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Review of Trader Joe's Tarte Aux Fruits
Trader Joe's Tarte Aux Fruits is a terrific blend of sweet and tart on a nice crust. Be sure to keep this level if you are defrosting, otherwise you'll have a gnarly mess waiting for you. Mine wasn't quite as picture perfect as the box, but it tasted just fine. Let's face it, odds are you have been invited to an unexpected get together or had company unexpectedly. We've all been there. If your company would appreciate dessert... | @becomebetty #traderjoesdesserts #traderjoesshoppinglist
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57 Chevy Drink
While a 57 Chevy Cocktail might sound like a classic drink recipe, this recipe might be a bit more recent than it sounds. But the end result is a smooth and balanced drink of pineapple juice, Southern Comfort, Vodka, orange liqueur, and Amaretto. Despite its yesteryear style name, it does have a lot in common with the old time cars: it's smooth and colorful. I mean, pink cars haven't made a full comeback just yet. | @becomebetty #57chevycocktail #holidaycocktails #cocktailparty
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Review of Trader Joe's Secco Strawberry and Raspberry Rossini
Trader Joe's Secco Strawberry and Raspberry Rossini was met with approval in my household as it was sweet, nothing sophisticated, slightly bubbly and pleasant tasting. If you are a fan of dry wines, skip this one over. How to open this bottle might confuse some people including yours truly. So, when I crossed state lines to get wine (and alcohol) I made sure to make sure I loaded up my cart... | @becomebetty #traderjoeshoppinglist #traderjoeswines #traderjoesdrinks
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Super Simple S'mores Brownies
All the flavors of your favorite campfire S’mores turned into brownies, right in your own kitchen! S’mores Brownies are super easy to make with a box brownie mix and then amped up with toasted marshmallows, crispy graham crackers, and chocolate. This rich, gooey, summertime treat can now be enjoyed any time of the year!
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Review of Trader Joe's Fully Cooked Baby Back Ribs
Trader Joe's Fully Cooked Baby Back Ribs are tasty, tender and ready in under 20 minutes. The verdict: For $11.99 you get fully cooked ribs that are ready to be warmed and served in under 20 minutes. Normally most BBQ people will tell you ribs are all about low and slow. They've done all the work for you. The BBQ sauce is Texas style which means that it's going to be thick, you'll need a small package of napkins.. | @becomebetty #traderjoesshoppinglist #traderjoesribs #traderjoesbbq
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Review of Trader Joe's Ghost Chile BBQ Sauce
Trader Joe's products sometimes like to play with fire. And when I speak about fire, I am referring to ghost peppers. This is by no means a humble jalapeno; this is many stages past it on the Scoville scale. For perspective's sake, a jalapeno is usually rated somewhere in the 2,500-8,000 Scoville Heat Unit Scale. The assertive Ghost Pepper runs somewhere close to one million on the same scale. | @becomebetty #traderjoesbbqsauce #traderjoesshoppinglist #traderjoesspicyfood
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Review of Trader Joe's Lemon Basil Pasta Salad
Trader Joe's Lemon Basil Pasta Salad is new to the refrigerate aisle and is vast improvement over some of the grab and go food items. In previous posts about the refrigerated aisle, I have long complained that so many of the grab and go options are vastly underwhelming. Some left me wondering why they remained on the shelves for so long. Regardless, it seems that the refrigerated case is getting some solid options. | @becomebetty #traderjoessalad #traderjoeshonestreviews
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Review of Trader Joe's Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake
Lot's of new items are now found in the freezer section of Trader Joe's. There is a new vegan bolognese pasta (not just the sauce which is new too), there are Portuguese custard tarts, and this very unsuspecting Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake. There are no strawberries mixed into the cheesecake itself. Rather the topping seems a bit more like strawberry jam swirled on top before baking. | @becomebetty #traderjoescheesecake #traderjoesdesserts
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Antipasto Skewers
Entertaining is super simple with these Antipasto Skewers! This is a make-ahead appetizer that’s packed full of flavor and great for any occasion. They are fun to serve as a salad and are so good alongside grilled fish or chicken and an excellent accompaniment to soups or sandwiches. This is finger food at its best.
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Review of Trader Joe's Shooting Stars
Trader Joe's Shooting Stars are a really surprisingly good cookie. Nothing overly sophisticated, but it is whimsical with the popping candy and is successful as a cookie. A great choice for kids and for the kid at heart. In my weekly shopping trip to Trader Joe's I always make it a point to investigate the new product end cap to which I found this box of cookies. For $2.99 you are getting a measly 16 cookies. | @becomebetty #honesttraderjoesreviews #traderjoescookies
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Review of Trader Joe's Strawberry Shortcake Sandwich Cookies
If you are looking at the package of Trader Joe's Strawberry Shortcake Sandwich Cookies and think they look familiar you are correct. These are the summer seasonal variety of the popular These sprinkles walk into a sandwich cookies. So in Trader Joe's new food news, this is a new and limited-run product. While the cookies might remind you more of chocolate chip cookies, these butter cookies have bits of freeze-dried strawberries.. | @becomebetty #traderjoescookies #traderjoesreviews
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Review of Trader Joe's Classic Hamburger Buns
Trader Joe's Classic Hamburger Buns are basic buns. Soon summer will be upon us which means it will be BBQ season. I love a burger as much as the next person. My absolute favorite burger location is Shake Shack. Yes, their burgers are good as is the special sauce. The last time I went in they had just gotten a delivery of buns. Their secret? Martin's Potato Rolls. Not Trader Joe's. | @becomebetty #honesttraderjoesreviews #traderjoesbbq #traderjoespicnic
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Electric Lemonade Recipe
My Electric Lemonade recipe will have you thinking about summer. Made without sour mix, it contains just four ingredients and is simple poured cocktail. Made with vodka, blue curacao, lemonade, and lemon-lime soda to make a balanced yet refreshing drink. Who doesn't love a blue drink? They intrigue me every single time. It looks out of the ordinary and summery. | @becomebetty #summercocktails #howtomakeelectriclemonade #bestcraftcocktails
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Mussels in White Wine Sauce
This quick and easy Mussels in White Wine Sauce has a delicious butter, garlic, shallots, white wine sauce that is quick, easy, and delicious. This is a perfect dish for Lent, Summer when it is too hot to cook, or whenever the mood is right for a seafood dinner. With a bit of knowledge, seafood is quick, healthy, and delicious. Mussels are also incredibly affordable to make at home. So there is no reason to have them only when you go out. | @becomebetty #howtocookmussels #easymusselsrecipe
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Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze
My Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze recipe is quick, easy, moist and uses lemon to add another dimension of flavor. This is a perfect breakfast, brunch, or dessert item to share or to freeze for fresh scones in the morning. These are delicious with both fresh blueberries and frozen blueberries. I've included lots of ways of adapting this recipe to make it even more delicious. | @becomebetty #howtomakescones #easyblueberryscones