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Trader Joe’s “must haves” Faves from 2012

2 Jan

Trader Joe’s constantly comes up with wonderful items. While I love trying the new offerings, I find there are staples that I buy over and over. I have to have them on hand – TJ “must haves.”

I’d love to hear what TJ products you can’t live without! Please share your faves in the comments.

Here are 15 of mine that were featured on Things I Love at Trader Joe’s in 2012:

Roasted chicken from Trader Joe's

Pure deliciousness, without the oiliness.

Dark chocolate espresso beans by Trader Joe's

Dark chocolate espresso beans by Trader Joe’s

Peppermint hard candy

Peppermint hard candy

Trader Joe's Gummi Vites

Trader Joe’s Gummi Vites

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Grilled Chicken Breast Strips

Grilled Chicken Breast Strips

Trader Joe's Chicken Sausage

Trader Joe’s Chicken Sausage

Tj's bananas, 19 cents each - No joke!

Tj’s bananas, 19 cents each – No joke!

Orange Blossom Honey, oo la la!

Orange Blossom Honey, oo la la!

Snack mantra: tomatoes and edamame. (Y)om.

Snack mantra: tomatoes and edamame. (Y)om.

Quinoa Duo with vegetable melange

Quinoa Duo with vegetable melange

Dark Chocolate Honey Mints

Dark Chocolate Honey Mints

Balsamic vinegar

Balsamic vinegar

Savory Thin Mini Crackers

Savory Thin Mini Crackers

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Thank you, Trader Joe’s for a year filled with good things!

And thank you for visiting Things I Love at Trader Joe’s!

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Pure basil from Trader Joe’s

22 Aug

Trader Joe’s offers four ways to bring the basil home:

On the vine:

Basil plants

Freshly picked:

Box of Basil

Frozen:

Basil bits from the freezer section

Dried:

Dried basil

If you like your basil as a condiment, you can check out the pesto  or, if you dare, the dangerously delicious Tomato & Basil Hummus Dip pictured below:

Thank you, TJ’s!

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Related Links:

How to keep your basil plant alive

My Recipes: 7 ways with basil

The Healthy Gourmet

Cooking with TJ’s

 

 

 

#1: Chicken Gyoza Potstickers

4 Dec

I lived in Los Angeles for several years, and during that time I came to know Trader Joes, not just as a fun, friendly, frugal food store, but as a special destination. It was and is my happy place.

This year, TJ s opened not just one, but two, tong-awaited locations in the Kansas City metro. The town has gone Trader Joes Crazy! And now my happy place has come to me.

Today – and I mean, about an hour ago – I was talking to my friend Karen. We were discussing a sort of potluck thing and several TJ’s items were mentioned. She said, “We should have a place where we can see all our friend’s favorite TJ items so we can remember what we want to try when we go shopping.” Brilliant idea, Karen.

An hour later: This is that place.

We plan to post photos and brief descriptions, anecdotes, etc. of our fave TJ finds and must-haves. We invite you to share your TJ experience with us, as well as any unique food combos, recipes and ideas.

Take care and enjoy!

-Judy

Disclaimer: This blog and any of its contributors are in no way, shape or form associated with the Trader Joes company, aside from being happy customers. This blog does not represent the views or endorsements of Trader Joes staff, management or corporate overseers.

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