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Thanksgiving Contribution

I enjoy helping my mom cook for Thanksgiving. Since it’s just 5 of us, we try not to over-do it…but there are some things you just HAVE to have on Thanksgiving (half of which are casseroles). One of my favorites is green bean casserole, which I volunteered to make this year. But I didn’t want to do the regular old recipe. As fate would have it, I opened the Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer to discover their own version of the casserole. It was delicious. I will never again make normal old green bean casserole.

Green Bean Casserole (new and improved)

1 1/2 Tbsp. Butter

1 1/2 Tbsp. Olive oil

1 container Baby portabello mushrooms, sliced

1/4 Sweet onion, chopped

2 cans TJ’s Blue Lake green beans

1 container TJ’s Cream of portobello mushroom soup

1/2 cup Water

1 1/2 cups Swiss cheese, shredded

1/2 can (4 oz.) TJ’s Fried onion pieces

TJ ingredients









Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet.

Add mushrooms and saute until soft and lightly browned.

mushrooms and onions










Add onion and continue to saute until soft and lightly browned.

Add green beans and saute until heated thoroughly.

Add soup and water to skillet, mix and heat through.

green beans and soup









Add mixture to a small or medium casserole dish.

Top with cheese and fried onion pieces.

Bake at 375 degrees until cheese melts and is bubbly (15-20 minutes)

green bean casserole

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Two Buck Chuck

One thing in life that I love is wine.  With dinner, with dessert, to relax after a hard day.  Although it would be cool to be considered a wine connoisseur, I rather enjoy not being a picky wine drinker and not being too knowledgeable about the wine I am drinking. I enjoy reds, whites, and pinks depending on my mood (rather than what I am eating). When I am at a restaurant, I narrow the list first by price, then by what I feel like. When I am shopping the wine shop, I look first at prices, then pretty much at the labels. Yes, I am one of those. But honestly, if the cheaper wine tastes good to me, why pay more? Every now and then, for a special occasion, it’s definitely fun to get a nicer bottle.


However, thanks to the strange and annoying laws in Tennessee, I am not able to buy some of my favorite and cheapest wine…..the classic Two Buck Chuck from Trader Joe’s. It really is two dollars and it honestly is delicious. I mostly get the Chardonnay and White Zinfindel (“get” as in take from my mom when I am at my parent’s house since there’s not a TJ’s close enough to their house….thanks mom!). Thanks to the law in TN against selling certain alcohol contents (anything higher than normal beer) in grocery stores, our lovely Trader Joe’s cannot sell their famous wine. I feel bad for the store, but I feel ever worse for the consumer’s, like me! Soemtimes I just need me some two buck chuck. For now, I will just have to stock up from my mother’s pantry whenever I am there. Hopefully the law will improve soon in the lovely state of TN.