Every month, I highlight products and foods that I am really enjoying. Here’s what I can’t get enough of this month … Enjoy!
Ethiopia coffee from Starbucks
Between you and I? I am a total creature of coffee-habit. Most days, the Keurig pod of choice for me is Starbucks’ French Roast. It’s a rich dark roast that wakes me up. My husband and I have a running joke that for me, the only coffee that exists is the dark roasts. So when Starbucks sent me their new Ethiopia coffee to brew at home, I immediately noticed that it’s a medium roast — and figured it would be more to Shawn’s tastes than my own.
I was wrong. This is one medium roast that can stand up to my need for strong, bolder coffees. With hints of dark chocolate and citrus, I immediately fell in love with Ethiopia coffee. But the true test? When we finished the bag that I was sent for review purposes, I went and bought more.
Get it: Ethiopia is available in Starbucks stores throughout the country. It’s brand new.
Late Season Tomatoes
Last year, the tomato season abruptly ended in early September and I was devastated. Summer tomatoes are such a joy — I love eating them served simply with a little olive oil, sea salt and ground pepper. Sometimes with a little feta or fresh mozzarella. But this year, tomato season is still tiptoeing about. This past week, I had lovely heirloom tomatoes, some green zebras and saw pints of perfect cherry tomatoes. Don’t miss the opportunity to get the season’s best tomatoes while you still can.
Get it: Farms, farm stands, farmers markets — you want your tomatoes to come from their source.
Fresh popped popcorn? Yes, please. I am officially obsessed with popcorn — and discovering that different kernels actually taste differently (the flavor differences are subtle, but totally there). While I don’t have a favorite variety yet, I do urge you to try popping different kernels to see what you like too. I prefer either air-popped or popping kernels in a paper bag in the microwave.
Get it: Grocery stores sell popcorn kernels, but you can find a great variety at specialty stores, online (check Amazon!) and even at Williams-Sonoma.
Disclosure: I was provided a sample of the Starbucks coffee for review purposes. However, this is editorial content, and I only included it because I truly loved it.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.