Dig In Vegan

You can get a really great taste of India at Trader Joe’s. In fact, all of the Indian food we offer was recently catalogued by the Smithsonian in preparation for the “Beyond Bollywood” exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History. The exercise illustrates the integration of Indian food into the American culinary landscape—thanks, in part, to our reputable collection. While humbled by the inclusion, we’re not curators, just culinary adventurers, enchanted by India and her myriad tastes. That leads us to our latest discovery—Uttapam [pronounced U-thap-pam] from Ahmedabad, India, an area famous for...

Mild Yellow Miso

April 14, 2014 in

Buddhist monks coveted it. Samurai warriors thrived on it. It is Miso. A traditional ingredient in Japanese cuisine for more than a thousand years, this fermented soybean wonder started making waves (mostly in small soup bowls) in America around the 1960s. The last decade, though, has witnessed a major Miso awakening. Incorporated into everything from barbecue sauce to butterscotch, the thick, umami-rich paste conducts flavor and texture with deliberate grace. Along the way, it...

Zucchini Fries

April 08, 2014 in

If you’ve ever attended a state fair, you’ve seen the deep-fried versions of mac & cheese, ice cream, and candy bars. Leave it to Americans for over-the-top food! At least when Italians fire up the oil pot, they have the good sense to batter up some vegetables. Trader Joe’s Zucchini Fries were inspired by the southern Italian tradition of battering and frying Zucchini, or “little squash.” Our supplier is based in Roseto degli Abruzzi on the northern coast of southern Italy—right in the middle of...