For me, winter is all about comfort and simple, hearty meals. With the exception of the holiday season which is when I go all out with crowd-favorites and whimsical cooking. My favorite winter recipes include this winter green soup that makes use of all the cruciferous vegetables, hearty vegetable barley soup and this beautiful apple cider cake with mascarpone. Homemade brioche doughnuts with cream cheese frosting also hit the spot every time.