Friday, November 10, 2006

TJ Rules!

As you know, I’m a big fan of the Trader. So here are a couple of things I discovered recently.

We had Chicken and Vegetable Pot stickers last night and they were great! The secret was in the use of TJ’s Hot and Sour Soup. I took all of the Trader Joe’s frozen pot stickers out and placed them in a large (wide) pan of heated oil (2 Tbs at medium/high) and let them simmer for about 2 minutes. Then I added a ¼ cup of water and covered the pan for about 8 minutes. In the meantime, I opened the soup and put it in a saucepan to heat. Once it began to bubble, I put the pot stickers into that saucepan and turned the heat down to let it simmer for an additional 10 minutes; stirring every now and then to make certain the stickers got some good coverage with the soup. Served in a soup bowl, this makes a great dinner for two, though you have to like spicy, and we do.

We also like Trader Joe’s own version of Oreo’s, (Joe-Joe’s) especially the ginger flavored one. But there is a new one out and it’s the Candy Cane Joe-Joe. Real peppermint candy cane embedded in the frosting… it’s even better than the ginger!


Kitty said...

I will have to try this recipe. I have some potstickers in my freezer that I never get around to using. Pot Sticker Stew? Nice imagination.

Steven said...

I think you'll like it. But one to avoid, in my opinion, is the Blue Jalapeno Corn Bread from TJ's. It has some serious appearance problems, looking very much like concrete. It tastes OK, but that doesn't overcome the image problem.

Anonymous said...

I'll have to pick up some Candy Cane Joe-Joes this weekend in Reno - they sound great, and we all know how much I love Christmas stuff! I enjoy the corn bread though - I've never noticed its ugliness!