Since Thanksgiving, this will be the fourth pumpkin pie I will dig into. No, I am not ashamed of this, perhaps I should be, but there it is. As soon as the leaves start to turn, I begin craving the pumpkin pie. In the summer it is beer that consumes me. Well, I suppose I do more of the consuming, but you know what I mean. In the dead of winter, it is Merlot. Dear God in Heaven, I love Merlot. Thank-you for Merlot. I love saying Merlot, and capitalizing it too. Around the holidays, I devour any shortbread that crosses my path. You want to make a new friend? Make me a shortbread cookie stuck in a good size slice of pumpkin pie, serve it up with a cold glass of stout and follow that up with a nice big glass of Merlot. I can assure you, we will be friends for life. Oh, and don't forget the dark chocolate, 90 percent or more, and that is year round and goes well with everything else I've mentioned. There, now that you know how I eat year round, you won't feel the least bit guilty indulging in a few Halloween goodies. Have a Happy Halloween Everyone!!!