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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015

It's funny, I told my mom to buy the Tempura chicken since I know my Dad would love it. He did love it but she said she wasn't crazy about it since it had dark meat. I was wondering about that since I never noticed that there was dark meat in the Tempura chicken. Maybe she bought the Mandarin Orange one by mistake.

Jul 22, 2015
valerie in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015

There are packages of grilled chicken strips that aren't frozen...near the meats. We keep those in the house and my husband will add them to salads for lunch. Much better than the frozen ones.

Jul 21, 2015
valerie in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015

Try the Tempura chicken with Sweet & Sour Sauce. Similar to the Mandarin Orange Chicken. My kids and husband love it.

Jul 21, 2015
valerie in Chains
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A Vegan Antipasto Platter?

Yes, many good ideas here.

I love this roasted garlic and carrot hummus for a different kind of hummus.

http://doughingrogue.com/2011/09/28/m...

And I have made this sun dried tomato/artichoke tapenade/dip a million times and everyone loves it.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5168...

Jul 21, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

new ideas for leftover chicken ideas

Fajitas
Tacos

Jul 20, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Family reunion food ideas on a very tight budget.

Pasta salad made with orzo goes a long way.

Jul 17, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

July 4 is coming up

I did it...made the low country boil. It was a huge hit! Thanks!

Jul 15, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #374-The Summer Swamp Edition! [through July 14, 2015]

Was SO easy!

Jul 13, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #374-The Summer Swamp Edition! [through July 14, 2015]

We had people over for a post-July 4th party this weekend. Made a low country boil which I have never done before. It was a huge hit!

VEGGIE SLAWS/COLESLAWS! Home Cooking Dish Of The Month (July 2015)

Question on the Mike Mills Crunchy Cole Slaw...

I am serving it tomorrow night to guests for dinner. I just shredded the cabbage and made the dressing. But I am planning to add the dressing tomorrow.

Am I better off adding it today? Or adding the dressing tomorrow in the morning?

Thanks!

Jul 10, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Best Pre-Cooked Chicken

I buy Trader Joe's pre-cooked grilled chicken strips. My husband works from home and sometimes he will eat a salad for lunch and he adds some of the chicken strips to the salad. Would I serve them to company? No. Are they good for a weekday lunch? Yes.

Jul 05, 2015
valerie in General Topics

The best thing I ate on the 4th was.....

Shack burger and corn dog at Shake Shack.

Jul 05, 2015
valerie in General Topics

Questions regarding enchiladas

If you want to serve corn, you could make a mexican corn salad like this with cotija cheese. I have made one like this and I grill the corn ahead of time instead of cooking in a pan. It can be served room temp.

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

Jul 05, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

A guy walks into the movie theater with his own sandwich...

We went to the movies yesterday afternoon and a couple with an infant sits down close to us. My husband says "those people have a baby with them", clearly thinking that the baby would cry through the whole movie. The baby did not make a sound for 2 hours.

The adults sitting behind us, on the other hand, did not stop talking. About 30 minutes in, I finally turned around and told them to stop talking. They looked at me with a look like "who us?" but they did stop talking.

I'd rather smell their food than listen to their commentary.

VEGGIE SLAWS/COLESLAWS! Home Cooking Dish Of The Month (July 2015)

I have made this one before for our July 4th party and I love it...Asian Slaw with Ginger Peanut Dressing.

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

But this year I think I will try this one...Mike Mills Crunchy Cole Slaw.

http://www.recipesecrets.net/forums/r...

Jul 02, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Pig Roast caterer

I don't have any-first hand experience with this company but I saw somebody I know recommend them yesterday on facebook. It piqued my interest because I was considering doing a clambake.

http://www.clambakeconnection.com/

My meatballs crunch like they have egg shells in them..

I was just about to say the same thing...raw onions and eggshells do not have the same feeling in your mouth.

Jun 30, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Grating onions (without bawling your eyes out...)

My kids keep their swim goggles in the kitchen drawer and a few months ago when I couldn't stand my burning eyes any longer, I took out a pair and finished the job with the goggles on.

My kids, 10 and 8, think it's hysterical, but it works!

Jun 29, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

July 4 is coming up

Maybe! I have never done that before. Any suggestions on what to do/how to do it? Does this sound good?

http://www.thegalleygourmet.net/2012/...

Or this?

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

Jun 25, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Sichuan at Imperial Wok in N White Plains: thumbs up

We ate here last Saturday for the first time. The food was very good but I agree that the service was not so good. We just happened to be in the area and I could't recall what was recommended here on CH so we ordered cold sesame noodles, dumplings, chicken with peanuts from the szechuan menu, sesame chicken and "wok's delight" which was just a mix of shrimp, pork, beef and vegetables. Not too adventurous but we were with our kids (who are somewhat adventurous but 1 of them doesn't like spicy food). All was tasty, though the wok's delight was sort of bland.

Service, though, was a problem. We were seated near a party of maybe 10 or 12 and we purposely ordered before them or we figured it would take forever to get our food. They started getting their food and ours was nowhere in sight. We got the noodles and dumplings but it was probably another 20-25 minutes before we saw 2 of 3 entree dishes. The 3rd dish, showed up when we were pretty much done. The only reason we didn't tell them to take it away was because it was the chicken with peanuts and my husband really wanted to try it.

And all around us, we kept hearing people returning dishes that were incorrect and complaining about long waits for food to come out.

We did enjoy the food, best chinese food we have had in the area in a long time, and we will return. I am looking forward to trying other dishes that are recommended here.

Please help me like chicken breast!

I use BSCB all the time. Occasionally they get overcooked but when cooking large pieces (as opposed to thinly sliced or strips) I use a thermometer to make sure I don't overcook them.

Here are a few recipes that are in my somewhat regular rotation...

http://www.letsdishrecipes.com/2012/0...

http://www.letsdishrecipes.com/2012/0...

http://artoflivingwell.ca/recipes/pes...

My son does not like the pesto stuffed chicken rolls so I make pepperoni stuffed chicken rolls for him (and my husband and daughter like that too sometimes).

I have more but I'm at work, so I can add them later on.

Jun 19, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking
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Back Back ribs suggestions for novice

I've been making Alton Brown's ribs for the past few years for July 4th and they always come out great. I cook them fully in the oven a day or 2 in advance, then cool, slowly reheat before serving and add sauce and put them on the grill to finish them off right before serving. I skip the part about reducing the braising liquid and using that as a glaze. I just use sauce.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/al...

Jun 16, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Making pesto...

Food processor.

Jun 14, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

July 4 is coming up

We host a party for 7-10 families, including kids, but this year with both of my kids away at camp, we are just having adults, around 20 people. I have always made ribs as the main course after many appetizers. This year I want to make something else as the main but not feeling inspired by anything so far.

Thinking lobster rolls, crab legs, corn? I wanted to have someone come to make a giant paella but I can't find anyone in my area to do it. Maybe something else on this thread will give me some ideas.

Jun 09, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Rib Coward!!

I've been making Alton Brown's ribs for the past few years for July 4th and they always come out great. I cook them in the oven a day or 2 in advance, then cool, slowly reheat before serving and add sauce and put them on the grill to finish them off right before serving. I skip the part about reducing the braising liquid and using that as a glaze.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/al...

Jun 04, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Small bite appetizer help/suggestions - wonton cups, etc?

Finger food. I made them in the oven and when they were came out and were still warm, I shaped them on the back side of a mini muffin tin. Definitely 1 bite.

Jun 04, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking
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Small bite appetizer help/suggestions - wonton cups, etc?

Not wonton cups but I have made frico cups and filled them with salad and they were a big hit. I make the cups a day or 2 in advance and use the back of a muffin tin, rather than the inside of the cup. Kind of like this...

http://www.kitchensaremonkeybusiness....

I made this salad dressing ahead of time and added the dressing to the salad right before assembling and serving.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/em...

You can make caesar salad or really any kind of salad.

Jun 03, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking
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Pot roast help, please

For those who have made the Cook's Illustrated perfect pot roast, can you tell me if I am better off cooking it in advance and re-heating or just cooking it on the day of serving? I am used to making brisket which is always better when made a day or 2 in advance but I've never made pot roast before. I think it's kind of the same, but I can go either way...cook Saturday for Sunday or just cook on Sunday.

Thanks!

May 28, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

My son is not a huge fan of sandwiches, other than salami, so sometimes for lunch I will send him chicken fingers or fish sticks wrapped in foil. I cook them the night before and he doesn't mind eating them at room temperature.

So if you have a ziploc with a frozen juice box, and you put in the cold chicken fingers, by lunch time they would still be okay.

May 27, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Flowers are Blooming Edition! May 2015 [OLD]

That is amazing!!

May 27, 2015
valerie in Home Cooking
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