I often have a package of butternut squash ravioli in the fridge, and usually serve it with browned butter and sage.  But recently I had a little  jar of HerbNZest Fennel Saffron Pumpkin Butter on hand, and realized that for a quick sauce I could mix some of that with a little leftover cream I needed to use.  (The “butter” seemed fairly concentrated so I only used maybe half the jar.)  It was delicious!


HerbNZest is locally owned by Deboleena Dutta, and she bills her products as “Natural, Artisan Foods for Simplified, Gourmet Meals.”  I bought  a bunch of these at the Whole Earth Center at holidays (they are also sold at Olsson’s on Palmer Square) and gave them away as little locavore gifts.  Of course I saved a couple for myself, and still have the Chipotle Cranberry Orange Relish. The other flavors were Chive Tomato Relish and Basil Peach Raisin Chutney.  A dollop here, a dollop there, these are an easy way to finish a dish in a flash, and at $4.99 for the 4.6 oz. jars I bought, you can try more than one flavor.  (There is a larger size jar available through the website, which is full of recipes, too.)  Next up, I’ll be trying the Chipotle Cranberry Orange Relish on baked chicken thighs soon!

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