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Mom’s cure for the common cold

4 Jan

Mom had one word when we started coughing, sneezing or aching: garlic.

Garlic: Delicious, natural healing from Trader Joe's

Garlic: Nature’s antibiotic

I’ve seen people scoff at the idea. I’ve also felt a ton better after taking a garlic “treatment.”

One evening I saw the revelation occur firsthand. Our family was eating at an Italian restaurant. The waiter was not feeling well, looking red in the face and pretty puny. Mom told him to go in the kitchen, get a slice of bread or a little pasta, chop up one or two cloves of garlic and eat it.

He was clearly skeptical but, perhaps because his resistance was down and his fever was climbing, he did as Mom said. The guy came back about 5 to 10 minutes later with the look of shock on his face. “I feel better!” he said. (And none of us got sick from his budding germs, probably because there was enough garlic in our spaghetti!)

Garlic is used as a seasoning in many cultures, and medicinally. I call it “nature’s antibiotic” – it boosts your immune system to help fight off germs.  It’s said to cure conditions or aid in general good health. I believe it!

Tip from Mom

Besides eating a couple of cloves of raw garlic, like our waiter did, Mom also used cloves like lozenges.

How to suck on a garlic clove

You take two cloves of garlic and peel off the outer husk without breaking the skin of the clove. Suck on the first clove for an hour – again, don’t bite it or break the skin in any way. Throw away that clove and then suck on the second one for an hour. I saw her cure a severe bout of sinusitis by doing that!

Thank you for your natural meds, Trader Joe’s.

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Book review: The Healing Power of Garlic

Garlic nutrition facts

The best roasted chicken. Here’s why.

14 Nov

A whole chicken that’s been roasted, sitting in its tasty warm juices at the grocery store near you to feed your family instantly for less than $10 is one of the best things about life in the 21st century.

I always wondered, why are these chickens so over-the-top, even dangerously, delicious? Seriously. I used to buy roasted chickens from a nearby grocery store, pre-Trader Joe’s. I would devour those things!

The chicken aroma was almost too much to bear in the car on the drive home. I was hardly in the door when I tore the plastic shell apart and became a beast, chowing on legs and thighs and breast meat, grease flying, soiling napkin after napkin, until being so full that I fell into a poultry-induced coma.

Did you catch the key word to the secret ingredient? “Grease.”

I looked on the nutrition label and before the mention of spice or seasoning, there it was – roasted in oil.

Enter Trader Joe’s version of the baked bird. Yummy seasoning, tender meat, no mention of oil. And if I missed some technical language or small print, at the very least, it wasn’t swimming in oil the way other groceries serve their hens.

Roasted chicken from Trader Joe's

Pure deliciousness, without the oiliness.

The best roasted chicken – delicious, easy and without swimming in oil. That’s why.

Thank you, Trader Joe’s.

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

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Epicurious: Simple roast chicken

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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Uses of the cinnamon broom

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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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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

Frozen:

Basil bits from the freezer section

Dried:

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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