How did it get to be September already? And how is it possible I’m not quite ready for Fall (my favorite season) yet? Maybe it has something to do with the fact my back yard is at the peak of summer splendor right now and I just don’t want that to go away anytime soon.
There are still plenty of tomatoes to harvest, basil to turn into pesto and more honey to extract. In other words: IT AIN’T OVER TILL IT’S OVER!
I’ve also been busy discovering a few *new favorite things lately and thought this would be a good time to share a few with you. They are all from Trader Joe’s so if you don’t happen to have one nearby, I apologize and promise next time I will review products that are more universally available.
But for now, let’s start with this completely amazing cheese that we cannot stop eating at our house.
TJ’s Unexpected Cheddar has apparently been around since 2011 so eh….guess I haven’t been paying a lot of attention to the cheese section in a while! We’re more than making up for lost time, by going through large quantities of this rich and nutty cheese. I’ve been putting it on burgers and into salads. But mostly just nibbling on it on a cracker or with some apple slices and a glass of red wine. At $3.99 for a oz. block, it’s a MUST TRY!
And speaking of red wine, this Petit Reserve Meritage Blend is also a must try, especially at the low low price of just $7.99/bottle. Two words: CASE WORTHY. This red blends Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes into a full-bodied, versatile wine. Fantastic balance of fruit, spice and oak all rolled into one. Pair with some Unexpected Cheddar and your life will be complete.
Next up is Trader Joe’s Frozen Brown Rice. Rice = not exactly THE most exciting food topic but something I serve to the family at least a few times a week. It took me years to convert the young ones over to brown rice (mom fail for starting them off on white rice and white bread ) But now that I’ve finally gotten to eat it, I try to serve as often as possible and TJ’s make this so easy with pre-cooked frozen rice that is actually good and way better than those pre-cooked rice in the bags at the store.
And now the best for last…Spatchcocked Lemon Rosemary Chicken. Total game changer, this one!
For just $3.99/lb (price as of 09/2017), you get a whole, butterflied chicken marinated in a delightful blend of lemon, garlic and rosemary. And the best part? You just put in a pan and bake for an hour. We’re talking ZERO EFFORT here. The kind of meal that’s right up my alley after a long day at the office. Two enthusiastic thumbs up from the teens (really now young adults) as well.
Until next time, be well, eat well, love lots. Eat cheese and drink wine too!
Ann @ Dinner Is Served