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Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - November 2013 [Old]

Yes! These were a big thumbs up for our family as well.

The packaging was essentially a bag of frozen french fries with a beef gravy packet and a cheese curd packet. While the fries bake, you're to simmer the bags of curd and gravy in a pot under low heat - just to warm them up.

I gave this to the kids with the parts separated - fries here, dab of gravy there and curds there. The little one mixed up everything and the older one wasn't a fan of the squeaky curd (I know! Sheesh!)

DarkRose did a great job of reviewing this!

This was a fun product - worth the try!

Nov 26, 2013
GeeBeeEmm in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - November 2013 [Old]

TJ's Poutine! French fries, beef gravy and cheese curds. In the frozen section...Haven't tried yet, but bought a couple bags - $3.99

Nov 25, 2013
GeeBeeEmm in Chains

What's the verdict on turkey bacon?

I cook mine in the oven for 10-15 min, to make it crispy. If I think of it as turkey jerky it's fine. It's not bacon though.

Mar 23, 2013
GeeBeeEmm in General Topics

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 4th quarter 2011 [OLD]

So I baked up the pour and bake brownies in a pouch. It was...okay. It had a weird foam texture, like I would imagine that furniture cushion-eating lady on "My Strange Addiction" would appreciate. It was a dense, chocolatey sponge cake. Not unpleasant, but not the typical brownie texture. The kids loved it.

Oct 26, 2011
GeeBeeEmm in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 4th quarter 2011 [OLD]

Oh, second that! Got that yesterday and the fam hoovered that down. Also got a pour and bake brownie pouch. Basically a Capri-Sun like bag of brownie batter for $2.99. I'll report back once I bake it up

Oct 21, 2011
GeeBeeEmm in Chains

Whole Foods Supposedly Coming To Edina

Minnetonka Whole Foods grand opening Oct 12. They have a FB page: https://www.facebook.com/WFMMinnetonka

Sep 17, 2011
GeeBeeEmm in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Trader Joe's balsamic vinegar

Also, if you don't like it TJ's will take it back

Aug 26, 2011
GeeBeeEmm in Chains

Whole Foods Supposedly Coming To Edina

Whole Foods is also moving into the old Circuit City in Minnetonka at Plymouth Rd and 394.

Aug 21, 2011
GeeBeeEmm in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Where should I go to get my daughter's 1st birthday cake??

Target Bakeries give a free smashcake with a 1st birthday cake purchase. Didn't know about this and they gave us a cute little white cake "for the birthday girl" Kinda neat.

Aug 02, 2011
GeeBeeEmm in Minneapolis-St. Paul

MPLS: Popcorn bars!

Bunny's in St Louis Park!

Apr 22, 2011
GeeBeeEmm in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Boulevard Resteraunt and Bar going in on Wayzata blvd in Minnetonka

Went for a late lunch today. Had a nice tasty huge burger. Boulevard Royale with Cheese - double cheeseburger with frizzled leeks on a pretzel bun. Atmosphere was nice and friendly. Open kitchen, lots of woodfire.... bar in the center of the restaurant, very attentive server. Pleasant visit. They have a FB page, but no website as of yet.

Oct 02, 2010
GeeBeeEmm in Minneapolis-St. Paul

What do I do with apple butter?

I just made 6 half-pints of apple butter after an apple buying spree at the arboretum. Thanks for all the tips. I think I'll try the AB and cream cheese idea right now!

Sep 06, 2010
GeeBeeEmm in Home Cooking

State Fair 2010 Reviews!

Got the Roasted Corn and Bacon Pizza from Blue Moon Diner. Huge portion at $5. Nice crispy crust.

Sep 02, 2010
GeeBeeEmm in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Turtle Meat - MSP Metro Only

Brother's Meats in Maple Grove has turtle meat.

Aug 07, 2010
GeeBeeEmm in Minneapolis-St. Paul

MSP - Galaxy Drive In - Anyone Been?

We went about two weeks ago - food was okay and delivered quickly and with a smile. It was a nice place to linger with the family. It wasn't crowded - steady stream of people coming in. Got a nice neighborhood vibe.

Jul 06, 2010
GeeBeeEmm in Minneapolis-St. Paul

APRIL 2010 Cookbook of the Month: HOW TO COOK EVERYTHING, Bittman

This app is wonderful! It's a steal at $1.99! Love how you don't need a wifi connection to access the recipes and the embedded timer is cool. Easy to use and so cool!

Apr 25, 2010
GeeBeeEmm in Home Cooking

Twins Stadium Food?

The Dinger Dog was nothing to write home about. My daughter got the nachos from Senor Smokes and it was very nice - lots of fresh pico and veggies. She was hoping it would be just chips and cheese. I was very impressed with the fresh presentation. Pretzel was warm and huge and came with a cup o' cheese. Beautiful ballpark!

Apr 21, 2010
GeeBeeEmm in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Bake Sale Blues

I'm wondering if there is a liability issue here as well. My kid's school prohibits homemade goodies for birthday parties and says they have to be prepared at a "commercial facility" due to the possibility of children with food allergies.

Are there any bake sales anymore? It seems like just wrapping paper and crippity crap from catalogs lately.

Mar 31, 2010
GeeBeeEmm in Features

Where to purchase Irish boiling bacon?

Try Von Hanson's meats. I got some Irish bacon there last year. It's in the frozen section.

Mar 10, 2010
GeeBeeEmm in Minneapolis-St. Paul

I love my Sodastream fizzy water machine

Really digging mine. Hubby got it for my for an Xmas present. The syrups aren't that great - Splenda aftertaste. I got some little bottles of "essence" to flavor water. At Macy's it was $3.99 - Same 3 pack was $10 at the sodastream website.

Thus far, we're liking it. Mostly the environmental angle and PITA-factor with bottles and cans sold me. Love the bubbles!

Jan 09, 2010
GeeBeeEmm in Cookware

Homemade marshmallows

I just made Alton's recipe as we were snowed in and I needed something for the kids to do. This was incredibly easy and perfect in hot cocoa

Dec 27, 2009
GeeBeeEmm in Home Cooking

Where to find beef from cows that have not been fed ground-up cows? (MSP)

Harmony Valley Farm CSA sells beef - you don't have to be a member to order. Have to plan ahead - only limited times - May, Nov and Dec. http://harmonyvalleyfarm.com/ Lots of local pickup sites.

Dec 27, 2009
GeeBeeEmm in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Chocolate Ganache Tart

Holy moly, talk about food porn! What a gorgeous picture! I must make this!

Dec 20, 2009
GeeBeeEmm in Recipes

It's Thanksgiving Eve... What Are you Currently Making For Tomorrow?

Finished the cranberry sauce, sweet potato pie, coleslaw (with pretty beauty heart radishes). Will work on the requested appetizer - brown sugar bacon wrapped smokies. After that, I'm prepping carrots.

Nov 25, 2009
GeeBeeEmm in General Topics

Walmart Presents: Feasting on the Cheap

I don't see how this is "disturbing" and "terrifying." Can you explain?

Nov 20, 2009
GeeBeeEmm in Features

[MSP] - Trader's Joes - Minnetonka

They also are open from 8 am-9 pm 7 days a week. The Maple Grove store is following suit.

Nov 06, 2009
GeeBeeEmm in Minneapolis-St. Paul

[MSP] - Trader's Joes - Minnetonka

Opening November 6, 2009. That was pretty quick. Word is this will be the largest (or one of the largest TJs) in the country.

Oct 18, 2009
GeeBeeEmm in Minneapolis-St. Paul

A Tale of Two McDonalds

What I've heard is that the grill temp is set lower for breakfast than for lunch "products." Has anyone else heard that or was I just dreaming that?

Oct 15, 2009
GeeBeeEmm in Chains

Trader Joe's Anonymous

Sea Salt Bagel Chips are my vice.

Oct 02, 2009
GeeBeeEmm in Chains

What to do with Self-rising flour?

Breading for fried chicken...or other fried things....

Oct 02, 2009
GeeBeeEmm in Home Cooking