Worthy Wines to Pair and Share

December 12, 2016 in Category: Wine Insider

December holds many opportunities for celebration. Which wines are party-worthy? Here are five we’ve chosen (there are many more on our shelves). We think each one of these wines is worthy to share—whether entertaining in your home among family and friends, or presenting with a bow at your neighbor’s doorstep. We’ve also paired these wines with five diverse cheeses in hopes that as this year comes to a close, Trader Joe’s can help you create a few more occasions worthy of remembrance…

Falling Into Chips & Dips

October 17, 2016 in Category: Entertaining

In addition to signaling the arrival of more pumpkin products than you can imagine, fall indicates another season, of sorts: the opening of (a lot of) parties season! Parties, get-togethers, gatherings, celebrations, carouses, bashes, festivities — they happen year round, but seem to exponentially multiply come autumn. And no matter the occasion, no other soirée-snack combination is as ubiquitous (or necessary, in our opinion) as the chip and the dip.

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...

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