Zucchini Fries

April 08, 2014 in

If you’ve ever attended a state fair, you’ve seen the deep-fried versions of mac & cheese, ice cream, and candy bars. Leave it to Americans for over-the-top food! At least when Italians fire up the oil pot, they have the good sense to batter up some vegetables. Trader Joe’s Zucchini Fries were inspired by the southern Italian tradition of battering and frying Zucchini, or “little squash.” Our supplier is based in Roseto degli Abruzzi on the northern coast of southern Italy—right in the middle of...

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.

While in England visiting a farm, famous for their flavored cheese artistry, we were introduced to this Cheddar Cheese with Caramelized Onions. Rich and creamy, sweet and savory, it was memorable. Mind you, we already carried Cheddar with Caramelized Onions, so we weren’t “looking.” But in a bite, we knew; if we want to offer the best of the best (and we do), it was time for a change in our onion-imbued Cheddars. Our new Cheddar Cheese with Caramelized Onions is crafted for us on...