Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Wonder of all wonders, my office is closed today for the holiday! Thus all of the exclamation points. When we were in Atlanta, we lived only a couple miles away from MLK’s childhood home, which is now a National Monument. People treated it as a day of service, and you’d see entire families cleaning up trash from the sidewalks and public areas. Gosh I love that.
I need to get on top of the service side of this holiday next year, although I HAVE at least managed to be super productive today. Gobs of laundry, washing and vacuuming the car, grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s, lunch with the husband. Pretty great Second Sunday.
Tampa’s Trader Joe’s opened about a year ago, and it’s still treated as a foodie mecca. It’s straight up Mad Max on the nearby streets, as cars scurry to enter the parking lot, then employees navigate us to the open spots as they free up. It is crazy, but so worth it (although only during non-peak hours. This girl can’t handle the stress of a 6 p.m. Monday TJ’s run.). I always stock up on months’ worth of the special foods only available at TJ’s.
I’m talkin’ mostly about their Crunchy Green Beans and Puffed Green Peas. No one does “almost like potato chips, but green” the same as TJ’s. Do you guys have any favorites? I’ll hunt for them when I run out of Just a Handful of Cashews.
Speaking of green, I know I posted my recipe for flour tortillas pretty recently, but I have to step in here and say These Are Better. It shocked me, since I only attempted the recipe for the sake of my husband, who always prefers spinach tortillas. The store-bought ones always have an odd flavor that bothers me, but not these. They are so soft and tender, more so than the flour ones – gasp! It might be the magic of the avocado oil, which I highly recommend here over other oils (I love the idea of a green veggie oil in a green veggie tortilla).
I see high levels of Vitamin K in our future.