As we anticipate the arrival of Colorado's first Trader Joe's, the California-based grocer with a cult-like following that'sallegedly building its first Colorado store somewhere in Boulder's Twenty Ninth Street
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(three more Trader Joe's stores are rumored for Denver, including one at Eighth and Colorado Boulevard), we thought we'd give you a taste of what we're currently craving from the Trader Joe shelves. We'll spotlight a Trader Joe's product once a week that makes us wistful for April 1, 2012, the day that, according to documents filed, the market says it will begin "transacting business or conducting activities." First up:jalapeño blue cornbread mix
. "Like cornbread?" asks the verbiage on the box. "Fond of spicing things up now and then?" Why, yes, we are! And while this product comes and goes from the shelves -- as do many of the grocer's fan favorites -- when you can get your hands on it, the mix, made with ground blue corn pelted with sweet yellow kernels and dots of dried jalapeños, results in a much-better-than-average boxed cornbread that goes really well with a batch of chili. You can make cornbread muffins with it, too, which works just as well.