In 1895, Guy Beringer put brunch on the map when he published “Brunch: A Plea” in the British periodical “Hunters Weekly.” In his overture to this breakfast-meets-lunch meal, the tone was set:

 “Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting. It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.”

A century later, brunch is as liberating and invigorating as ever.  As we are in the swing of spring – high brunching season – we put our culinary whimsy to work, taking three Trader Joe’s tried-and-true – Polenta, Buttermilk Biscuits & Sweet Potato Tots – and transforming them each into single-serving, “fancy” muffinized brunch bites. They’re naturally “cheerful, sociable and inciting,” naturally.

Inspired by a classically British ploughman’s lunch pairing—cheese & chutney—our cheese-blending artists mixed caramelized onion marmalade into the Cheddar, giving it a balanced sweet-savory bite and pleasing onion aroma. It’s firm, creamy and adorned throughout with bits of onion...

French Vanilla Coffee

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We start with 100% Arabica beans from Brazil. Our San Francisco roaster gives them a medium-dark roast for a cup that is full-bodied and rich. The beans are then ground and infused with a natural flavor oil that imparts fragrant and sweet-tasting vanilla notes...