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Celebrate Dumpling Week all year round

1 Sep
Dumplings thanks to Trader Joe's

xie xie, TJ’s.

Whether you’re in China, Italy, Russia or Mississippi, dumplings, no matter what they’re called locally,  are often what’s for dinner.

National Public Radio honored the small, doughy, culturally shared food with a week of its own. NPR offered dumpling stories, information and how-tos including pierogi, tortelloni and shumai. (NOTED: they all end with an “i.”)

If you’ve noticed our header photo, you’ve probably guessed that TJ’s Chinese Gyoza Potstickers are one of our all-time faves and a grocery-list regular. Likewise, TJ’s shumai. So, we were extremely thrilled about the coverage and the week-long commemoration.

If you missed the tweets, the instagram pics and vids or the broadcasts, here are a few links to help you catch up and/or relive the moment:

NPR’s Instagram gallery

Catch up on the Twitter conversation

Podcasts:

DYI: Turkey chili with Trader Joe’s

27 Feb

And this is what I faced when I woke up this morning:

Another day; another 10 inches of snow.

Another day; another 10 inches of snow.

Round two for snow; round two for chili. This time, it was homemade turkey chili.

Almost as simple as pairing a can of TJ’s veggie chili and onion soup, I combined ingredients learned from wintery Midwestern kitchens throughout my life:

  • Ground turkey
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • garlic
  • Kidney and black beans
  • Sweet onion
  • Spices: Cumin and chili powder
DIY chili: Ingredients from Trader Joe's

The homemade goodness of a batch of chili you made yourself.

Then I added a little balsamic vinegar and a layer of shredded Parmesan cheese.

I’m set for days. And the best thing about homemade chili … the longer it sits, the better it gets!

(For those who prefer more specifics, check out last year’s batch from “best chili recipe.”)

Thank you, Trader Joe’s!

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

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Related links:

Simple turkey chili recipe

Best chili recipe

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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Blog love for Trader Joe’s

30 Nov

Happy Friday, Trader Joes and Josephines!

At the table with Trader Joe's

At the table with Trader Joe’s. Serving up reviews, rants, raves and recipes.

I am honored to be among the Trader Joe’s blogging population. This special group includes Club Trader Joe’s, What’s Good at Trader Joe’s and Cooking with Trader Joe’s. I love these blogs. They’re great resources for raves, rants and reviews.

This week, I found some great tips and tastiness on their pages. Here’s a brief recap of Things I Love at Trader Joe’s faves:

Club Trader Joe’s offered a nice write up of TJ’s Spiced Apple Cider. I’m ready to buy a jug of the cider, a box of candy canes and settle in for a Christmas movie marathon!

Trader Joe’s Cocoa Drizzled Kettle Corn rates an 8.5 out of 10 Golden Spoons on What’s Good at Trader Joe’s.

Wow – Cooking with Trader Joe’s hit the jackpot with several posts of tantalizing food stuffs! Highlights include Lemon Basil Cake, Mango Lassi and ideas about how to make savory second meals with leftover turkey.

Thank you Trader Joe’s for providing us all with exciting, delicious things to write about!

And thank you, dear friends and fellow TJ lovers, for reading what we write!

Have a great weekend!

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Pink: Pretty. Salty. Sweet.

16 Jul

We’re in a pink mood today, and Trader Joe’s accommodates with ease!

A perfect color-coordinated, summer trio:

Multi-bloom hydrangea

Himalayan Pink Salt Crystals

Low Calorie Pink Lemonade

Thank you, Trader Joe’s!

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Related Links:

Hydrangea care

All about Himalayan salt – Wikipedia entry

Low calorie pink lemonade nutrition facts

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