Muirhead Pumpkin Pecan Butter is really great, says Jim Leff. “I’m not usually a fan of precious little jars of hybridized this-and-that condiments,” he says, but “I use this particular one as a primo cooking tool. Like Oaxacan mole paste and Filipino kalamansi lemon soy sauce, it’s a magic ingredient that can be slipped into a wide range of dishes to add extra je ne sais quoi.” Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter is nowhere near as good, says Jim Leff.

The only drawback is the price: A jar is around $10 from Williams-Sonoma, though you can get it for $6.50 a jar from the manufacturer.

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