Black Rice

March 20, 2014 in

Saying something is forbidden makes people want it all the more. Just think about the way Prohibition backfired, or how banned books always sneak their way onto best-seller lists. Black Rice—once classified as “forbidden” in ancient China—is now freely available, yet it still possesses all those alluring qualities that once made Emperors want to hoard it for themselves. Trader Joe’s Black Rice is an aromatic Indica (“of India”) variety of Orza Sativa (“cultivated rice”) grown for us in...

What makes you smile? Much of the world smiles for pistachios. In China, pistachios are called “happy nuts.” In Iran, they’re actually called “smiling nuts.” These grinning green seeds make us smile, too, and that’s why we’re offering Trader Joe’s Salt & Pepper Pistachios Approximately 98% of U.S. pistachios are grown in California, including ours, which come from the San Joaquin Valley. The saltiness comes from sea salt. The pepperiness comes from Malabar Black Pepper that is sourced from the Malabar hills of Southern India. This exotic peppercorn is noted for its robust flavor with fragrant notes of pine and citrus and a sharp heat. The shells have...

Pizza was created by the Italians—or maybe by the Greeks, who brought it to Naples– or maybe… One thing we do know definitively about pizza – its been warmly adopted by Americans. We boast an abundant number of pizzatarians that eat it for lunch, dinner, even for breakfast (usually cold, after a long night) or dessert. It’s a source of regional pride (New York Thin Crust vs. Chicago Deep Dish) and a slice of our salad bowl culture (just check out the topping suggestions below). In our recent Fearless Flyer – Out Of This World Pizza Edition – we give this baked pie its due & call out to the creative craft-your-own-za culture with a few pizza plan-o-grams. As these make-it-yourself maps illustrate, the crust is the crux. It defines the style and sets the stage. So before you get cooking, consider the character of your crust...