Saturday, December 30, 2017


This is my weekly compilation of news and other links about Trader Joe's.

The best and worst high-protein pastas

Trader Joe's vs. Aldi price comparison

Best tweets of the week:

And finally, here's this week's cute cat in a Trader Joe's grocery bag:

Friday, December 29, 2017

Trader Joe's Servilleta Goat's Milk Cheese

This is the latest in my occasion ventures to try unfamiliar cheeses.

I didn't care for it. It wasn't horrible, and I ate it all, but I kept wishing it were one of my favorites instead of what it is. There's a little bitterness to it, and a lot of earthiness. Maybe it was just my imagination acting on the knowledge that it was goat cheese, but I could have sworn it tasted something like how goats smell. That is not a compliment.

Will I buy it again? 


Thursday, December 28, 2017

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Covered Ginger

My experience is that there's a wide range of "kick" in ginger. Sometimes you get your hair blown back, and sometimes there's just a tiny tingle.

The ginger used here seems to be of the latter variety--so mild that it's actually bland and boring. Coating it in mediocre chocolate does not help it.

Will I buy it again? 


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Trader Joe's Authentic Italian Penne Arrabbiata

This is very ordinary frozen pasta. Arrabbiata (i.e., "angry") sauce is supposed to be extra spicy. This was not. It doesn't deserve the label. It's just regular ol' pasta sauce.

Will I buy it again? 

No. I don't think it's any easier to warm this up than to cook some pasta, and I like the results better when I do it myself.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Trader Joe's Romano Caesar Dressing

I would never have bought this for myself, but Nina had it at her house, so I tried it.

I suppose the most salient fact is that I used it several times, and still couldn't remember anything about it. Each time, I would make a mental note to pay attention to it, then get lost in conversation and finish the salad without registering any particular like or dislike. This means that it's good enough that it doesn't trigger a "yuck" alert for me, as most salad dressings do. (It's one of the food categories about which I'm still a very picky eater.) But it wasn't good enough to trigger a "yum" hit in my brain's pleasure center, either. It just kind of slid by with little notice.

Tasting it on a fingertip, it's strongly cheesy, but that seems to kind of fade away in a salad.

Will I buy it again? 

No, not good enough for that. But I find it at least acceptable.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Covered Caramels

These turned out to be much better than I had expected. The chocolate is good. The caramel is rich and just the right texture--soft enough not to stick your teeth together, without being runny and messy.

Will I buy it again? 

Yep. It has earned a place in my regular rotation of chocolates.

Saturday, December 23, 2017


This is my weekly compilation of news and other links about Trader Joe's.

Grocery store price comparison

What to buy and skip at Trader Joe's this Christmas

The best and worst Trader Joe's yogurts

Holiday Trader Joe's items you need to try

13 holiday products from Trader Joe's

Best tweets of the week:

And finally, here's this week's cute cat in a Trader Joe's grocery bag:

Friday, December 22, 2017

Trader Joe's Smoky Honey Seasoned Kettle Chips

If I had tasted these blindfolded, I would have thought they were barbecue flavored. Nina thought they evoked bacon. Neither of us could specifically identify honey.

I thought they were pretty good. Nina? Well, to use her exact words, "I'm in love with these chips." But also, "I will never, ever buy these." Though she has an iron will in many facets of life, good flavored potato chips are her kryptonite, so she practices avoidance.

Will I buy it again? 

Maybe once in a while, but I'm so fond of plain potato chips that it's really hard to put any flavorings on them that make me prefer them to plain.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Trader Joe's Hold The Cone! Mini Ice Cream Cones--Peppermint Flavored

I've previously described two other versions of this same basic product: vanilla and pumpkin-ginger. But these are the best yet. These are what the evolution of the idea was always leading to. They are the Platonic ideal of mini ice cream cones. The combination of chocolate cones plus chocolate coating perfectly balances the peppermint ice cream.

I ate four (half the box) in one sitting, and had to restrain myself from polishing off the rest.

They're so good, I'm adding them to my Top Ten list.

I assume that this is a limited-time seasonal item, so get 'em while you can.

Will I buy it again? 

Heading to the store today for a refill.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Trader Joe's A Dozen Macarons Varies

You get two each of six different flavors. I thought the apricot and coconut were the real standouts. All of the others were good, but not great.

Will I buy it again? 

No. But definitely interesting to try once.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Trader Joe's Chopped Spinach

I didn't know that this or any such product existed, until Nina concocted a soup in which this was a main ingredient. It worked fine in that context, and was much more convenient than chopping up fresh spinach. So this review is basically just to announce that this stuff exists, for those (like me) who didn't know, and might find it useful. It's not exciting, but sometimes utilitarian is all you need.

Will I buy it again? 

Me? No. But I suspect Nina will, and I'll happily eat whatever results.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Trader Joe's Vanilla Ice Cream Bon Bons With Chocolate Cookie Crust

Yah, they're as good as they look.

Will I buy it again? 

Probably not. Not because I didn't like them, but because my expanding waistline can't handle them.

Saturday, December 16, 2017


This is my weekly compilation of news and other links related to Trader Joe's.

First visit to Trader Joe's

Five holiday movies paired with Trader Joe's snacks

12 favorite food finds from Trader Joe's

We taste-tested Trader Joe's holiday treats

Best holiday comfort foods and desserts at Trader Joe's

Taste test of egg nogs

Taste test of maple syrups

Best tweets of the week:

And finally, here's this week's cute cat rabbit in a Trader Joe's grocery bag:

Friday, December 15, 2017

Trader Joe's Mini Chocolate Mousse Presents

These are the same basic product as has appeared in two other holiday guises in the past--see here and here. Which means that they're wonderful and delectable and you should run out and get some while you can.

Will I buy it again? 

I will buy one container every time TJ's issues them in any form.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Trader Joe's Cheesy Trees

In their favor, these are the cheesiest cheese crackers I've ever had.

But on the demerit side, they're unforgivable brittle. No more than a quarter of the crackers were intact in the box, and even those would break on the first dip into anything denser than water. This property renders them useless for anything other than eating straight, or perhaps crumbling onto the top of soup.

Will I buy it again? 


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Trader Joe's Holiday Frosted Sugar Cookies

These are OK, but not great. They're among the softest sugar cookies I've ever had, which is not a compliment. A little frosting on sugar cookies is acceptable, but it's much too thick here.

Will I buy it again? 

No. Store-bought sugar cookies are never as good as homemade, but even with appropriately lowered expectations, these don't measure up.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Trader Joe's Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Cake

The texture of this is not bad for a gluten-free cake--surprisingly normal, in fact.

The flavor is strong on the orange, not so much on the cranberry portion. I didn't like the big dollops of icing on top. Let's stick to the traditional even layer, please.

Will I buy it again? 

No, it didn't excite me that much. But if you're going to have holiday guests who eat gluten-free, it's not a bad choice.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Trader Joe's Hasselback Potatoes With Butter & Sea Salt

What you see is what you get (though the bits of green garnish in the photo are a "serving suggestion," not part of the product you buy). It's a potato, sliced, with butter and salt, and baked for you--though it still takes 30 minutes in the oven to take it from frozen to hot enough to serve.

It's hard to see the point of this. There's so little butter and salt that both Nina and I decided we needed to add more anyway. It's an entirely average potato otherwise--nothing special.

And do we really need to be flying potatoes here from FRANCE? Did Idaho and Oregon fall off the continent without anybody telling me?

Will I buy it again? 


Saturday, December 9, 2017


This is my weekly compilation of news and other links related to Trader Joe's.

6 specific feelings you'll only understand if you shop Trader Joe's on weekends

Trader Joe's peppermint items tasted and ranked

10 stocking stuffers from Trader Joe's

25 Trader Joe's holiday treats tasted and ranked

Trader Joe's frozen foods that are high in salt, and ones that are not

Best tweets of the week:

And finally, here is this week's cute cat in a Trader Joe's grocery bag:

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Trader Joe's ABC + K Slaw

Eating this slaw was the first occasion in my life in which I've been inclined to say, "There's not enough kale here."

Because of how it's packed, with the kale on top, it's easy to believe there's more of it than turns out to be so. In reality, you end up with a kind of gloppy mix of carrot shreds and beet shreds, with an occasion stray kale leaf, and some glops of apple. Nothing mixes together well.

That said, when I bought it I thought there was about a 75% chance that I'd hate it and not even finish one serving. I didn't hate it. In fact, I liked it better than Nina did, which I would have estimated had a 0.00000001% chance of being true. That doesn't mean that I loved it, but I didn't mind it--and I ate all of mine, while she quit about halfway through hers. I even went back and had two more servings of it over the next couple of days.

Will I buy it again? 

No. I think apples, beets, and carrots pretty much need to stay in their own lanes.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Trader Joe's Marbellous Chocolate Bar

As you can see from the packaging, this is intended as a gift. It even opens as a gift card before you get to the pouch that holds the chocolate. (The back of the package steals the strange phrase "strikingly visual bar" from the Marbled Mint Crunch Chocolate Bar. Both are listed as products of Ireland. Dollars to doughnuts, they're made by the same supplier.)

The chocolate bar is really pretty--even more so than the small part you can through the window above. But it's kind of odd-tasting. I think this must be because of the large percentage of white chocolate. The dark chocolate parts remind me strongly of Hershey's chocolate syrup from my childhood.

Will I buy it again? 

No. One was plenty.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Trader Joe's Pitted Amarena Cherries With Stems In Syrup

I had never heard of Amarena cherries before spotting this jar at Trader Joe's. I bought it anyway. They're cherries; they can't be bad.

And they're not. But the way they're presented here, you can't just sit down and eat a bowlful. (After all, life isn't just a bowl of cherries.) The syrup here is heavily sugared, turning the cherries into something akin to Maraschino cherries--preserved, essentially. They work as a garnish, but in no other way.

Will I buy it again? 

No. I just don't have any use for this kind of thing.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Trader Joe's Unsulfured Dried Pear Slices

I expected that I would love these, but they were no good. Too dry and tough, not flavorful enough.

Will I buy it again? 


Monday, December 4, 2017

Trader Joe's Chocolate Mint Flavored Cupcakes

Oh, these are truly excellent--and an innovative twist on the age-old chocolate/mint flavor combination. At least I've never seen anything like them.

All the description you need is right there under the product name on the label. What you need from me, then, is simply confirmation that it's not misleading or overly hyped. It is, in fact, quite accurate on all points. But they left out that there's a mint-chocolate star cookie on top.

Will I buy it again? 

Well, they're far too rich to have often, even if they were going to be available all year 'round. But if Trader Joe's could suck all the calories out of these cupcakes without ruining them, I'd snarf them down daily.

Saturday, December 2, 2017


This is my weekly compilation of news and other links about Trader Joe's.

Why nutritionists love these 17 Trader Joe's foods

The 10 best Trader Joe's snacks

The 10 best Trader Joe's cookies

Trader Joe's swears it's not selling that drug from "Riverdale"

9 Trader Joe's products that make great stocking stuffers

Discover Trader Joe's gingerbread products

Best tweets of the week:

And finally, here's this week's cute something with a Trader Joe's something:

Friday, December 1, 2017

Trader Joe's Winter Snowflake Pasta

In flavor, this is, predictably, just like any other dried wheat pasta. It takes a little longer to cook than thin strands, but that's a minor inconvenience. Somewhat surprisingly, there wasn't much damage to the shapes from being agitated and stirred in the pot of boiling water. I thought they might fall apart, but no.

It's unusually pretty on the plate, for not being a multi-colored beauty like this one or this one. The snowflakes also make convenient bite sizes.

But its greatest advantage over standard pasta shapes is that all the little holes and ridges are supremely good at holding on to pasta sauce. I like that. In fact, I usually go out of my way to buy "rigate" forms of pasta specifically because I like having more sauce cling to my pasta. This is absolutely the best pasta form I've ever encountered for this quality.

Will I buy it again? 

Yes. In fact, I liked it so much that I'm going to stock up on it while I can, then mourn the day that I use the last of it and have to wait until next winter to get more.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Trader Joe's Super Sweet Fresh Corn

This appears to be a new product at Trader Joe's. I mean, corn on the cob is not exactly a new product, but this particular packaging is.

And I don't get what the point of it is. What's wrong with selling individual ears of corn in nothing but the convenient, natural packages of their husks? It appears that TJ's has either people or machines cut off the ends to a uniform length, partially (but not fully) remove the husks, and wrap them in plastic on a plastic tray. This just seems bizarre, unnecessary, and wasteful.

I might forgive it if the corn inside were special in some way. It's not. It was neither "super sweet" nor especially "fresh." Of course, it was "fresh" if that word is understood merely to mean "not canned or frozen"--but not if it is understood to mean "picked very recently."

Will I buy it again? 


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Trader Joe's Fleur De Sel Caramels

The addition of a pinch of salt is the only thing that sets these caramels apart from any others--and it's not enough to make them especially interesting or desirable.

Will I buy it again? 


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Trader Joe's Apple Cider Caramels

Well, these are definitely something different from any candies I've had before. The apple infusion is strong--I actually noticed it before the taste of caramel hit. It's an unusual combination, and I don't think it works particularly well. Not terrible by any means, but The caramel-apple center is also really runny, and you basically can't bite into it without getting it on your hands. I don't like chocolates being messy.

Note, finally, that you get only four to a box, which seems kinda chintzy.

Will I buy it again? 


Monday, November 27, 2017

Envy apples

I saw somebody on Twitter excited to find her favorite variety of apple at Trader Joe's. I had never heard of Envy, but I looked it up, and of course the brand's web site makes it sound fabulous. So I grabbed two of them on my last TJ's trip.

I am underwhelmed. They are extremely crispy, I'll give them that. But it's almost to a fault; they're actually physically difficult to bite into because of being so firm.

Other than that, I found no extraordinary qualities. They're not especially sweet or juicy.

Will I buy it again? 

No. I'd pick a honeycrisp over Envy every time.

And, do we really need to be flying apples in from New Zealand, which is about as far from the US as it's possible to get?

Saturday, November 25, 2017


This is my weekly compilation of news and other links about Trader Joe's.

5 cheap Trader Joe's snacks any kid will adore

Trader Joe's announces recall of three varieties of fresh salad due to foreign matter

New vegan food at Trader Joe's for the holidays

Every pumpkin-spice item at Trader Joe's ranked

Trader Joe's $3.99 wines ranked

Top 10 Trader Joe's products you need this holiday season

6 easy Trader Joe's dinner ideas

Four-way grocery price comparison

13 new vegan products at Trader Joe's

Best tweets of the week:

And finally, here's this week's cute cat in a Trader Joe's grocery bag with his Trader Joe's scratching pad.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Trader Joe's Gluten Free Egg Fettuccine Pasta

Nina took one look at this package and said, "Oh dear." She thought it had no chance of being successful. Was she right?

Well, yes and no. It's not great--but it's OK. And being just acceptable is a significant win for a gluten-free pasta. (Rice flour is its primary ingredient.)

With a bold, spicy sauce (Mario Batali's Arrabbiata) and some fake ground beef sprinkled on top for protein, I really didn't notice anything out of the ordinary about it. I don't think I would have noticed that it was a gluten-free product in this configuration, though perhaps I would have if it were served in a way that required the pasta to stand up for itself more. Nina, though, insisted that she still noticed that it was a little off, even as well-disguised as it was. But she conceded that just being mediocre among the ranks of all pastas, instead of really awful, makes it among the best of the gluten-free pastas we've tried.

Will I buy it again? 

Not for myself. But I'd eagerly recommend it to those who need gluten-free products, and I'd buy it if I were going to have dinner guests who needed gluten-free alternatives.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Trader Joe's Veggies & Greens Salad Kit

I was about to describe this, but you can just read on the front of the package what's in it. It's all chopped, mostly quite finely, so if you like big leaves and hunks of veggies in your salad, you're out of luck. (The leaves pictured on the package are a lie.)

The bag contains three small bags, in addition to the main contents. These contain the dressing, the pistachios, and the "dried pear crumbles."

Put together, it makes for a rather interesting salad. I've never had either dried pears or pistachios on a salad, let alone both at once. But it was too heavy in kale and Brussels sprouts for my taste. Nina, however, liked it a lot--except for the honey-ginger dressing, which, predictably, she found too sweet. I, predictably, thought that was the best part.

Will I buy it again? 

No, but I'm not sorry I tried it. I started this as a side salad for a dinner with Nina, and finished the bag on my own over the next few days. Which means that I didn't dislike it so much that I threw it out, or returned it to the store, or gave it to Nina to finish (all of which are things I routinely do when I hate a TJ's product).

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Trader Joe's Pineapple Rings

I've looked for a product like this several times before and never found it until last week, so I believe that it's new.

It is absolutely not worth buying. This small container cost $3.49. It had only seven thin pineapple rings in it. And they weren't especially good--just mediocre. Ingles, the locally dominant grocery chain, sells a whole pineapple, with the outer hull and core sliced out, for about the same price, but there's at least twice as much in the container. True, you still have to slice it, but that's not much trouble. And they're always excellent--sweet and fresh-tasting.

Will I buy it again? 

No. I have long wanted TJ's to carry a product like this, but now that they do, I'm bitterly disappointed in it.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Trader Joe's Hi-Protein Veggie Burger

Trader Joe's has carried some of the Dr. Praeger's line of veggie burgers for a long time. I've never tried them, but I've noticed their packaging, and when I first saw this new TJ's product, I thought that they were not-so-subtly trying to suggest a connection. Compare the photo above to Dr. Praeger's box:

I thought it likely that this new TJ's burger was just a Dr. Praeger's rebranded. But I've looked over the various offerings of the latter company on their web site, and I can't find any that seems even remotely like the ingredients of TJ's. Dr. P's burgers all contain chunks of vegetables, while TJ's are blended smoothly, and none of Dr. P's seems to have pea protein as its first ingredient.

Regardless of the origin, the TJ's product is not a great success. The breaded coating is nice, and they physically hold together well, which isn't always so for veggie burgers. But that's about the best thing I can say in their defense. They're expensive--$3.49 for just two patties. The texture is kind of unpleasantly gritty. And the taste is, well, just kind of nothingness. (Nina said "sawdust," but I think that's being unfairly harsh.)

On a bun with cheese, pickles, and ketchup, they'll do, but more in the sense of "edible," not in the sense of "enjoyable." You're much better off with any of several other choices, including those from MorningStar, Boca, and Gardein.

Will I buy it again? 


Monday, November 20, 2017

Trader Joe's Turkey & Giblets Dinner Premium Cat Food--reconsidered

I discussed all three varieties of TJ's canned cat food two years ago, here.

Back then, I settled on Newman's Own brand for my Lucy. I stuck with that for quite a while, but then started doing a lot of experimenting with different brands, trying to find one that was higher in protein and lower in fat. Lucy tended to be OK with some of the products for a while, then sour on them. For about a year now, though, we've both been happy with giving her this stuff from Nutro/Max Cat.

But recently there has been a huge change in the cat scene around here. I got a second cat, Oliver:

Oliver's tastes are quite different from Lucy's. At first he seemed to be an omnivore, willing to gobble down anything I put in front of him. The cat-food field was wide open.

You might think the obvious choice is to give him the same thing I give Lucy. But there are reasons not to. First, it's expensive--especially because I've learned, with weight monitoring, that Oliver's caloric needs are a lot higher than Lucy's. Second, he has no teeth (long story), and Lucy's food comes in big chunks. He really needs a pate style. Third, ideally I'd prefer them each to get a food that the other won't eat, so that I don't have to worry about whether one is stealing the other's food without my knowing about it.

Lisa Pierson is a veterinarian who is passionate about good nutrition for cats. She compiled the 2012 table of commercial cat foods that I relied on previously. Earlier this year she updated it for 2017, here.

I culled that list of hundreds of wet foods down to 40 that met all the parameters most important to me, then narrowed it down to two that I thought best. I bought six cans of each for Oliver, the previous omnivore--and he turned up his nose at both of them! These were genuinely premium products, some of the most expensive available. (We're talking more than $2/can.) But you know what he loves? Trader Joe's Turkey & Giblets--a real steal at just $0.79/can.

Its nutritional parameters haven't changed between Dr. Pierson's 2012 chart and the 2017 chart.

First, you want less than 10% of calories to be from carbohydrates. This has 9%--not quite as low as I'd prefer, but acceptable.

After that, you want the highest possible percentage of calories to be from protein. There are a couple of brands that have real standouts in this category (Tiki Cat and Weruva), but those are all shredded, not pate. I tried a can on Oliver, and he seemed to have difficulty eating it, what with the toothlessness. The best pates go over 35% of calories from protein; the worst are down around 25%. Lucy's food is an outstanding 40%. TJ's is 32%. Not quite as good, but not bad.

Then you want a low phosphorus level, because excessive phosphorus is hard on the kidneys. I'd like under 300; TJ's Turkey & Giblets is better than average, at just 235.

So it's nutritionally acceptable, cheap, and Oliver loves it. I'll keep Lucy on the Nutro (unless she starts rejecting it, as she has other previous favorites before), but it looks like Oliver is going to be a Trader Joe's cat. (I already bought him his own Double Wide Scratcher, and he loves it.) I expect to save over $600/year getting him this instead of either of the two that I had originally planned to feed him.

I concluded two years ago, "among the wet cat foods that are in that price range, you'd have a hard time finding anything of better nutritional quality, and among those in the same general range of quality of ingredients, you'd have a hard time finding anything cheaper."

I stand by that as an accurate assessment--but I think I should have worded it even more strongly: At this price point, I know of no other food that you should be willing to feed your cat, because all the others are crap. And if you look at all the ones that are comparable in nutritional quality, this Trader Joe's product costs in the range of one-half to one-third as much as most of them. It's not the absolute best in quality, and it's not the absolute cheapest in price, but nothing else on the market can touch it in terms of nutritional bang for the buck.

Will I buy it again? 

It looks like I'll be buying a lot of it. It has my recommendation--and Oliver's.

(Note: The above is not true of the other TJ's varieties. They are not as good in their nutrient profile, primarily because of higher carbohydrate content.)

Bonus Lucy picture just because she's so adorable and nobody could possibly ever have seen enough of her: 

ADDENDUM, November 20, 2017

Life comes at you fast.

I wrote the above last week. Since then, Oliver has started to show less enthusiasm for the Trader Joe's Turkey & Giblets than he had originally. He still eats it, but instead of snarfing it all down as fast as he can, he eats a little at first, then returns to graze on it periodically.

So I began looking at specific online prices for some of the others to experiment with. Contrary to my assertion above about Trader Joe's being uniquely cheap, I was surprised to find two others that were much cheaper than the $1.50-$2.00 that is typical for 5.5-ounce cans of cat food of what I consider acceptable nutritional quality. Both come in larger cans, which undoubtedly contributes to keeping the price down:

1. Dave's Naturally Healthy Grain Free, in either chicken or turkey varieties, comes in a case of 12 12.5-ounce cans for $23.88 from (and even less if you subscribe to a regularly scheduled purchase). That's 16 cents/oz, pretty close to the 14 cents/oz for Trader Joe's. At a pet store near my house, it costs $1.99 per 12.5-ounce can, which is identical to the online price.

2. Triumph brand chicken & liver comes in a case of 12 13.2-ounce cans for an astonishing low price of just $15.99, also from Chewy. That works out to just 10 cents/ounce, about 40% less than Trader Joe's, while still meeting all my nutritional parameters. I'm floored by this. The Triumph brand isn't carried by any stores in the Asheville area, so I ordered a case from Chewy. It hasn't arrived yet, so I don't know if Oliver will eat it, but I thought it was such a good potential value that it was worth ordering one case to find out.

Saturday, November 18, 2017


This is my weekly compilation of news and other links about Trader Joe's.

Trader Joe's announces recall of yogurt dip and tahini sauce due to Listeria

Favorite Trader Joe's pumpkin-spice products

Suburban New Jersey's obsession with Trader Joe's

How to make a killer Trader Joe's appetizer spread

Comparison test of grocery store cranberry sauce

What to buy--and skip--at Trader Joe's this Thanksgiving

Comparison test of grocery store stuffing mixes

Trader Joe's is selling Thanksgiving in a box

Trader Joe's Thanksgiving for less than $25

6 Trader Joe's products to shortcut Thanksgiving

Comparison test of canned pumpkin for pies

17 easy Thanksgiving recipes with stuff you can get from Trader Joe's

Affordable Thanksgiving menu from Trader Joe's

Comparison test of four brands of turkey gravy

Vegan whipped creams

Best tweets of the week:

And finally, here's this week's cute cat in a Trader Joe's grocery bag: