These days, living in Tennessee, I seldom see snow except occasionally on mountains in the distance. But I lived in New Hampshire for three years and became all too familiar with six inch snowfalls on top of eight inch snowfalls. The last year I lived there I was working out of my house and the only way to deal with that much snow is to stay at home in front of a fire and cook a hearty meal.
Braised Lamb Shank - A wonderful dish that's slowly braised until it falls off the bone with a richly flavored broth. The only problem with it is listening to your stomach grumble while it fills the house with the most marvelous odors.
Polenta Parmesan - Polenta is a perfect foil for soaking up the sauces from the lamb, simply cut this recipe in half. Alternatively you could buy the polenta already made, or even use grits.
Recooked Spinach (Spinaci Rifatti) - As long as we're leaning toward Italy, this recipe for spinach is quite good and could also be made with chard or even green beans. And if you really want it shine, add a couple of finely chopped anchovies to the oil with the garlic.
Apple Crisp - This isn't Italian, but is a great and easy dessert. Serve it with a dollop of honey-sweetened yogurt or whipped cream.