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Buttery Little Tea Cookies from Trader Joe’s

23 Jan

This was a nice discovery this week, thanks to Sharon.

We were a group of four packing snacks for our day-long U.S. Inauguration experience. I had the Mini Edamame Crackers and Pretzel Slims. Then Sharon announced, “Have you had these cookies? They are SO good!”

Trader Joe's makes good cookies

A great snack on the occasion of the 57th U.S. Inauguration

On her advice, I put a few in a baggie, and we were off.

Standing for hours and hours in the cold, amid an adrenaline-filled crowd, I didn’t feel very hungry. But around 1 p.m. I thought a little nibble was in order. I had a few crackers, but wanted to pace myself. Then I tried the cookies. They ARE so good!

When the festivities were over about 6:15 p.m., the little bag of cookies was empty.

Thank you, Sharon!

Thank you, TJ’s.

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

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Happy Hanukkah! Blue and white from Trader Joe’s

7 Dec

Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, begins at sundown on Saturday, Dec. 8. While Christmas is identified with the traditional green-and-red combo, blue and white is the Hanukkah color scheme.

To celebrate Hanukkah (or Chanukah) in a healthy and appropriately hued way, combine one part blueberries to one part milk.

blueberriesandmilk

A tasty tribute to Hanukkah: Blueberries and milk.

L’chaim (to life) and shalom (peace)!

Thank you, Trader Joe’s!

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

Note: While researching for this post, I found mention that milk minimizes the anti-oxidant benefits of blueberries! Sadness. Skim is better than 2 percent or whole milk. I didn’t find anything conclusively for or against substituting a cow’s milk alternative, such as coconut, almond or soy milk.

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About Hanukkah

Bon Appetit’s Hanukkah food

Blueberry milk recipe

Appetizing appetizer: Olive Tapenade Spread

3 Dec

Game night each month is a great way to get affirmation that one of my TJ faves is a party pleaser. Last week was a perfect example.

The main course was taken care of. So were dessert and drinks. So, I took the opportunity to offer a jar of Trader Joe’s Olive Tapenade Spread.

Party time tapenade

Trader Joe’s Olive Tapenade Spread: Chunky olive goodness

Accompanied with some Pita Bite Crackers

Trader Joe's Pita Bite Crackers

Addictive appetizer companions, that’s what these crunchy little rounds are.

And my friends went crazy. So did I. This is no dainty dish – there are meaty chunks of olive in this spread for the serious before-meal eater.

It's party time with tapenade, full of chunky, meaty olives.

It’s party time with tapenade, full of chunky, meaty olives.

Another hors d’oeuvres triumph!

Thank you, Trader Joe’s!

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

We’d love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried the tapenade? What did you think?

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Nutrition info

Living Trader Joe’s: Things to do with olive tapenade

Bonus note: We played a game called Telestrations. It’s a bit like “telephone.” Instead of whispering to the next person, the play alternates between writing a word, drawing a representation of the word, then the next person guesses what the word was from the drawing. Here’s an example of an effective drawing:

Telestrations

Telestrations: Last week’s game-night game. “Fisheye”

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