Exposé on Exposed Cakes

April 25, 2016 in Category: Entertaining

The notion of crafting exposed cakes bears the potential to lay bare one’s real baking capabilities. If that is in your bad dream realm; or, rather, you just covet convenience and the achievement of intriguing complexity, we are uncovering an incredible advantage: Trader Joe’s baking mixes.

Five Ways to Rosé

April 04, 2016 in Category: Wine Insider

A rose (rohz) is a flower. Rosé (row-ZAY), a wine. The accent aigu over “e” is your cue. Roses are red, white, yellow… Rosés are pink—or some variant, thereof. This spectrum of salmon-shades results when wine makers limit the length of time grapes skins soak in fermenting grape juice. Less time = lighter wine. A rosé is born! But it’s not only about pronunciation and color. Rosés—crafted from the same grape varieties as regular reds—have...

Nacho Playbook: Pile It On!

February 01, 2016 in Category: Entertaining

We would argue that the Big Game is just as much about Big Eating as it is about enjoying a great game of football.  But we might be biased. Whether you’re more interested in the action on the field or the action in the kitchen, there is one thing we can all agree upon: nachos are delicious.  So when it comes to Big Game Big Eating, pile it on!

Need some inspiration? Our trio of off-the-beaten-path nacho recipes always earns the extra points. Ready to make your play? Pick and choose products from our Special Teams to strategize an impressive Game Day creation of your very own. Carefully selected, these ingredients can be combined this way, that way, the other way…any way you pile it, you are sure to produce nacho average nachos—guaranteed to impress nacho traditionalists and nacho pioneers alike. 

Go savory. Go sweet. Go pile it on!

Build A Crostini-Rootini Bar

December 27, 2015 in Category: Entertaining

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!  

Guide To Avoiding Abominable Cheese Platters

December 15, 2014 in Category: Guides

Learn how to turn your cheese platters from monstrous to marvelous in three easy steps! Step 1: Don't Overdo It. Too many cheese varieties will overwhelm your palate and your guests