Shishito trader joes 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.” Read More »

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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Something New on the Grill this 4th

by Deana Gunn July 2, 2014

The 4th of July is the country’s most popular grilling day, so it’s likely that you’ll either be throwing a barbeque or going to a friend’s barbeque this weekend.  If you’re looking for something beyond burgers and hot dogs, consider putting some of these on the grill: Pizza – Trader Joe’s has premade pizza dough […]...

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Easy Trader Joe’s Brunch Recipes for Mom

by Deana Gunn May 8, 2014

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” — T. Jordan Or if she has a sweet tooth and is awesome at fractions, she’ll make everyone happy. Either way, I love that quote. Here is a quick roundup […]...

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Slow Cooker (Crockpot) Salsa Chicken

by Deana Gunn April 25, 2014

Wishing dinner was ready for you upon your arrival home? Let your slow cooker do the work, and you can have dinner hot and waiting as you walk in the door. Slow cookers are great for stews, meats, and veggies, especially when the recipes don’t require any prep work. I love recipes when all the […]...

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Three Romantic Words: Chocolate Lava Cake

by Deana Gunn February 11, 2014

Any 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 […]...

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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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