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.


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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163 Responses
  1. Sara

    We LOVE their cornbread mix… it is sooo easy and so so good. But I also love General Tsao’s stir fry sauce for a super quick and easy meal and cherry dark chocolate chunk Soy Creamy which I lived on while nursing my son who was sensitive to dairy. YUM.

  2. s

    favorite = trader joe’s has this amazing lobster ravioli…and this is coming from someone who usually doesn’t even like ravioli!

  3. Elisha

    Oh my, what don’t I love from Trader Joe’s??? If I have to pick just 1 thing, I’ll go with their Tuscan Italian Salad Dressing…the best!

  4. Anne

    I love trader joes! They have the best frozen produce and I love buying nuts there. And sausage. And their honey whole wheat pretzels. Can you tell it’s my favorite? ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Stacy

    My favorite has to be the stuffed turkey breast that is stuff with cranberry/apple stuffing. I’ve made that with some of their small potatoes and some glazed carrots. It’s a great meal and I can create that feeling of having a Thanksgiving dinner anytime!

  6. Kelsey & David Barber

    I just moved to a city with a Trader Joe’s nearby so I will have to check it out! All sounds good to me!

  7. LilSis

    It’s so hard to choose just one favorite. I’m a HUGE Trader Joe’s fan. The frozen Penne Arrabbiata is a family favorite because it’s so fast and easy and you would never know that it was frozen. We also love the Pork Carnitas. I could go on and on…I would love the cookbook!

  8. Heather

    We usually love what is being sampled that day! ๐Ÿ™‚ But otherwise I love the whole wheat pasta and their pesto is incredible!

  9. The Monkey Mama

    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!

  10. Chetta

    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 : )

  11. Never thought I'd be a soccer mom!

    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!

  12. Laura

    No trader joes here…apparently i’m missing out big time on this humas and frozen veggies thing they’ve got going. ๐Ÿ™ oh well, guess i’ll suffer through green giant.

  13. Debbi

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

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  14. Kerry

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

  15. Passionate About Baking

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

  16. Laura

    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

    I could just keep going on forever….

  17. Surfachickgurl

    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!

  18. Megan

    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.

  19. Cameo

    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!

  20. Rachelle

    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

  21. Shauna

    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).

  22. The Nedrys

    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.

  23. josh and allie

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

  24. ailie

    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.

  25. lucyinaz

    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.

  26. Leslie

    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.

  27. Lauren

    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)!

  28. Angie

    We don’t have one ๐Ÿ™ One of my favorite convenience items is garlic bread. I love it and we eat it like 5 days a week.

  29. Meghan

    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!

  30. Joylybean

    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!!

  31. Rigby's

    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!!!

  32. Maria

    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.

  33. Pam Shank

    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.

  34. kkicks

    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!

  35. Katherine

    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.

  36. carrie

    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.

  37. rubymama

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

  38. Amber

    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.

  39. Lindsay

    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!

  40. Starbuck

    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!!!

  41. Rebekah

    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!

  42. Michelle

    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!

  43. Melissa

    I don’t have a trader joes near us ๐Ÿ™ 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.

  44. Kerianne

    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.

  45. Sherron

    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!

  46. Kate

    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!

  47. Kara

    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!

  48. Jodee

    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.

  49. Kathy - Panini Happy

    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.

  50. Tiff

    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!

  51. Kara, Garrick, Rylee and Jadyn

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

  52. Emily

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

  53. Josanna Hansen

    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.

  54. The Ricks Fix

    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.

  55. KMAYS

    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.

  56. Amanda

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

  57. Salsa Mama

    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.

  58. Andrew's Mom

    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!

  59. skinnybovineskitchen

    i have one where i’m from but not one where i’m living right now. sad! ๐Ÿ™ 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!

  60. Casey Barnhard

    No Trader Joes by me ๐Ÿ™ If I win the cookbook though i can make my own Traders joes yummy goodness!

  61. Sharon

    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.

  62. Tyson and Courtney

    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!

  63. Jenny Webster

    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!

  64. Elizabeth

    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.

  65. Lex

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

  66. Nicole

    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.

  67. Becca HALFORD

    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!

  68. Paul & Kaytie

    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.

  69. Tricia

    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!!

  70. Tricia

    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!!

  71. Doug, Jessica & Nixon Anderson

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

  72. Amanda

    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.

  73. Kerstin

    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!

  74. Brindi

    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.

  75. Alissa

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

  76. Christina Larson

    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!

  77. Sheri

    We love so much it is hard to choose. I LOVE the chocolate orange sticks, they are the best. My kids love the White cheddar puffs.

  78. nickandstaci

    I love trader joes! I am just about to head out the door to get my weekly groceries there right now! Oh how to pick just one, I love everything! I love the frozen chocolate crossiants. So yummmy!

  79. snbjork

    Our nearest T.J.’s is 1-1/2 hours away and I’ve never had the chance to go there. But, I have many friends from out west who rave about it. I hope to make it sometime in the next few months.

    One of my favorite convenience items to have on hand is pizza dough. You can do so many things with it. But, all of us love pizza, so it is nice to be able to throw a pizza together in just a few minutes’ time.

  80. Kali

    I love everything at Trader Joe’s, but have recently been overdosing on their pomegranate white tea. They also have brown jasmine rice that you have to cook the old fashioned way, but it is so good and good for you!

  81. shanda

    I do not have a trader joes but I love making spaghetti and mixing it up. It’s always a favorite in our family.

  82. Lisa

    This is sooo hard because i love Tj’s and so many things that they sell. I will narrow it down to a few:) My family loves the mandarin chicken for a quick meal and I love all the cheeses they have. I ike the frozen rice too but I also love their frozen fish. When i mkae it you never know it was frozen.

  83. Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!"

    We have a Trader Joe’s down the road from us ๐Ÿ™‚ Infact I was there last night getting some nuts (good deals there!). Hmmm, my favorite item? Well how silly, but we like the white cheddar puffs.

    Their prices are great for lots of things (I’m not much into prepared foods)so some other regular items I only get there are: frozen blueberries, orange chicken, fresh pepper mill, nuts (almond meal), vanilla, sushi….I’ve posted some in my Flickr. lol

  84. Satisfying my Sweet Tooth

    I love Trader Joes and am so sad we don’t have one in Utah, but every time I get out to CA or AZ it’s always on my list of places to stop. I can’t think of one favorite..possible the fun carbonated drinks, at Christmas I love the peppermint jojos and I can go on and on. Next time I will have to buy the 3 minute brown rice though. Wow! On another note, saw you on the hamburger food network challenge the other night. So fun! My husband pointed out that you were from Gilbert and I should mention that my sister is running for Gilbert Town Council, so tell all your friends/family still there to vote for Jenn Daniels on May 19th! Sorry about the really long post!

  85. Katherine

    I can’t believe I missed the cake giveaway!
    Trader Joe’s is a staple for us. How to narrow it down to a favorite? The identity crisis tortilla chips, the chocolate covered cherries, the rice pudding, and the thai-ginger carrots.
    Funny how I’m suddenly REALLY hungry!

  86. Sims Family

    You know, I am addicted to the JoJo’s. I like to buy their granola bars for my kids. They’re not only healthy and good, but CHEAP!

  87. Kristianna

    Favorite? Oh man, see, I go there weekly and it’s my ‘usual’ store, not a place I go for special, so I love it all and love them for enabling my family to eat amazing food and great variety while spending 1/3 as much as I would at say, Safeway.

    Favorite? Hmmm. I will say that if I need a treat, I buy some of their dark chocolate bars. And my own weekly ‘treat’ is to buy a 6 pack of Hansens diet soda. ๐Ÿ™‚

  88. Emily

    We don’t have a Trader Joe’s here. I’m kind of jealous! My favorite thing at a grocery store that is quick and easy is Blueberry Bread Pudding from deli. It’s better than homemade!!

  89. Erin

    We just got one recently so I’ve been discovering their products. Of course my favorite is their wine. Hehehee… But we can’t even get that here in TN (legally). I used their broccoli slaw to make your Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps, so I guess that’s my favorite product!

  90. Jeni V

    I too love the microwaveable brown rice, but I also love their Gluten Free Rice Granola. I don’t even know what the “actual” name/label of the package says but it has dried fruit, nuts, sunflower seeds, puffed rice and its so good it is so hard not to eat the whole bag in one sitting!!!

  91. Amy Snell

    Trader Joe’s is one of my fav stores!! Their tuna eaten with their sesame rice crackers are to die for…were all about snacks in this house ๐Ÿ˜€


    We just moved to where there is no Trader Joe’s. Sad. But I LOVE their salsa! I mix it with chicken, put it over chips, add some cheese and that is an awesome snack!

  93. Alicia

    I don’t have a TJ’s where I live but I love cookbooks and am good at duplicating recipes! My favorite quick and easy recipe would have to be a salmon pattie with a homemade pickled tarter sauce! It is quick and healthy for the whole family!

  94. An Out of Town Mom

    I love so many things at Trader Joes. It’s hard to name just one product. One of my favorites is the Manikopitas (sp?). I know the spelling is full, but it is a mushroom version of spanikopitas. They are in the frozen section. All their sauces are wonderful as are their cereals.

  95. Becky

    So many giveaways! How fun! Well the Trader Joe’s is about an hour away from me but I love their dried fruits!

  96. Miss Theresa

    I love Trader Joe’s! I love the frozen brown rice too,along with the pinapple salsa! It’s great with chicken and to cook fish in. I also love their fresh green beans and their fabulous pizza dough! Oh, and one cannot forget the mini biscotti!

    The question is…Is there anything BAD at Trader Joe’s?!

  97. Sheridan

    I love their All American Trail Mix. I used to eat a bag of m&ms every day, now I have a handful of this instead. The chocolate is so rich, that it satisfies my need!

  98. Rachel

    Oh man, I have a bajillion favorite Trader Joe’s things.

    I can’t live without the Tomato-less Salsa, which is a corn based salsa sold in the chips aisle. It is SO GOOD to eat as a salsa, but I also stir it into soups, potato salad, tuna salad, hummus, put it on sandwiches, sprinkle it on salads… the possibilities are ENDLESS.

  99. therealmccoy

    I love TJ’s roasted garlic Hummus! It’s the best I have ever found. Their honey wheat pretzels aren’t so bad either!

  100. Maggie

    I love, love, love the Mandarin Orange Chicken. And the thai basil cashews. And I could go on and on…mmm, Trader Joes….

  101. Hooper Family

    I love Trader Joe’s and hope we get one nearby soon. Everything I have gotten there has been great.

  102. Maria

    They have so many delicious types of hummus- my favorite one so far is the Chipotle Hummus with their gorgonzola crackers!

  103. grey like snuffie

    No Trader Joe’s around here…but anything with Couscous is a winner…the speed of cooking it is GREAT and the flavor so full.

  104. shumaker clan

    Well I do not have a trader Joes and so I guess I am missing out. But three minute brown rice sounds great. I am not a fan of having to wait for reg brown rice to cook for 45 min. Oh well

  105. ttfn300

    haha, i agree about those who don’t live near a tj’s!! i’d have to say their greek yogurt ๐Ÿ™‚

  106. Nikki

    My favorite product is their pizza dough- the whole wheat one is excellent, though they are all good. Very inexpensive and makes dinner super easy.

  107. carol

    The nearest Trader Joe’s to us is a good 45 minutes away so I don’t get there often….which is a total downer because I LOVE wandering around that store looking at all the goodies.
    I always stock up on nuts when I go-their prices are so good on them. I just noticed in their flyer they have something called “Mangolicious”….I can’t WAIT to try that!

  108. Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary

    We just got a TJ’s this past fall. Man I was missing out on so much. My favorite thing has to be their frozen asparagus. I use it all the time .

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