Roasted Sweet Potatoes: The Easy Way

 * * Ultimate Roasted Sweet Potatoes * *

You will love this EASY & FAST Recipe!

Sweet Potatoes are wonderful – they add a delicious flavor – and color- to your meals. They team up with BBQ & perk up leftover night with their color and creamy- sweet flavor.

I love Roasted Sweet Potoates especially when I accidentally (or maybe not … ) burn them a little on the bottom- so they have a dark brown, almost black really, spot where they were sitting on the pan.  This adds a wonderful flavor to the sweet, soft potatoes that we enjoy- and think you might too….


You will love how simple & easy they are to make – and how delicious they are to eat.  These are so good even a few days later – so you can make a BIG batch today (eat half) and then take some for lunch (if there are any left …)



A Pan of Roasted Sweet Potato Chunks – Note the dark brown spots- You want that!


HOW to make the Ultimate Roasted Sweet Potatoes

You will need:

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt

Yes- That is all you need to make the most awesome tasting sweet potatoes!

  • Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
  • Wash your sweet potatoes (with a brush) and dry off with a kitchen towel.
  • Now cut into the same size pieces – This means try and keep them all the same -ish thickness. This is so all the pieces will cook at the same rate.
  • Toss the potato chunks in a little bit of Olive Oil and sprinkle with salt.
  • Spread out on a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil and pop into the oven.
  • Check every 5- 10 minutes or until they are soft and have some nice color on them.



Washed & Dried … the Sweet Potatoes await their fate …..


Cut your potatoes in half the long way, and place them cut side down (no rock-n-roll here!) then cut in half and into chunks.


Toss in Olive Oil, and sprinkle with salt


Pop them into your pre-heated oven for 30-40 minutes – checking on them frequently.


The finished product – soft on the inside and crispy on the outside – make sure to save the browned pieces for yourself! 



So there you have it!

A wonderful side dish or main for a Meatless Monday type meal (great with a big green salad).




Trader Joe’s Cheese Pizza Dip

This was the sample last week at our Trader Joe’s in Kansas City.


I wanted to share it with you because even thought it is a bit different, I found myself thinking about it a few times. This is basically a warm dip that you can serve in the crock pot with little bread sticks- or at least that is what they did at Trader Joe’s.

It tastes just like a slice of cheese pizza!



I was brainstorming how I might use this (it makes a LOT of dip) are a few ideas like a fun addition to a super bowl party as a hot dip (love those on these cold days) but I found myself thinking … what else could we do with this tasty dip ….hmmmm

So here is a short list of ideas that I thought up:

  • Pour over steamed veggies
  • Pour over hot baked potatoes
  • Use as a pizza sauce on any kind of flat bread (a tortilla, english muffin, Nan etc..)
  • Use as a hot dip for cold veggies (carrots & celery)

I am sure that there are plenty more fabulous  ideas out there- Please share yours in  the comments section at the bottom of the page.

So without further ado…here is the recipe:

Trader Joe’s Cheese Pizza Dip

2 wedges of Trader Joe’s Fontina Cheese (shredded up)

1 Pint Half & Half

1 jar of Trader Joe’s Fat Free Pizza Sauce

1 Tub (8oz) Fresh shaved Parmesan /Asiago/ Romano cheese blend

In a crock pot, combine over medium heat (or start with high and then switch to low after everything is melted) the Fontana cheese and Half & Half until blended.

Next, add the pizza sauce and the tub of the Fresh Shaved Parmesan cheese and stir together until it is all combined.

Reduce heat to LOW to serve.

Use Trader Joe’s Italian Bread sticks for dipping (that is what they used at the store) OR use what ever makes sense to you… get creative….

So YES I will be making this for my next party … I only hope I can last until the Superbowl!



Cookies Beyond The Pail at Trader Joe’s

Have you tried Cookies Beyond The Pail at  Trader Joe’s?

– A great post holiday treat.


Our shopping trip to Trader Joe’s today resulted in some interesting finds. On an end cap was a huge display of white pails with windmills on them- and the best news? The pail was full of cookies!


Now, not just any cookies … those rich butter-y cookies that just seem to melt in your mouth. These are the kind of treat that we love to enjoy with a cup of tea in the afternoon. the cookies are on the smallish size, so you can have 2-3 and get a taste for all the different flavors.


I must confess that I have not noticed these cookies at Trader Joe’s yet this season, but the cookies are in the Fearless Flyer Holiday Guide 2014 on page 17. (Opps! Just when I thought I knew all the treats in the Flyer….. hmmmmm).


According to the Flyer, these cookies are from a Danish Tradition and inspired by a city in California – home to a rich Danish tradition (actually the town, Slovang sounds like a very cook place for a visit, especially on Danish Days festivals)

Side Note- I stopped and Googled this town just to check that the good folks at Trader Joe’s were not pulling my leg with this story and this town looks so fun!

So the bottom line: I enjoy these kind of cookies – the kind you want to enjoy with your tea or coffee. It is all about getting ready for 2015 here, filing and the like, so these cookies are a nice welcome treat.

Have you tried Trader Joe’s Cookies Beyond the pail yet?

What did you think?

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On Location The New Trader Joes in Washington DC

Recently we visited a Trader Joe’s in Washington DC!

Fun right?

I love to check out Trader Joe’s stores whenever we are traveling for two reasons:

  • They will have consistently good stuff that I love
  • They will have new stuff that I have not seen before

On a previous trip to Washington DC, we noticed a “Trader Joe’s coming soon” sign while we were riding a Circulator bus and thought “we are so going to check out this new shop” the next time we visited DC!

The closest metro stop is U Street – if you want to take the metro to visit this store. 

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This is the view of the front from 14th Street

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The cool look of the Arty Logo on one of the walls

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So I LOVE this check-out area.

Just perfect for the smaller carts – I wish we had smaller carts at our Trader Joe’s in Kansas City – so much easier to move around the store.

As you can see we are gathering up staples for our hotel stay- Crackers & Cheese, Popcorn & wine (and an apple or two).

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We had a wonderful sample of Pink Lemonade in the store- delish! This was nice & refreshing after our walk up to the store.

All in all we had a great time exploring this Trader Joe’s store.

Like I said earlier, it is nice to be able to go to a store in a new city that you know will have good stuff to make your hotel room just a bit more like home… OK not really but you get what I am trying to say.

Here is the map of the area with the new store:


Trader Joe’s

1914 14th Street Northwest
Washington, DC
(202) 986-1591

Thanks Trader Joe’s for another great shopping experience!