Roast Chicken with Butternut Squash
• Instead of the butternut, use your favorite winter squash, such as acorn or Hubbard—or, to be really Italian, try pumpkin.
• Replace the chicken quarters with halved Cornish hens.
This winter-weight dish calls for a simple but robust red, and the sturdy Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, with its roasted-berry flavor, is just right. Best of all, it's among the least expensive of all Italian reds.