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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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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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Raw Fennel Apple Salad Recipe

by Deana Gunn September 17, 2013

Friends and family know the three things I eat nearly every day – almonds, apples, and raw fennel. I love them and they are my snack staples. You might not be surprised at the almonds and apples, but most people raise an eyebrow at raw fennel.  Either they’ve never had fennel or they’ve never had […]...

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Nutty Wild Rice Salad

by Deana Gunn October 6, 2012

Wild rice has wonderful nutty flavor and hearty texture making it perfect for salads, stuffings, pilaf, and soups.  On the down side, it also takes a long time to cook.  The good news is that Trader Joe’s has fully cooked Wild Rice, sold in 1-lb shelf stable packages.  It’s ready in two minutes – all […]...

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Watermelon Cucumber Salad: Summer in a Bowl

by Wona Miniati July 30, 2012

I have been buying watermelons almost every week this summer.  For a short while, Trader Joe’s had yellow-flesh watermelons, but they disappeared almost as quickly as they arrived.  If you happen to see any, grab one while you can.  They are super sweet and make for a pretty fruit salad. I first had watermelon cucumber […]...

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A Valentine’s Picnic (Indoor or Out), Trader Joe’s style

by CelinesCuisine February 9, 2012

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away and having dinner en tête à tête (one-on-one) with your loved one in a restaurant on Valentine’s day is certainly a romantic idea, but if the restaurant is packed, the service sub par, the food cold and overpriced, this could end up not being romantic at all… […]...

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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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Asian Cucumber Salad by Judith Sarchielli

by Wona Miniati August 18, 2011

Have you discovered Perisan cucumbers yet? They’re small, thin-skinned cucumbers that are amazingly crisp and sweet. When picked at their peak of sweetness, these cucumbers are 4-5 inches long and have no seeds. If left to grow bigger, they will develop seeds and a bitter taste, so enjoy them small....

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