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

I hear you smartie. We've tried every whole bean decaf at TJ's and not one was worth a repurchase. Fairway's French Roast Decaf is our market staple when we don't have a chance to buy from a local roaster.

about 5 hours ago
NuMystic in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015

How to store leftover cooked gnocchi:
http://blog.mainefoodandlifestyle.com...

about 16 hours ago
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

Miffed? Not in the slightest eatingjoy!

That's the second time now you've ascribed something to my posts beyond the actual words as written. :)

All I've done is clarify factual points which some folks appreciate, but everyone can either take or leave as they see fit.

To get back on the topic of Yays/Nays...

YAY - Horseradish Hummus
Have mentioned this in the past but bringing it back up as it's become a repeat hit with guests when we've entertained. My wife was worried it was going to be too spicy but the horseradish actually lends more tanginess than it does heat.

MEH - Scallion Pancakes (Pa Jeon)
Korean style loaded with far more veggies than their American Chinese take-out counterpart. Flavor is great but they are *really* oily. Didn't add any to the pan at all (despite the cooking suggestion) and they crisped up nicely, but even after heavy blotting with napkins were still seriously greasy. Sure to be a hit with those that don't mind the oil though.

Jul 04, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

Sorry to break the news that the kimchi was discontinued AGAIN.

They got a single shipment at my store and that was the last I saw of it.

When I inquired they said they had quality control issues yet again, and are looking for a new supplier yet again.

Even worse, they shared that it could be a very long time (if ever) because it's basically impossible to find a supplier who offers affordable traditional unpasteurized live cultured kimchi on a commercial scale while adhering to the strict regulations related to its production. :(

Jul 04, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

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

Don't even bother trying to make sense of this monthly ritual lol:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1015...

Jul 04, 2015
NuMystic in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015

Panko breading and deep frying raviolis is another solution to that problem.*

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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

No one suggested that *anything* that is not sweet is considered savory. :)

The definition is quite clear which is why I shared it. Savory is anything salty or spicy rather than sweet. The Oxford English Dictionary even adds that extra distinction of "rather than sweet" in its definition.

I only pointed out that some sour things are sometimes considered savory as well because of the close relation between saltiness and tartness on the palate.

Something doesn't have to be overly salty either. Even very lightly salted popcorn and nuts are still the savory kind in contrast to the sweet varieties available of both.

How much salt one likes is subjective. One person's bland is perfectly seasoned to another as clearly evidenced below, but as long as spice or salt is the primary flavor then the item is savory by definition.

Jul 04, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

My pleasure Audrey, I'm sure you and eatingjoy aren't the only ones!

Just a few more examples of things that are most definitely "savory" even if they're prepared entirely spice free:

Ravioli with brown butter and salt
Roasted salted nuts
Edamame sprinkled with sea salt
Pasta with EVOO, capers, and shaved parmesan
Etc.

And even beyond the strict definition of salty or spicy, almost everyone considers dishes that are tart even if it's not salty to be savory as well, like a basic salad tossed in balsamic and oil.

Not surprising though when there's such a strong link between sour and salty on the tongue that most salt substitutes rely on tartness to fool the palate.

Jul 02, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

Something doesn't require any spice at all to be savory. As a culinary adjective in this context, savory is by definition either salty *or* spicy without being sweet.

Being that it's not sweet and has 350mg of sodium per serving, even if one considers it bland and/or under seasoned, it's definitely in the savory category. :)

savory
adjective sa·vory \ˈsā-və-rē, ˈsāv-rē\

: having a spicy or salty quality without being sweet

Jul 02, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

Somehow missed this response when you posted it greygarious, but littleflower's bump just brought it to my attention. Between the two I'm definitely adding the 21SS to my shopping list. Thanks!

Jun 30, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

Haven't tried the traditional but I can also give a big thumbs up to the Green Olive Tapenade which is a permanent staple in my house.

Jun 30, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

Well there was at least one explicit mention of spam in the last 24 hours alone from a regular so that's definitely a factor.

Jun 29, 2015
NuMystic in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

So is the old Garden Lasagne no longer available and replaced by this one you don't like? Just tried the Roasted Veggie Multi-grain one and didn't care for it and was going to give the Garden Lasagne a try.

It was the top rated frozen lasagne in the HuffPo taste test a few years back:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04...

Jun 28, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

NAY - Roasted Vegetable Multi-Grain Lasagna

Noodles were toothsome but the veggies tasted exactly like the frozen overcooked variety found in countless old school frozen dinners and the sauce wasn't very good. (TJ's jarred Organic Tomato Basil Marinara is far superior for example) Decent but nothing we'd repurchase at $6 even given the fairly ample portions when there are so many other superior options available at TJ's.

Jun 28, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

Not disagreeing at all with the broader point you're making, but I'd love to hear your personal articulation of the flavor of plain unseasoned white rice. :)

It definitely has a taste that I could identify even if blended into a homogenous paste, I'm just at a bit of a loss on how to describe that flavor other than to mention a hint of starchy sweetness or default to discussing it's texture.

Heck even Cook's Illustrated describes it as having a "neutral" flavor.

Jun 27, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

Pricing on a lot of the fresh produce is regional. Here in NYC the cauliflower at TJ's is even more expensive.

Jun 27, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Discontinued at Trader Joe's 2015

And the Kimchi is gone... again. Was restocked exactly once at my store when I grabbed the last one on the shelf and hasn't been back seen since. Confirmed with a crew member that it's gone indefinitely as they once again seek a new source.

Jun 24, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

Yay - Baconesque Popcorn - To Echo what's already been said, great flavor considering it's vegetarian but very salty. Will be cutting this with the Skinny Pop we sometimes get in the huge bags from Costco.

Jun 23, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

Hi Betsey, here are the ones I can recall well enough to review off the top of my head:

Butternut Risotto - Underwhelming. Decent flavor but very little actual butternut.

Mushroom Medley - Quite nice. Mixing some of this in with their mac and cheese was particularly yummy.

Another vote for the Japanese Style Fried Rice, which as wintersweet noted, can make a healthy and cheap meal in minutes tossed in a pan with the...

Harvest Hodge Podge - Despite the misnomer and packaging that doesn't hint at it, this is actually an asian veggie mix. One package of this with the Fried Rice above and a shot of shoyu or soy sauce and you've got a filling meal for two in five minutes for $5. I like adding a teaspoon of minced garlic, minced ginger, and a swirl of sriracha as well.

Stir Fry Vegetables - nice as a change of pace from the Hodge Podge but a bit more expensive.

Butternut Gnocchi with Butter & Sage - Pretty good for a frozen heat and eat dish.

Chimichurri Rice - Awesome. Perfectly seasoned and especially good with an added can of Pinto or Black Beans for a great side in a snap. Add a diced tomato, and some protein or veggies of choice and you've got an super quick and easy single pan meal.

Jun 23, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

Nope, it's worth that much more to some people because it's been riced and it's organic.

You get to continue not buying something you don't care for in any case, whether it's "scraps" or otherwise, and others get to purchase what they're excited about as a time and clean-up saver.

Everybody wins! :)

Jun 22, 2015
NuMystic in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

Surprised by all the price resistance on this item. Fresh Organic Cauliflower isn't cheap to begin with. Perhaps it's different in other regions but I rarely see organic cauliflower for much less than $5 a head. It's 2 for $11 right now from FreshDirect and $4.5 at Peapod. Even non-organic is typically $4 a head

The average head of cauliflower is 2lbs so this at $2 for 12 oz. is the equivalent of $5.33 which isn't a major premium for a pre-prepared item compared to most others

I prefer fresh to frozen and cauliflower isn't on my "only buy organic" list but I'll still likely pick this up on occasion when I want to throw together a healthy 5 min. meal with no clean-up.

Jun 22, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

Nay - Greek Yogurt Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

Decent flavor but the texture was gummy and pasty.

Jun 21, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

I never said a word about the Fancy vs Fresh debate, I addressed the absurdist claim that eggs have no flavor of their own and *only* taste of the butter they're cooked in.

Coming up with your own personal interpretations of objectively defined words only underscores the speciousness of these ridiculous claims. In the context in which the word was used the taste of an egg IS the flavor of an egg, the two are literally synonymous in this context. Dictionaries are your friend.

taste
noun

5 a : a sensation obtained from a substance in the mouth that is typically produced by the stimulation of the sense of taste combined with those of touch and smell : flavor

Related to TASTE
Synonyms
flavor

All food that has a different flavor when cooked is the result of chemical reactions, be they boiled, fried, broiled, baked, or grilled. That's not news to anyone.

Jun 19, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

You can use a few twists of the South African Smoke as a finishing seasoning on almost anything that you'd enjoy a hint of smoky goodness on.

Some of the many things we've used it on:

French Fries
Popcorn
Soup (Split Pea, Spinach Lentil, Tomato White Bean, etc.)
Roasted Potatoes (just as good after roasting as before)
Roasted Vegetables (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Haricots, Zucchini, etc.)
Mac n Cheese

And being a traditional Braai (South African BBQ) seasoning blend it will pair well with all kinds of meat if you want to evoke a hint of that outdoor grilled flavor even if you've never left the kitchen.

Jun 19, 2015
NuMystic in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

The idea that eggs are flavorless is patently absurd. As someone that doesn't care for them, I've had countless occasions where I wasn't even aware that egg was included in something I was eating and after one bite upon asking found that there was indeed a substantial amount of egg in the preparation. Considering these are occasions where I never even suspected egg was in the dish, there's no chance of placebo or flavor memory being the culprit. I also very much enjoy the taste of butter so if that was all eggs tasted of I'd be a big fan.

I've got no problem when it's a minor component in baked goods for example or just a thickening agent but if there's enough egg in something I can absolutely recognize it blind, as can anyone who has not completely lost their sense of taste to age or has destroyed their palates sensitivity with compulsive over-seasoning.

While egg whites are mild flavored (but still absolutely distinctive in flavor even when boiled so there goes that silly butter notion), no one on earth is incapable of distinguishing the unmistakable flavor of egg yolk. A boiled egg yolk unseasoned and untouched by any butter has a flavor anyone can recognize blind if they've had one before.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

And definitely still a far cry from being ten buck chuck which is what I was responding to. ;)

Jun 17, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

FWIW we love corn lightly charred on the grill, gas stove, or under the broiler and still didn't care for the frozen roasted corn.

Jun 16, 2015
NuMystic in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

+1 Nay on the Thai Lime & Chili Almonds. Went straight back to the store and that's from someone that LOVED the Lime & Chili mixed nuts, and loves almonds, so I don't know how they screwed this one up.

Jun 15, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

Two buck chuck is definitely still a thing

http://www.thrillist.com/drink/nation...

Jun 15, 2015
NuMystic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

@walker - If you've had them, how would you say it compares with the Cabot Extra Sharp, Cabot 3 Yr Black, or the Unexpected Cheddar?

Jun 14, 2015
NuMystic in Chains