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A Complete Salad: Kale & Hemp Seeds with Dates, Parmesan Cheese, Almonds & Lemon Vinaigrette

December 18, 2015 in What's New

When the weather gets colder, salad isn’t always the food that comes to mind. However, we’ve got a brand new seasonal salad that might change your idea of what constitutes cold-weather food. It’s A Complete Salad, featuring Kale & Hemp Seeds. The foundation of this Salad is tender, baby Kale and crunchy Hemp Seeds—but if that were all, we’d have a hard time justifying the “Complete” in the title. Red and white...

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Artisan Bread Pretzel Croissants

December 16, 2015 in What's New

Pretzels, pretzels, pretzels! Among other things, you can classify Trader Joe’s as a pretzel purveyor. For years we’ve sold pretzels in many sizes and shapes (nuggets, sticks, slims, twists, rods), with at least as many flavor profiles (honey wheat, multigrain, pumpernickel, peanut butter, and covered in yogurt or chocolate). Many of these pretzel products fall into the snack category (as they should), but we’ve also found success with pretzel items in our bakery section. The latest is our Artisan Bread Pretzel Croissants. If you are an...

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Partially Popped Popcorn with Butterscotch & Sea Salt

December 14, 2015 in What's New

Introduced earlier this year, Trader Joe’s Partially Popped Popcorn is a snack like none we’ve offered before—except for the fact that our customers love it! It’s popcorn, for sure, but popcorn that’s not fully popped. Our supplier uses a proprietary method in which they first steam a special hybrid of so-called “mushroom” kernels (instead of the fluffier, “butterfly” variety enjoyed in theaters), before heating them in canola oil to a state of half popp-ed-ness. Our original flavor, Partially Popped Popcorn with Butter and Sea Salt, arrived in...

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Guide To Potatoes

December 14, 2015 in Guides

In case you didn’t know, Joe’s loves potatoes. Shouldn’t be surprising—who’s ever heard of a tater hater? We love them because they’re versatile, ready to pair with almost any protein, or another vegetable. Potatoes are also exceptional vehicles for other flavors; and they’re tasty all by themselves. To top it all off, they’re inexpensive… need to feed and fill a bunch of people? Potatoes! Given the span of spuds we offer in our stores, we’d like to shed more light on them (figuratively speaking only—they’re classified as nightshades for a reason). And so, we thought a Guide was in order. Read on to become rooted in our regular selection of starchy, all-purpose, and waxy potato varieties. We promise, you won’t have to dig too deep to discover helpful preparation suggestions, along with some totally tuber-ular recipes...

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Radio - Grand Blue Cheese

December 14, 2015 in Radio Spots

On its way to becoming a truly Grand Blue cheese, this milk is combined with a special blend of three different Penicillium Roqueforti cultures. Over 48 hours, the cheese is prepared for aging, including 24 hours in a salt bath. It’s then double dipped in black wax, which is pierced, allowing air to reach the Roqueforti cultures. Over eight weeks, the cheese’s tangy flavor and beautiful blue veins develop...

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Piquillo Pepper & Quinoa Spread

December 11, 2015 in What's New

If you add Quinoa to anything, you’re going to improve it. This nutrient-rich seed—first cultivated in the Andes region of Latin America 5,000 years ago—cooks up to a nice fluffy, rice-like consistency. It also carries a subtle taste, allowing it to pair well with just about anything. For Trader Joe’s Piquillo Pepper & Quinoa Spread, we’ve paired it with tomatoes, and sweet, mildly spicy, Piquillo Peppers—another popular Peruvian food. The tomatoes, Piquillos, and Quinoa are...

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Butternut Squash, Beet & Goat Cheese Ravioli

December 09, 2015 in What's New

Butternut Squash Beet Goat Cheese. Almost sounds like the final tally after some sort of strange vegetarian sports match. It’s not. What it is, is the list of the ingredients filling the insides of our latest Ravioli. Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash, Beet & Goat Cheese Ravioli is a seasonal pasta we’ve concocted to satisfy your fall flavor cravings. Pumpkin was a little too predictable, so we went with Beet Roots and Butternut Squash. Both veggies are sourced...

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Valrhona Noir Guanaja 70% Dark Chocolate Squares

December 07, 2015 in What's New

While working with the renowned French chocolatier Valrhona on our "adult" Advent calendar, we found they had produced an over-supply of their famed Noir Guanaja. Made from a blend of Criollo and Trinitario cacao varieties—this chocolate is nicknamed, “the bitterest chocolate in the world.” Accordingly, it is made from 70% cacao, blended masterfully with sugar and cocoa butter to yield an elegant bitterness that is aromatic and...

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Nduja Spicy Salami Spread

December 04, 2015 in What's New

Don’t be intimidated by the name. Trader Giotto’s Nduja, pronounced “en-DOO-ya,” is quite simply Spicy Spreadable Salami. And it is sure to liven up your holiday season. Originating from the Italian city of Calabria (for reference, that’s on the toe of the boot), Nduja is pork salami ground into a creamy and intense spread. To make Nduja, traditional salami is prepared and dry-aged for about 120 days. Then, it is finely ground and mixed with...

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