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As nations go, the Isle of Man is tiny (only 13 miles wide by 33 miles long). For such a small country, it’s home to some pretty great things. There’s the famous Tourist Trophy (TT)—a century-old cross-country motorcycle race that is the most treacherous in the world. There’s also Tynwald, the Isle’s legislature widely recognized as the oldest continuous parliamentary body in history. And then... there’s the cheese, of which Trader Joe’s Isle of Man Vintage Cheddar is a chief example. Dairy has been produced on the Isle of Man since Viking times, but it wasn’t until after...

Steak and Ale Pies

May 28, 2014 in

Pie lovers in America crave crusts, flaky and filled with cinnamoned apples, or brimming with fresh summer berries. Across The Pond, however, pie-eyed pundits line up for savory stew-filled pastries. Lately, these savory pies have leapt the ‘lantic and begun invading American restaurants in such influential culinary capitals as Boston and Chicago. Being amenable, as we are, to this latest of British invasions, we decided it’s time to bring a little of what Londoners consider commonplace in their pubs and markets to our own sweet-pie-filled shelves. Announcing: Trader Joe’s Steak and Ale PiesModeled after the meat pies found in...

Little did Jack Norworth know—as he rode that train into Manhattan in 1908—that the words he suddenly scribbled on a scrap of paper would become a ‘national anthem’ of sorts for baseball stadium-goers everywhere. Of course, Norworth also had no idea that more than one hundred years into the future, his little phrase “... buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack...” would become the inspiration for Trader Joe’s It’s a Grand Slam SnackWe start with the finest midwestern corn, popped by hand in small batches, in artisan kettles... an easy base hit. Next, we add...