With the holidays about to kick into full gear, now is a great time to hit your local Trader Joe’s to see what’s new and delicious for November.
So, let me make things a little easier for you and share five of my favorite new(ish) picks this November at Trader Joe’s. But, hurry! Most of these are seasonal items, meaning they may be gone before the leaves have finished falling off the trees — and all over my yard.
TJ’s Savory Corn Pie
Whether you are scouting dishes to add to your your Thanksgiving spread, or just need a quick side-dish for Tuesday-night dinner, Trader Joe’s Savory Corn Pie is comfort-food yumminess. With eggs, peppers, cheese, and loads and loads of corn, this is more of a “scoopable” dish than a slicing pie no matter what the photo on the box says. But, no matter how it looks on your plate, it sounds delicious for your belly.
TJ’s Pumpkin Pie Spice Ginger Beer
OK, we know that some of you may be over the whole pumpkin-spice thing, but bear with me: Trader Joe’s non-alcoholic Pumpkin Pie Spiced Ginger Brew makes a great addition to your autumn cocktails or mocktails, and is perfect for the kids’ table at Thanksgiving. With flavors of apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and of course ginger, it isn’t as spicy as a traditional ginger brew. Enjoy as is, or use it to change up your traditional Dark-n-Stormy.
Chimay Autumn Cheese
Holidays means entertaining which means cheese platters for us. So stock up now! You can be sure I’ll be unwrapping some of TJ’s new Chimay Autumn Cheese. (Well, unwrapping another Chimay Autumn Cheese since the one I purchased has already been devoured.)
Crafted by the Trappist monks at Chimay, Belgium, this semi-firm, semi-stinky cheese is no meek fromage, but it’s perfect for those of us who like our cheese to be a bit bold. Set it out with some crackers and nuts; the orange-y, edible rind even offers a nice seasonal aesthetic.
TJ’s Cinnamon Bun Spread
What is the best way to eat Trader Joe’s new Cinnamon Bun Spread — other than with a spoon? How about you spread the honey, butter, vanilla, and yes, cinnamon goodness, on toast, waffles, or pancakes at breakfast. Or mix into some oatmeal or plain yogurt for instant fall flavors. You can even pull it out before you next cocktail party to drizzle on a mild cheese and impress your culinary-minded friends.
Though, no judgment here if you just curl up with the jar and a spoon.
TJ’s Everything Ciabatta Rolls
While these soft, scrumptious Everything Ciabatta Rolls came out a few months ago at Trader Joe’s, they are new to me and immediately had me thinking about how they could improve the annual after-Thanksgiving-dinner sandwich. Slices of turkey, scoops of stuffing, a bit of tangy cranberry sauce all piled high atop a warm crunchy/chewy ciabatta roll covered in Trader Joe’s crunchy Everything Bagel spice….this may actually be better than the dinner itself! But don’t tell my mom that.