The secret, is to look East. Both Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine completely live in the NOW when it comes to the chilly months. Both believe that if you do winter right, you will bounce through the rest of the year.
Pies, Glorious Pies opens with a really great introduction with lots of information on what equipment is needed and what you can use in a pinch. There is a long section on techniques which is full of step-by-step pictures to help you along.