Cocktail Stirrers

December 26, 2016 in Category: What's New

Are you ready to party? Are we invited? How about if we bring the cocktail stirrers? Lest you think we’re simply offering to bring super-skinny straws, we’d like to introduce you to Trader Joe’s Cocktail Stirrers—mini, plastic skewers hand-threaded with a gherkin pickle, baby onion, green chili pepper, red bell pepper chunk, carrot piece, and Manzanilla olive. Yes, each mini skewer features all of those things, marinated in spicy brine with garlic and dill. In Spain, you’ll find similar skewer-stirrers, with the moniker...

Dukkah

December 07, 2016 in Category: What's New

The Pyramid of Khufu at Giza is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing. Thankfully, Dukkah (pronounced DOO-kah) is here to take us forward as one of the Winning Wonders of the Trader Joe’s World. Dukkah is a blend of nuts, seeds, and spices with roots in Egyptian cuisine. There are no hard and fast rules about exactly what goes into the mix, and different families and restaurants are known to add their own “secret” touches. Sesame seeds and coriander appear to be mainstays, though, and both make an appearance in Trader Joe’s Dukkah. These savory seasonings are joined by...

Falling Into Chips & Dips

October 17, 2016 in Category: Entertaining

In addition to signaling the arrival of more pumpkin products than you can imagine, fall indicates another season, of sorts: the opening of (a lot of) parties season! Parties, get-togethers, gatherings, celebrations, carouses, bashes, festivities — they happen year round, but seem to exponentially multiply come autumn. And no matter the occasion, no other soirée-snack combination is as ubiquitous (or necessary, in our opinion) as the chip and the dip.

Vegetable Spring Rolls

August 03, 2016 in Category: What's New

Spring. A versatile word with many meanings. It can refer to a place where water emerges from an underground source, or a coil in a mattress. You can walk with a spring in your step or enjoy springtime weather. Or, a brilliant idea can spring from your mind. For us, this brilliant idea that sprung forth resulted in Trader Joe’s Vegetable Spring Rolls. Named after the Spring Festival in China, where spring rolls are served, these are no ordinary...

Chipotle Black Bean Dip

July 11, 2016 in Category: What's New

Who says you can’t have it all? At Trader Joe’s, we think you can—at least when it comes to Bean Dip. Other bean-based, shelf-stable dips surely provide the benefit of convenience; but they fall short in other ways: taste, ingredients, price... That’s not good enough for Bean Dip with “Trader José’s” on the label. With our new Chipotle Black Bean Dip, you can have it all. Here’s what we mean. Bean dip is usually synonymous with...

Chicken Spring Rolls

April 20, 2016 in Category: What's New

When your fingers first pinch the outside wrapper of a spring roll, the texture is the tell. Soggy sides foreshadow watered-down filling. Crisp sides—that crackle with your touch—hold the promise of a big, balanced, boastful bite. Chasing down this crispy-fried-roll dim sum ideal, we partnered with Asian cuisine experts (who immigrated to New York from Taiwan to pursue their passion for food) to create Trader Joe’s Chicken Spring Rolls. Having perfected the technique of eliminating excess water in their fillings, the wrappers on their rolls (now ours) stay exceptionally...

Build A Crostini-Rootini Bar

December 27, 2015 in Category: Entertaining

At the peak of entertaining season, when the edibles seem endless, distinguish your fête fare by engaging your eaters in a build-it-yourself Crostini-Rootini Bar. Crostino is Italian for “little crust” and the eponymous appetizer has traditionally been crafted of thin slices of toasted or grilled bread that can be dressed with an assortment of toppings (spreads, toppings, garnishes). While simple in concept – a base with toppings – the possibilities for expressing culinary gumption are glorious!  

Guide To Avoiding Abominable Cheese Platters

December 15, 2014 in Category: Guides

Learn how to turn your cheese platters from monstrous to marvelous in three easy steps! Step 1: Don't Overdo It. Too many cheese varieties will overwhelm your palate and your guests