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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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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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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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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