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If it’s watermelon time, it must be summer

2 Jun Glass2

It’s not the heat and it’s not the pool opening. It’s not the strappy dresses and sandals or the birds chirping too early and the fire-pitless porch parties lasting past midnight.

What tells me it’s summertime is the large, cardboard box full of big green orbs that greets me when I enter Trader Joe’s.

I received that happy welcome last weekend. There was even a woman handing out watermelon samples at a makeshift tasting station. She advised that the sweetest watermelons were ones with yellow on them. Taking her word for it, I grabbed (if you can “grab” a bowling ball without finger holes) a fine looking specimen and weighted down my cart immediately.

At the official tasting station, they were sampling Watermelon Cucumber Juice. Good stuff! I’d bought a container the week before, but hadn’t opened it yet. As Persian Cucumbers are one of my shopping-list staples, I looked in my cart and thought, “Cukes, watermelon…why not make my own juice?!”

Hydratedly inspired, I searched for a recipe and found a three-ingredient drink I thought I could master. The third ingredient was lime juice – and I found that it makes ALL the difference!

(Although there are several sites with similar recipes, mine came from AllRecipes.com. Thanks, AllRecipes!)

How To Make Watermelon Cucumber Cooler:

I used:

  • 4 Persian cucumbers
  • 1/2 the fruit from a watermelon
  • 2 limes

Trim the ends off your cukes and cut into bite-sized chunks.

Cut the watermelon into chunks.

Combine the cuke and watermelon chunks and liquify in a blender or food processor.

Stir in the juice from the limes. It’s OK if a little lime fruit drops in, too!

It makes a pitcher-full of juice. Enjoy!

This is what it looked like:

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Notes: The cukes were unpeeled. The watermelon had very few seeds, so I just let the few involved get mixed in the batch.

I had planned to make a fizzy drink by adding carbonated water to half a cup of juice, but I got caught up in the deliciousness, and the batch was finished before I remembered I wanted to do that! Next time.

A good thing to do with Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup

12 Nov

Ah, soup season! I love it! I savor my summer gazpacho, but when cold weather hits, a warm bowl of soup is the food equivalent of snuggling in bed under a fluffy down comforter.

Trader Joe’s offers several soups, which can be eaten warmed, as is. I prefer to use the boxed soups as starters.

Today, I recommend starting with TJ’s Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup. It’s a great soup alone. Need proof? It has its own Facebook Fan Page. Seriously. It’s also been noted as one of the healthiest boxed foods by Prevention.com.

Trader Joe's Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup

A good soup: The start of a good stew

Add a few ingredients. I chose an onion, a zucchini and a block of tofu.

Tofu, onion and zucchini join TJ's box of soup

Tofu, onion and zucchini join the party in a pot.

Heat until the onion is softened and enjoy!

Soup bowl from Trader Joe's

Bon appetite!

Thank you, Trader Joe’s!

And thank you, too, for reading and following Things I Love at Trader Joe’s!

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Nutrition information

Soup shortcuts from Shockingly Delicious




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


Basil bits from the freezer section


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





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