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During summer, the Italian countryside is blanketed in gold by fields of girasole (GEE-rah-so-LAY), known in English as sunflowers. The eponymous ravioli is cut to resemble the daisy-like flower heads. One might say, then, that Girasoli is the pasta of summer.We thought a summer pasta sounded sensational and wanted our Girasloli to capture the radiance and warmth of its namesake. We turned to our revered Italian pasta makers for a recipe. Committed to preserving regional culinary traditions, they presented us with a fine Ricotta & Lemon Zest Pasta in the style of Sicily, using real Sicilian lemons. It starts with...

More Than a Mouthful Trek Mix is a blend of: Dried cranberries from Massachusetts, dry roasted California almonds bathed in 58% cacao dark chocolate and sprinkled with crystalline Turbinado (aka Demerara) sugar and coarse sea salt from the San Francisco Bay, roasted and salted pumpkin seeds (aka pepitas) from Mexico, and crunchy pretzel nibs with a Greek yogurt flavored coating... Say that ten times fast! While a quick reading of that description may be impossible, it should give you some idea as to where we came up with the name. You may recognize the...

Sprouted Red Jasmine Rice

September 01, 2014 in

Rice, like a young child, has unrealized potential. When a child “sprouts,” she begins to walk, talk, and grow all of those fabulous attributes that make humans such interesting creatures. Trader Joe’s Sprouted Red Jasmine Rice may not walk or talk, but having been allowed to sprout—even just a little bit—it possesses an enhanced character, making it a much more interesting cereal grain. Coming from the Chiang Mai area of northern Thailand, our special variety of long grain Red Rice has not been milled, leaving the germ intact. Its reddish-brown exterior comes from the presence of anthocyanin (pigment) in the...