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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...

Gold comes in nuggets. So does wisdom. Why not chicken? It does of course, and Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets are the latest tasty development in chicken chunk flavor and technology. Of course, nuggets of chicken are not new. The first prototype was developed in 1963 by the Cornell professor and poultry innovator Robert C. Baker. (Clearly, McDonald’s was not the originator, since their famous version showed up as late as 1980.) Since the 80s, nuggets have undergone a number of positive makeovers, including the move from mechanically-separated chicken to white meat chicken pieces, and also the use of...

For a popular purveyor of meatballs, the absence of Kofta is conspicuous. The meatballs of the Middle East and South Asian regions, Kofta recipes are copious, with a wide range of minced meat-and-spice combinations being balled. Thus, the question for us was not whether to bring in a Kofta, but—what kind? Taking our cue from our customers’ current voraciousness for Indian food, we created Lamb Koftas with Masala Sauce. We turned to a family-run, gourmet Indian food creator in Northern California. Their recipes and techniques, passionately cultivated over the years, traveled with them from India. Thus, the...