Pumpkin Cheesecake
Amid the pumpkin pie, apple pie and pecan pie, we always have room for this Pumpkin-Caramel-Pecan Swirl Cheesecake from Elegant Cheesecakes. See more on Page 3 of this article.



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2. What To Eat


Sacla Pesto:
Easy Hors D’Oeuvres

When we first saw the Sacla pesto package, we didn’t believe anything so homemade-tasting would be hiding inside. But this line—imported from Italy—tastes so good, we don’t need to make their own. Simple slice a baguette, brush with olive oil, broil until golden and spread with the Sacla spread of your choice (Arrabbiata, Sundried Tomato, Red or the classic, Pesto Genovese).

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Cardamom Creations:
Cardamom Quickbread

Instead of a pumpkin or zucchini bread, this fragrant cardamom bread is a perfect change of pace. There’s no pumpkin, but it’s just as moist. Cardamom and ginger replace the nutmeg and allspice, and the flour is 100% whole wheat for extra nutrition. The gold bag makes it a nice host or hostess gift; or, bake up the loaf and bring it along—it will disappear. All you need is a stick of butter to add to the mix. See the Cardamom Fruit Crumble in the Desserts Section.

  • 16-Ounce Bag
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Cardamom Creations


Pasta Shoppe:
Turkey- and Leaf-Shaped Pasta

This novelty shaped pasta is fun, and not for the kids! The shapes come in white, orange and red pasta; and the leaves have four different shapes as well.  Whether for a hot pasta dish or a cold pasta salad, one way to stretch a 14-ounce package is to mix it 50:50 with plain elbow macaroni or another simple shape. The turkey shapes stand out just as nicely against a “plain backdrop.”  Read our full review of Pasta Shoppe pastas, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week.

  • Gobble Gobble Pasta
    $4.99 (14 ounces)
  • Fall Harvest Past
    $4.99 (14 ounces)

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Fall Harvest


Melissa’s World Variety Produce:
Exotic Fall Fruit

If you have limited access to exciting fresh fruits and vegetables, check out the selection at Melissa’s. Make exotic substitutions in your traditional Thanksgiving recipes to make each dish truly unique. For example, trading out regular apples for persimmons (the “Apple of the Orient”) in your stuffing will add wonderful color and complementary sweetness. Cinnamon Persimmons, an even more exotic variation, are simply splendid in fruit salads and desserts. You can also send an exotic fruit basket to your host and/or hostess.

  • 2-Pound Box


Cinnamon Persimmon
Cinnamon Persimmons


Wild Thymes:

Some people don’t like cranberry sauce, It is just as simple to twist open one of Wild Thymes’ delicious (and very low-calorie) chutney jars, and offer them a variety of interesting flavors like Plum Currant Ginger, Caribbean Peach Lime, Apricot Cranberry Walnut and Mango Papaya.

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  • Chutney
    11-Ounce Jar


Fruit Chutneys


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