Copycat of Original Tommy's Chili Recipe

American & European

  • Trader Joe’s Langostino Mac and Cheese Recipe

    September 15, 2021Van

    Langostino is the Spanish name for little lobster or squat lobster, they have a tender texture and delicate flavor.  Many people like to use langostino tails in place of standard lobster in lobster rolls.  I’m sharing my easy recipe for Langostino Mac and Cheese, there’s no need to make a roux since I use Pub…

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  • Strawberry and Feta Spring Mix Salad Recipe

    September 11, 2021Van

    If you’re looking to make a healthy and unique salad, try this Strawberry and Feta Spring Mix Salad.  It’s dressed with a simple homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing that only needs 3-ingredients.  Not only is this salad nourishing and well balanced, it’s simply beautiful. The simple balsamic vinaigrette dressing is made with olive oil, balsamic vinegar…

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  • Trader Joe’s Strawberry Crunch Cake Milkshake Recipe

    August 17, 2021Van

    I received my gift card prize along with the sweetest message  from winning Trader Joe’s Instagram #TJsMilkshakeContest Guess what I spent it on??? I got supplies to make another crazy milkshake. There’s a reason why Trader Joe’s set a 5 item limit for the contest, so the recipes wouldn’t get out of control like this one …

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  • Cream Cheese Whipped Cream Recipe

    August 12, 2021Van

    Cream Cheese Whipped Cream is a thicker and creamier version of regular whipped cream.  The cream cheese also acts as a stabilizer, so the whipped cream holds it’s shape much better.  I used it to top pumpkin waffles for breakfast this morning, but you could use as frosting  for cupcakes or a cake if you…

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  • Lime Bars Recipe

    August 10, 2021Van

    This is an easy recipe for Lime Bars, the crust and filling come together in no time. Lemon bars are much more common, but my family loves limes – so I usually make this version.  The filling is tangy, sweet and creamy – the shortbread crust is buttery and has just the right amount of…

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  • Trader Joe’s Mocha Crunch Cake Milkshake Recipe (#TJsMilkshakeContest Winner)

    July 26, 2021Van

    Mocha Crunch Cake Milkshake, selected unanimously by Trader Joe’s panel as the Grand Prize Winner for Trader Joe’s Instagram #TJsMilkshakeContest 🍨 The goal was to use five or fewer Trader Joe’s ingredients to make a unique milkshake,  so I took a fun trip to my local Trader Joe’s in Austin and grabbed a few of my favorite…

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  • Air Fryer Peri-Peri Sauce Chicken Wings Recipe

    July 3, 2021Van

    My new favorite wings, Peri-Peri Sauce Chicken Wings! Peri-Peri Sauce is a rich and spicy South African sauce made with African Bird’s Eye Chili – it’s a tangy, slightly creamy hot sauce.  I just picked this up from Trader Joe’s last week and after tasting it, I thought it would be wonderful for wings.  If you…

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  • Trader Joe’s No-Bake Lemon Cake Recipe

    June 28, 2021Van

    With so many people experiencing a heat wave right now, this is the perfect dessert to make!  No-Bake Lemon Cake – one of the easiest cakes you will ever make, only 5 ingredients needed and you don’t even have to measure anything out since you’ll use the full containers of the ingredients. This icebox cake is…

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  • Instant Pot French-Style Yogurt Recipe (Copycat of La Fermière Yogurt)

    June 21, 2021Van

    La Fermière’s Vanilla Yogurt is my favorite yogurt, the texture is super creamy and smooth. La Fermière is a family owned company that started in the South of France, they’ve started to expand to the U.S., but it’s still not widely available,  I get mine from Central Market in Austin, Tx – but no worries…

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  • Instant Pot Creamy Vanilla Cheesecake Recipe with Berries

    June 17, 2021Van

    I was pretty ecstatic when the Instant Pot Company contacted me for a partnership and asked me to test out their new Instant Pot Pro – I’ve had my Ultra model for years and it still works perfectly, but my first impression of the Pro model was WOW!  I love the way it looks, the all-black…

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