Hosting a dinner part always sounds like a wonderful idea, until you get to the part where you have to host a dinner party. You spend three days cooking a meal that people eat in 25 minutes and later takes you four hours to clean up. What do you do when you want to entertain guests but don't know WTF you're doing? Never fear — Trader Joe's is here. These nine Trader Joe's foods will make you seem like an incredible hostess even though your dinner usually comes out of a take-out carton with a plastic fork and knife. Shhh... nobody has to know.
It's all too easy to underestimate how hard it is cooking for a party, and there are a number of fears that will eventually keep you up at night, including, but not limited to, the following:
What if I overcook the chicken?
What if I undercook the chicken?
What if I leave a hair in the potato salad?
What if I overcook the outside of the chicken and undercook the inside?
What if people find out the spaghetti sauce isn't homemade?
While it's nice being able to say you made everything from scratch, you aren't Julia Child and life is too hectic.
Make things easier on yourself and stop at Joe's. He has the answer to everything. Here are nine items that are as good as homemade. In fact, if you can't cook a can of soup without burning the house down, they're even better.