The days are getting shorter, the weather more erratic. But good eats and 
drinks are a constant at Tasting Table. In case you missed them, here are 
some delicious highlights from November.

? The apple season is slowly fading as we segue into winter. But the 
sweet-tart jolt of a great bottle of cider
http://tastingtable.com/entry_detail/sf/761/Apples_get_the_bottle_treatment.htm 
never fades. Try one of our favorites, then toast to seasonal sipping.

? This year's squash of note is the gorgeous Musqu?e de Provence
http://tastingtable.com/entry_detail/sf/826/The_Musqu%C3%A9e_de_Provence_has_chefs_loving_winter_squash.htm 
. Better still, it cooks like a sweet, deep-flavored dream. The proof: a 
Thanksgiving-appropriate recipe
http://tastingtable.com/recipe/winter_squash_salad_recipe_tastingtable_sf.pdf 
from Contigo's http://www.contigosf.com/ Brett Emerson.

? Even if you missed the Turkey Day deadline, DeLise Caf?'s
http://tastingtable.com/entry_detail/sf/823/DeLise_Caf%C3%A9_takes_holiday_dessert_in_a_new_direction.htm 
individually sized holiday treats are perfect for any special 
occasion--even if that means treating yourself on a dreary Wednesday. 
Cranberry coffee cake or eggnog blondies, anyone?

? The genius that is the pop-up restaurant Saison
http://www.saisonsf.com/ would be far less entrancing without its wine 
director, Mark Bright http://www.markriswine.com/ . See for yourself how 
adept he is at choosing smart, reasonably priced wines
http://tastingtable.com/entry_detail/sf/792/Where_to_buy_Saisons_surprising_wines.htm 
that are available to everyone.

? Pickles are the grand equalizer: They go with--and make--everything 
better. Our current favorites are the okra pickles
http://tastingtable.com/entry_detail/sf/789/Mission_Burger_has_pickled_okra_down.htm 
from Danny Bowien of Mission Burger. So make a batch for those holiday 
shindigs and impress your jaded guests.
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The days are getting shorter, the weather more erratic. But good eats and drinks are a constant at Tasting Table. In case you missed them, here are some delicious highlights from November.

• The apple season is slowly fading as we segue into winter. But the sweet-tart jolt of a great bottle of cider never fades. Try one of our favorites, then toast to seasonal sipping.

• This year's squash of note is the gorgeous Musquée de Provence. Better still, it cooks like a sweet, deep-flavored dream. The proof: a Thanksgiving-appropriate recipe from Contigo's Brett Emerson.

• Even if you missed the Turkey Day deadline, DeLise Café's individually sized holiday treats are perfect for any special occasion--even if that means treating yourself on a dreary Wednesday. Cranberry coffee cake or eggnog blondies, anyone?

• The genius that is the pop-up restaurant Saison would be far less entrancing without its wine director, Mark Bright. See for yourself how adept he is at choosing smart, reasonably priced wines that are available to everyone.

• Pickles are the grand equalizer: They go with--and make--everything better. Our current favorites are the okra pickles from Danny Bowien of Mission Burger. So make a batch for those holiday shindigs and impress your jaded guests.
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