Holiday Accoutrements Recipes

It’s almost turkey time—allow us to lend a helping hand with the big meal next week thanks to a beautiful assortment of housemade accoutrements like our savory mushroom duxelles, silky crème fraîche and buttery galette dough, plus seasonal produce including pearl onions, fingerling potatoes and Winter Luxury pumpkin. Also included: VIP provisions to incorporate into the day’s most classic dishes, from a turkey brining kit and turkey stock to housemade cranberry sauce. Here’s to a happy holiday—and satisfied stomachs, too!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

How-To: Brine Your Thanksgiving Turkey
Soaking a turkey overnight in a solution of salt and water ensures a moist, juicy interior; beautiful aromatics infuse it with flavor.

Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Herb Crème Fraîche
A fantastic starter to your Thanksgiving feast!

How-To: Peel Pearl Onions
Master the art of peeling these petite beauties in just a few simple steps.

Glazed Pearl Onions
The longer these cook, the sweeter and more caramelized they become.

Roasted Turnips with Chanterelle Mushroom, Bacon & Apple
Seasoned with fragrant rosemary, this recipe from Cook’s Illustrated is a guaranteed success as either a side or vegetarian main dish.

Mashed Potatoes with Duxelles
These decadent potatoes are mixed with mushroom duxelles for a satisfying finishing touch.

Potato Salad with Apples & Walnuts
This crisp potato salad will be especially beautiful with this week’s medley of fingerling potatoes.

Homemade Pumpkin Purée
Nothing quite beats a pie crafted from homemade pumpkin purée! Substitute this purée in any recipe calling for canned pumpkin.

Moscato-Poached Pears
This simple poaching method produces a beautifully-light dessert.

Fall Color Recipes

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Much like autumn leaves bursting in brilliant shades of orange, scarlet and yellow, our gardens continue to grace us with colorful new produce, from rainbow-hued Swiss chard and orange cauliflower to vibrant persimmons. In addition to the color-rich selection of fruits and vegetables this week, you’ll also enjoy fresh raisin bread with Chai nut butter, dry-hopped apple cider and a black Italian rice fit for Halloween night.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Fennel Blossom Soup
This vibrant soup courtesy of The Splendid Table highlights the sweet, grassy flavors of fresh fennel.

Pumpkin & Pear Soup
The classic fall soup gets a delightful new twist with sweet roasted pears.

Riso Nerone-Stuffed Peppers
Mixed with parsley and golden raisins, this earthy Italian rice is the perfect compliment to garden-fresh peppers.

Persimmon Cake
This homey, warm spice cake is fragrant with nutmeg, ginger and ripe persimmon.

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Roasted Pumpkin & Pear Soup

The classic fall soup gets a delightful new twist with sweet roasted pears.

Ingredients:
1 pumpkin, cut into thick slices
2 ripe pears, peeled and cored
3 Cipollini onions, peeled and diced
3 tablespoons butter
3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
4 cups chicken broth
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Cut pumpkin into thick slices, removing seeds and stringy loose flesh inside. (Reserve seeds for roasting, if desired). Cut the pears in half, peel and core.

2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the pumpkin and pears on top. Bake in a preheated 375° oven until both the pears and pumpkin are fork tender and beginning to brown, about 25 minutes for the pears and 45 minutes for the pumpkin. Allow to cool and scoop out the pumpkin flesh, keeping 4 cups for the soup and reserving rest for another use. Chop pears coarsely.

3. In a heavy soup pot heat the butter and add the onions. Cook over medium low heat until the onions are translucent and beginning to brown.

4. Add the garlic and cook an additional couple of minutes. Add the pumpkin and pears and about 4 cups of broth. Season with salt, pepper and cinnamon and cook over low heat for about 30 minutes.

5. Blend, then taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding additional broth if soup is too thick.

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