There are certain foods that I think each of us associates with cold weather. Chili, hot bowls of soup, the list goes on and on. One of mine, rather embarassingly, is Marshmallow Fluff.
Fluff is one of America's most versatile foods in my mind (remember that I am a degreed chef.....), and instantly brings me comfort in this ridiculously cold weather. How many foods can be eaten directly out the container while standing in the pantry, made into things like Whoopie Pies, used to top hot chocolate, or (only in winter) used in bowls of breakfast oatmeal? And don't forget the famous Fluffernutter sandwich, or the fact that it's really pretty amazing with ice cream and hot fudge! (New Englanders will stand in line at an ice cream stand in a blizzard).
"The Barefoot Contessa" (Ina Garten) is often mocked for repeatedly making reference to "good foods." (good bread, good olive oil, good spices, etc., etc.) Well, Fluff is one of those things that one should never accept substitutes for. I might not be able to detect differences in various brands of peanut butter, but don't even TRY to give me one of the knockoff brands of Fluff!
It's much too cold to garden today in most of the country, so get yourself to a supermarket and buy some Fluff! And don't foget that it's a fat-free and cholesterol-free food!......what could be bad?