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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.

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The art of frozen food from Trader Joe’s

13 Feb

Frozen foods are really growing on me, especially the packages from Trader Joe’s freezer aisle.

When I was growing up, I preferred my veggies raw. I still do. Mom used canned vegetables, and those were tasty. But when the side dish was pulled from the freezer, it was going to be a flavorless clump of mush.

I’m happy to report a very different finding lately! In this package …

bag of delicious vegetables from Trader Joe's

Freezer aisle delicacy

not only are the cauliflower and Romanesco solid and delicious, but…I mean, what is Romanesco?! It’s like futuristic delicacy meets edible art!

Trader Joe's offers the coolest food

Edible art: Cool food in the frozen section.

Wikipedia starts its description of Romanesco as follows:

“Romanesco broccoli, or Roman cauliflower, is an edible flower of the species Brassica oleracea, and a variant form of cauliflower. First documented in Italy, it is light green in color and is a natural approximation of a fractal.”

Whatever it is, it’s yummy and pretty. And the garlic butter is just as tasty as it was for the serving of Beans so Green I enjoyed a week or two ago.

Thank you, again, Trader Joe’s!

And thank you for visiting Things I Love at Trader Joe’s! Have you tried/seen Romanesco? Any favorite recipes? What are your thoughts?

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Related links:

Romanesco: How to choose, store and prepare (L.A. Times)

Try a new vegetable: Romanesco

Bean So Green from Trader Joe’s

28 Jan

The green beans are delicious. And I love the cauliflower in the mix. But I have to admit, the garlic butter is addictive.

Beans, cauliflower and garlic butter.

Beans, cauliflower and garlic butter.

I’m somewhat skeptical of frozen veggies. Often, they cook up limp and mushy. I was pleasantly surprised with this bag of veggie goodness. However, I might be talking out of rose-colored taste buds from the yummy garlic butter.

Thank you, TJ’s!

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

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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.

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

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Related Links:

Butternut squash recipes – AllRecipes

Sweet potato recipes – Southern Living

Sweet potatoes with balsamic maple glaze – Cooking with TJ

A Thanksgiving post: Top six reasons I’m thankful for Trader Joe’s

21 Nov

There are so many reasons I love Trader Joe’s. I thought I’d offer a few of them here:

1) Friendly

A pumpkin welcome sign

Welcome to the tasting station. Welcome to Trader Joe’s.

It’s the feeling you get when you walk in the door, when you’re sampling a snack at the tasting bar and when you’re chatting with the cashier while you’re checking out. The smiling. The helpfulness. The amazing return policy.

I’ve been to many businesses that are friendly. Trader Joe’s takes friendliness to another level. It’s part of the culture.

2) Personal

The service is personal and so is the packaging.

3) Fun

Find the walrus at Trader Joe's

Find the walrus at Trader Joe’s

Find the walrus and get some candy. Best thing since sliced PBJs for the 6-and-under set.

4) Animal friendly

Puffin cereal from Trader Joe's

Puffin friendly

5) Cheaper than most

Just check out a couple of my price check posts:

Price check: Coffee filters

Price check: Fage yogurt

Price check: Kind Plus energy bar

6) Good food

And after all the other nice-to-have qualities, the bottom line is that the food is good. The Yum Factor is high.

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Happy Thanksgiving, Trader Joe’s! You have my undying gratitude for all you do to give your customers the best shopping experience.

And Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! I’m grateful for your support. Thank you for visiting Things I Love at Trader Joe’s!

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Trader Joe’s: All stores will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving, Nov. 22

Thanksgiving sides cheat sheet

Thanksgiving stuffing from Trader Joe’s

19 Nov

Thanksgiving dinner is my favorite organized, national meal of the year. It’s the night to come together in group form to eat homemade comfort food.

Trader Joe’s offers short cuts to comfort. Their Chicken Sausage and Cornbread Stuffing makes it easy to deliver a yummy essential to the dinner table quickly.

Box of stuffing from Trader Joe's

Box of stuffing from Trader Joe’s

Stuffing in a pan

What’s inside the box: Pan of stuffing

Or maybe you’re like me. The T-day dinner is a made-from-scratch spread. I’m often, gratefully, at someone else’s house, so I return home to a refrigerator lacking in one of the best outcomes of a traditional Thanksgiving – leftovers.

Needing a bigger fix of yams, masheds, turkey, gravy, green beans and stuffing, I look around for smaller quantities. I’m thinking this year, TJ’s pan of stuffing will be on my week-after menu.

Thank you, Trader Joe’s.

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

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Related Links:

Review from Club Trader Joe’s

Nutrition info

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