In my humble opinion, fall is simply the best time of year. I was always a bit of a nerd in school, so fall signaled the start of a new year of classes, back-to-school shopping, and the beginning of the marching band season. Nowadays, I love slipping on a cozy sweater while enjoying a good book and crunching leaves outside while wearing my favorite pair of boots. And when it comes to cooking, fall is second to none. From apples to cinnamon to caramel to pumpkin, it’s hard not to get a flutter of excitement! This issue is about celebrating all that fall has to offer starting with its signature flavor: apple. We have a slew of apple recipes for you to choose from, paired with a handy apple-picking guide to help maximize your efforts. For those who enjoy a bit of tailgating before a football game, we have a few recipes—both lighter and heartier—to serve up to your crew. And it’s not fall until you enjoy a warm bowl of homemade soup after a brisk day outside, which is why we know you’re going to love the soup recipes we have in store. Schedules start to fill up quickly in the fall. There’s far less time available to cook dinner, which is why we think you’re going to enjoy our collection of all-day slow cooker recipes. Toss in the ingredients before you set about your day, set the timer, and let the slow cooker take care of the rest. Instead of planning for an hour or more in the evening to throw together dinner, you just need to grab a spare 20 minutes to sit down and eat, freeing up your schedule to other activities. And to further help you in saving time, we also provided a collection of cake mix desserts that require very little prep but turn out to be oh-so-yummy. From exploring corn mazes to taking a hay ride to heading out to the local harvest festival, there are plenty of reasons to relish this time of year, and we hope that the recipes found in this issue will help you enjoy the season to its fullest.