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A mushroom of one’s own

8 Apr

Take Trader Joe’s little box of mushroom soup …

A tasty meal of mushroom soup inside a little box

Trader Joe’s little box of mushroom soup

It’s great on its own. Creamy and mushroomy. But there’s also room for a cook’s embellishment.

I added … wait for it … mushrooms. A whole package of fresh halved buttons. I also included some fresh squeezed lime juice and topped my bowl with a dollop of Olive Tapenade.

Trader Joe's Portabella Mushroom Soup

Mushroom soup with a little something special

Oh. Yum.

What do you add to your mushroom soup?

Thank you, TJ’s.

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Related links:

Mushroom Observer

Online edible mushroom field guide

Mushroom=Barley Soup recipe (Saveur)

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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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Related links:

100 healthy soup recipes (Cooking Light)

6 easy chicken soup recipes (Real Simple)

Healthy winter soup recipes (Chow)

 

 

It’s elemental; “L” is for lentil

7 Jan

It’s soup season with a vengeance! Trader Joe’s stocks these pretty cans full of healthy ingredients to nudge us through the cold and flu season.

"L" is for lentil

“L” is for lentil

For instance, I learned that lentils contain vitamin C! There’s also iron and calcium inside. Who knew?! Eat up and feel good!

Related links:

Lentils, nutrition info

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

oliveoilsprayframed

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!

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Taking the easy way out: Chunks of sweet potato and butternut squash

14 Dec

Last week, I bought one of the biggest sweet potatoes known to mankind. A real show stopper. It barely fit in the shopping cart.

Proudly, I hauled it home, dreaming up the many pies I could make, the enormous pans of sweet potato casserole it would produce, a month’s worth of sweet potato stew and perhaps even a scarf or two I could knit from the sturdy scraps.

A week later, it sits on my counter, having taken on the personality of a stoic beast. What do you do with something that big?! It might take two hours to boil, three hours to bake, and if I put it in the microwave, it might explode.

And so, I left it sitting on the counter as I went for my next TJ’s trek.

I walked into the store and was mysteriously led to the vegetable aisle. Next to the green bags of lettuce, an orange glow emanated from what were to become my new best friends: Cut Sweet Potatoes and Cut Butternut Squash.

Butternut squash and sweet potatoes in manageable chunks

Bags of chunks: My new best friends

I now know how to deal with my current situation – cut the giant down to size. And I know what to do the next time I have visions of getting creative with squash and sweet potatoes.

What do you do with your butternut squash and sweet potatoes?

Thank you, Trader Joe’s, for shining the light on this situation.

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Related Links:

Butternut squash recipes – AllRecipes

Sweet potato recipes – Southern Living

Sweet potatoes with balsamic maple glaze – Cooking with TJ

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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Related Links:

Review from What’s Good at Trader Joe’s?

AllRecipes potato latkes

Epicurious potato latkes

Martha Stewart latkes recipes

Chow latkes recipes

Chicken Chili Lime Burgers from Trader Joe’s

26 Nov

I had a Chile Lime Chicken Burger for dinner tonight. I cooked it – about 7 minutes per side. I toasted an English muffin as the bread element. Sliced onion, spread mustard and layered pickle rounds.

I thought I’d take a picture of the sandwich beauty in front of me. Then I thought, a bite out of it would be photogenic. Then I took another bite. A few more, and there was only a half sandwich left on the plate.

So, I thought, well, half a sandwich could work, too. After that, I’m not sure what happened, but I think my inner carnivore was unleashed because suddenly there was no sandwich left on the plate.

Here’s a picture of the box and the block of large frozen patties:

Trader Joe's Chili Lime Chicken Burger

An easy, chicken way to get your burger fix

There are four in the box. I recommend recreating the scene I mentioned above and enjoying again and again and again and again.

Sorry for the missing photo.

Thank you, Trader Joe’s

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Related Links:

Nutrition info

What’s Good at Trader Joe’s review

Homemade Trader Joe’s Chicken Chili Lime Burgers

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