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Happy Pickle Day! Pucker up and let the celebration begin!

14 Nov Pickles from Trader Joe's

Whether you’re feeling sour or sweet, this is a dilly of a day for pickle lovers. And Trader Joe’s is no slouch in offering a tasty array of gherkin goodness.

From traditional …

Pickles from Trader Joe's

The salivation starts here.






… to sublime.

popcorn that tastes like a dill pickle

Pickle Popcorn, making tastebuds happy since 2015

But you can also find ingredients at Trader Joe’s to make your own fabulous pickles – and what better way to celebrate than with a brine binge?! Check out “A Good Thing To Do With Persian Cucumbers from Trader Joe’s” for a mouthwatering pickle recipe, with step-by-step instructions.

And for facts, history and recipes about National Pickle Day, check out this post from International Business Times.

Celebrate Dumpling Week all year round

1 Sep
Dumplings thanks to Trader Joe's

xie xie, TJ’s.

Whether you’re in China, Italy, Russia or Mississippi, dumplings, no matter what they’re called locally,  are often what’s for dinner.

National Public Radio honored the small, doughy, culturally shared food with a week of its own. NPR offered dumpling stories, information and how-tos including pierogi, tortelloni and shumai. (NOTED: they all end with an “i.”)

If you’ve noticed our header photo, you’ve probably guessed that TJ’s Chinese Gyoza Potstickers are one of our all-time faves and a grocery-list regular. Likewise, TJ’s shumai. So, we were extremely thrilled about the coverage and the week-long commemoration.

If you missed the tweets, the instagram pics and vids or the broadcasts, here are a few links to help you catch up and/or relive the moment:

NPR’s Instagram gallery

Catch up on the Twitter conversation


Once upon a time there was pasta and olive oil…

3 May

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” ~Federico Fellini

Pappardelle and olive oil at Trader Joe's

A family classic

Some days I go to Trader Joe’s with a shaggy shopping list thinking that something delicious will be waiting for me, like Prince Charming in food form, sitting between the string cheese and shaved Parmesan.

This is one of those fairytale displays that takes your hand and suddenly you’re at home with an amazing meal. Magical scents waft through the house as gourmet goodness fills your stomach.

Olive oil drizzled over lemon pepper pappardelle ribbons is all you need for a fabulous dinner, of course. But,  additional items can add a twist to the classic.

Some other favorite pasta-dish ingredients:

  • steamed asparagus
  • capers
  • kalamata olives
  • grilled chicken
  • tuna
  • grated Parmesan
  • artichoke hearts

What’s your favorite go-to pasta addition or recipe?

A taste of springtime: Homemade lemonade

24 Apr

It’s the end of April in the Midwest, among other places. In Missouri we had sleet yesterday, and today, we woke up to 30-degree temps and wind chills in the 20s.

But when I stepped into Trader Joe’s last weekend, I could have sworn it was spring! In fact, it could have been verging on summer the way the store was decked out.

Case in point:

A glass of sunshine. Just add a spritz of clear skies, rainbows and unicorns.

A glass of sunshine. Just add a spritz of clear skies, rainbows and unicorns.

It’s a scene that instantly transports me to age 11, visiting my cousins in Memphis, Tenn., running around barefoot in their family’s sprawling, soft, overgrown yard.

The adults sprawled in aluminum folding chairs with loosely woven green-and-white striped plastic strips. They’d sit in those chairs for hours drinking lemonade. And we’d leave our glasses of summer’s nectar by them as we ran around aimfully.

The moms and dads and grandparents would stand up to get a refreshing refill, and they’d have criss-cross red marks on the backs of their legs where their shorts had ridden up from the plastic chairing.

Lemonade is what sunny days taste like.

Thanks for the memories, Trader Joe’s.

And thank you for stopping by. Please visit anytime and leave a kind thought.

Lemonade recipes:

From AllRecipes.com

From Food Network/Paula Deen

From Chow

Caramel + apples: Clever pair

19 Apr

I brake for Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce. Which I did at Trader Joe’s recently. And when the stars in my eyes cleared, I looked down and found that I’d drooled (just a little) on the Pink Ladies below. And I had to laugh (just a little).

Clever pairing, Trader Joe’s. Clever pairing.

Caramel and apples from Trader Joe's

Delicious duo

Thanks, TJ’s.

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

Related links:

Caramel apple recipes [allrecipes.com]

Fleur de Sel caramels recipe [Epicurious.com]

Snow Peas: Snack of the day from Trader Joe’s

5 Apr

Coming clean: I sit at a computer during the day and at night. And on weekends. For work. For fun activity and personal projects.

It’s my writing tool, my publishing platform, my darkroom, my editing suite, and theater, television, radio, jukebox, newspaper, magazine, universal messaging system …

And then there’s the smart phone and tablet for those moments I stray from the mother ship.

The sad truth. There it is.

And when I’m working, playing, watching, listening, processing and creating, I often like to snack.

Even though my habits are more sedentary and less healthy, that doesn’t mean I don’t care about what I eat. I strive to live up to my mantra: “Snack smartly.”

This week’s smart snack from Trader Joe’s: Snow peas.

Snow peas, please

Smart snack: Snow peas

With bags of chips, cans of nuts and boxes of cookies, I have to ration my intake very consciously. If not, the entire contents of each container quickly and mysteriously vanishes. How does that happen?

Watching or rationing is not required when eating snow peas, the prototype healthy snack. Check out the related links below to find out just how healthy.

Thank you, Trader Joe’s!

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

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Related links:

Snow pea nutrition count

Snow pea recipes (allrecipes.com)

Spicy snow pea and sesame stir-fry recipe (Chow.com)

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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Related Links:

How to pronounce tapenade

Kalamata olive recipe (AllRecipes)

Tapenade with figs recipe (Saveur)


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