Party On, Pumpkin

October 16, 2017 in Category: Entertaining

It's the middle of October, which can only mean one thing—yet another triumphant Pumpkin Season is waning here at Trader Joe's. It's become a time-honored tradition for us over the past few years, one that goes by all too soon and feels like it's over before it's even begun...

Salad Sideshow

June 26, 2017 in Category: Entertaining

While some think summer cooking is limited to grilling, and others think the words "summer" and "cooking" don't belong together at all, we beg to differ. Whether you're at the stove or simply tossing raw ingredients together, side dishes support the aforementioned activities and offer a fresh counterpoint of flavor to heavy grilled fare. And within this supporting cast of sides, perhaps none are more important than the refreshing summer salad...

Taco Talk

May 01, 2017 in Category: Entertaining

It might seem like there isn’t much more to say about tacos—because, really, what more do you need to know? They’re delicious, versatile, easy, and…well, delicious! With so many options, it might seem daunting to choose which tacos to eat and where to acquire them. An all-time favorite taco acquisition spot is the taco truck. Los Angeles might be taco truck haven, but you don’t need to travel all the way to California to enjoy their delicacies...

Here's to Irish Bangers

March 13, 2017 in Category: Entertaining

Corned beef usually gets all the culinary consideration around March 17th—and it is worthy of such attention—but we thought it was high time to shine a spotlight on Irish Bangers. Though they aren’t actually called “bangers” by the Irish, the rest of the world has adopted this moniker. No matter the word you use, these are true Irish-style sausages. Made with all-natural pork that’s never been treated with antibiotics or hormones, our Irish Bangers include...

Break Fasts, Not Hearts

February 05, 2017 in Category: Entertaining

It’s often been said that breakfast (or brunch, if you wake up on the later side) is the most important meal of the day. It would follow then, that on a day like Valentine’s Day, breaking bread with your beloved is a big deal...

What's in a Bowl?

January 30, 2017 in Category: Entertaining

We’ve discovered that no matter how much someone knows about football, they’ll always show up for the Bowls. The Food Bowls, that is. When the Big Game rolls around, empty bowls are filled with a delicious variety of foods...

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!