Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thanksgiving Foreplay

Found the two items above at Trader Joe's the other day. The pumpkin spread is creamy and mellow, redolent of warm spices; the cranberry-apple butter is bright and sassy. While each is yummy on its own, using them together with a little seasoning creates a little foretaste of Thanksgiving, not to mention the other face-stuffing holidays.

  Follow closely: This could go terribly wrong in inexperienced hands.  Spread a cracker (or toast, or a buttered English muffin) with the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread.  Sprinkle with sea salt.  Drizzle with some Cranberry Apple Butter.  Dust with poultry seasoning, preferably Bell's, or use a little crumbled dried sage.  Consume while being thankful that, unlike on that Thursday in November, there will only be a knife to wash.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Summer-Autumn Overlap at Union Square (Plenty of Seating)

Summer is morphing into autumn extremely slowly this year.  Corn and squash are costarring right now, while choruses of cherry tomatoes sing out from baskets in every corner of the market.  Tourist and New Yorkers alike form an appreciative audience sitting in Uncle Mayor Mike's popular little plaza on the northern edge of the market to enjoy the bounty of this overlapping harvest. Oh, wait...

(See my story today on Moroccan m'smen at Union Square.)

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