Watermelon-rind chutney is actually an old-fashioned sweet pickle. It's made modern with ginger and Thai chiles, which enliven the crisp rind's naturally cool qualities. It pairs beautifully with succulent Asian-style spareribs.
Perfect risotto is easy to make; the key is to be sure the stock is fully incorporated after each addition and to avoid overcooking the rice. If you prefer, you may use Parmesan instead of Asiago cheese in this recipe.
Glogg is essentially a warmed punch made with an infused distilled spirit such as vodka or aquavit as well as fortified wine -- that is, wine that's had extra alcohol added. The infusion needs to steep for a week, so factor that into any party plans.