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. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. rubymama

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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!!!

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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!

  19. Emily

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. Amanda

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

  24. 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.

  25. 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!

  26. 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!

  27. Casey Barnhard

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

  28. 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.

  29. 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!

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