Here’s a quick look at some of the new items at Trader Joe’s this month, spotted at stores in Washington state. The new offerings run the gamut from soups to condiments to dessert. TJ’s also has a new Moroccon Mint Tea (not pictured – 64 oz. plastic bottle) which is surprisingly good, not too sweet, and it’s just perfect with an extra squeeze of fresh lemon.
The Fearless Flyer just came out, so there are some brand-brand new items here including the Blueberry Breakfast Biscuits, Dark Chocolate Covered Peaberry Coffee Beans and Island Salsa.
Other Trader Joe’s shoppers are reporting additional new refrigerated section items: pre-cooked Gyro slices and butternut squash crinkle cuts. I haven’t seen them locally, so far! With Passover this week, I wouldn’t expect the matzos to last long.
If you missed the March installment of What’s New, click here.
Sometimes you just have to do a little something for yourself. My birthday was on a Monday this year, so I didn’t take it as a day off. Instead, I thought about getting myself cupcakes or a dozen donuts, but then decided to make myself an apple galette with the Arkansas Black apples I had rolling around the produce drawer. Is that the practical side of adulthood?
The hand pie may be one of the world’s best food creations. Whether it’s a piroshky, a Pop Tart, a beerock or an empanada, the idea of tucking something sweet or savory into a little pocket of dough is an idea embraced by food cultures the world over. It’s an easy way to have a snack or a meal on the go with relatively minimal mess, which makes these Black Bean and Sweet Potato Empanadas perfect for back-to-school and back-to-work lunch boxes. (I know, I don’t want to think about it, either, and I don’t have kids).
Something about pie dough scares me. I’m forever not rolling it to the right thickness or into shapes that resemble a rhombus rather than a circle. It’s ironic, because when it comes to eating pie, I love a double crust. But if pie making is a drug, this strawberry and lemon curd pie is a Nilla wafer and saltine cracker gateway drug. Yes, I said SALTINES. You’re in, right? So let’s go. Read more