There a little hint of fall chill in the air at night and in the morning, but the real indication of fall around our house is when you smell the sweet hot pickles we make year. It takes about 2 weeks to do them, starting out in a salt water brine. This is a recipe my mom got from my Aunt Letha (she was our landlord in San Francisco) who ran a catering business. They are sweet pickles with onions and one jalapeno in the jar. The last step is to add green food coloring, which makes some people wonder why we eat them. I tried orange pickles one year and nobody would eat them. They just have to be green. People usually think we are crazy -- but once you try them you are addicted. They're the best on a cracker with cheese and pepperoni. We always eat them for lunch when camping or when we are playing card games. I must confess, I used to be the one in our house who made them -- then about 5-6 years ago my husband took over the pickle making. He's does such a good job that it's now his job forever!