Three Romantic Words: Chocolate Lava Cake

by Deana Gunn on February 11, 2014 · 0 comments

ChocolateLavaCakeAny plans for Valentine’s Day? This year you may want to skip the crowds and reservations and tables of tense couples. Nothing is more romantic than a quiet homemade meal with just the two of you — maybe even something you cook together. Here are a few easy recipes that you can make together leisurely while enjoying a glass of wine or bubbles.

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Yes, Soup for You! January is Soup Month

by Deana Gunn January 10, 2014

It’s been chilly (even here in San Diego) and the darker nights and cooler temps are making me think about cozier dinners.  Cold winter months are the perfect time to warm up with comforting homemade soups. Homemade doesn’t have to mean time-consuming, though. In fact, most soups are easy and a great way to use […]...

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Easy, Yet Fabulous, Trader Joe’s Gift Baskets

by Deana Gunn December 11, 2013

Who would like a Trader Joe’s gift basket or care package? Someone you know, of course! Trader Joe’s has an incredible number of holiday items right now and it’s so much fun to put together a gift basket.  There are even cute gift sets of chocolate bars, coffees, and salt scrubs.  Put together a basket […]...

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Thanksgiving, Trader Joe’s Style

by Deana Gunn November 25, 2013

Do you love Thanksgiving, but cringe at the stress leading up to it? The turkey can be relatively effortless – simply stuff with lemon, garlic & herbs, rub the outside with olive oil, and roast to perfection while enjoying a glass of wine and good music. If you’re in charge of cooking the bird, Trader […]...

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Nugget, Biscuit, Nugget in a Biscuit…

by Deana Gunn November 23, 2013

My 11-year-old son thinks this Nugget in a Biscuit youtube video is hilarious. If you don’t, it’s probably because you’re not an 11-year-old boy. So when we were in Trader Joe’s together this week, he asked if we could please make it. Why not. I told him to go ahead and round up the ingredients. […]...

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Fire Roasted Pepper Frittata (Crustless Quiche)

by Deana Gunn November 7, 2013

A frittata is a crustless quiche, versatile enough to work for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. Doing away with the crust makes it lighter, gluten-free, and much lower in calories and fat. The main ingredient is egg, with various veggies and flavorings mixed in, often including shredded or grated cheese. This healthy recipe is made […]...

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Halloween, Trader Joe’s style

by Deana Gunn October 22, 2013

Halloween is right around the corner!  My 11-year old has finished his homemade BMO (“Beemo” from Adventure Time) costume. My 9-year-old daughter is a very lovely Lady Galadriel (Store-bought dress, but we made her crown and pendant from silver polymer clay and silver and gold duct tape.)  I dress up every year too. Last year […]...

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Pumpkin Mania at Trader Joe’s

by Wona Miniati October 7, 2013

Have you noticed the mega EXPLOSION of pumpkin products at Trader Joe’s this month? I’m used to seeing pumpkin products emerge this time of year, but TJ’s buyers seem to have gone a little pumpkin crazy this time around!...

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