Mar
15
2009

Winner of Cake Giveaway and Trader Joe’s Cookbook Giveaway! 2 Winners!



Before I get to the next giveaway, it’s time to announce the CAKE AND FROSTING FOR A YEAR WINNER:

COMMENTER #11, RACHELLE @ Mommy I’m Hungry, WHO SAID: All natural cake mixes! How nice! :) The cookie cookie with chocolate frosting sounds yummy!

Congrats to Rachelle! Please email me ASAP, by Monday night before midnight with your address.

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This next giveaway is also so much fun! It is no secret that I am a Trader Joe’s Fanatic. I LOVE it and could shop there everyday and be so happy. 2 Picky Palate readers will win this brand new Cooking With All Things Trader Joe’s Cookbook! Here’s a little information about the book….




Mortal beings can now create the stuff of chefs, in minutes, using ingredients all from Trader Joe’s. Use Trader Joe’s as your “prep kitchen” to make delicious home-cooked meals in just minutes.

From quinoa to capers, Marsala to Masala, tofu to turkey, it’s all here. Each recipe features Trader Joe’s products, easy steps, and mouth-watering photos.

Here’s how to enter:

Leave a comment and tell us what your favorite Trader Joe’s product is. If you do not have a Trader Joe’s in your area, I feel very sad for you, so you can just tell us your favorite quick and easy to make dinner using convenient foods from the grocery store. It’s a hard choice, but my favorite Trader Joe’s product is the frozen brown rice that can be microwaved in 3 minutes and then of course the sesame ginger almonds, mmm! Ok I LOVE it all!

Contest ends Monday morning at 9:00am PST. I’ll announce the winner shortly after. Good luck everyone!!!


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  1. 51
    Bonnie says:

    I love Vanilla Almond Crunch cold cereal and Multi-grain Pancake and Waffle mix.

  2. 52
    Christina Larson says:

    I love the Trader Joe’s High Fiber Cereal. I buy 10 boxes at a time. I love it with just milk. My hubs and kids like to mix it with another more sugary cereal. It definately helps you reach your daily fiber goal and it tastes great!

  3. 53
    Alissa says:

    mm, I love trader joe’s! My new favorite is the frozen garlic. But I love their chicken apple sausages

  4. 54
    Brindi says:

    So sad that I do not have a Trader Joe’s in my area. I love frozen fruit for my kids to toss into just about everything.

  5. 55
    Kerstin says:

    I agree with others – it’s way to hard to pick one item! I love
    Trader Joe’s. I’ll pick the very first product that I fell in love with – their soy-flaxseed tortilla chips. SO good and reasonably healthy. Thanks for another giveaway!

  6. 56
    Amanda says:

    We have to travel 1.5 hours to a TJ so we bring a cooler with us! We love so much but I would narrow it down to the honey sesame snacks and at Christmas time the peppermint Joe-Joes.

  7. 57
    Candace says:

    I love the fresh herbs and the pizza dough. Yum!

  8. 58
    Doug, Jessica & Nixon Anderson says:

    My favorite trader joes product is the frozen gluten free chocolate cake… yumm.. makes me want some just thinking aBOUT IT!

  9. 59
    Tricia says:

    Love, love, LOVE Trader Joe’s! Used to have to get my fix when I visited my sis in Vegas, but now they built one down the street from me in NC! Yeah! The Thai Style Chicken Wraps are the best!!

  10. 60
    Caitlin says:

    I love their organic yogurt!

  11. 61
    Sara says:

    pasta. it is easy and good!
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  12. 62
    Tricia says:

    Love, love, LOVE Trader Joe’s! Used to have to get my fix when I visited my sis in Vegas, but now they built one down the street from me in NC! Yeah! The Thai Style Chicken Wraps are the best!!

  13. 63
    Paul & Kaytie says:

    We don’t have Trader Joes close by but when we do go we can’t leave with out getting a box of their Graham Crackers. Try them with homemade chocolate frosting, it’s the best.

  14. 64
    Becca HALFORD says:

    My absolute favorite from Trader Joe’s is their bulgogi! It has fantastic flavor. It tastes even better if you pair is with jasmine rice and some fresh veggies. I don’t have it too often (especially since we moved away from a Trader Joe’s), but that makes it all the more better!

  15. 65
    Nicole says:

    Sadly we do not have any Trader joes or any other fun stores like that but I have been there before and I LOVE IT!!! My son has so many food allergies I love all of their GF products they have to choose from.

  16. 66
    Favorite Trader Joe's product is says:

    Their dried mangos!! They have the best dried fruit and nuts!

  17. 67
    Brooke says:

    My favorite would have to be the whole wheat pizza dough as well. Love it!

  18. 68
    Lex says:

    It’s very hard to pick just one. I’d go with the Orange Chicken (which I serve over TJ brown rice). Yum!

  19. 69
    Melody says:

    I love their Candy Cane Joe-Joes, I horde them all for myself at Xmas time!

  20. 70
    Will and Alycia Irish says:

    My favorite is their Dark Chocolate Covered Espresso beans. =)

  21. 71
    Elizabeth says:

    I love the frozen basil cubes and frozen garlic cubes. Actually, I like everything I’ve tried at Trader Joe’s, but I can’t live without the basil and garlic cubes.

  22. 72
    Jenny Webster says:

    I love trader Joe’s, and we finally live near one again! My favorite thing (sounds funny) is the Trader Joe’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil! Great oil at a fantastic price!

  23. 73
    Tyson and Courtney says:

    Their BBQ sauce is my favorite! We also love their pork gyoza dipped in some of their sweet chili sauce for a super easy meal!

  24. 74
    Sharon says:

    Congrats Rachelle! Oh, I have so many favorites from TJ's! I'm obsessed with their eggplant hummus & Thai Shrimp Gyoza. We go through each of those in about a week.

  25. 75
    Casey Barnhard says:

    No Trader Joes by me :( If I win the cookbook though i can make my own Traders joes yummy goodness!

  26. 76
    skinnybovineskitchen says:

    i have one where i’m from but not one where i’m living right now. sad! :( i love the roasted red pepper and tomato soup, the quick indian food, the guacamole, the vanilla yogurt, the microwave brown rice… and i could go on forever!

  27. 77
    Shane and Carrie says:

    I love their fresh pizza dough. They have 3 kinds and it is fast and so yummy!!

  28. 78
    Andrew's Mom says:

    I love all things TJ’s – but my favorite thing is their Thai carrots in the frozen section it’s a quick and exotic side dish when you are rushed! And their orange chicken – to die for!

  29. 79
    Salsa Mama says:

    I love TJ’s too!! A couple of my favorites are their bruschetta (YUM!) and I love love LOVE their peanut butter cups. They even have those tiny ones that are so adorable.

  30. 80
    Amanda says:

    I wish we had a Trader Joes. I heard they are amazing! I would love to try the brown rice you mentioned~

  31. 81
    HaleighLynn says:

    Love their hummus and their pizza dough!

  32. 82
    KMAYS says:

    I don’t know if I can pick just one thing of theirs that I like, but some of my favorites are the garlic naan, frozen berries, and organic plain yogurt. My husband adores their toffee, so I always pick him up some when I go.

  33. 83
    The Ricks Fix says:

    I do have a few favorite foods, but my all time favorite thing that TJ’s sells are the daffodils at Easter time. They come in little bundles that almost look like asparagus, and they’re only about $1 a bunch. When you put them in water at home, they bloom overnight. Such a fun little Easter gift.

  34. 84
    Josanna Hansen says:

    This is easy. My favorite is the Peppermint Jo-Jo’s. I participate in an online book group, and during the Christmas season those who live near a Trader Joe’s take orders for those who do not, and kindly ship boxes to them.

  35. 85
    Emily says:

    I have actually never been to TJ’s but I am planning on making a trip there THIS Saturday! I can’t wait!

  36. 86
    Kara, Garrick, Rylee and Jadyn says:

    I love their mandarin orange sauce and their premade wheat pizza dough. But my husband loves their chocolate covered sunflower seeds!

  37. 87
    Tiff says:

    I can’t stand that we don’t have a Trader Joe’s in Kansas City. I get excited when I go to Cali and get to visit the store. My favorite convenience food is Buitoni angel hair pasta with their light alfredo sauce. So simple!

  38. 88
    Kathy - Panini Happy says:

    I used to love the Trader Joe’s frozen chicken burritos but I haven’t seen them for a while. So for favorite item *currently* stocked: I’d have to go with the rainbow swiss chard.

  39. 89
    Jodee says:

    I lOVE TJ’s! There are way too many great things to just pick one! But, here is one of the best- Jo-Jo’s, vanilla flavor.

  40. 90
    Laurie (from ccc) says:

    Hi Jenny! I love the Chili Chicken Lime Burgers! They are fantastic! Laurie

  41. 91
    Kara says:

    Ok, feel bad for me because we have no TJ’s. I’ve never even laid eyes on one! My favorite quick meal is taco soup using mainly canned goods. So quick and oh so tasty!

  42. 92
    Kate says:

    We love everything Trader Joe’s but one of our favorites are the Apple Chicken Sausages. So good! And you can’t beat their prices either!

  43. 93
    kathleen says:

    the hummus! and the fat free black bean dip.

  44. 94
    Sherron says:

    Thai Red Curry sauce is my favorite. Saute one sweet onion, one red or green pepper and cooked chicken strips and pour in the sauce! Served over rice, it is so fragrant and a little spicy but not overwhelming. Dinner in l0 mins!

  45. 95
    Kerianne says:

    I just visited Trader Joe’s for the first time. I tried a bunch of stuff and really liked their Pad Thai dinner that came in a little take out box.

  46. 96
    Melissa says:

    I don’t have a trader joes near us :( I really wish I did though!
    I guess my favorite grocery store convience food is steamfresh broccoli. It’s fast and easy and my girls love it.

  47. 97
    Michelle says:

    I love TJ’s so much! I have to drive almost 2 hours to ours. I go at least once a month. I love their nuts, cheeses, Thai green beans (frozen) and don’t forget the Two Buck Chuck!

  48. 98
    Janae says:

    I love their frozen orange chicken. It is SO good.

  49. 99
    Rebekah says:

    I’ve only been able to hit the Trader Joe’s in Tucson once, but I really loved the trail mix selection. The one with the dark chocolate pieces was my all time favorite. Yum!

  50. 100
    Janssen says:

    Alas, no Trader Joes in Austin. I do love H-E-B’s dried pineapple, though. YUM.

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