At the time I write, the glory of the truffle has now reached its culmination... [it] is the very diamond of gastronomy.
—Jean Antheleme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste (1825)
It would seam that Brillat-Savarin spoke too soon. It’s 2014 and “the very diamond of gastronomy” is still top-of-palate. The prevailing allure of truffles inspired us to put forth this heady wonder—Trader Joe’s Truffle Salami—exclusively for the holiday season. It all starts in the beautiful Italian region of Umbria, where truffle hunters roam the hills with their trained dogs, who sniff out these lumpy mushrooms when they’re ripe, one at a time, as they have for centuries. The black summer truffles (or tartufi in Italian) are...Read More
When the tasting panel tried these Iced Cranberry Orange Scone Cookies, a rare silence filled the air. They weren’t stunned. And certainly, they were not disappointed. They just had too much Scone Cookie in their mouths. Stuffed mouths speak loudly. Made for us by a mom-and-daughter duo from Northern California, Trader Joe’s Iced Cranberry Orange Scone Cookies are soft, dense and crumbly, like a homemade scone—and at the same time—rich and moist, like a butter cookie. Topped with a simple, powdered sugar glaze, their bite presents a...Read More
Last December, we were reading about a chef’s foray into turkey-cranberry sausage. The words leapt off of the pages into our mouths—giving us a taste for Thanksgiving in a sausage. With palates piqued, we set out to create our own version that would be the perfect foil for our famous Stuffing Mix. Sausage and stuffing—Yes! Our buyers searched for...Read More