For surviving the winter in Japan, many people spend it sitting in a kotatsu.
What's a kotatsu.
It's basically a low table (where you sit on the floor) and there's a thick blanket in between the table top and it's base and there is a heater underneath so that the toasty warmness is trapped under the blanket. It's heaven AND A TRAP! Because you're so comfy that you don't want to leave, not to cook food, not to go to the bathroom, and not to got to bed.
I own a kotatsu. But I just put it away because it's spring! And wouldn't you know it, it gets chilly again.... but don't want to set it up again.
Chicken Chips and Panzella
I made my croutons for my Panzella out of English muffins. It made it crispy on the outside and slightly chewy on the inside. I loved it but if you like your croutons with nothing but crunch maybe use another bread.