Recent Pinterest Test Drives

Here’s a rundown of some of the new recipes I’ve tried lately, courtesy of Pinterest!

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Crockpot Chicken Tikka Masala (Table for Two) – This was super easy and actually tasted almost exactly like the real deal! I have to admit, I was a little skeptical of this one, but it was so good. Pair it with Trader Joe’s frozen garlic naan and you’ve got dinner for days!

Chicken Alfredo Rollups (Mmm… Cafe) – A few of my girlfriends and I cooked these rollups for dinner together one night, and they were SO GOOD! I also made a yummy salad with avocado, cherry tomatoes, and red onion. A-ma-zing. Bonus: the rollups reheat very well, so you can pack the leftovers for lunch or even freeze them.

Ethereally Smooth Hummus (Smitten Kitchen) – I’m always looking for reasons to use my food processor, and I love love love Smitten Kitchen. Her recipes have never failed to wow me, and this was no exception. I peeled the chickpeas while catching up on DVRed episodes of New Girl, and before I knew it, I had peeled the entire can. Freshly made hummus is a beautiful thing. If you have the time, I definitely recommend it!

Photo sources: Table for Two, Mmm…Cafe, Smitten Kitchen


Grilled Cheese Gamechanger

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GUYS. Are you ready to eat the best grilled cheese ever? If so, head to your local Trader Joe’s and buy some of their English Cheddar with Carmelized Onions.

I recently discovered this beautiful cheese via a photo my friend Julie posted on Instagram. It’s lovely and delicious, and is also a grocery store version of my favorite cheese at Terry’s Turf Club. Julie’s Instagram feed also alerted me to the fact that Sam’s Club sells frozen Red Lobster cheddar biscuits. You could say she’s my photosharing food fairy godmother.

ANYWAYS, did you know that shredded cheese makes better grilled cheeses than singles? It helps the cheese melt more evenly. Chances are, you’re currently saying, “Of course I knew that, Karen. Everyone knows that. Have you been living under a rock?” (this is something that was actually said to me when I excitedly shared this “new” fact with a “friend”).

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The cheddar was super delicious on its own, but I bet it would have been even more amazing with some bacon and green onions sprinkled into the sandwich – AKA a potato skin grilled cheese (million dollar idea alert!).

Any other surprising Trader Joe’s finds out there?