Imagine with your eyes closed; all the sights, sounds and aromas that are hallmarks of the Holiday Season. Was one of the first things that came to mind a beautiful dessert of some sort? Was the kitchen filled with the prattle of kids making sugar cookies reaching for the colorful sugar sprinkles? Did you attend a potluck dinner, with its high dessert ratio, or a pumpkin carving party rich with the smell of pumpkin and apple pies? Desserts are often the centerpiece at Holiday celebrations and for good reason; this is the time of year where we can indulge in lavish and sinfully rich treats. We spend a lot of time in the kitchen during the Holidays and baking is often the main event as it warms our hearts and encourages the spirit of sharing and celebration. It’s a perfect opportunity to express the festive extravagance that marks the season. The dessert recipes I’ve chosen meet the requirements for Holiday hospitality as they are both pretty and delicious.