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Best chili recipe: A good thing to do with ground turkey

28 Nov

When temperatures drop in the Midwest, the chili comes out to play. It’s on menus everywhere. Some restaurants offer it as a seasonal staple. Sometimes, it appears weekly as the soup of the day.  The fumes swirl around the room until I’m almost ready to order a beefy bowl … almost.

But, beef eater, I am not. So, I order a red-meat alternative and try to convince myself that I’m satisfied.

My ultimate fix is easy, though. I get some ground turkey, chicken or meatless crumbles and prepare the best chili ever in the comfort of my home.

My chili recipe is simple because I’m all about easy in the kitchen. Beans, tomatoes and ground turkey are the heart of my mix. Onions, garlic, chili powder and cumin are the notes that make it sing. Cilantro is a staple, too. A staple singer.

To make a week’s worth of chili-for-one, I use:

  • 1 lb. ground turkey (not pictured)
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 1 can organic black beans
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro (not available for the batch described in this post)
  • Plus, olive oil, cumin, chili powder and sea salt.
Chili ingredients for a delicious recipe

Trader Joe’s helps populate my chili recipe with tomatoes, black beans, onion and garlic.

Chili powder and cumin

Chili powder and cumin: The spice duo that makes chili chili.

I chop the garlic and saute it in a little olive oil, then I brown the ground turkey in the skillet with the garlic.

Meanwhile, the other ingredients are simmering on the next eye, waiting for meaty company.

Put it all together, heat for a little while longer, if you can wait. Then dish into a bowl and eat as is, or top with cheese, raw onion or cilantro. I also like to add a little vinegar (white, red wine, balsamic or malt) for extra zing.

Bowl of turkey chili

Voila! Turkey meat and companion ingredients to fully satisfy your every chili need.

Bon appetite!

Merci beaucoup, Trader Joe’s!

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The sweeping scent of cinnamon

5 Nov

I learn so much every day. Like during my last trip to Trader Joe’s. I walked in the door and the fragrance of cinnamon tackled me like a giddy child greeting her favorite aunt.

Just inside the door were baskets of brooms – cinnamon brooms. And smaller baskets of cinnamon whisks.

Cinnamon whisks from Trader Joe's

Cinnamon whisks from Trader Joe’s

Basket full of cinnamon brooms

Basket full of cinnamon brooms

 

Like any good aunt, I appreciated the exuberance of the aroma and wanted to express my love adequately, which, in this case, meant I bought one of each.

At home, they fill the room with cinnamon goodness, without even taking off the wrapper!

I wasn’t familiar with this item, but am learning the history, uses and significance of the brooms. So far, I’ve read that cinnamon brooms are an autumnal welcome in the home and a good luck charm.

I’m thinking I’ll be back for more before the season’s out.

Thank you, Trader Joe’s!

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Sips of the season: Pumpkin potables from Trader Joe’s

17 Oct

It’s comfort drink season!

Pumpkin Spice Coffee

Pumpkin Spice Rooibos, an hearbal tea

Pumpkin Spice Chai

Pumpkin Ale

Thank you, Trader Joe’s!

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

Have you tried any of these pumpkin products? If so, what did you think?

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Foraging nuts for the winter at Trader Joe’s: Mesquite Smoked Almonds

8 Oct

What’s your favorite sign that autumn is here? The urge to make hot chocolate? Raking leaves from the yard? Wearing sweaters again?

For me, it’s the smokey smell of fireplaces consuming wood. The first neighbor lighting up lets me know that it’s certifiably time to pack up the summer frocks and get ready to enjoy the pleasures that come with a chill in the air. It’s the red flag dropped that announces, “Autumn is on!”

That’s a big reason why seeing this bag of smokey, salted almonds lured me to buy it. It was like the siren call of Fall, with a Southwestern twist. “Mesqueeet….Messs….KEEEEETTTTT!!!” the packaging sings.

Mesquite Smoked Almonds: A taste of Fall with the flavor of the Southwest

The almonds are great party nibbles, but don’t fool yourself. If you buy a bag 24 hours or more before delivering them to an event, they won’t make it. It’s one of those two-bag purchases – one for the group, and one for solo snacking. Just saying.

Thanks, TJ’s.

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What’s your favorite snack at TJ’s? Have you tried Mesquite Smoked Almonds? If so, what did you think?

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It’s pumpkin time at Trader Joe’s!

3 Oct

Leaves changing color, school back in session, November elections just around the corner. Nothing says “It’s fall” like stores pulling out the pumpkin products!

And Trader Joe’s is no slouch in the autumn-alert area. TJ’s announces it jubilantly, and provides a tasty array of boxed, bottled and binned deliciousness:

The walrus knows: It’s pumpkin time at Trader Joe’s

Autumn announcement:  Trader Joe’s raises the bar in pumpkin products

Pumpkin bread made easy

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter: Spread the joy

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix: The better breakfast batter

And from the produce aisle…

Seasonal produce: Pumpkins in the raw

Thank you, Trader Joe’s.

And thank you for reading and following Things I Love at Trader Joe’s! Have you found other pumpkin products at TJ’s to recommend? If you’ve tried any of these, what did you think? What do you do with your pumpkins?

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