I think this is off about.com, I don't remember, but it's lovely, and perfect for keeping warm. If I don't have chocolate, I use cocoa or hot chocolate instead of real chocolate. The chili chocolate mixture is also said to induce... romance!
This mulled wine is really simple and simply perfect for a winter evening. It always gets awesome reviews from guests and is SO much better than the store bought bottles or sachets! You can use really cheap wine for this, the cheaper the better!
This sauce from the Lombardy region of Italy is a fantastic companion to meat. A dollop on top is all you need! I also mix this with plain pasta as a variation on basil pesto. There are a number of different ways to do this. Optional basil and mint or dijon mustard or parmesan cheese can be added, but here's the basic recipe.