Guest Blog – Cooking With All Things Trader Joe’s

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Michele from Play Parks Central has been raving about this cookbook…perfect gift to ask for this Mother’s Day mamas!  She writes…

“It’s no secret I’m a Trader Joe’s fanatic. I’m such a devoted customer/(TJ Freak) that I can tell when the Fearless Flyer is coming out because I notice the new products on the shelves. So imagine how excited I was when my sister gifted me a copy of the “Cooking With All Things Trader Joe’s” cookbook by Deana Gunn and Wona Miniati. The cookbook is not affiliated with Trader Joe’s – but these two women invented delectable and EASY recipes around TJ’s unique ingredients. For those true TJ-ers, you are probably thinking what I thought: “the inventory turns over so quickly, how can they keep current?” Well, they’ve pretty much chosen staples and I haven’t run into anything they don’t carry anymore. Beyond that, they have a blog where they are rolling out new recipes to stay up with the times.

How good is this cookbook? I reluctantly loaned it out to a friend (what if I needed to cook something and didn’t have a recipe?) – because she wanted to make copies of just the recipes she liked. She handed it back a few hours later and said, “I’m just asking for it for Mother’s Day. There are too many good ones.” And did I mention EASY? My favorites: Asian Dumpling Soup, Italian Wedding Soup, Comfy Chicken Pot Pie, Soyaki Broiled Salmon . . . I got it as a gift for another friend and we text page numbers back and forth on what we’re having for dinner. I know Tiny Oranges mommies will save time and find some kid-friendly meals in the cookbook’s pages.”

Looking for a new park to try out this weekend?  Make sure to visit Michele’s amazing website:, the BEST resource for Orange County parks, including cool new maps!

Have a great one everyone! You still have time to enter Monday’s giveaway!  Email me to enter, check post for details.

Click here for more easy recipes on Tiny Oranges.


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  1. 1

    I love Trader Joe’s!! I must have this book. Great post.

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    Kate says:

    A friend had received this cookbook as a gift. I coveted it then but had forgotten all about it. Now it’s soon to be mine! Thanks!

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    mm says:

    I have this cookbook, it is great- TJs makes life so easy! (or at least cooking!)

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    Suz Broughton says:

    Thanks Michele! This sounds great!
    I love your site, too.

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    Sweepstakes says:

    Cooking with all things Trader Joe’s is a great resource for a ton of new recipes

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