This June, my husband and I picked up and moved across the country to the Connecticut Shoreline. The first question people ask when we tell them that we're new to town from San Francisco is, "WHY?" There are a few reasons, but one big factor is seasons!
I'm really looking forward to the fall colors here in New England. With that change of season will come all the best holidays! And that gets me thinking of desserts!
But unlike all the big box retailers. Let's not get ahead of ourselves. Let's focus on Halloween first. I'm going to give Labor Day some space, let kids get back to school, but once the temperature drops, I'm going to be thinking of warm spices and comforting flavors. I'm thinking of all the fun pumpkin desserts, apples, pears, quince, kumquats. Halloween Candy! Pies! Bouche de Nöel!
Ok. Like I said, let's not get carried away.
Maybe it's because my birthday comes right before Halloween, but I start feeling all nostalgic. My absolute favorite sound is the crunching of crispy leaves windswept across the sidewalk. I'm one of those weirdos that will veer from my path to step on a singular crackling leaf.
Halloween also brings the prospect of a sack full of candy. My parents weren't the ones buying us candy, so this was our chance to load up! As an adult, I've become more discerning with my sugar intake. But I've learned to make homemade versions of classic candy, which somehow makes it okay to eat a dozen.