It's been awhile since I've shared some food finds so that's the focus today. Ahead are a tasty curry sauce that you'll love - even if you don't think you like curry - and a couple of new-to-me snacks.
I've mentioned how much I love Trader Joe's Fearless Flyer newsletter, a shameless marketing tool used to lure shoppers into the store. I hardly can wait for each issue, which I thought the store published monthly.
But when I stopped to grab a copy in February, I was surprised to learn the company produces only eight a year and they are not always available at the first of the month. In fact, this month's issue didn't appear in stores until March 14.
Not one to waste a journey, I started poking around the store to see what might catch my eye. Lo and behold, I spotted a jar of Trader Joe's Thai Green Curry. So often, I've sprung for this type of jarred sauce at other stores only to be disappointed by the flat or total lack of authentic flavor.
That's not the case for this curry sauce. It's a great product and makes curry-making so easy you'll want to keep a couple of jars on the shelf for fast meals. I cooked up chicken breast and poured on the sauce. It would work equally well on tofu for a dandy vegetarian meal.
Trader Joe's also has a Thai red and yellow curry sauce that I'm planning on buying during my next foray to the store. Stay tuned for a future column about those results.
I don't keep a lot of snacks at home because it's too tempting to gorge on them. But I've made two exceptions: Pasta Chips and jerky.
Pasta Chips are the invention of Jerry Bello, who hatched the idea while visiting Tuscany, Italy.
"It was here that I was served fresh pasta dough drizzled with olive oil, topped with a few salt crystals," he writes on his website. "Everything was gently baked. I was in love. This was the perfect chip."
It took some experimenting to perfect the flavor and ravioli-shaped chips, but his mission was realized in 2015.
The chips come in five flavors: Alfredo, garlic olive oil, marinara, Mediterranean sea salt and spicy tomato herb. Each is delicious. And because the chips are baked, they contain 20 percent less fat than pita chips.
You can find Pasta Chips at WalMart and Safeway. For recipe ideas, go online to pastachips.com.
Jerky is an occasional snack at my house, so when I heard about an option that was moist and less chewy, I felt it was worth a try. Chef's Cut Real Jerky didn't disappoint.
The back story from the company's website is that the jerky was created by Blair Swiler, a chef who is a passionate meat smoker.
His golf buddy, Dennis Riedel, was tired of snacking on "terrible jerky every time he played a round of 18."
According to the website, the two put their heads together to make a better meat snack using higher-quality, more flavorful meat. As a result, they are selling a treat that is high in protein (12 grams per 1-ounce serving) and low in fat. They use hand-cut bacon, beef steak, chicken or turkey as the base.
Flavors include sriracha, maple, applewood, Buffalo-style, chipotle black pepper, teriyaki and honey barbecue.
You can find the jerky at Albertson's, Safeway, Sprouts and Cheyenne Mountain Resort gift shop.