In the spirit of focusing on the positives of our current situation, I just want to write a little love letter to none other than Trader Joe's. I missed Trader Joe's so much while we were living in Zurich and Duluth. I was there this morning and I had to remind myself not to take it for granted. Trader Joe's is just the best. My five very favorite Trader Joe's products, after the jump!
#5. Spray Oils I am in love with the Trader Joe's spray oils. We buy pretty much all of them. The Canola is great for prepping a brownie pan or casserole. The coconut is great for the same. But the Olive really wins my heart. We use it to keep our cast iron skillet seasoned and ready for use and it makes throwing a batch of crostini together so quick and easy. Any time I fry up an egg, it's at my side. I love you, Trader Joe's Olive Oil Spray.
#4 Hatch Valley Salsa The Hatch Valley Salsa is my favorite salsa to have on tacos. With some crunchy romaine and lots of lime juice, it will transport your taco straight to heaven. It's the most similar salsa I have found to Chipotle's tomatillo salsa. YUM! Do watch out if you have a baby mouth; it's got some kick!
#3 Classic Sliced Dry Rubbed All Natural Uncured Bacon Thick cut bacon is all the rage these days, but I don't like it at all! Sadly, all the normal bacons are all filled with nitrates. As a result, we have been eating no bacon as of late. Then, I discovered this delightful bacon. Nitrate- and antibiotic-free, naturally raised pork, and sliced thin the way bacon should be. Make no mistake; this is still bacon and therefore hideously unhealthy, but for those times when you just need some bacon, reach for this one. Delicious!
#2 Quattro Formaggio This cheese is a mainstay at our house. I use it to make delicious crostini, omelettes, put it under an egg on toast, scrambles, quiches, you name it. It's awesome. Any time a bag is running low, I buy one to have on deck. We are never without it.
What are your favorites at Trader Joe's? Please share in the comments below!