Taste: Shopping List October 2006

What to look for on store shelves this month

Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend
Owner Alan Rubin of Manayunk’s Village Spices combines ground ginger, nutmeg, allspice, black pepper and cinnamon to create the perfect one-step pumpkin pie seasoning. $3 for one ounce. 4226 Main Street, Manayunk; 215-483-4601.

Pomegranates
This softball-size fruit is trendy for a reason: The berry-like seeds beneath the


Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend
Owner Alan Rubin of Manayunk’s Village Spices combines ground ginger, nutmeg, allspice, black pepper and cinnamon to create the perfect one-step pumpkin pie seasoning. $3 for one ounce. 4226 Main Street, Manayunk; 215-483-4601.

Pomegranates
This softball-size fruit is trendy for a reason: The berry-like seeds beneath the ruby-red skin have a sweet-and-sour taste, are filled with potassium and vitamin C, and are perfect for mouth-popping, garnishing, or squishing and straining into sauce. A heavy fruit yields the best product. Area Wegmans locations; wegmans.com.

Foster’s Peppers and Salt
Sleek kitchen emporium Foster’s presents salts and whole peppercorns in cool corked jars. The black Indian tellicherry pepper has unexpected kick, and the coarse Portuguese salt is ideal for roasting veggies. Peppers, $12 each; salt, $8.50. Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch streets, 215-925-0950; shopfosters.com.

Turkey Wings
Don’t waste time Buffalo-ing these babies, because the fleshy all-white-meat wings don’t need covering up. Try them grilled, fried, or slathered in gravy and roasted for some down-home cooking. Plan on two per person — unless you’re feeding El Wingador. $1.79 per pound. Godshall’s Poultry, Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch streets; 215-922-7589.

Moore Miller’s Cranberry Hot Sauce
Two Jersey girls take local cranberries and cook them with sugar and three different hot peppers to make the prettiest hot sauce we’ve seen. It tastes good, too, with more spicy depth than heat. Try a dash on a cream-cheese-and-cracker spread for impromptu hors d’oeuvres. $7.95. Available at Suzie Hot Sauce, 19A West Bridge Street, New Hope, 215-862-1334; cranberrygirls.com.

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