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There’s nothing like Trader Joe’s around holiday season!

I am a sucker for all the winter herbs, rich & buttery dishes, & all the comfort foods.

Here is everything I’m eyeing from Trader Joe’s this month! Can’t wait to get cooking & entertaining!

What’s on my November Trader Joe’s Shopping List!

ONE }: HOLIDAY HERB ROLLS :: just the name alone has me sold! Soft buttery rolls with parsley, sage {LOOOVE SAGE esp for the holidays}, rosemary, thyme, & marjoram. The options are seriously endless but how lovely would these be as a croutons? For thanksgiving, as you’re cooking your meats, place these underneath it… trust me. Also these would be amazing as a sandwich bread! I might have to do a steak sandwich on these for Erik’s lunchbox 🙂

TWO }: SPARKLING CRANBERRY JUICE :: Holiday Spritz, anyone?! This + wine / champagne + fresh rosemary garnish = yes pls! Would also be fantastic over gin too. Any other cocktail ideas??

THREE }: HERBACEOUS CHEESY BITES :: my biggest weaknesses are anything crunchy & crispy, anything cheesy, & anything packed with herbs and these fit the bill! Basically cheese & garlic rolled in panko bread crumbs & herbs. These would be wonderful on a salad! I’m thinking kale + spinach, pomegranate seeds, berries, nuts with a dressing of balsalmic + olive oil + salt + pepper + chile flake + garlic.

FOUR }: NANTUCKET CRANBERRY PIE :: I love a good “no-heat” dessert option – especially from Trader Joe’s. You just let it sit at room temperature to thaw! I’ve never been to Nantucket but this sounds heavenly: a buttery, vanilla crust with cranberries & walnuts! Also, this would be delicious coarsely blended as a milkshake {maybe add a little bourbon??} … keep the pieces large & eat with a spoon! YUM

FIVE }: ONE POTATO TWO POTATO GRATIN :: I am obsessed with Potato Gratin! This has two different types of potatoes, two types of mushrooms, & two types of cheese. Would be sooooo so good with my Lemon Thyme Steak… in fact, our tradition for Thanksgiving is steak {with alllll the holiday sides}!!

SIX }: MIREPOIX :: I’m not huge on packaged mixes I can make myself but this one is the exception! This shaves prep time, especially for soups. Mirepoix is a mix of chopped celery, carrots, & onions which makes for a very aromatic base in anything you’re making. I also like to add garlic to mine too! ps – mirepoix is my fav way to use up carrots or celery that’s near it’s peak

SEVEN }: RICED CAULIFLOWER STUFFING :: We got this last year and loved it! A lighter take on stuffing & so easy to make… plus it’s vegan. It’s so good on it’s own but I also loved it on top of my herb + olive oil mashed potatoes. Talk about a comfort meal!

EIGHT }: CORN PUDDING :: Erik’s fave side dish is creamed corn so I can’t wait to get this for an easy side for him. I’m still working on my recipe so until then, this will do! I’d also add in some chopped greens for some vibrancy.

NINE }: CREAMY TOSCANO CHEESE SOAKED IN SYRAH :: Aged toscano cheese soaked in Coastal Syrah! It tastes similar to Parmesan & finishes with a cheddar note {kind of reminds me of Unexpected Cheddar – another fabulous TJ cheese!} with hints of berries & jam. The rind is edible too! A must for any cheese plate with their organic cracker medley but I’m also thinking of putting this cheese on any sandwiches I make with the bread from #1!

TEN }: TURKEY & STUFFING EN CROUTE :: all I have to say is wowowowowowowWOW. Turkey coated in cornbread stuffing, wrapped in puff astry & sprinkled with herbs?! sign. me. tf. UP. Honestly, this is a GREAT option for Thanksgiving for Two as an easy entree. Use the time saved and go big on dessert! (trust me on this – anything with ‘en croute’ in the name… YOU WANT)

ELEVEN }: TRADER JOES VINTAGE ALE :: This looks so interesting! It’s a dark ale brewed with spices. I’m a big dark beer fan so I want to give this a try. I also love the packaging too. Also a great option to cook with!

TWELVE }: STICK FIGURE RED WINE :: Erik & I are always looking for budget red everyday drinkers so we always enjoy trying new wines at Trader Joe’s. Stick Figure is from the Central Coast, fruit forward, & full of oak so this will stand up to any rich holiday dish.

THIRTEEN }: L’ECLAT BLANC DE BLANCS :: Bring on the holiday bubbles! This is a well priced magnum so it’s perfect for hosting parties. I’ll do a full review as soon as I taste it but tasting notes are: crisp, fruity, creamy, freshly baked cake. It’s a blanc de blanc so that means it’s all Chardonnay!

FOURTEEN }: ADVENT CALENDAR FOR CATS :: TJ’s made one for dogs last year so this year, they’re showing love to the cats too! 25 days of cat treats for December to get Lucy in the holiday spirit 🙂

November at TJs came in CLUTCH!!! I can’t wait to try everything on this list. I also appreciate how easy & versatile the items are – so easy for entertaining!

Any November Trader Joes finds I need to add to my list?


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