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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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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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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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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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Easy Lunchbox Meals My Kids Eat

by Deana Gunn September 11, 2013

I have a few standbys that I pack in my kids’ lunchboxes – Turkey Rollups, Black Bean Soup, and of course leftovers (anything from roasted chicken and veggies to quiche).  I try new foods and sometimes they really surprise me.  One of their surprising favorites this summer was baby spinach salad with all kinds of […]...

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Tips on Freezing Foods

by Deana Gunn November 13, 2012

Do you (or have you) ever done batch freezing of meals for convenience?  I recently had someone ask me about the best way to freeze servings of meals and I thought I’d share my tips here with you.  I don’t freeze meals very often, since I rely more heavily on quick and easy recipes, but […]...

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Chia Energy Drink Recipe (Chia Fresca)

by Deana Gunn August 10, 2012

I was wondering when Trader Joe’s was going to start carrying chia seeds, and here they are!  I’ve been buying chia seeds on and off for years (even longer than that if you count Chia Pets.  Ch-ch-ch-chia!), but I didn’t fall in love with them until I read “Born to Run” and came up with […]...

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Cooking in dorms and small spaces (a.k.a. Make friends, eat well, and avoid the Freshman 15!)

by Deana Gunn January 24, 2012

I always tell people that if there was a Trader Joe’s near me when I was in college, life would have been different back then! I recently had a chance to interview Zach Stafford, college cook extraordinaire, about cooking in small spaces.  Whether a dorm room, a studio, or even temporary digs in a hotel […]...

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