Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Trader Joe's Dinner Club

We've had some very creative themes for dinner club recently. Kim hosted an Iron Chef: Chocolate challenge in April and the most recent was Michelle's Trader Joe's night. All ingredients had to be purchased at Trader Joe's. We started off with appetizers from the freezer section, cilantro jalapeno hummus and pita chips, and thinly sliced whole grain bread with goat cheese and ginger preserve. From there we moved on to soup and bread which was the roasted tomato and red pepper (comes in a carton) and bread sticks made from pizza dough with yummy toppings like tapenade and pancetta. Next we had a prepackaged Italian salad with chick peas, salami, and tomatoes. The entree for the night was a mix of two frozen gnocchi - one with a Gorgonzola sauce and one with a tomato sauce topped with roasted asparagus. We finished off the meal with blintzes. Our drink was Blood Orange juice with sparkling water.

Michelle had really fun decorations including a checkout station with a cash register and gift bags with some of her favorite Joe's goodies. My favorite new Trader Joe's items as a result of the night? Cilantro jalapeno hummus and sesame cashews. Thanks for a fun night Michelle!


Katie said...

I recently discovered a few things at TJ's myself. Their candied pecans and dried crannberies are yummy additions to a salad of mixed greens, strawberries and gruyere cheese!

Also, their new trek mix cookies are to die for. WARNING: there is a strong possibility of physical and psychological dependence on these cookies. Eat at your own risk.

Daily Jot & Tittle said...

I wish we had a Trader Joes..what a fun idea!

Sharon said...

You're back!