Please excuse my absence from this blog lately. I've been busy moving to a new state and getting acquainted with the most important element of any new city: food. More on the move in a future blog post but for now, it's important to note that we're now within biking distance to a Trader Joe's. Sharing a hometown with TJ's (Monrovia, CA) means that I can't imagine *not* living near one. I mean, how would we make salads without the dried tart cherries and spicy pecans? Ammirite?
Yesterday, in our quest to learn our new city, we abused our privileges at a "pick-your-own" berry farm. We took the "sample as you go" policy very seriously and ate an epic amount of berries, only to be rivaled by the amount we hauled home. Our eyes, as they say, were bigger than our stomachs. We are slowly making a dent in our stash by doing things like modifying more challenging and/or time consuming recipes with my own cheater shortcuts (see our cute mini pie in the pic above?) and topping it all off with the greatest find of all time- Trader Joe's shelf stable whipping cream. By gads, it WORKS. No more racing against the expiration date on whipped cream, no more "Dang, I should'a picked up whipping cream at the market. This can be in your cupboard (hello, Doomsday/ Zombie Apocalypse preppers!) until you need it. Then, pop in the fridge to chill, do that fancy trick where you also pre-chill your mixer and bowl (optional) and BOOM. Delicious, fresh whipped cream. Delicious.