I am not a big fan of the winter. I detest cold weather. Honestly, the only thing good about the colder months is the food. I love to cook and baking is just so satisfying in so many different ways. It makes your house smell good, it makes people feel warm and cozy and the pleasure it brings to the palate goes without saying. The fall harvest is always a good jumping off point–apples are in season and they give rise to all manner of apple-crispy-cobbler-type concoctions. Oh so yummy when it’s warm out of the oven with the all important vanilla ice cream on top. Let us not forget the pies and cakes and muffins–all warm from the oven, all dressed with the requisite sweet, creamy something on top. Oh Lord, my mouth is just watering at the thought.