Cooking with Trader Joe’s Recipes
Mixing juices, beverages, teas, and various liqueurs is always fun. It’s like being in a chemistry classroom. Sometimes being creative with what you have handy in the pantry or fridge can give great surprises! One evening a friend and her husband stopped by for an impromptu quick dinner, and we discovered a fabulous drink – […]
I always tell people that if there was a Trader Joe’s near me when I was in college, life would have been different back then!I recently had a chance to interview Zach Stafford, college cook extraordinaire, about cooking in small spaces. Whether a dorm room, a studio, or even temporary digs in a hotel or […]
Whether it was during your January resolutions or bikini season or a health-conscious lightbulb moment, you’ve probably considered a detox at some point. In fact, we even have a 7-day detox outlined in Cooking with Trader Joe’s Cookbook: SKINNY DISH! But what does a Detox actually do? Does it just dissolve the champagne and gingerbread […]
The Orange Chocolate Cake in SKINNY DISH! is a simple, versatile, rich, and moist cake concoction. It can be frosted, sprinkled, or birthday-caked in the shape of She-Ra: Princess of Power’s tiara, and still pass the kid meter with high scores.Just 10 minutes of prep, 35 minutes of baking, and 225 calories per generous slice.
Kale chips are one of my all-time favorite homemade snacks. People often say they’re uber healthy cousins to potato chips. I think they’re closer to roasted seaweed, as they’re ultra light and crisp. I make big batches of kale chips whenever I can and keep them handy for round-the-clock snacking.I was inspired to make an especially […]
My in-laws have a tradition of making a huge pot of turkey soup the day after Thanksgiving. It’s a great way to use every last bit of the bird, and you’ll have enough to freeze several batches to enjoy throughout the winter months. Our kids love Nonno’s turkey soup!In addition to using up leftover turkey, […]
I love the Thanksgiving holiday season. When we left France and moved to the United States, I completely embraced this American tradition. Every year my kids become more enthusiastic about everything related to Thanksgiving and we never skip the roasted turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce ritual. However, since we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in France, my […]
Goat cheese, dates, bacon, and apricot sauce… How can those ingredients not be good together?? My husband tasted this dish last week and actually announced it was the best thing I had ever created. Who knew?The combination of sweet dates, smoky bacon, and tangy goat cheese work great together as a stuffing for juicy chicken thighs. […]
This pita sandwich isn’t just for camping trips, but it’s become a standard on our most recent ones. Wona introduced me to it years ago (pre-kids, so it really was years ago!) when we backpacked around Big Sur together with my husband and her soon-to-be husband. My favorite memory on that trip still makes me […]
It’s hard for me to pick a favorite dessert. Because, truth be told, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth. That may be because I grew up in an Asian family where dessert usually consisted of a platter of fresh fruit. Thus I’ve always been drawn to desserts that are lighter and less sugary […]
Fig Butter made its debut on Trader Joe shelves recently, and from the moment I laid eyes on it, I knew it would be love at first bite. I rushed home to recreate a sandwich I’d had in Sonoma (wine country), bursting with flavors of sweet fig, sharp cheese, and salty prosciutto.The definition of a […]
Have you discovered Perisan cucumbers yet? They’re small, thin-skinned cucumbers that are amazingly crisp and sweet. When picked at their peak of sweetness, these cucumbers are 4-5 inches long and have no seeds. If left to grow bigger, they will develop seeds and a bitter taste, so enjoy them small.
Spinach or arugula? Arugula or spinach? I use them interchangeably, and they’re both longtime regulars on our dinner table. Arugula is actually in the mustard family and has a peppery kick, similar to radishes. Arugula is terrific in salads, sandwiches, and even on pizza. But here I make them the star ingredient in a delectable […]
Did you cheer like I did, to discover that Trader Joe’s now carries kale? It’s one the things Deana and I often commented to each other that we wished Trader Joe’s carried. And now they do! Hallelujah! I snatched up a bag and hurried home to make dinner, determined to make kale the star ingredient.I […]
It seems that more and more people are going gluten-free these days – either discovering a gluten allergy or intolerance, or just finding that being gluten-free simply suits them better. Meet Denise Mack, wedding photojournalist, mommy blogger, and avid gluten-free cook. Denise went gluten-free after years of struggling with digestive issues and extreme fatigue. After […]
I love making traditional basil pesto – by the end of summer, my vegetable garden is bursting with huge, bushy basil plants (that started life in the spring as a Trader Joe’s $2.99 live basil plant).
Roasted potatoes are simple to make and require only a few simple ingredients: garlic, rosemary, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Creamy on the inside, crisp and perfectly seasoned on the outside – they go wonderfully with so many dishes, from breakfast to dinner. A bonus is the resulting delicious, homey aroma that fills the house. […]
If asked what his favorite vegetable is, my 4-year-old son Nico will usually chirp, “Artichokie!!!” He cannot resist grabbing one whenever he sees them on shelves. Trader Joe’s has them in abundance right now, so on our most recent biweekly trip to TJ’s, he grabbed a giant one in each hand and announced we were having […]
Did you stay up all night (or wake up early, for those of you on the east coast) to watch the royal wedding live? I set the DVR and will be getting together with my weekly movie buddy to watch it at a more civilized hour. I still remember watching Charles and Di’s wedding with […]
When we sit down at the table to eat, it sometimes seems as though we’re sitting down with our childhood memories and the ghosts of generations past. Doesn’t food do that to all of us? Dishes that you grew up with, recipes that your grandmother learned from her mother, the aroma of certain foods that […]