I’ve been a raving fan of Trader Joe’s for nearly 30 years. In the 1980’s there was only one TJ’s in the San Francisco Bay Area. Once a week I’d make the 30 minute trek. Prior to relocating in 2009 to San Diego, I made certain that there was a TJ’s nearby our new home. Suffice to say, I love TJ’s! With the holidaze just around the corner, here are some of my favorite things---many of which are only stocked at this time of year.
- Pumpkin Caramel Danish Kringle: A friend in Arizona turned me on to this. I could kill her for doing so. While TJ’s carries the almond version most of the year, the Pumpkin is only available in the autumn…and it sells out immediately, so buy it if you see it.
- Honey Crisp Apple Cider: Another friend recently got me hooked on honey crisp apples, thus when I saw this fresh, unfiltered cider being offered as a sample I made the mistake of tasting it. I’m now hooked (and, yes, it’s worth the 120 calories for one cup)!
- Brie with Porcini Mushrooms: How could I possibly resist buying this last week? A marriage made in heaven. Don’t miss.
- White Stilton with Cranberries: I buy a wheel of blue Stilton every year from a special farm (Long Clawson) in England and have it shipped. Recently I tried TJ’s white version. It also comes with dried apricots but I think I prefer the berry.
- Hearts of Palm: TJ's thankfully carries this year around and I always have 6 or 7 jars on hand at all times. I’ll be blogging next month about a sublime winter salad I make with them and avocados.
- Papparadelle (both plain & lemon): Always stocked, this is my go-to pasta and I buy oodles of it at a time (providing it isn't already sold out). It’s also my husband’s favorite.
- Zonin Prosecco: at $7 a pop, this is the perfect sparkler if you’re going to mix it into something. Our favorite concoction to use it with is an Aperol Spritz. We keep a case of this Prosecco on hand as with the amount of entertaining we do bottles disappear quickly when making our beloved Aperol drink. This is a regular item and they sell an insane amount.