Charlie Brown: I can’t cook a Thanksgiving dinner. All I can make is cold cereal and maybe toast.
- Charles Schulz
Whether your copping a Charlie Brown attitude or your looking for a little assist, Trader Joe’s is on your sides when it comes to the holidays. We carry a quality collection of freshly prepared, heat-and-serve sides that are made for us by trusted partners, according to well-vetted recipes. New to our we’ve-got-you-covered-from-all-sides anthology of freshly prepared dishes is...Read More
Snacking is compelled by cravings. Sometimes you crave something sweet, and other times—salty. Sometimes you want a handful of fluffy popcorn, and other times—loud, crunchy chips. Then, there are the times when you want it all... and then some. For just those times, we are excited to introduce Trader Joe’s Kettle Popped Sweet & Salty Popcorn Chips. Made for us by Brooklyn-based innovators in better-for-you snacking, the core of these amped, whole grain snacking chips is...Read More
Our November Spotlight cheese has a lot going for it. It’s cheddar, for one. That single fact alone puts it near the top spot of favorite U.S. cheeses. But this is not just any cheddar. As suggested by its name, Trader Joe’s Raw Milk Smoked Cheddar has some unique characteristics that contribute to its very enticing profile. It starts with milk that comes from cows that have never been treated with rBST. The milk itself is “raw” (unheated), which allows the varieties of naturally present bacteria to...Read More
At the time I write, the glory of the truffle has now reached its culmination... [it] is the very diamond of gastronomy.
—Jean Antheleme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste (1825)
It would seam that Brillat-Savarin spoke too soon. It’s 2014 and “the very diamond of gastronomy” is still top-of-palate. The prevailing allure of truffles inspired us to put forth this heady wonder—Trader Joe’s Truffle Salami—exclusively for the holiday season. It all starts in the beautiful Italian region of Umbria, where truffle hunters roam the hills with their trained dogs, who sniff out these lumpy mushrooms when they’re ripe, one at a time, as they have for centuries. The black summer truffles (or tartufi in Italian) are...Read More
When the tasting panel tried these Iced Cranberry Orange Scone Cookies, a rare silence filled the air. They weren’t stunned. And certainly, they were not disappointed. They just had too much Scone Cookie in their mouths. Stuffed mouths speak loudly. Made for us by a mom-and-daughter duo from Northern California, Trader Joe’s Iced Cranberry Orange Scone Cookies are soft, dense and crumbly, like a homemade scone—and at the same time—rich and moist, like a butter cookie. Topped with a simple, powdered sugar glaze, their bite presents a...Read More
Last December, we were reading about a chef’s foray into turkey-cranberry sausage. The words leapt off of the pages into our mouths—giving us a taste for Thanksgiving in a sausage. With palates piqued, we set out to create our own version that would be the perfect foil for our famous Stuffing Mix. Sausage and stuffing—Yes! Our buyers searched for...Read More
Roundish, greenish, and streaky, it could easily be mistaken for a pumpkin dressed in a Halloween costume. One look and it becomes clear that green is a very becoming color for a pumpkin. But this isn’t a pumpkin—at least not a traditional, Western-style pumpkin. Rather, this green marvel is a Kabocha Squash, often described as a “Japanese pumpkin,” due to the similarity of its shape, and the sweetness of its flesh. Kabocha Squash is...Read More
Next time you’re craving French fries, we recommend getting back to your roots... Trader Joe’s Julienned Root Vegetables, to be more specific. This new item from our freezers is a medley of root-worthy tubers, including carrots, beets, parsnips, and sweet potatoes. We take the whole roots and slice them—long and thin—in a style the French call julienne. But we don’t deep-fry these “fries.” Instead, we lightly toss them in olive oil just before dusting them with cracked pepper, garlic, brown sugar, salt, and other spices. You get the pleasure of...Read More
Along with colorful leaves, pumpkins, and increasingly blustery days, we find the simple apple to be one of the greatest indicators of fall’s debut. It shows up baked in a holiday pies, impaled on sticks and caramel-wrapped, and even afloat in water-filled bobbing barrels. At Trader Joe’s, we get especially excidered… er… exCITED, for the yield of seasonal pressed pommes, and we think our 100% Honey Crisp Apple Cider is undiluted autumn joy in a glass (or mug)...Read More