I think by now I’ve firmly established on this blog the extent to which I love Trader Joe’s.
I love the products, I love the prices, I love the people. I pretty much love everything about it.
There’s one thing that I do not love, though.
I do not love that I can go in there in search of 3 or 4 items and come out with a full basket of food. Sometimes I feel like I have no control over my arms as they start swiping full shelves of food into my basket like a one-man version of Supermarket Sweep.
Case in point, my trip to TJ’s yesterday included yet another item that I will undoubtedly eat way too much of and need to buy every week:
I’ve been having this strange craving for baba ghanoush (I sort of blame Emily for that), but I haven’t actually gotten my act together enough to roast a whole eggplant to make it.
So clearly, when I found this baba ghanoush-like spread, I needed to buy it. And if any of you are food purists, I realize that this is pretty different than baba ghanoush. But do you see me complaining when European people think that all American food is comprised of McDonald’s hamburgers?*
*I totally do complain about this but that’s neither here nor there.
This dip contains fefferoni peppers in addition to the eggplant and garlic. At first I thought the label said “pepperoni” and I got really excited. I come to find out that the ingredient it contains is actually “fefferoni peppers”, which are apparently chili peppers common in Mediterranean cuisine.
And then I decided that I need to come up with a pepperoni dip in the very near future.
I dug in without looking at the ingredient list (I’m a rebel without a cause, I know), and the first flavor I tasted was tomato. Which was strange, because it’s not advertised as a tomato-y spread.
Sure enough, one of the first ingredients is tomato.
Ordinarily, this might scare me away, being as I’m not a huge fan of the tomatoes, but I was feeling dangerous last night and decide to eat some more.
Especially with some crackers, this stuff is good.
I’m thinking of ways that I can incorporate it into dishes instead of just as a snack.
I bet it would be a really good replacement for marinara for my non-marinara loving friends (and by “non-marinara loving friends”, I mean me).
I’ll get back to you on that one.
I gotta go back to face planting into a jar of dip.
I never said moderation came easily to me.