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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

Had the exact same experience but interestingly when I go back and have Biscoffs now they're far to oily for me.

FYI Speculoos are a traditional European holiday cookie. Biscoff is just the commercial brand that introduced it to most Americans.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speculoos

Jan 10, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

Perhaps a regional baking thing or the number of days it was out but The Almond Danish Ring we had was flaky, loaded with almond filling compared to the typical almond croissant and well deserving of the consistently positive reviews it gets here. (which is why we tried it)

Especially good heated in the toaster oven.

On par moistness with the frozen croissants, but a bit denser. Not too dry but also not greasy to the touch like some croissants. Basic traditional danish texture as opposed to the wet to the touch Kringle style.

Jan 10, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

I've certainly added it my shopping list! Yet I still have to wonder...

Sriracha is just chili peppers, vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt.

Countless extra spicy BBQ sauces on the market already have ALL those ingredients in them.

Sooooo... is this really something new that tastes more distinctly like Sriracha than all of the others or is this just clever labeling of an extra spicy BBQ sauce riding the Sriracha hype train.

Jan 05, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

Thanks for the additional thoughts on this Russ, now I know it's a pass for us. Comments about it being to rich/creamy actually sounded appealing but I simply cannot abide lasagne or baked pasta dishes without toothsome noodles. I prefer a lasagne firm enough to be sliced and served square. Even better if it's reheated in the oven until the edges crisp!

Jan 05, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

You're not alone Christina. Everyone that tried them when they first arrived last year had the same experience:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8887...

Jan 05, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

Ah, okay. Sorry to hear that! I do concur. I've had my share of mediocre bagels here as well. When we moved to Queens we had to hit over a dozen places to locate two worth frequenting. (Baker's Dozen - Good / Utopia Bagels - Superb)

Awesome that you're making your own now though!

Jan 04, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

"better than 95% of the places around here (N.Y.)."

As opposed to where? Unless you're talking about NY State rather than NYC. :)

Jan 03, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

No offense intended. Was just a colorful turn of phrase phrase in response to a colorful post.

Glad we were able to clear up the confusion. ;)

Dec 24, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

Been eyeing that Ginger Spice Cake for weeks. Right on to the shopping list it goes! ;)

Dec 24, 2014
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Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

Our waistlines always "improve" by a good 2-3 inches around the holidays. :D

Dec 22, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

NAY - Beet Hummus

Being a lover of beets and hummus we had high hopes for this but were very disappointed. Because of the addition of vinegar in addition to the traditional lemon this tasted more like a pickled beet puree than hummus. Texture is watery, thin, and lacking the creaminess found in every other variety of hummus. Guess I'll try making my own with roasted beets.

Dec 22, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

If you don't piss them off that is. ;)

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

That's exactly what they're saying so I couldn't make heads or tails of what Greygarious was up in arms about. That Orangutans aren't found in Equador? That's the whole point. :)

And yes, I agree wholeheartedly with Russ that endangered species are only the tiniest part of what is wrong with Palm Oil. Unfortunately if you shop at TJ's it's almost unavoidable as it's found in a huge cross section of their items.

Watch HBO's Years of Living Dangerously with Harrison Ford, Don Cheadle, and Matt Damon and you'll never want to touch the stuff again.

We're not fanatical but given a choice we'll always take the option without it and would never buy it straight regardless of the source when there are so many healthy and more sustainable oils available.

Dec 22, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

Another Nay on the ready to bake Gingerbread Cookie Dough.

I think the mixed messages on the spiciness has to do with the particular balance of the two being used.

Like economista I prefer my gingerbread confections darker but that's a matter of molasses not spice.

I also enjoy a more pronounced ginger flavor, for example found in the dark chocolate covered triple ginger cookies.

The problem with this cookie dough is there's WAY too much clove being used which is bitter on it's own and the only ginger in the recipe is ground ginger which compounds the issue further making the cookies unpleasantly bitter and astringent.

By contrast the triple ginger snaps balance the ground with fresh and crystallized ginger. If you've ever tasted straight ground ginger you know how bitter it is compared to the fruity heat of fresh or crystallized.

Which is to say I agree with you both! Not enough actual ginger flavor while far too heavy handed with the clove spice and ground ginger.

Dec 21, 2014
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Discontinued at Trader Joe's: July 2014-December 2014

Grrrrr. They're only stocking Roasted Almond butter now. Raw was my staple purchase. Looks like I'll be buying whole almonds in bulk after all. :(

If there are other fans of the Raw please be sure to email them at TraderJoes.com to let them know.

Dec 19, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

They source chocolate from a number of different vendors so it could very well be a different chocolate. Comparing the nutritional info panel is the best way to see if they're the same or not.

Dec 18, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

Are you looking for dark or milk chocolate weezie?

If Dark both the chips and the 53% Pound Plus (Brown) are superb and a great value. Pound+ is $4.99. Been a while since I've used the chips so I don't recall the price.

Dec 17, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

Thanks for sharing Dave! Sounds like it was just a matter of semantics. I agree that the 6 year has a very distinctive and complex character. It's also got more funk than even the oldest Cabots. Side by side I still find the 3 year Black Cabot a stronger flavored and sharper cheddar. The 6 year is definitely more unusual and unique for a cheddar albeit a bit more subtle so that's what I was thrown by the "not as flavorful" part.

Dec 17, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

The egg wash probably contributed to it browning faster than without.

While it lacks the the gloss, it browns beautifully without the wash and I recommend keeping it in until very dark like when making Kouign Amann.

First time I made this I had the same slightly doughy center by removing at the point I thought looked right.

Keeping it in until considerably darker without letting the edges burn yields a perfect chewy center without being doughy.

If you really like the gloss you could brush on the wash just a couple of minutes before it's done.

Dec 16, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

RE: "Cabot not making anything this flavorful", guessing you haven't tried their 3 year black label? As noted in an earlier report we thoroughly enjoyed the TJ's 6 Year as well but the 3 yr. black label Cabot is still our favorite extra sharp for it's unique umami finish. (it's also cheaper by the lb. than the 6 year when purchased at Costco)

Dec 16, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

I have not, are the bagged ones good?

Dec 16, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

I have some in my cabinet right now and don't care for them at all. While I like that they're slivered and in olive oil, they're clearly oven dried for too long. Dark brown rather than bright red and a distinct bitter flavor from being just shy of burnt.

Dec 14, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

Wanted to follow up now that I've cracked a new bottle of the Kalamata EVOO and can confirm that the length of time from bottling is now showing. Still has a nice forward olive flavor but the peppery cough inducing phenols that connoisseurs seek indicating freshness that were so prominent only a few months ago are almost indiscernible at this point.

Of course for any who may have steered clear because they don't like that peppery finish, this is the perfect time to give the Kalamata a try. It's definitely smoothed out considerably now.

I'll finish this bottle but will return to the California Estate until I see the best buy date advance indicating that a more recent bottling of the Kalamata has arrived.

Dec 13, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

That was exactly my experience emily. Smelled lovely, but found the taste and texture lacking.

Dec 12, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

Thanks! Often context really helps. Have loved the ones I've had elsewhere and made at at home as well but haven't tried the TJ's yet.

Dec 12, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

Is this the first time you've ever had kale chips?

Dec 11, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

Have never had any problem unscrewing them either. As weezie notes it unscrews where the plastic meets the jar. Whenever I'm down to my last bit in one grinder and buy a new one I unscrew both to combine.

My two favorite uses for self filled grinders are:

- Gomashio: Toasted sesame seeds and sea salt. Much more fragrant when you grind it fresh rather than using pre-ground.

- Crushed Red Pepper: Same kind you find in shakers in every pizza place. Nice to get a finer grind than the whole seeds and larger flakes.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

That was a good impersonation of me lingua! Which is to say I agree wholeheartedly. I also prefer Kalamata and the California Estate to the Spanish.

The Spanish is nice enough but nothing remarkable. It's a decent neutral olive oil I wouldn't mind using but isn't nearly as fresh or flavorful as the other two.

Always go out of my way to note that it's the commercial Spanish not the Organic when it comes up. I haven't tried the Organic myself but it's gotten very poor reviews from top tasters.

Keen to try the Tunisian now too. I'm extremely happy with the Kalamata and Estate oils but if an organic in an opaque container at that price can match their quality I might be a convert.

Dec 10, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

Follow up on the Chocolate Ganache Danish.

In a surprisingly rare exception for this type of pastry, it's actually better at room temperature than heated.

When we had our first piece last night it was still hot from the toaster oven. Just tried it again without heating and it's notably improved with the subtle sweetness of the chocolate coming through which it oddly did not when heated.

The Almond is still markedly better in my opinion (and at a slightly cheaper price) but this is definitely not as underwhelming as I first thought. While it's not remarkable or remotely decadent it is an "adult" pastry for those who prefer their treats less sweet than most.

If you favor a flaky and crisp exterior just be sure to let it completely cool before serving.

Dec 10, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

Just checked and the Estate is actually $3 cheaper by the bottle (5.99). With it's 500ml size that's only $3 more per liter than the Kalamata (9.99) and $2 more than the Tunisian (8.99). So not as huge a bargain but the freshness of the estate is remarkably consistent making it one of the best sub $15 per liter EVOOs I've tasted to date.

Dec 10, 2014
NuMystic in Chains