August 12, 2013

I heart Trader Joe's

Have you been to Trader Joe's lately? I'm kind of hit or miss there because it's a little ways from my house but I've been stopping by more often because I keep finding amazing things (and I may or may not have been stalking the cookie butter that was in and out of stock. I hear its back now- and on Amazon of course. Too funny). The frozen fruit is great for smoothies and really well priced. On the way to the pineapple one day I saw these Chocolate Covered Sea Salt Butterscotch Caramels and couldn't resist. They taste like super charged Milk Duds. Milk Duds for grown ups (but my kids loved them too).

Trader Joe's has the best salad stuff. I made an easy balsamic vinaigrette with their vinegar and Spanish olive oil (thanks to my BFF Natalie for the recommendation on the olive oil!) Toss it over their salad greens, goat cheese (also cheap and delicious), pecans, and you have a pretty dang close knock off of the French Country Salad from the Cheesecake Factory. They also sell these beets in the refridgerated section. I used them at my Bastille Day dinner and happily sliced them and threw them on the salad instead of roasting and peeling and ending up with a crazy messy kitchen right before my big dinner party. I do still want to try making them from scratch, though...

Their Yukon Gold Potatoes are seriously delicious, too. They make the most amazing mashed potatoes. My little man loves the honey whole wheat pretzel sticks (I like to dip them in the roasted rep pepper hummus). Baby Strawberry swears the JoJo's taste better than real Oreos and she's a chocolate and carbohydrate connoisseur.

What do you like at Trader Joe's? I'm always looking for something new to try...


  1. I'm in love with their baking chocolate - it's very reasonably priced and delicious! Their cocoa powder is another favorite. And don't even get me started on the Jo-Jos :)

  2. I have never tried their baking chocolate or their cocoa powder, it's going to have to go on my list right away! Thanks for the recommendation Tracey!

  3. their frozen potstickers, their version of Mexican wedding cookies, their mini almond biscotti, dried fruit, nuts, some of their crackers, packages of diced pancetta that go into a risotto I love...

    I also find here that they have the best prices on dairy (milk, eggs, cream, buttermilk, plain yogurt)Much cheaper than the supermarket (though the sell-by dates seem to be a little closer).

  4. Trader Joe's is my favorite store. I buy almost everything there. The quality is always great. We actually make a delicious dessert with their baking chocolate: pot au chocolat!

  5. chocolate croissants. Not bad for a special Sunday treat. They come in a pack of four, frozen. Thaw overnight and bake in the morning.