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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. 101
    David & Jenny says:

    hands down! I love their 3 layer hummus… There’s nothing like it!

  2. 102
    Starbuck says:

    The Maple Cookies are my favorite. 2nd favorite are the peppermint cookies.

    Curry simmer sauce, teriyaki shrimp bowl, nuggets, frozen fish, turkey meatballs, I love it all!!!

  3. 103
    Lindsay says:

    I could make a list a mile long, but one of our favorites is “Ends and Pieces” which is all the scraps from their fruit leather bagged up and sold for pretty cheap! It’s delicious!

  4. 104
    Amber says:

    I feel bad for anyone that doesn’t have a Trader joe’s close by, we live 30 minutes away, and it’s still too far! I love their graham crackers!! Also, their whole organic milk has the best price around.

  5. 105
    rubymama says:

    Sadly no Trader Joe’s in our area. One of my favorite fast prep meals is Polynesian Meatballs using pre-prepped meatballs.

  6. 106
    carrie says:

    So much to love at TJ’s. I always stock up on their whole wheat pizza dough. And I can’t get enough of their dark chocolate covered pistachios.

  7. 107
    Katherine says:

    OK, so we don’t have a Trader Joe’s…yet. One is being built now! Yea, I’m so excited. Right now I love to make a lemon chicken pasta, quick, easy, ingredients are always on hand, and my husband loves it.

  8. 108
    kkicks says:

    Trader Joe’s rocks! I am lucky to have it right around the corner from my house and right next to my gym! It is my hands down favorite grocery store.

    We love the carne asada. Their cinnamon swirl bread makes the most decadent french toast. Be sure to pick these two items up next time, you won’t be disappointed!

  9. 109
    Pam Shank says:

    I have never been to a TJ’s and they sound so amazing, none around here in WVa. I think the pizza dough sounds like what I would want to try for sure.

  10. 110
    Maria says:

    I live in Utah, so no TJ’s for me! So lame! I have been there before and love all of their nuts, dried fruits, etc.

  11. 111
    Rigby's says:

    My favorite is their Thai Red curry sauce. Mix 1 jar with 1 can of coconut milk and chicken in a crock pot- Low for 4-6 hours and serve over rice or Naan bread…. Amazing!!!

  12. 112
    The Castillo's says:

    I love their cheese line. They make every dish taste wonderful!

  13. 113
    Mamawags says:

    the divine PIRATE’s BOOTY!!
    my whole family LOVES that stuff!

  14. 114
    Mandy says:

    Their green tomatillo salsa – just like Gecko Grill (or Rosa’s), and I don’t have to make it!

  15. 115
    Joylybean says:

    Never heard of Trader Joe's but I feel like I am missing out!! My favorite quick & easy dinner is Burger, Broccoli, and rice. Brown the burger, add a bag of frozen broccoli florets and cook until tender. Serve over Minute Rice with soy sauce…. YUMMY!!

  16. 116
    Meghan says:

    I LOVE Trader Joe’s! It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I’d have to say the chicken sausages (my fav is apple). I also love the frozen gnocchi alla sorentina, the french onion soup, the pizza dough, I could go on and on!

  17. 117
    Angie says:

    We don’t have one :( One of my favorite convenience items is garlic bread. I love it and we eat it like 5 days a week.

  18. 118
    Lauren says:

    I would LOVE this cookbook! Not only am I a cookbook fanatic, but a TJ fanatic too! We were just there today. I love their instant Miso Soup, TJ Chocolate Soy Milk, their par-baked breads, and our favorite – mango or caribbean flavor floes (popsicles)!

  19. 119
    LAC says:

    I love their salsa!

  20. 120
    Leslie says:

    There’s so much about Trader Joe’s to love! At the holidays I bought their goat cheese covered w/ cranberries, and it was outta this world delish and didn’t last long at our party! I think it’s a “seasonal” product, so next year I plan on stocking up on a little more of it.

  21. 121
    lucyinaz says:

    I love everything at TJs…it's VERY difficult to pick a favorite but I'll tell you what my kids' favorites are – the TJs yogurt (blueberry & vanilla) and the white cheddar puffs.

  22. 122
    HAH says:

    Greek Yogurt!

  23. 123
    DeborahSW says:

    Hands down, their peanut butter cups. Best I’ve EVER had! :)

  24. 124
    Terry and Amber Andrews says:

    I love the Cascade Farms whole milk orange cream yogurt. Just like a cream sickle.

  25. 125
    ailie says:

    Wow, it’s hard to choose because there are so many things I love at Trader Joe’s! But, the tempura chicken is one of our favorites for a quick dinner.

  26. 126
    josh and allie says:

    for me it’s all about the pizza dough and the nuts! Everythign is great, though I wish I could get there more often!

  27. 127
    Pam says:

    We don’t live by a TJ anymore but, when we did (in Maryland) we loved the guacamole!

  28. 128
    Denissa says:

    My favorite thing is the chicken potstickers! They are so easy to make and are YUMMY!!

  29. 129
    The Nedrys says:

    I LOVE the chocolatey, ooey gooey molten lava cakes from the freezer section. Add some fresh strawberries and WooHoo! Not only is it easy to prepare, but it is always a hit with family and guests.

  30. 130
    Shauna says:

    I’m a huge fan of their trail mixes w/ cherries and cashews and my hubby loves their Savory Thins, my daughter loves their free sample cookies (a great shopping incentive).

  31. 131
    Rachelle says:

    I love TJ’s organic pasta sauce with basil in it. It makes a great base to add anything to. I miss having you so close by to eat your cookies Jenny! Take Care

  32. 132
    Cameo says:

    No Trader Joe’s here in Bossier City, LA…sad, but true. My favorite quick fix is tater tot casserole. Brown 1 pound sirloin with one small yellow onion, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste. Drain and add 1 can 98% fat free cream of mushroom soup. Pour into a 9×13 casserole dish, sprinkle with several handfuls of shredded cheddar, and top with tater tots. Bake at 375 for 20/30 minutes…YUMMO!

  33. 133
    Elliott says:

    Peppermint Jo-Joes at Christmas make my house a very happy place to be. :)

  34. 134
    Megan says:

    My very favorite Trader Joe's product is their Tuscan White Bean Hummus. Mix that with the Sea Salt & Pepper Rice Crisps and you have my very favorite snack.

  35. 135
    Surfachickgurl says:

    I’m from Hawaii and we have NO Trader Joe’s :(! Ive been to a few Trader Joe’s in California and absolutely LOVE everything from there.. I’m sure their cookbook is amazing and I’d love to be entered in the contest!

  36. 136
    Laura says:

    Too many favorites to list them all! How did I ever survive without Trader Joes the first 25 years of my life???

    Soy-Flaxseed Tortilla Chips
    Gorgonzola Gnocchi
    Raspberry Vinigarette dressing (tastes like homemade!)
    Seedy Little Currant Cookies
    Fruit Floes
    Ham and Cheese Puffs
    Lacey’s

    I could just keep going on forever….

  37. 137
    aztami says:

    yummmmm….I love the peanut butter filled pretzels, much more salty/sweet than others!

  38. 138
    AZMarianos says:

    I love TJ’s! One of my favs though is the pizza dough.

  39. 139
    Passionate About Baking says:

    No TJ's here…
    :0(
    …but my fave stock up would be nuts, fruit & yogurt. They come together so well…yum!!

  40. 140
    Kerry says:

    My favorite thing is a toss up – either their cashew butter or their dark chocolate covered edameme! Mmmmm…

  41. 141
    s_davy34 says:

    I have to say that I love the convienence of the pizza dough. Tastes like homemade! So cheap too!

  42. 142
    Debbi says:

    I love Trader Joes roasted frozen corn. The garlic hummus is awesome too!

    Crabbymomofthree@comcast dot net

  43. 143
    Allie says:

    We don’t have one around us, but I have been there before I love their hummus!!

  44. 144
    Laura says:

    No trader joes here…apparently i’m missing out big time on this humas and frozen veggies thing they’ve got going. :( oh well, guess i’ll suffer through green giant.

  45. 145
    Never thought I'd be a soccer mom! says:

    We don’t have a Trader Joe’s in my area but my new favorite thing to make my family is Bear Creek Broccoli and Cheese soup mix. I added frozen broccoli, extra cheese and some milk. It was quick, tasty and my kids loved it. It is Minnesota and soup is always a good thing!

  46. 146
    Chetta says:

    My favorite Trader Joe’s food is their Pretzel Slims.. it’s basically the only store I shop at so there are many close seconds : )

  47. 147
    pianomom says:

    I love their dried pineapple – I know, so simple, but sooooo good!

  48. 148
    The Monkey Mama says:

    Hmmm… Trader Joe’s!
    I love the Joe-Joe’s… my boys love the “bird crackers” as they call them. But I really cannot get enough of the Honey Whole Wheat Pretzels!

  49. 149
    K Willson says:

    I didn’t even know about Trader Joe’s! I’m so jealous now.

  50. 150
    Heather says:

    We usually love what is being sampled that day! :) But otherwise I love the whole wheat pasta and their pesto is incredible!

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