A great winter meal is vegetarian egg rolls, using a food processor to chop up veggies (Chinese cabbage, carrots, water chestnuts, bean sprouts, etc.), sautéing them with chopped firm tofu.
Maple sugar/syrup is a uniquely American experience. Like many other useful food traditions, the early settlers “discovered” maple from the Native Americans. Two simple tomahawk chops to the tree caused “sugar water” to flow and The People considered it as another gift from the Gods.