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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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