Trader Joe’s Summer in October

I can hardly believe it’s nearly the end of October and my last Trader Joe’s post was back in July.  I figure thats either a sign of a really good summer or else one rather lacking in food.  Fortunately, it was the former.  While I find sunshine quite conducive for things like rest and outdoor exploration,   it does not generally evoke the most contemplative side of me.  So though I’m sure I found plenty of new Trader Joe’s treasures, I’m afraid I will likely be unable to remember all of them at once.  As I think back to the past summer, these the ones that stand out in my mind.

Red pepper and Eggplant garlic Spread



Not sure what exactly I was supposed to do with these, but since I rarely read directions anyway and almost never follow them when I do, I suppose that doesn’t matter anyway.

At first I tried them on toast, which was nice but nothing that would cause me to think of buying them again.

Then one day I found I was entirely lacking in that thing they call food as I peered whistfully into my hollow fridge.  All I could find was an onion, some ground turkey and something that was once something quite different from the form in which I now found it.  I threw the unnamed thing away, chopped up the onion and threw in some ground turkey.  Then I saw that I had some of the aforementioned spread and mixed that into the saucepan as well.

Brilliant, brilliant I tell you.     Now I find myself actually making it on purpose, which for me says something.

Bacon Chedder Cheese


There I was, minding my own business when along comes a TJ’s employee who politely hands me a toothpick with a little square of cheese at the end.  I thank her and continue walking as I give it try, only to find myself suddenly changing directions.  It was nonnegotiable, really, once it hit my mouth.  Too delicious to be reckoned with, just get some next time you’re there.

Peanut Butter filled Pretzels. 


So this one’s sort of a stretch, since I’ve never actually tried them myself.  The topic of their presence at Trader Joe’s came up in the office the other day, and when I innocently mentioned I’d never tried them, my two co-workers nearly lost their minds. “WHAT YOU HAVEN”T TRIED THE PEANUT BUTTER FILLED PRETZEL? WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU JEN, ARE YOU HUMAN??”.

I’m generally not a big fan of pretzels (unless they are big warm soft ones, yum) and so it stands to reason that I would have likely walked by these a million times without notice. However, since they do have peanut butter in them (and you know how I feel about peanut butter) I’ve decided to recommend them and give them a try next time I’m out and about.


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