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Happy Summer! Recipe time: “Where Pasta Meets Kale”

21 Jun

Trader Joe’s serves up the ingredients for a healthful, nutritious, filling and yummy meal!

The intersection of fresh kale and hearty pasta

The intersection of fresh kale and hearty pasta

Weekly photo challenge: A change for the butter

15 Apr

Sometimes change comes in big ways, like new life and saying goodbye. And other times, change comes in perspective – seeing the same thing in a different way.

Trader Joe’s keeps morphing the Speculoos Butter formula into different shapes, sizes and textures. And my taste buds conclude that they’re all delicious.

The Speculoos family gallery:

Trader Joe's Speculoos cookies

Solid Speculoos: Cinnamon cookie dunkers

Speculoos cookie butter from Trader Joe's

The classic spreadable Speculoos. It also comes in a crunchy version.

Speculoos candy bar

Take it with you: A portable slice of deliciousness

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Snow’s on; soup’s gone at Trader Joe’s

25 Mar

Did you have soup this weekend?

Saturday and Sunday, Kansas Citians received our third snow storm in about four weeks. And we had soup on the brain.

Like hundreds of others, I made my Trader Joe’s trek before the onslaught to stock up on essentials.

While most shelves were holding their own, it was easy to see what’s on most people’s minds when the temperature drops and there’s a real threat of being snowed in: The soup shelves were thin to bare.

Trader Joe's soups were selling out before the storm

Dramatic close up: Lonely little box of chicken soup.

The whole picture paints a picture of soup flying off the shelves.

The whole picture paints a scene of soup flying off the shelves.

After an incredibly snowy month, everyone’s going a little stir crazy. We need a little more comfort than usual, which we apparently translate into comfort food. What could be cozier than a pot of hot soup combating the criminal chill?

What’s your winter go-to soup?

Thanks for the variety, Trader Joe’s!

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Happy spring!

21 Mar

It’s the first day of spring, but the temperature is still pointing south. Much of the U.S. is still under mounds of snow, and tomorrow’s forecast warns for a few more inches in the Midwest.

Trader Joe’s comes through with another burst of warm weather promise and joy:

Ranunculus blossoms from Trader Joe's

Ranunculus blooms. Beauty abounds.

Ranunculus is a lovely flower with a bloom that’s a tonic for the eyes and a name that sounds like a spell from Harry Potter.

Gorgeous flowers, and so reasonably priced!

Six buck beauty at Trader Joe’s

Thank you, Trader Joe’s.

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Holiday gifts from Trader Joe’s

19 Dec

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  • The rush of feet.
  • The cold, crisp air.
  • The credit cards
  • that get lots of wear.
  • It’s Christmas time.
  • and we hurry to find
  • gifts for those we love.
  • We feel so behind!
  • Yes, the aisles of Joe’s
  • yield tasty treats,
  • like cheese and fruit
  • and seasoned meats.
  • But … what’s this? you say,
  • on shelves are sold
  • packages of goodies –
  • gift-giving gold!
  • There are jars of jam
  •  – four flavors in a pack –
  • there’s raspberry and orange
  • for a spreadable snack!

Trader joe's jams

  • And the ultimate choice
  • in hostess gift selection:
  • You’ll find mini soaps and bath salts
  • in the toiletry section!

Trader Joe's Bath Salt Trio

Mini soaps brighten every occasion!

  • So, to all a Merry Christmas,
  • and the end to gift-buying woes.
  • You’ll find treats for everyone
  • at your local Trader Joe’s.

Thank you, Trader Joes!

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Potato pancakes how you like ’em: From Trader Joe’s freezer or from scratch

10 Dec

A staple of Hanukkah food is a serving of the traditional Hanukkah “Latkes.” In English, that means potato pancakes. Although they might look like a patty of hash browns, done right, they pack more potato punch than any shredded starch side dish you’ve ever had.

In Trader Joe’s style, we have options when it comes to latkes. The store offers a package of frozen ‘kes as a holiday specialty.

Latkes are potato pancakes

You say, “potato pancakes.” I say, “latkes.” Let’s just eat!

I tried one today – but I cooked it in a way that might be considered a sin against latke and Trader Joe’s. Instead of searing it or baking it, as recommended on the package and from thousands of years of Jewish cooking, I steamed it. I can be weird like that.

It was good! The flavor was tasty. Baked or seared, it would have been crispier, and I like a crispy latke. But I steamed it, and I was OK with my decision. At risk of committing further blasphemy, I’d recommend having a package on hand for times when latkes are demanded but time is short and hunger is urgent.

Of course, there’s the old school, make-your-own latke choice, too. TJ’s has a bag of the most colorful potatoes you’ll ever see. (If you’ve seen more colorful potatoes, please share your photos with us!)

A sack of potatos - latkes in the raw.

Trader Joe’s Potato Medley. Harmony in nature.

Basically, a latka is comprised of potato, onion and matzoh or bread crumbs. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper. Pan fry it in some oil and eat it with some apple sauce, sour cream or as it comes naturally from the stove.

Potato pancakes are also one of those dishes – like ravioli – that are a part of the cuisine of many cultures. I’d recommend exploring all of the flavors enjoyed with the cakes from different parts of the world, like Austria, Poland, India, Iran and Switzerland.

Toda rabah, Trader Joe’s!

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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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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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