What I'm Loving: 9.11.09

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4 words for y'all:  Trader Joe's Pumpkin Butter.  Not a new product, but new to me.  This stuff is like fall in a jar . . . slightly spicy, super-sweet, loads of pumpkiny flavor.  It's thick and syrupy in texture, and a little goes a long way. 

I just discovered it on my Wednesday run to TJ's.  That afternoon, I ate it atop some Fage 0% yogurt, and then sprinkled the whole deal with some toasted pecan pieces that I also picked up at TJ's that morning.  I've had this combo a couple times since - it's that good.  A nice way to get a sweet fix, but with the benefits of protein from the Fage and some nutty goodness from the pecans.  At 40 cal./tablespoon, it's not particularly dietetic, but as I said, a little goes a long way - for my approximately 3/4 cup of Fage, a teaspoon drizzled over the top was plenty to sweeten the deal.

This stuff would be fantastic swirled into your a.m. oatmeal, mixed with cream cheese as a spread for bagels or quick-breads, used in between layers of cake, etc. etc. etc.

For more ideas (including some savory options, like salad dressing), look here at a thread from Chowhound, here too.

And while we're on the subject of Trader Joe's, did you know that there is a TJ's Fan site?  There is!