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Build Your Own Sundae Ice Cream Social

August 03, 2015 in Holidays and Gatherings

Dating back to the 18th century, the Ice Cream Social still reigns as a leading medium to foster community. The only technology you need is a scoop. That’s why, when we think about celebrating National Ice Cream Month, as proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984...

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Throw A Fiesta - TJ's Style

May 05, 2015 in Holidays and Gatherings

A signature drink can set the tone of a fiesta. Inspired by the Margarita, a legendary beverage that carries as many great origin myths as it does recipes, we started mixing and blending using our fresh Limeade as the base. With only four simple ingredients: water, sugar, lime juice, and lemon juice, it’s bright and quenching with a [fist pump] tartness to it. It is the essence of refreshment and welcomes the creation of a cocktail

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Fancy Brunch Bites

March 18, 2015 in Holidays and Gatherings

In 1895, Guy Beringer put brunch on the map when he published “Brunch: A Plea” in the British periodical “Hunters Weekly.” In his overture to this breakfast-meets-lunch meal, the tone was set: “Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting. It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” A century later, brunch is as liberating and invigorating as ever.  To gear up for Spring – high brunching season – we put our culinary whimsy to work, taking three Trader Joe’s tried-and-true – Polenta, Buttermilk Biscuits & Trader Potato Tots – and transforming them each into single-serving, “fancy” muffinized brunch bites. They’re naturally “cheerful, sociable and inciting,” naturally.

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Irish-ish for a Day

March 11, 2015 in Holidays and Gatherings

On March 17, everyone’s Irish for a day. Hungry folk of Irish ilk (and many who are just Irish-ish) flock to their local pub where simple sausages become “Bangers” and regular potatoes, “Mash.” However, if you were to pull up a bar stool at the public house in Dublin, Ireland on that day, you’d find your beer to be markedly dark—not green. Corned Beef would be as elusive on the menu as a four-leaf clover, and the only “Kelly” at the bar might be that Celtic fella several stools down. Guinness gracious, what gives?!

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Transcendental Hand Pies: Where baking and mathematics unite!

February 27, 2015 in Holidays and Gatherings

Inextricably linked by name* and geometry**, Pi and Pie go hand in hand. So, in honor of National Pi (π) Day – 3/14 – we geeked out and baked a trio of Transcendental Hand Pies. Using Trader Joe’s pre-made-from-scratch (using real butter) Frozen Pie Crusts as our constant, crafting these circular, palm-able pastries is as easy as… oh… pie...

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Spread The Love

February 02, 2015 in Holidays and Gatherings

It’s been said that the fastest way to the heart is through the stomach. So if you're looking to spread the love, then here are a few recipes, featuring famous Trader Joe’s spreads, that cut straight to the heart...

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Big Game Bites: Three Plays, Two Ways

January 26, 2015 in Holidays and Gatherings

The food around football watching has become an equally Big Game. To score smartly and soundly takes strategy. Trader Joe’s Big Game Bites “playbook” gives you three easy-to-follow plays in two ways. Our “BLITZ” recipes accommodate the need for speed—they can be executed in 15 minutes or less

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Build A Crostini-Rootini Bar

December 01, 2014 in Holidays and Gatherings

At the peak of entertaining season, when the edibles seem endless, distinguish your fête fare by engaging your eaters in a build-it-yourself Crostini-Rootini Bar. Crostino is Italian for “little crust” and the eponymous appetizer has traditionally been crafted of thin slices of toasted or grilled bread that can be dressed with an assortment of toppings (spreads, toppings, garnishes). While simple in concept – a base with toppings – the possibilities for expressing culinary gumption are glorious!  

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