eyeing. (Oh yeah, I am also rapidly scavenging dear departed Gourmet's website for recipes and saving them as fast as I can!)

Poblano Potato Gratin
Chickpea, Tomato, and Eggplant Tarts
Clay-Pot Miso Chicken
Fragrant Walnut Rice
Pozole Rojo (Pork and Hominy Stew)

What about you? Are you deep into holiday cooking and baking, or are you letting that go for now and starting in on winter soups and stews? What are you cooking, and what are you craving right now?

Related: Winter Cooking: Apples, Cabbage, and Pork Chops

(Image: Ditte Isager/Gourmet)