Seasonally perfect Sweet Pumpkin Pesto from Atlanta’s Bella Cucina Artful Food is a natural tucked in ravioli, stirred into risotto. The sweet potato-pumpkin mashup, with its touch of brown sugar, garlic and sage that tasters found balanced nicely with lemon juice and vinegar, could also work as a flatbread spread, with a manchego cheese sprinkle and gentle heating. A 6-ounce jar is $12. To buy online, go to bellacucina.com.
Be prepared for the holidays, stocking the cupboard with backup ingredients such as this Turkey Gravy Base from Williams-Sonoma. You need only add milk for a basic gravy (each jar makes four cups of gravy), or enhance that with sauteed mushrooms, fresh herbs. We found the flavor rich and authentic. It may seem pricey, but if your gravy’s flavor isn’t measuring up or unexpected guests mean stretching the gravy, this will be a huge help. An 18-ounce jar is $10.95. To buy or find a store, go to williams-sonoma.com.
Thank Martha Stewart for Martha Wrap. It marries parchment paper and foil — “aluminum insulates, parchment protects” — which gives you the nonstick properties of the parchment and the crimp qualities of foil, and the easy clean of both, which is a plus during this busy baking-cooking season. Oven and freezer safe, we liked how it worked roasting fish en papillote and lining cupcake pans for fruit-rich (read: sticky) muffins. It’s $6 for a 40-foot roll. At shop.marthastewart.com.