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Eggplant Parmigiana with Grilled Eggplant

March 09, 2015 in What's New

Eggplant is the forebear of all Parmigiana (a.k.a. “Parmesan,” or for those who prefer the casual, “parm”). And the original Eggplant Parmigiana hails from Italy. Where exactly in Italy is a topic of much debate. While its name infers that it is cooked “Parma-style” and therefore suggests it has roots in the Emilia-Romagna region in the north, the showcasing of eggplant—a fruit abundant throughout southern Italy—would indicate its roots are closer to the tip of the boot. Let us be clear; We are not affirming the origin of this dish, but for our Eggplant Parmigiana with Grilled Eggplant, we went to...

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Isle of Man Cheddar with Scallions & Roasted Onions

March 06, 2015 in What's New

Dairy has been produced on the tiny Isle of Man since Viking times, but it wasn’t until after World War I that a dairy-farmer co-op was formed around the economic challenges posed by post-war politics. This co-op of over forty family-owned dairy farms still exists today as the “Isle of Man Creamery.” Our new Isle of Man Vintage Cheddar with Scallions and Roasted Onions also exists today because of...

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Head to Toe Moisturizing Balm

March 05, 2015 in What's New

Head and shoulders, knees and toes—knees and toes (2 times)
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose
Head and shoulders, knees and toes—knees and toes

You’ve heard the song—probably in kindergarten. It’s likely how you learned your basic body parts. Now, with the launch of Trader Joe’s Head to Toe Moisturizing Balm, this song serves as...

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Partially Popped Popcorn

March 02, 2015 in What's New

As far as we can tell, Trader Joe’s is seldom accused of half-baked food innovations. We owe this to our thoughtful product-development team who works extra hard to invent fare that’s fresh and exciting—but that doesn’t stray too creatively-far from what we know our customers crave. With that in mind, it may come as a surprise to introduce a new item that is undeniably and unabashedly half baked...

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Unsweetened Almond Beverages

February 27, 2015 in What's New

Fans of medieval literature are familiar with the sign that appears above the entrance to Hell in Dante Alighieri’s Inferno: “All hope abandon, ye who enter here!” What most Dante fans don’t know is that the inspiration for this sign was the real-life notice posted above the entrance to the lavatory in the author’s Florentine flat. You see, Dante was...

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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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Milk Chocolate Jumbles

February 25, 2015 in What's New

If a jumble is “an untidy collection or pile of things,” then our Milk Chocolate Jumbles are aptly named. Crispy, creamy, sweet, and salty tastes from three different continents are melded into a tantalizing and toothsome treat. Our Jumbles begin with premium pecans, harvested in the Southwestern United States, and roasted to enhance their inherent nuttiness. (Incidentally, the pecan tree is the only major nut tree indigenous to North America—a truly American nut.) Our patriotic pecans are...

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Organic Pomegranate Seeds

February 23, 2015 in What's New

In today’s world of ultra convenience, virtually no one has the time for fruit with seeds. Recognizing this, horticulturists have developed seedless grapes, seedless watermelon, seedless oranges... Despite the clear sociological preference, we are willing to bet that no one is holding out for the seedless pomegranate. For the pomegranate, seeds are the fruit! Plus, their crunchy, sweet-tart profile is...

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Pretzel Bagels

February 18, 2015 in What's New

Traditionally, pretzels have knots—or at least, a twist. Trader Joe’s Pretzel Bagels do not have knots. Perhaps, that’s the twist. After seeing the popularity of our Soft Pretzel Sticks, we decided it was time to bring the Pretzel Bagel around. Speaking of a round, that’s the shape—a circle with a hole, like your typical bagel. But, unlike the typical bagel, our Pretzel Bagels have a...

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