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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

<<I've dipped them in all kinds of things...ketchup, tartar sauce, chili sauce (ohmyyum), 1000 Island and a fav mix of mine of sour cream, dill, lemon.>>

That's how I enjoy any breaded fish item too! There is no "one" sauce for me, and like you said, even 1000 Island dressing right out of a bottle makes a great accompaniment to breaded white fish.

In addition to your options, I will sometimes use mayo, or blend in a little pickle relish to whatever sauce I'm concocting, and/or add a squirt of Sriracha as 'pug' mentioned.

For me fish-sticks require SOME kind of sauce --- can't imagine eating them plain. I think even plain yogurt as long as it was room temp would be good. Haven't tried that but just thought about it.

Sep 21, 2014
Dave B in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

Same here for the store in NH I shop at = with the meats/sausages, not with fresh salsa & hummus.

Yea, that fermented kraut is good stuff. Quite a twang there.

Sep 19, 2014
Dave B in Chains

What's Best for Cutting Pizza?

The file is not a power tool. Just a file. Very useful for sharpening or trimming all sorts of metal stuff. It would take virtually no skill or expertise to make your dull pizza cutter wheel sing through a hot pizza.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Nicholson-...

Sep 08, 2014
Dave B in Cookware

What's Best for Cutting Pizza?

This discussion is (mostly) crazy. A pizza cutter wheel is the perfect tool for the job. Save your chef's knives for cheffing.

Just use a bench grinder if you have one, or a mill bastard file.

First-world problems.

Sep 08, 2014
Dave B in Cookware
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

Don't do it. Once you have the cashew butter crack, you can't go back.

In two days I've eaten half the jar.

Sep 07, 2014
Dave B in Chains
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Looking for whole animals

I can only offer a couple of options local to me in south-central NH, in case these might work for you:

Brookford Farm
http://brookfordfarm.com/

Charmingfare Farm
https://www.visitthefarm.com/viewStat...

Sep 07, 2014
Dave B in Northern New England

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

Huge YAY for the cashew butter. Because of other yays I picked up a jar to try and OMG -- this stuff is downright crack.

Sep 07, 2014
Dave B in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

~~ Strange encounter with the Argentinean Red Shrimp (frozen) ~~

Many here have enjoyed this product so about a month ago I purchased two bags and was eager to try them. They have been waiting happily in the freezer. Last night I sauteed about 1/2 a bag in a little olive oil (after defrosting them in cold water for a few minutes) with some herbs and spices.

When I started eating them, I immediately noticed a very strong ammonia smell. It was so bad I felt nauseous and threw out what I had cooked. Clearly this puts them in a strong Nay position for me based on that experience. Quite a few CH'ers have loved them however, so I'm wondering what went wrong??? My freezer seems fine as I have not noticed any issues there with other foods - no power outages since I bought them where they could have defrosted and then been refrozen.

What the hell happened? Now I don't even want to give them another chance, because, as some might be able to relate to, when a certain food nauseates you, you're not anxious for a return visit.

Sep 01, 2014
Dave B in Chains

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

Harts - before you give up on "vodka sauce" completely, try the Newman's Own version.

I don't eat much pasta these days :-( for carb reasons, but the Paul Newman vodka sauce is really my favorite jarred/prepared pasta sauce over all others. It's somewhat acidic which I like, but less-so IMO than the TJ's version.

IIRC it might even cost less than TJ's vodka sauce now that Market Basket is back!

Sep 01, 2014
Dave B in Chains

Midcoast Maine TR

Well done, Westie. A great trip report!

Sep 01, 2014
Dave B in Northern New England

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

Loved it too. Still have two bags in the freezer because I liked it so much I would buy 6 bags at a time. I will cherish my last bites of the kimchi fried rice.

Goodbye, kimchi fried rice. You were great while you were around.

Aug 29, 2014
Dave B in Chains

Attention all Trader Joe Shoppers!

ohmy,

We must share a similar enthusiam for TJ's! Since I omitted the frozen portion of my TJ's list you wouldn't know but the frozen artichoke hearts are a regular purchase. It has about 25 items on it including the tamales and the garlic and basil cubes. Thanks for the tip on the haricot verts. I've gandered at the package in the past but haven't tried them yet.

I realize some of my 'list' has discontinued items on it. I keep them there in case I get into a discussion with an employee and can ask about them... just in case they have some inside scoop about a returning product. I figure it doesn't hurt to give them feedback that there is an interest in the now missing product :(

Thanks.

Aug 26, 2014
Dave B in Chains
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Attention all Trader Joe Shoppers!

jrvedivici - it took me a little while to find the stuff I was interested in but now that I’ve been shopping TJ’s for a few years I’ve found quite a few items I like - that it seems I can’t generally get elsewhere. Most of my ideas of new items to try come from people discussing it on the regular monthly CH thread. I don’t want to eat the same stuff day-after-day, year-after-year which is part of why I love TJ’s.

When I make my occasional TJ’s trip I have an ongoing, continually-changing/updated shopping list in my phone so I don’t forget things I might want to buy. For you, I cut out the frozen items I like (there are many) so this part of my list is comparatively short.

You may or may not have any interest in the stuff I LIKE, but this is why I like TJ’s as most of these items are not the same quality or taste, or are just not available in general at my regular grocery store options. Just an example in response to your comments. Of course I don’t care whether you shop at Trader Joe’s or not.

Meats (fresh):
Korean chicken sausage
Uncured chicken, nitrate-free hot dogs
Smoked Fresh Turkey Kielbasa
Ham - spiral-sliced, uncured

Cheeses/Fresh/Refrigerated:
Raw sauerkraut
Handmade Tamales (large pack of 10) only at XMAS
Honey Tangerine juice
Cilantro jalapeno hummus
Goats milk creamy cheese
Himmel Bla (blue cheese)
Burrata (mozz cheese stuffed with cream)
Double-cream Gouda
Toscano Cheese soaked in Syrah
Melkbus Gouda
1000 Day Gouda
Unexpected Cheddar
Cambozola cheese
Le Delice de Bourgogne triple cream soft cheese
3-year "Artisan Reserve" extra-sharp cheddar
Goat cheese
Red Leicester

Snacks/Condiments/Grocery:
Cashew butter
Artichoke hearts in can
Steak sauce
Carolina gold BBQ sauce
Pomegranate vinegar
Pane Guttiau "music paper" crackers
Garlic salt grinder
Salsa Verde
Salsa Authentica
Toasted seaweed snacks
Tortelini w/pesto filling (dried)
Thai chili paste (dry, with lemongrass)
Instant hot cereal - Multigrain triple berry
Spicy Seaweed Ramen soup
Dijon Mustard (with white wine)
+4 mustard set (for gifts, avail. during holidays)
Rice Orzo Pilaf Mix
Quinoa Black Bean Chips
Corn & Chile tomato-less salsa
Mixed berry scone mix
Olive oil - California Estate
Pita Chip crackers (plain better than wheat)
Cashews 50% less salt (bag)
Salt & Pepper pistachios
Smoked Sardines
TJ's Real Mayonnaise
Red pepper spread
Kalamata olive extra-virgin oil
Felafal chips
Brown jasmine rice
Yellowfin Tuna in Olive Oil
Brioche toasts (crackers like Melba)
Canned corn

Aug 25, 2014
Dave B in Chains

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

Harts - if you don't need to open the PB right away, what I do is leave it on the kitchen counter and invert the jar once a day for several days. That seems to get it 90% mixed.

Thank you, Portsmouth hounds!

Thanks for the report -- glad you enjoyed NH and in particular Portsmouth. It's a great little NH town.

Aug 21, 2014
Dave B in Northern New England

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

fldhkybnva, would you be be willing to describe how you made the sauce, and really the whole dish? The shrimp dish with broccoli and goat's milk creamy cheese sauce sounds great. I've just been waiting to try the Argentinian shrimp I have in the freezer and your creation might be the perfect way to do it.

Aug 15, 2014
Dave B in Chains

Whole Foods Nashua??

After watching the video I'm pretty psyched now to check the place out. The club inside with 32 craft beers on tap and what sounds like cool menu offerings...... hell, it could be a dining destination.

Aug 14, 2014
Dave B in Northern New England

Moving to Amherst, NH: Looking for recs in Amherst, Milford, Bedford, Manchester, Nashua

A couple of things to get you started for farm stands in your area. I imagine others may have much more to add.

Lavoie's - the real deal for fresh veggies and in full-swing this time of year. I think they grow all (or most) of what they sell right there on the family farm.

Lull Farm - huge selection. More upscale and pricey. http://www.livefreeandfarm.com/

Also, adding Angela's Pasta and Cheese in Manchester. Great little shop for specialty foods since you will be working in Manchester. http://angelaspastaandcheese.com/

And welcome to the area!

Aug 14, 2014
Dave B in Northern New England

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

I had the same question about cooking those shrimp. I just bought some but haven't done anything with them yet. When you say saute quickly, is that from the frozen state, or do you defrost them 1st, such as a few minutes in a water bath?

Aug 06, 2014
Dave B in Chains

Dinner stop near 90 in Massachusetts or 95 in Maine?

Good to hear we are on the same page and you enjoyed. Brisket heaven. It's not a low-cal experience, but whatever ---- we have to eat well once in a while.

BT's french fries are pretty darn good too. Not that I would go to a place just for fries - it's simply another bonus about the place. Next time I'm definitely doing the Ruben. The visual is still in my head.

Aug 03, 2014
Dave B in Northern New England

Dinner stop near 90 in Massachusetts or 95 in Maine?

Bobbert said it all. BT's is BBQ done right. They are at the top of my list of the BBQ places around New England I've tried.

Aug 03, 2014
Dave B in Northern New England

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

Was that a "yay?" Doesn't sound like it. I guess Yay and Yeah are two different things ;-)

If I were to attempt to interpret this, I think it might have been a:

Meh
Yay
Big Yay

.....in that order for the items mentioned.

But I'm not really sure.

Jul 30, 2014
Dave B in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014 [OLD]

weez - that would work fine as long as your 'Scorpions' are very well-dried. Otherwise when placed in a similar container they could get moldy.

I've saved a couple of the TJ's grinders for a similar re-use purpose, one being for Szechuan peppercorns (prickly ash) I bought at an Asian market. The TJ's grinder has worked perfect for that.

Jul 30, 2014
Dave B in Chains

When do you use leeks?

grey - that's some great leeks inspiration. How on earth did you get fresh leeks without grit though...... I ALWAYS have grit in the bottoms every time I've worked with fresh leeks.

If only I could just chop/dice/slice the fresh leek parts with the abandon I do with an onion, I'd use fresh leeks much more often as I love the flavor. The tedious cleaning process lowers my fresh leek love, alas.

Jul 30, 2014
Dave B in Home Cooking

New Hampshire Shopping Trip

In Merrimack, Buckley's is pretty hard to beat for good upscale dining.

http://buckleysgreatsteaks.com/

The beef stroganoff is one of those easily overlooked items I keep going back to.

Jul 30, 2014
Dave B in Northern New England

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

My timing was lucky. After trying it a couple of weeks ago I was able to grab one of the few remaining wedges on another visit this week. I recall there were only 3 or 4 left.

Who knows..... maybe it will reappear, like the Red Leicester did (yay) after it's Spotlight debut.

Jul 26, 2014
Dave B in Chains

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

My pistachio opener tools arrived (two for $10 including shipping) and I will say I'm surprised at how effective and easy to use they are.

Had to make another TJ's stop yesterday just to get more Salt & Pepper Pistachios so I could test my new opener tool. The sacrifices I make.

And my fingernails are in magnificent shape after all this pistachio experimentation. Go figure - people start talking, and stuff gets done.

Jul 23, 2014
Dave B in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014 [OLD]

And while we are on the TJ's spice grinders subject, a couple of months ago in a prior thread, Chow People were talking about the ghost pepper grinder.

I've asked about it in-store, but employee consensus seems to think it was a flash in the pan.

Any sightings?

Jul 23, 2014
Dave B in Chains

Best Lobster Rolls in Portsmouth NH

Nope. It's not.There's an awful lot of fantasy about that -- mostly unwarranted. If a cook/restaurant in Minneapolis wanted to present a great lobster roll they could as lobster is quite portable. The price would likely be higher, but there really isn't any magic in it.

Jul 22, 2014
Dave B in Northern New England

Good restaurants in Southern Vermont?

In addition to the great Brattleboro area suggestions, I'll add Top of the Hill Grill. Really good BBQ (pork & brisket), but they have a huge menu so for kids or others who are picky/not pure carnivores there are many other offerings. Burritos, chicken sandwich, etc. There is some covered dining area but this is a place best enjoyed on a nice day as the view and setting is "outdoorsy" in a great way.

It is very family-friendly. Mac n' cheese and burgers and dogs and chicken for the kids if they're not into brisket & pig. When I've been there seems like kids are always around.

I've stopped there a few time last couple of years and always loved the food, but more recently a buddy and I did the Mudder (May 29) at Mt. Snow and stopped at Top of the Hill on the way back to NH, and holy-sh*t if that didn't hit the spot. We probably looked like cave-men gobbling down the meats.

Jul 22, 2014
Dave B in Northern New England