1. Local Salad Dressings Make Good. Framingham, in addition to being both my hometown as well as the largest town in America, is also the Salad Dressing Capital of the World. The first is Ken's Steak House Lite Caesar. Ken's distributes nationally, so many of you are probably familiar with their tasty products. The second is Fanny's Lite Salad Dressing, which is a basic Italian dressing that goes well on salads and also makes an excellent marinade. I've actually never been to Ken's Steak House, but the restaurant that makes Fanny's dressing, La Cantina, is one of my favorites.
2. Local Peanut Butter Makes Good. I started buying Teddie's Peanut Butter several years ago, when I noticed that it's both all natural (ingredients: peanuts, salt) and cheap. Turns out it's manufactured at a peanut butter factory in Everett, MA. Unfortunately, they don't give tours. Because I, for one, would like to tour a peanut butter factory.
3. Tofutti Cream Cheese. I became lactose intolerant during college, and I haven't eaten real cream cheese in about ten years. Sigh...However, the other day I spotted a non-dairy cream cheese and decided to try it out. And it was surprisingly good! So, for my fellow dairy avoiders, I'd highly recommend it. I had forgotten how delicious a toasted bagel with cream cheese is.
4. The other night, I tried out Trader Joe's Curry Simmer sauce, and it was excellent! All you do is add the contents of the jar, a cup of water, and cut up chicken and vegetables to a saucepan and cook for fifteen minutes. Very easy and very flavorful- it's a tomato based curry, which is nice. A lot of the other simmer sauces they stock have cream in them. Although I'm a big fan of Trader Joe's, I also recently discovered their most disgusting product- High Fiber Joe's O's cereal. It is The Nast. Tastes like cardboard. And you might as well save yourself the trouble of eating and just throw it directly in the toilet. Well, on that note, have a great weekend, everyone! If you have any favorite food products of your own, feel free to list them in the comments.