Staff Recommendations: fall food favorites

Pumpkin Ravioli

Although pumpkin and pasta might not seem like they would be a good combination, Trader Joe’s Honey Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli is the perfect option for a fall-themed entrée. Orange pasta squares are filled with a mixture of ricotta cheese, honey and pumpkin, which gives the ravioli a perfect balance of sweet and savory.  The Trader Joe’s website recommends topping the pasta with a mixture of their infamous Pumpkin Butter and Cream, but the ravioli are also delicious when paired with a simple tomato sauce. Like most food at Trader Joe’s, these ravioli are inexpensive, at just $3.49 for a two-serving package, and are worth waiting in the long lines for.

— Rebecca Riddle, Dining Editor

Apple Pie

Apple pie may sound like a boring recommendation, but the Sour Cream Apple Walnut Pie from Little Pie Company (424 W. 43rd St.) is no traditional slice. Don’t let the sour cream throw you off: this pie is sweet and delicious. Warmed up, it is perfect on a cool fall day.

— Nicole Brown, Editor-in-Chief


Cranberries are totally underrated. Your first thought at the word “cranberry” might involve a congealed can-shaped thing with ridges, plopped on your Thanksgiving table, untouched. Or maybe you think of the band the Cranberries, which would be cooler. Either way, you probably aren’t taking full advantage of this tiny, seasonal superfruit. Try adding some dried cranberries to your morning oatmeal, make cranberry cider with fresh cranberries or just pick up a cranberry scone from Cranberry’s in Brooklyn Heights to fully appreciate these bittersweet gems.

— Hannah Treasure, Features Writer


Almonds are one of the most versatile ingredients, and are also one of the healthiest. They can be used to top a sweet dish like a parfait or to add some crunch to a savory salad. And they don’t even stop there. You can just throw a cup of them in a plastic bag as a snack for studying or for whenever you travel. Almonds are also believed to help alleviate headaches. Talk about a superfood.

— Jordan Melendrez, Editor-at-Large

Acorn Squash

For a filling addition to any November meal, look to acorn squash. Though the squash, after halving it and removing the seeds, can be stuffed with savory items like rice or meat, it is best served as a sweet dish to balance out more bitter fall flavors. Poke a few holes in each half, making sure not to break the skin of the squash, and place a small piece of butter in the bottom of each crater. Stuff with sugar, cinnamon, brown sugar and a pinch of salt, then bake in the oven for a sweet glazed finish and perfectly cooked consistency.

— Emily Bell, Managing Editor