Category: Food

Trader Joe’s Savory Baked Tofu Recipe

Once upon a time, there was no Trader Joe’s in Columbia, SC. I would go every few months to Charleston, Greenville, or Charlotte for a day trip that included stocking up on tons of the exotic and exciting products that were unavailable to me on a daily basis at this magical oasis. Given the perishability of their baked tofu, a favorite product, I decided to experiment with making my own. Even if it didn’t taste similar, this stuff is delicious on its own merit. I had to stop myself from drinking the leftover liquid. I succeeded there, but did...

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An Easy Dinner with Trader Joe’s Thai Green Curry Simmer Sauce

There’s nothing like an easy dinner to warm you up quickly when it’s really cold out. This one can be done in the time it takes a rice cooker to be done with a cup of rice, or about 20 minutes. The base of the dish is this great green curry simmer sauce from Trader Joe’s It’s not very spicy on it’s own, so if you like your curry with some heat, you’ll want to add in some diced hot peppers. This dish also reheats really well for lunch leftovers. In other words, it’s a pretty perfect meal. Rice...

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Hoppin John and Other Lucky New Years Foods

Have you ever had putting effort in just backfire on you? Such was the case for me on New Year’s Eve day, where I had a long list of things I was going to Accomplish Before The New Year. That ended abruptly when I got slammed into from behind, so hard it shoved me into the car in front of me, and all I got accomplished yesterday was a broken vehicle and laying down the remainder of the day. Luckily I’m okay, as are the others involved, minus some soreness on my end. So needless to say, I am...

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My Grandmother’s Cheese Ball

Something was wrong with me as a kid. I mean really wrong with me. I had some bizarre aversion to certain cheese products. I think I mentioned here before that something in my brain thought that the pimentos in pimento cheese were pieces of fish (I really have no explanation for this), therefore I was well into college before ever trying pimento cheese. Obviously, I’ve made serious changes in my life to rectify the situation. And again, with the cheese ball I had this notion that it was just wrong and bad and no. The holiday cheese ball that...

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Cooking from the Smitten Kitchen Cookbooks

Sometimes serendipity brings things together to have both books you wanted on similar topics ready at the library at the same time so it only takes one trip there. So it was for me recently when I reserved both of Deb Perelman’s books at the library the other week to pick up after work Friday. That evening was spent with those two books, sticky page flag things, a space heater, a drink, and a few dogs laying on me. I haven’t seen a lot of people discussing some of the recipes within and wanted to share some of my thoughts on the ones I tried and why I did or did not like them and what I did as tweaks. Crispy tofu and broccoli with sesame-peanut pesto, p. 121 Smitten Kitchen Everyday I had high hopes for this one and it looked and smelled great as I was preparing. The preparation was easy too,¬†each next step could be done while another was happening too. But it fell flat for me. I ate a few bites, and tried to convince my husband to eat it all together, not just the pieces of fried tofu directly from the pan. The pesto just never came together. I tasted it and added a little more soy sauce, and it was still not doing it for me. But I made it exactly to the...

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April Blake edits web content by day and writes by night, usually about local food, unusual flavors, and craft beer. Please follow me on Twitter, but not in real life.

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