A Clementine Chocolate Lava Cake for Tonight (& 3 More Nights)

Table for One is a column by Senior Editor Eric Kim, who loves cooking for himself—and only himself—and seeks to celebrate the beauty of solitude in its many forms.

It’s the first day of winter, the shortest day—and the longest night—of the year. To prep for tonight’s winter solstice, which is said to feature a full moon and a meteor shower (!), I’ll be going home to my dog, brewing a cup of weak coffee with steamed milk (stirred together with a cinnamon stick), and sitting out in the courtyard to watch autumn recede into the hibernal skyline.