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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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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Fig & Prosciutto Roll-Ups

by Wona Miniati December 8, 2012

With holiday season parties in sight, it’s nice to have easy appetizers you can count on.  That’s what we had in mind when we ran our holiday appetizer contest last week, and today we’re sharing one of the winners. Michelle T. sent us this classy and easy appetizer idea.  We loved the contrast of flavors […]...

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Finger Foods for Thanksgiving

by CelinesCuisine November 19, 2011

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, […]...

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Roasted Artichokes

by Wona Miniati May 16, 2011

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 […]...

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Pumpkin Hummus and other Halloween treats

by Wona Miniati October 28, 2010

Today’s recipe idea comes from Jamie Davidson , a weight management coach in the San Francisco bay area.  Jamie has long taught cooking classes using Costco and Trader Joe’s products, and her classes are very popular.  We were exchanging emails about Halloween plans and she mentioned making pumpkin hummus and serving with homemade chips using […]...

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Soy-Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms (and Trader Joe’s Party Tips)

by Deana Gunn October 19, 2010

Trader Joe’s is a great resource when you’re entertaining, whether it’s the variety of affordable wines, the selection of cheeses and other ready-to-go appetizers, or time-saving ingredients for feeding a crowd with ease.    I recently interviewed cooking instructor and food blogger Tracy Holleran about her best entertaining tips, her favorite TJ party helpers, and her […]...

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Pigs-In-A-Duvet, cousins to Pigs-In-A-Blanket

by Wona Miniati August 19, 2010

No cocktail hour is complete without Pigs-in-a-Blanket, sausages or hot dogs wrapped in dough.  Our upscale and healthier version of this popular hors d’oeuvres is made with prosciutto and asparagus.  They’re easy to assemble and popular with kids and adults alike.  In fact, whenever I make these for a birthday party, picnic, or potluck, it’s […]...

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