IMG_6768Right around March 1 of every year, I place a cup of lentils or wheat in water and sprout them in anticipation of Persian New Year, also called Norouz. The sprouts grow into a tall green grass that is symbolic of rebirth and one of the elements on the ceremonial table spread set up for Norouz. The spread is called “Sofreh Haft Sinn” which translates as the “table of the seven S’s,” with each symbolic element starting with Read More »

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BLT Panzanella

by Deana Gunn March 7, 2016

Panzanella is a Tuscan-born veggie salad with chewy bread cubes soaked with tasty salad dressing. We put a spin on the classic BLT (bacon, lettuce, and tomato) sandwich and dreamt it up as a panzanella, where the bread cubes soak up the tangy balsamic vinaigrette and the rich bacon drippings. Use leftover Italian or French […]...

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Raspberry Baked Brie

by Deana Gunn February 18, 2016

Baked Brie is one of the most popular appetizers I make; even the kids love it. When I was a kid, every holiday season my mom would buy a huge apricot baked Brie from the local grocer. Even though I was a picky eater as a kid, baked Brie was one of my favorite things. […]...

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Thai Potsticker Soup

by Deana Gunn February 3, 2016

Potstickers, also known as gyoza, are savory Asian dumplings filled with chicken, pork, shrimp, or vegetables. Trader Joe’s has several varieties all in the frozen section. Frozen potstickers are staples in our freezer, ready to be pan cooked, combined with stir-fried veggies, or used in a soup like we have here....

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Five Ingredients or Fewer: Our newest Trader Joe’s cookbook is HERE!

by Deana Gunn December 8, 2015

It’s here! We’re proud to introduce our newest Trader Joe’s cookbook using ingredients from our favorite store, Trader Joe’s. We started in 2007 with the original Cooking with All Things Trader Joe’s. We started selling the books one by one out of our garage and word spread organically and quickly; all of a sudden we […]...

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Blistered Shishito Peppers – how to prepare this new Trader Joe’s item

by Deana Gunn February 11, 2015

Something new caught my eye as I was picking up my usual staples in the refrigerated produce section at Trader Joe’s. It was a  package of Shishito peppers. I’ve had these small green peppers a few times at restaurants and wine bars, usually pan fried with the thin skin “blistered.”...

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Chicken Pesto Panini (without a panini press)

by Deana Gunn November 7, 2014

A panini is a pressed and toasted sandwich, served hot. They are usually made with a panini press, a two-sided grill that you close on top of the sandwich, kind of like a waffle maker. However, you don’t need this special appliance to make a panini. A panini press uses the weight of the lid […]...

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Lazy Summer Breakfasts

by Deana Gunn July 17, 2014

Remember when we were kids, and summer vacation seemed to last forever? What happened?! Now before I know it, I feel like I’m buying pumpkins and sewing Halloween costumes. After years of enthusiastically packing in summer camps and vacations and being tireless summer warriors, I decided to slow things down and unschedule us a bit. […]...

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