For the love of autumn {Tortellini with squash + Romaine pomegranate salad}

It’s been a very glorious fall here in NYC: sunny days, slight crispness in the air, blue skies, white fluffy clouds, cozy evenings—pure gorgeousness.

It’s my favorite time of year to do simple things that make me happy: stroll around New York with my daughter, sit in a cafe and sip coffee or tea, and pick up goodies at market and specialty food shops.

Which is how dinner came to be last night.

I’d bought:

  • squash and sage at the Union Square Greenmarket
  • Middlebury Blue Cheese from Blue Ledge Farm in Middlebury, VT at Murray’s Cheese
  • pomegranates from Fairway
  • and tortellini made that day at Eataly

I’m a sucker for great ingredients and if you’re ever coming to NYC, I compiled my favorite food stores in this app: NYC iFoodShop.

These, combined with only a few extra ingredients, turned into a colorful and satisfying dinner—I love the combination of the earthy blue with the crunch of the romaine and pomegranate seeds that pop open like candy. This meal complements this time of year, when the warmth of summer is only slightly behind us and the coldness still seems far ahead. Yet, I know how time progresses so quickly and soon it will be winter. For now I am living in the moments of this season—and cooking with seasonal ingredients grounds me in the here and now.

Enjoy, with one of my favorite Billie Holiday songs: Autumn in New York.

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  1. You are killing me, Tracey! Two of my fave ingredients in one fabulous post! And I can easily vegan-ize these–keep the yummy stuff flowing! 🙂

  2. Oooooh Tracey, this looks so delicious! 🙂 Would so love to come over for dinner…you cook! LOL! Seriously, you have some fabulous recipes and ideas for some really scrumptious meals!XO

  3. Where was this recipe when I had sage overflowing in my garden and no idea what to do with it? LOL I have a pomegranate in the fridge. I know what I’m making for dinner tonight. Yum!

  4. Boy howdy, I majorly heart pumpkin, butternut squash and blue cheese! You’ve done it again…got me day-dreaming about a meal! HA! Thank you for more delicious inspiration, Tracey! Always such a pleasure to read and imagine…And it makes me miss my years in New York in the Fall 🙂

  5. I look forward to each of your posts Tracey, you’ve made New York officially a city of my dreams.

    I’ve never tried blue cheese though, other than that I am really tempted to try that salad.

  6. Oh my…my mouth is watering just reading these recipes! I love pomegranates and that dressing sounds absolutely amazing! Everything sounds so light and healthy! I can’t wait to try and make these myself!

  7. Oooooo yummmmmmmmmm, Tracey! Pomegranates are my favorite! I am making this salad tomorrow night with the ones I have in my kitchen.

    I do have to say, that my favorite part of your posts are those which include your daughter. I can only imagine the lusciousness your daughter is growing up with being in your kitchen and out in the markets. LOVE!

  8. Aren’t pomegranates wonderful??
    I’m happy to hear that you enjoy when I include my daughter. Now that she’s in school she’s not on all the adventures, but we still have time to cook and such on the weekends. Thank you!

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