At some point, I will get to blogging on our food and wine recap of San Francisco/Napa. More importantly though, it is Fall! ‘Tis the foodie season of squash, apples, pie, soup, cider, and of course, pumpkin. Trader Joe’s most certainly wins the award for the grocery store that is the most into Fall. I always stock up on their pumpkin bread mix, because it is almost as good as any homemade version (and it also is oh-so-gooey). However, when Chris & I started getting hooked on their pumpkin coffee and my coworker began bringing their pumpkin Greek yogurt for breakfast and their pumpkin soup for lunch, it made me wonder: Does Trader Joe’s have pumpkin everything now?
I’m glad I wasn’t the only one to ask this question. Grantland ran a post this week entitled Day of the Pumpkin: A Daredevil Attempt to Eat Every Pumpkin-Flavored Item From the Local Trader Joe’s. I realized that I have barely scratched the surface in trying all of their pumpkin products!
Anyway, who doesn’t love pumpkin during this time of year? We were invited to a dinner party last Friday and were tasked with bringing dessert. Since our week was booked and I knew that there would be no time between work and dinner to make a dessert, I turned to foodgawker for some inspiration.
I came across these Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake Pots, which I like to call “Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfaits.” They were so easy! I actually scurried home during the lunch hour that day and threw them together in about 25 minutes. The main steps include toasting the graham cracker crumbs, blending, and layering. This is one of those desserts that seems fancy, but actually involves very little effort.
We were also asked to bring a wine pairing. I don’t know if I nailed this one, but since I’m clueless when it comes to dessert wines and my palette honestly is not accustomed to them yet, I went with a dryer sparkling wine option: A Bisol Jeio Prosecco Brut Rose. My only complaint was with the aesthetics; a pink wine just isn’t very Fall. All in all, however, it was a delicious combination.