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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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. 1
    [email protected] Cutting Edge of Ordinary says:

    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 .

  2. 2
    carol says:

    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!

  3. 3
    Nikki says:

    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.

  4. 4
    ttfn300 says:

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

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    Krista Lou Cook says:

    the brown rice is my favorite too! I don’t know what i would eat if I could not get it!

  6. 6
    shumaker clan says:

    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

  7. 7
    grey like snuffie says:

    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.

  8. 8
    Betsy says:

    I love their pizza dough in a bag! Quick, easy, good!

  9. 9
    Maria says:

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

  10. 10
    Sarah says:

    We love their Fruit Floes, frozen chinese food, and jarred Indian sauces. It’s all so delicious!

  11. 11
    yardsailor says:

    Trader Joe’s has the most wonderful jarred artichoke spread.

  12. 12
    Hooper Family says:

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

  13. 13
    Maggie says:

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

  14. 14
    therealmccoy says:

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

  15. 15
    Leslie says:

    I am sooo sad we dont have a Trader Joes. Maybe someday

  16. 16
    Rachel says:

    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.

  17. 17
    Sheridan says:

    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!

  18. 18
    Miss Theresa says:

    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?!

  19. 19
    sam and brittney says:

    I don’t have a Trader Joe’s near by, but now I really want one!!

  20. 20
    Becky says:

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

  21. 21
    An Out of Town Mom says:

    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.

  22. 22
    Alicia says:

    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!

  23. 23
    www.jsayreallen.com says:

    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!

  24. 24
    Morgan says:

    I am in love with TJ’s chocolate covered pretzels!!!! Yum Yum Yum!!

  25. 25
    Amy Snell says:

    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˜€

  26. 26
    Deon says:

    I LOVE their orange chicken from the frozen section so much better than going to get cheap Chinese

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    Hilary says:

    The frozen soft chicken tacos are delicious and a quicky lunch!

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    Jeni V says:

    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!!!

  29. 29
    *~Dani~* says:

    I’m a sucker for their roasted garlic hummus! Yum.

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    Tiff says:

    I am a fan of their simmer sauces. It’s an easy way to make chicken dinner.

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    Erin says:

    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!

  32. 32
    Emily says:

    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!!

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    Kristianna says:

    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™‚

  34. 34
    Kelly says:

    My favorite TJ’s item has to be their peanut butter filled pretzels. They are sooo good!

  35. 35
    Toni Toni Toni says:

    I LOVE Trader Joes! My new favorite this is the frozen Chicken Quesidillas!

  36. 36
    Sims Family says:

    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!

  37. 37
    Katherine says:

    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!

  38. 38
    Satisfying my Sweet Tooth says:

    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!

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    Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" says:

    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

  40. 40
    Lisa says:

    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.

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    Seetha Bhagvat says:

    I love their ginger thins. And the frozen tiramisu.

  42. 42
    Melissa says:

    I have to choose 1? Pizza dough it is!

  43. 43
    shanda says:

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

  44. 44
    Kali says:

    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!

  45. 45
    snbjork says:

    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.

  46. 46
    kathleen R says:

    Kathleen Rucker: my favorite thing is their frozen white corn!

  47. 47
    nickandstaci says:

    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!

  48. 48
    Sheri says:

    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.

  49. 49
    Katrina says:

    I LOVE Their general tsao stir fry sauce. It makes a great chicken stir fry!

  50. 50
    Anna says:

    my favorite is the pre-made pizza dough…the frozen desserts aren’t too shabby either!

  51. 51
    Bonnie says:

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

  52. 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!

  53. 53
    Alissa says:

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

  54. 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.

  55. 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!

  56. 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.

  57. 57
    Candace says:

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

  58. 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!

  59. 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!!

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    Caitlin says:

    I love their organic yogurt!

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    Sara says:

    pasta. it is easy and good!
    [email protected]

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    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!!

  63. 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.

  64. 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!

  65. 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.

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

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

  67. 67
    Brooke says:

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

  68. 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!

  69. 69
    Melody says:

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

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    Will and Alycia Irish says:

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

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    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.

  72. 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!

  73. 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!

  74. 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.

  75. 75
    Casey Barnhard says:

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

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    skinnybovineskitchen says:

    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!

  77. 77
    Shane and Carrie says:

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

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    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!

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    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.

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    Amanda says:

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

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    HaleighLynn says:

    Love their hummus and their pizza dough!

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    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.

  83. 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.

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    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.

  85. 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!

  86. 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!

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    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!

  88. 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.

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    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.

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    Laurie (from ccc) says:

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

  91. 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!

  92. 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!

  93. 93
    kathleen says:

    the hummus! and the fat free black bean dip.

  94. 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!

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    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.

  96. 96
    Melissa says:

    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.

  97. 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!

  98. 98
    Janae says:

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

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    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!

  100. 100
    Janssen says:

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

  101. 101
    David & Jenny says:

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

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    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!!!

  103. 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!

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    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.

  105. 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.

  106. 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.

  107. 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.

  108. 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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!!!

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    The Castillo's says:

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

  113. 113
    Mamawags says:

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

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    Mandy says:

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

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    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!!

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    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!

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    Angie says:

    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.

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    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)!

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    LAC says:

    I love their salsa!

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    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.

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    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.

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    HAH says:

    Greek Yogurt!

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    DeborahSW says:

    Hands down, their peanut butter cups. Best I’ve EVER had! ๐Ÿ™‚

  124. 124
    Terry and Amber Andrews says:

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

  125. 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.

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    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!

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    Pam says:

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

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    Denissa says:

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

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    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.

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    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).

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    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

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    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!

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    Elliott says:

    Peppermint Jo-Joes at Christmas make my house a very happy place to be. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    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.

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    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!

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    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….

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    aztami says:

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

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    AZMarianos says:

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

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    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!!

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    Kerry says:

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

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    s_davy34 says:

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

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    Debbi says:

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

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    Allie says:

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

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    Laura says:

    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.

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    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!

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    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 : )

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    pianomom says:

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

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    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!

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    K Willson says:

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

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    Heather says:

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

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    Jayne says:

    So many to choose from! I love their cucumber dip and natural pita chips.

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    LilSis says:

    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!

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    shortymcg says:

    hope I’m not tooo late. don’t have a Trader Joes, but have bought wine there when I have been.

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    Nik says:

    I love their chunky applesauce.

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    Lisa Fox says:

    I hope i’m not too late, but i would LOVE LOVE LOVE a trader Joes cookbook! Thanks bunches!

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    Kelsey & David Barber says:

    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!

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    Brigitte says:

    I love their orange sticks. Not a very heathly thing, but yummy!

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    Stacy says:

    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!

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    Anne says:

    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™‚

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    Elisha says:

    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!

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    s says:

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

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    divrchk says:

    Their chocolate croissants are amazing.

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    Sara says:

    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.


Jenny Flake

Welcome to Picky Palate, my online kitchen! You'll usually find me with a cookie in one hand and a salad in the other. It's all about the balance :) The recipes you'll see are my creations. The Picky Palate Cookbook is now available. Enjoy!