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Tapenizza: A new taste sensation

1 Apr

Last winter, I brought Trader Joe’s killer tapenade to a party. The jar was emptied in about 15 minutes. It was that delicious.

Dazed in an appetizer stupor, little minced olives danced in my head until somehow they found their way tapping across a field of dough and an idea was born. What if you had a whole pizza topped with tapenade?

How would it taste? Unbelievably delicious.

What would you call it? Tapenizza.

And a few months later, topped with a little Parmesan, voila …

An experiment gone right.

A Tapenizza is born: Warm and ready to devour.

It was just like I imagined, after combining the key ingredients:

Parmesan cheese, a jar of tapenade and pizza dough

Tapenizza’s tasty trio.

Thank you for fulfilling my dream, 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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Delicious, demi-sized and unexpected from Trader Joe’s

5 Dec

Things happen for a reason, right? A series of fortunate events proved that point.

Last weekend included a series of impromptu gatherings, one of those rare occasions where open schedule meets spur-of-the-moment invitation. The subject of this post came together on Sunday.

In the morning, a friend called pleading me to help her out that night with an overabundance of ham-and-bean soup.  I was happy to be of assistance.

Shortly after that call, another friend texted to join her for lunch and a TJ’s shopping trip. Loyal friend that I am, I obliged.

Then, while at TJ’s, there was a special mid-store temporary tasting station by the cheese section, sampling a new dairy item: Unexpected Cheddar Cheese.

Parmesan cheese is the twist to this classic. The Dickens, you say!

In the words of Monty Python: No one expects the Parmesan cheese!

What’s unexpected is the Parmesan cheese that laces the cheddar. SO delicious!

Then I walked a few steps and saw the cutest demi-baguette of olive bread ever:

Demi-baguette of olive bread

Cutest little olive bread ever!

Everything came together at that moment! The cheese and bread would be my contribution to the soup dinner. And, voila, I made that happen with Trader Joe’s help.

Thanks so much, Trader Joe’s!

And thank you so much for visiting Things I Love at Trader Joe’s! If you love cheese, bread and olives, you have GOT to try these! Let us know what you think when you do.

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Nutrition info – olive demi-baguette

Nutrition info – Unexpected cheddar cheese

Spicy pumpkin grits with bacon and cheddar

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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