I Am Incredibly Passionate About Trader Joe’s Organic Jasmine Rice

My grandmother gave me a rice cooker for my birthday (or maybe it was Christmas, I don’t remember. Sorry, Grandma). I wanted to make perfectly fluffy, a little bit sticky, definitely delicious, white rice.

I grew up in a home where rice was made on the stove in a pot with water. It was always either a little too hard or a little too soft, and if I made it it was definitely burned.

The rice cooker helped some. I still somehow always burned the bottom layer, making a crunchy rice shell that I would peel and eat (not as disgusting as it sounds, I promise).  The rice was better if I made it with chicken stock as opposed to water–a tip I learned from the wife of a friend of my father’s over lunch at Nobu.

BUT IT WAS NEVER FUCKING RIGHT AND NEVER EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED AND I WANTED PERFECTLY FLUFFY AND DELICIOUS WHITE RICE,DAMNIT.

Enter Trader Joe’s.

One day I ate my sister’s leftover rice in our refrigerator. It was sitting there in a tupperware, and I microwaved it. “This is some restaurant-quality fucking rice!” I thought to myself as I shoveled spoonfuls down my gullet before she came home from work. “I’ll have to ask her where she got it!”

Aside from being annoyed that I had consumed her food, my sister told me that the rice was actually from Trader Joe’s. “Like, is it pre-made?” I asked. “Like, did you get it in a little container or something? Do they have a hot bar now?”

“No!” She told me. “It’s frozen!”

Pardon????

So basically, this beautiful delicious rice that tastes just as good leftover as it does the day you make it, comes in a 3-pack at Trader Joe’s. The box reads “Microwave perfect in 3 minutes” and they are not lying. This rice has been perfect every single damn time I have ever made it. It’s lightly sticky but still fluffy, it’s never burned (make it in 3 minutes exactly), it’s never too hard or too watery or too soft.

According to TJ’s it’s “Grown in the valleys of Northern Thailand on farms with fertile soil and natural rain water. This rice is a premium, organic product grown with intensive care.”

I don’t care if this rice is from the Thai restaurant down the street, it’s really stinkin’ good and one pouch is enough to feed two people if you’re pairing it with a vegetables, a meat, or a soup. Trader Joe’s also offers a brown rice but it’s nasty because it’s brown rice and I hate it. There is also a wild rice variety that I also find gross! But this white rice is….divine. Simply divine.

I’ve had it alone, alone with butter, with Asian cucumber salad, with chicken, with curry, with red pepper soup, with beans, as part of a burrito bowl, and I would probably eat it any way that it was served to me because I am devoted to TJ’S white rice now!

I’m going to need you not to be a skeptic right now. This microwaved rice is life changing–especially if you suck at making rice for yourself. Seriously, in college I would walk to the Walgreens on Clark and Diversey (Chi till I die bb) and pick up their pre-made rice that I would microwave and cry about because it was terrible.

This rice is wonderful.

And it’s from Trader Joe’s so it’s budget-friendly and it’s a 3-pack so that’s actually like a few different meals you can make.

Have I converted you yet?

Just Some Soothing Photos Of Casseroles

Sometimes being a human person in the world is tough and scary. Give your brain a break. Look at these photos of casseroles.

They’re warm and weird and wonderful. They’re soft and spongy and noodle-y. They don’t have to get up and go to work or read the news. They don’t do anything. They don’t hate anybody or hurt anybody or do bad things. They exist for no purpose other than eating and keeping your tummy warm. Doesn’t that sound nice?

Some of these are more-so hot dishes and also kugel but whatever. Shhhh, it’s time for casseroles.

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Haven’t made this in quite awhile! Yum! #tunanoodlecasserole #sogood #onepotmeal

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Imagine me, the perfect 50’s #housewife and serving this up to my perfect family, along with martinis and there would be some amazing dessert I made 💁🏼‍♀️🍸🍽 . . . None of that is what happened. I did however make a #tunanoodlecasserole that I got inspiration from @chrissyteigen It has a #kettlecookedchips and cheese 🧀 topping. Peas and celery inside it, along with some pickled #jalapeno (on my side only) One kid ate it up because I said it was chicken pasta 🤦🏼‍♀️ with chips & the other dissected it/complained about each #ingredient BECAUSE#kidsarefun It was delicious even without a martini #allieluvsfood #whatsallieeating #dinner #noms #foodporn #foodie #food #homemade #foodie #homecooking

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you’re prob really tired and stressed out like everybody else but the only way we can effect positive change literally at all in this political and social climate is to vote. So get on that now. Like right now. Register to vote and then do it. I mean it. Fucking go. Get us OUT of this nightmare.

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This Is What Cheese Plate You Would Be According To The Zodiac

Can you believe it’s ONLY Tuesday? Since we’ve heroically made it to the second day of the work week, I am sharing photos of my raison d’être, which just so happens to be cheese.

Call it a cheese plate, a cheese board, a charcuterie, or if you’re my ex boyfriend a “char-coot.” Whatever the hell it is, it’s delicious. American Airline’s fruit and cheese box could never. Starbucks cheese bistro box is shook. Look at these photos of meats and cheeses and fruits and chill. We’ll make it to the weekend soon.

Aries

Aries needs some spicy meats and tangy sauces and spreads to go with their cheese selection. They hate olives but that doesn’t mean they don’t want them on the plate for aesthetic purposes. What’s in that brie? You have no idea. Pass the gabagool!

Taurus

Taurus can’t seem to guilt themselves into eating a mainly cheese plate. They know they need to keep it fresh with some veggies and fruits. However, they will eat all the cheese and drizzle every bite with honey. Sorry not sorry.

Gemini

OFC Gemini would include something sweet like chocolate on their charcuterie to mess with the balance. How is this decadent, sweet, sour, salty, good, and terrible all at once? Honestly all we want is mouthful of tomato and cheese followed by a handful of pomegranate seeds.

Cancer

Baby mama of the zodiac, your cheese plate doesn’t play. It’s like 80% cheese. You came here to feed yourself and everyone else and you know what the good stuff ACTUALLY is. None of this cornichon business. You’ve already shoveled like 4 handfuls of cheese in your mouth while I’ve been talking, haven’t you?

Leo

Leo, you like to look good, but you don’t care if your food does. It’s fine if its all kind of mashed together as long as its tasty AF. You dropped some major coin on those marcona almonds but they were worth it tbh. You’re prettier than your plate is, but you’ll still take a pic next to it because you’re proud.

Virgo

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Hellooooo pumpkin season! 🎃🎃🎃 This won’t be the last time you see pumpkins on my cheese boards, including that festive pumpkin butter. And to compliment it, I used two of my favorite cheeses from @cypressgrovers: Humboldt Fog & STRAIGHT UP. Now if there’s one cheese that people go nuts for it’s Humboldt Fog! The moment you guys spot that distinctive ash down the center… I get tons of comments about how it’s the best cheese in all the land! Well I’m here to say, it’s true! But you should also know that #CypressGrove makes lots of other awesome cheeses. The Fresh Goat Cheese Cups are new & come in 4 flavors. I used the STRAIGHT UP (classic goat cheese which tastes lovely with the pumpkin butter), placed it in a ramekin & garnished with some rosemary. You can go three posts back to see how I used two of their other flavors (DANGER ZONE and SWEET DREAMS) on another recent cheese board! PLUS…more tips on how to make this Fall-inspired board on IG Stories. #Ad #AintTooProudToCheese

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Everything about this cheese plate is neat and in its place. Even the herbs. Plus, the pumpkin makes it homey AF. Don’t touch it though. You’ll ruin it! You know what, you’re probably better off serving it to people than letting them take what they want, you absolute control freak. I would hate you but this does look good.

Libra

Libra your cheese plate is just as fun and whimsical as you are. You included things people typically wouldn’t think to and flavor combinations that might seem zany, but are damn good. You’re so creative I just want to take a bite out of that brie, and you…damn

Scorpio

You cool ass Scorpio bitch!!!!!! Look at this vaguely Mediterranean set up!!! How did you come up with this? How are you so crafty? Get that prosciutto-wrapped breadstick out of your mouth. It’s giving me ideas.

Sagittarius

You don’t need much to make a good meal, and you know that Sag. You take some simple stand out flavors and enjoy the simple but still delectable combos. You know what works AND you made deviled eggs with bacon too? You absolute charcuterie genius.

Capricorn

Papa of the Zodiac, you wanted to make sure everybody got some bread or a cracker to pair with their meat and their cheese. Your detail-oriented-ness has not gone unnoticed here what with the orderly set up and the peanut butter pretzels, but it’s SO YOU to forget to slice your cheese. How are we supposed to eat this? Break it off? I’m leaving with a whole wedge in my purse. BYE

Aquarius 

Aquarius my little air headed baby, what the fuck is this and why do I love it? I can’t identify some of the things on your plate but you probably found them at some cool market I’ve never heard of and thought it might go well with your other ingredients. Well it DOES.

Pisces

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Is it the weekend yet?!

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Pisces, as the mom-friend you went all out on your cheese board and it looks fucking divine. But could you shut up about all the work you went to? No one asked you for this!!! Eat a fig with some of that blue cheese and shutup. I love you.

The Day of Atonement

It’s Yom Kippur but some of you probably don’t know what that means. It’s an important Jewish holiday. It’s the day of atonement. It’s the day we don’t eat from sunset to sunset. We’re also not supposed to shower or have sex. We spend this day reflecting on all the bad stuff we’ve done, and forgiving others who have done bad stuff to us– or at the very least, try to let it go.

Yes, I will spend most of this day watching the clock and counting the minutes until I can put food into my body. But to distract myself I often text friends and family (who are not readily available) an apology for something I’ve done this year or a fight we had or just negative vibes that I want to clear up. Mostly my friends are like “lol it ok :)” but some genuinely appreciate the sentiment and it leads to a deeper discussion about how we can treat each other the way we want to be treated.

After apologizing to a handful of people I realized, I need to apologize to myself (but maybe you, a more in-tune with yourself person than I, do this already). I treated myself like shit for a lot of the year. Like even when I was trying to help myself (hello getting drunk to forget my problems!) I didn’t go about it in a healthy way and ended up puking on my front lawn (HELLOOOO getting drunk to forget my problems!) I was annoying and mean and frustrating and rude and moody and impatient and disrespectful and unforgiving this year, all to me!! My own damn self!! Cue Spider-Man pointing at Spider-Man meme.

When I started this thought process I worried it might be frivolous. I practice self care, I take bubble baths! But spending time forgiving myself for the mental anguish I put myself through…..that feels like I would be better off setting money on fire. It feels spoiled. It feels like I deserve to always have this pit inside of me, anxiety that makes me scratch my skin off and pull out my hair, panic attacks where I can’t breathe, depression where I don’t want to. But why?

It’s ridiculous that it feels shameful for me to admit that I deserve to have an okay time inside my own head. Just like I want to heal my friendships, I want to be able to heal my friendship with myself. Like I would tell a friend, you DESERVE to feel safe and okay and content inside your body, I want to give myself the same message.

I want to tell myself that I should always treat myself with kindness, and that I’m sorry for all the times I hurt you both mentally and physically. I want to tell her that I understand why she is making mistakes, and that she doesn’t deserve a public flogging just because she didn’t try her best or fell into an old habit. Every day doesn’t have to be your best. Days can be days. It only takes 21 days to break a habit or make a new, better one. I want to forgive myself for hanging on to toxic people. I want to forgive myself for then feeling bad that the toxic person feels bad that I won’t let them into my life anymore. I want to forgive myself for spiraling. I want to forgive myself for laying on the floor and not getting up.

I want to forgive myself for not always being able to protect her. I want to forgive myself for being afraid to ask for help. I want to forgive, and I want to feel good.

As with all apologies, it should never end with a “but.” If it does, you’re not actually sorry. I am ending my apology with a promise to do better. I am sorry “AND.” I am sorry to myself and this year I will do better. I am sorry to myself and this year I will be more gentle. I am sorry to myself and this year I will be more patient. I am sorry to myself and this year I will practice saying no, more. I am sorry to myself and this year I will admit to myself and others that I have limits and boundaries and spaces that I don’t want crossed. I am sorry to myself and I forgive me too.

Now, who wants a bagel?

This Is What Fall Food You Would Be According To The Zodiac

Aries

Hot Toddy

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You know how to be warm and comforting towards any of your friends who’ve been out in the (emotional) cold, but you also know how to fuck someone up. Yeah Aries, you’re all sweet and clove-y during the good times, but you taste like rotten apples coming up the morning after. Keep being that liquid sweater the people you love desperately need. Don’t be the hangover they didn’t deserve.

Taurus

Pumpkin Pie

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Pumpkin pumpkin pumpkin….don’t be surprised if my instagram is going to be turning orange in these days!🎃🎃🎃 I got some really big pumpkins from my neighbor so I’m trying to make all kinds things. Waffles, muffins, brownies, gnocchi, pies etc. This HEALTHY PUMPKIN PIE with WALNUT CRUST is my latest masterpiece🥧🤤 The buttery-crumbly texture and naturally sweet flavor of a nut crust pairs perfectly with the pumpkin filling! Unlike some crusts, this one is super easy to make, no rolling required! Who wants a piece?😉 RECIPE⤵️ INGREDIENTS Crust • 2 1/2 cups walnuts • 1 teaspoon baking soda • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt • 2 tablespoons butter, melted Pie filling • 3 eggs, large • 2 cups pumpkin puree • 1/2 cup almond milk (or any milk) • 1/2 cup maple syrup (or honey) • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract • 1+1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (I used @primalpalate ) • 1/4 tsp salt Method •For the crust: Blend walnuts, baking soda and salt in a food processor until finely ground. Add butter and pulse until butter is mixed in. Scrape the batter into a 25 cm tart pan. You can use a rubber spatula to smooth the batter over the bottom and up the sides, but I like to use my fingers. Place the pie on a cookie sheet (helps to keep the bottom from burning) and bake for 10 minutes at 175 degrees C. •For the filling In a medium bowl, add eggs and whisk for 30 seconds. Add remaining Pumpkin Pie Filling ingredients and whisk really well. Pour into pre-baked crust and bake for 55 minutes. Let pumpkin pie cool completely (!!!) before slicing. . #justabithealthier #healthybaking #healthypie #pumpkin #pumpkinpie #healthyish #f52grams #buzzfeedfood #wholefoods #pumpkinspice #foodblogger #healthyfoodblogger #healthytreats #healthysnacks #cleaneating #foodblogfeed #primalpalatespices

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Everybody wants you Taurus! You’re that tasty bit of tradition that people look forward to all year long. You’re good for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a snack. Even though it seems like everybody has a special family recipe–you pretty much always taste the same. But that’s exactly how we like it!

Gemini

Candy Corn

You’re candy corn because you have haters, but don’t cry Gemini! You also have admirers who are obsessed with you and tend to go a little candy corn-crazy right around this time. Some might say you’re all the same, but you know your yellow bits taste different from the orange–and especially the white! Oh, and everyone forgets you exist after Halloween. Sorry.

Cancer

Sweet Potato Casserole

Oh my little Cancer babe, I know you want to crawl right under that mountain of marshmallows and snuggle right up in all that sweet potato smush. You’re the coziest sign and this is probably the coziest fall food. But careful not to give yourself one of those tummy aches you’re so prone to! Too much sweet potatoes will sit inside you like a stone.

Leo

Tomato Soup And Grilled Cheese

You taste like heaven and you know it, Leo. Cheesy (but enough about your sense of humor), spicy (but enough about your personality), and a cold weather favorite- you light up meal times (and every room) even if you’re just two Kraft Singles and a can of Campbell’s soup.  But that’s hardly news to you.

Virgo

Chicken Pot Pie

You take skill to and time to make, my little Virgo perfectionist darling. You’re traditional, but you’re never bland. You’re actually quite intricate and full of tiny surprises like peas and carrots even though you’re usually hidden by some sort of plain (but flaky and delicious) crust. Moms love you.

Libra

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Don’t get mad Libra! I’m not calling you basic, although you probably wouldn’t mind that anyway. You may have been co-opted by sorority sisters in fleece vests and Uggs (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but when you’re not at Starbucks you’re actually pretty good. You’re spicier than you are sweet and confident that even though people talk shit, they actually like you a lot. No wonder you come back every year!

Scorpio

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Scorpio, you’re roasted brussels sprouts because you’re so good people could eat you like chips. Yeah, little kids hate you and there are a select group of adults who act like you suck, but everyone who has tasted you knows the truth. You’re fucking delicious as hell. Too bad you stink up the whole house.

Sagittarius

Caramel Apple

People who have never had you don’t know what they’re missing Sagittarius. You’re covered in sugar, but underneath you’ve got that deliciously crisp bite that comes through just like your wit and sense of adventure. Dressed up with sprinkles and nuts you’re a photographic treat, but you’re just as delicious all broken down.

Capricorn

Apple Cider Doughnut

You’re so cozy, but not in the traditional way. You’re a more practical doughnut–no sprinkles or icing, but you’re fall as fuck and good as fuck and you’re destined to be a tasty snack enjoyed while romping around the pumpkin patch, and you love that.

Aquarius 

Spaghetti Squash

My curious Aquarius, you are just as light and airy as the spaghetti squash the universe (and I) have decided you are. With all your artistic abilities, you could be anything from a pasta dish with marinara and mozzarella to a a butter and garlic melange with chicken. Have more faith in yourself! People like you! Especially vegans.

Pisces

Pumpkin Beer

You’re a beer babe Pisces, and around this time you like to get festive. You’re totally a pumpkin brew, best enjoyed outside with the changing leaves. No one considers you basic (even though you are) but whatever. You’re just one the lads, drinking a beer (a pumpkin beer) and you’re cozy and cute as shit.