Pain Au Lait

October 20, 2017 in Category: What's New

Pain Au Lait translates directly to “Milk Bread,” a humble name for these slightly sweet, elegant, brioche-like rolls. Moist, eggy, and straightforward, they pair beautifully with butter and jam (we recommend TJ’s French Cultured Butter and Raspberry Preserves) and are perfect for dunking in coffee, tea, or hot chocolate...

Chocolate Filled Crêpes

July 31, 2017 in Category: What's New

A long, long time ago (1895), in a land far, far away (Brittany, France), a delicious dessert worthy of dreams was created—the crêpe. Crêpes, with their thin, pancake-like dough, and sweet or savory fillings, are treats so extraordinary we’ve considered flying to France just to get our hands on one. There has to be another way to get great crêpes without international travel, our Buyers thought! After a few months, and a number of taste-tests, they found a way to bring Chocolate Filled Crêpes directly from France to Trader Joe’s freezer cases...

Mashed Cauliflower

May 24, 2017 in Category: What's New

Although mashed potatoes are considered a culinary sidekick, it’s difficult to deny how crucial they are to their pairing partners. Where, for example, would bangers be without mash? And the Thanksgiving turkey without mashed potatoes? Unthinkable. If you’re looking to lessen the nutritional impact that accompanies said side dish, however, it can be tough to find a creamy replacement that stands up to the might of the mashed potato...

Rosé Bouquet

May 08, 2017 in Category: Wine Insider

From the traditionalist’s perspective, the words “rosé” and “bouquet” don’t belong together. That’s because in wine-speak, bouquet refers specifically to those aromas that develop only during aging—characteristics of which youthful rosés have none. So, how can we justify such a verbal pairing? Aside from the obvious rhyming fun, we submit that similar to “a bunch of flowers, picked and tied together,” we’ve picked and tied together a bunch of wines... a Rosé Bouquet, if you will. And, just like a floral bouquet, these wines are...

Chocolate Almond Butter Tarte

February 20, 2017 in Category: What's New

When you think “French tarte,” you might first think fruit fillings: apples (of course!), berries, lemon… Certainly, there are French tartes filled with chocolate; but we’ve got one you’ve likely never seen (or tasted) before—in France, or anywhere else. Trader Joe’s Chocolate Almond Butter Tarte was initially conceived as a Chocolate and Salted Caramel Tarte. On second thought, we decided this new dessert needed a different, more decadent twist. That twist is almond butter. We replaced what would’ve been the caramel layer with a creamy, smooth spread made from...

Vanilla Eclairs with Chocolate Fondant

January 16, 2017 in Category: What's New

Pro tip: When searching for the best éclairs, one should begin and end in France. Food historians tend to agree that the éclair originated there sometime in the mid-19th century. Though its name evolved over time (its original moniker was pain à la duchesse), the goodness that makes éclairs so very delicious has remained constant. We ventured to France to find Trader Jacques’ Vanilla Eclairs with Chocolate Fondant… and they were worth the trip! Éclairs are made with choux pastry, the same type of dough used for...