Packaged Food

Trader Joe’s Stocks Shelves With New Garlic Onion Pistachios

Photo Courtesy of Trader Joe’s

I’ve been looking for new snack options in the past few months, because there’s only so many Sweet Maui Onion Hawaiian Chips a guy can eat.

Enter one of Trader Joe’s newest arrivals: Trader Joe’s Garlic & Onion Pistachios. Man, this sounds like heaven to my palate.

With this new snack, California grown pistachios are dry roasted and dusted with a hearty blend of garlic, onion, and sea salt. The shells are intact and ready for you to simply pop into your mouth to get a full burst of flavor.

You can find a 13-oz bag for $6.99 at your local Trader Joe’s. Not gonna lie, this bag could very well be gone by the time I get home from the store.


Turkey’s Pistachio-Powered City Is Not Nuts

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It’s no secret that pistachios play a major role in Turkish desserts, but the country’s been working on a way to make these popular nuts an even sweeter part of life. As one of the world’s leading pistachio producers, Turkey has decided to use their abundance of nutshells to fuel a city.

An eco-city will be built in the Gaziantep Province which produces more than half of Turkey’s pistachios. They plan to use the discarded shells to create biogas, an alternative fuel created by breaking down organic material.

While no one’s tried fermenting pistachio shells before, the resulting biogas should generate enough power for up to 60 percent of the city’s energy needs, according to the French environmental engineering company, Burgeap.

That’s a lot of Baklava.

Should this project be approved, Turkey will be the first country to ever use pistachio shells for energy (though the Aussies already beat them to the nut game by using macadamia shells). It will take a couple decades for the city to be fully completed, but it should be able house about 200,000 people.

 Sometimes the biggest ideas can be found in a nutshell.

H/t Ozy


Here’s How to Make Broiled Apricots with Fresh Ricotta & Pistachios


I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve definitely been feelin’ the summer vibe lately.  Along with images of ice cream cones melting in the hot sun and icy margaritas, comes the want for refreshing new recipes to try.  With the goal of being healthy in mind, these broiled apricots with fresh ricotta and pistachios are just the thing for a fun and easy recipe.

There’s just 4 ingredients in this dessert and 2 simple steps,  so this one is definitely a “go” for warm summer nights!


Broiled Apricots with Fresh Ricotta and Pistachios

Yields: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 apricots, halved and pitted
  • 8 teaspoons fresh ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pistachios


1) Preheat broiler. Place sugar in a small saucer. Dip cut side of apricots in sugar to coat and transfer to a small broilerproof baking dish. Broil, rotating once, until apricots are caramelized and juicy, 3 to 4 minutes.

2) Remove apricots from oven. Let cool slightly and top with ricotta and pistachios. Serve immediately.

Recipe & Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart


Psycho Donuts Shop Reveals a “Rosie Pear’ez” Donut

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from the folks at California-based Psycho Donuts shop, but whenever we do, they’ve always got something masterful up their sleeve. This week they release their latest innovation, a donut dubbed The Rosie Pear’ez, a rosewater-spiked vegan cake donut, topped with pear icing and toasted pistachios.

For Rosie Pear’ez menu addition is a bit of a high road for the shop, punctuating some rather deep flavors as opposed to their general level of novelty. For those unfamiliar with their past releases, they’ve been responsible for items such as: Donut Sushi, Wookie Balls, and The Tiger Blood Donut.


Wee-Man, Snooki & Other Celebs Star in “Wonderful Pistachios” Commercials

Wonderful Pistachios brand has been on a roll with their celebrity commercials. With a growing resume that includes Snooki of Jersey Shore fame, comedian Lewis Black, NFL star Chad Ocho Cinco, the Keyboard Cat, the Peanuts Gang and now Wee-Man of the Jackass crew, the list is now more impressive than ever.

All of the commercials ask the audience, “How you do it?”, with each celebrity putting their own specific twist on cracking open a pistachio. I think the folks behind this campaign have done a rather positive job in making the normally tedious task of cracking open a pistachio and rebranding it as something that can be both fun, innovative and personal. Which commercial is your favorite?

Humor Video

VIDEO: Keyboard Cat and Pistachios?

The world’s two finest things in life are now finally one! Keyboard cat and pistachios, it truly is a match made in heaven. If you don’t like a good cat video, shame on you. In this video, keyboard cat is playing a catchy tune to advertise pistachios. I know it makes total sense!


Rose & Pistachio Nougat

You guys might have seen or even tasted one of these little pieces of Heaven before, but if you haven’t, you are truly missing out! The green eyes in the middle of the white nougat are pistachios, but the the game breaker in this sweet is the hint of rose flavor that is added by rose water! They are infamous throughout the middle east, but if you want the good stuff go to Lebanon! Get some and sneak it through customs for me! 😉 (Thx GG)

Cravings Sweets

Chocolate Smothered Pear And Pistachio Cake

This cake has all the necessities and then some. We got the fruit with the pears, the nuts with the pistachios, and the glistening chocolate ganache to see the reflection of your face when you lay your eyes on this fella! (Thx CAC)