Trader Joe’s Salmon and Vegetable Croquettes. As I’ve mentioned many times here, I am from Seattle. We eat a lot of Salmon. Especially when the salmon is running in Alaska and Canada in early summer time. We gorge ourselves on it every year and we can’t get enough. We mainly eat sockeye salmon because it’s a nice balance between the super expensive price on King salmon and flavor. It has a lot more flavor than King but not nearly the fat content. The Sockeye are generally smaller fish but have a nice deep red color and flavor to match. 90% of the time we grill it on cedar planks but sometimes we make salmon patties with leftovers. So healthy for you and by the end of the season it’s so cheap they are basically giving it away at prices cheaper than boneless chicken breasts.
Trader Joe’s Mac and Cheese. This is also goes by the moniker Joe’s Diner Mac and Cheese, but we all know it’s from Trader Joe’s, they can’t fool us with all these different names! This is one of those products you walk by a million times and never pick up because you would never eat it in a million years, but suddenly something changes and it’s around you and it’s in your freezer all the time! That something is a ravenous 11 year old boy that has taken a liking to all things Mac and Cheese and would be happy to eat it every night of the week!
The gold standard in the Mac and Cheese world, other than homemade, is Stouffer’s Mac and Cheese. It’s been around a long time and it’s the standard by which many people judge all Mac and Cheeses. My wife says she grew up on the stuff and I can’t really remember eating it before college, but it is a good, cheap, fast way to fill the empty spot in your stomach. Not exactly the most nutritious meal ever created, but it does fill you up and for picky kids, it’s an easy way to fill them up.
Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter Sandwich Cookies. You know when you had your first serious girlfriend/boyfriend how special it all was. You were in love and nothing was going to come between you. By the time you were in your 3rd or 4th it was still special, but didn’t have the magic. By the ninth time, you may have found the special someone, but you are old hat at this relationship thing now. That’s kind of how I am about these Cookie Butter sandwich cookies. I may love them to death, but it doesn’t have that special first time love thing going on anymore…
As I predicted, Trader Joe’s keeps pumping out the cookie butter hits! It seems like almost every other week, they come out with another product that has Speculoos Cookie Butter in it, on it or all over it. I didn’t see this one coming, although not a huge leap like the Cookie Butter ice cream, it is a new product and I predict a long line in a succession of products containing Cookie Butter in one form or another. It’s kind of out of character for Trader Joe’s to release a cookie in January, but hey they know better than me when to release new products!