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Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

Had to run into TJ's again today due to being addicted (argh!). Anyhow, they now have in an endcap freezer: Pumpkin Bread Pudding, Pumpkin Macarons, and Pumpkin Mini Pies, along with the cheesecake. I came very close to grabbing that bread pudding but fought the urge.

edit: And Pumpkin Waffles and Pumpkin Croissants!

1 day ago
gemvt in Chains
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Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

Today I saw Pumpkin Pancake & Waffle mix, Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Mix (at least that's what the box said, the shelf label read "Pumpkin Cornbread Mix"), Pumpkin Pecan Oatmeal, Pumpkin Greek Yogurt (this stuff is delicious), Pumpkin Ravioli, Pumpkin Spice Chai, "This Pumpkin Walks Into a Bar..." bars and Pumpkin Cheesecake. It's the pumpkinocolypse!!

Sep 16, 2014
gemvt in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

Sorry, I was talking about the Cowboy Quinoa Veggie Burgers.

Sep 16, 2014
gemvt in Chains

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

Just cooked this in the oven, as per directions, and while it tastes great it really fell apart on me. It's not the same texture as the regular veggie burger. It may have been operator error, of course!

Sep 15, 2014
gemvt in Chains

Lunch restaurant along Route 100 in VT

The Mad Taco in Waitsfield, which is maybe 6 miles northwest of Warren, is awesome.

Sep 09, 2014
gemvt in Northern New England

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

It's not too mango-y, it just gives it a fruity kick. I should have specified this is a sweetened iced teas, found with the other shelf stable beverages.

Sep 09, 2014
gemvt in Chains

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

YAY to Jalapeno Greek Yogurt Dip. It's not spicy at all and it tastes very rich; Mango Green Tea, really refreshing; and the Spotlight Cheese, raw milk gouda with truffles.

NAY to the fact that I am buying so much stuff at TJ's. I love the place and it has good prices, but it's not so good for my waistline or my wallet because I get oh so much stuff that I don't really need. I might need to declare a moratorium until the holidays.

Sep 06, 2014
gemvt in Chains

Burlington/Winooski

Hen of the Wood in Burlington. It is spectacular. Just went the other night and had and can recommend: parker house rolls, smoked bluefish, grilled octopus, little gem salad, green beans, mushroom toast with farm egg, chard, panisse frites (all small plates) and the zucchini large plate (kind of a small portion, but still delicious). And the crushed potatoes with tarragon aioli - we had to order a refill, they were so tasty.

You can make a reservation online but it might be fun to sit at the kitchen bar and observe. I was at a table but with a great view of the kitchen and it was mesmerizing.

Jul 27, 2014
gemvt in Northern New England

Favorite burger in Burlington or Stowe?

Farmhouse Tap & Grill has delicious and pricy local burgers. They are located in downtown Burlington.

http://www.farmhousetg.com/FARMHOUSE_...

They dry age the local beef themselves and I love the fries, too.

For another option with less atmosphere but tasty food, try Archie's in Shelburne:

http://archiesgrill.com/menu.html

They have a chipotle mushroom special that rolls around every now and again and it is amazing. They also use local beef. You order at a counter and they call your name when your food is ready, so it's not a fancy place, but they are super nice there.

As for Stowe, I haven't been there but you might want to try Crop Bistro:

http://www.cropvt.com/menu/the-bistro...

Jul 04, 2014
gemvt in Northern New England
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Where could I track down a vintage Carbur's menu?

I see that this is quite old, but in case anyone stumbles upon this discussion, here is a link to a Carbur's menu:

http://scholarsarchive.jwu.edu/cgi/vi...

Maybe you could print it out and laminate it!

Jun 27, 2014
gemvt in Northern New England
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Great Meal in Burlington, VT?

Agreed. I went to the Windjammer for my birthday, and it was my choice, and I thought it was great. The oysters were yummy and twice the size of those I had at Bluebird Tavern. I also always have a good meal at the Upper Deck. They use local ingredients and make great cocktails.

Jun 21, 2014
gemvt in Northern New England

What's for Dinner #307 - the Sum-Sum-Summertime! Edition [through June 22, 2014]

This cold is hanging on like a mofo, so it was time to break out the big guns - Tom Yum soup from the local Vietnamese place (with some Thai features). Extra scallions, extra cilantro, shrimp and that luscious hellfire hoisin/sriracha combo. Please kill this cold dead.

What's for Dinner #306 - The Friday the 13th- Full Moon Edition! [through June 17, 2014]

It's gross and hot here, so I ate a really strange "salad" of avocado, tomato, basil, parsley, green onion, and chunks of Grafton Maple Cheddar. Sprinkled with lemon juice and olive oil. Then I ate a few leftover roasted potatoes. I don't do well in the heat :).

What's for Dinner #306 - The Friday the 13th- Full Moon Edition! [through June 17, 2014]

Lots of leftovers so more tacos. Tonight I sprinkled a bit of taco seasoning on tofu slices, pan fried them and then sliced into strips. Served with the leftover cilantro lime slaw from Saturday's shrimp tacos and some freshly made pico de gallo. A bit of an odd mix but I'm getting the dreaded summer cold and this is all I was up to.

Jun 16, 2014
gemvt in Home Cooking

"Silver Palate" and "New Basics": Dated? or Worth Keeping?

The Silver Palate cookbook reminds me of when I was a kid. I'd babysit for a family that had a lot more money than mine, and this was one of the cookbooks they had. I'd flip through it and dream that I was living in New York, working in a gourmet food shop, making and serving those recipes. Maybe I'm not remembering right, but I feel like Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins were the precursors to Martha Stewart and Ina Garten in introducing new American cuisine to the masses.

When I was old enough to buy my own copy, I made a bunch of the recipes. They were all very good to excellent, and I still make Tarragon Chicken Salad, Zucchini Bread (the best), Sour Cream Apple Pie, Linguini with Tomatoes & Basil (with brie!!), Spicy Sesame Noodles, and the Basic Quiche.

Jun 15, 2014
gemvt in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #306 - The Friday the 13th- Full Moon Edition! [through June 17, 2014]

Oh yes, I love that frozen Roasted Corn. I think the prepared stuff just seems so salty to me.

Jun 15, 2014
gemvt in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #306 - The Friday the 13th- Full Moon Edition! [through June 17, 2014]

Trader Joe's opened here about a month ago, and the first weekend I went crazy buying all the frozen items I *thought* I loved. As my diet has shifted to more unprocessed foods, most of the stuff has been meh to me. So tonight I finished off the Thai Lime Shrimp skewers by serving with flour tortillas and a cilantro lime slaw.

The shrimp tastes like what Lemon Pledge would if it were Lime Pledge. Blah. At least they're gone!

What's for Dinner #306 - The Friday the 13th- Full Moon Edition! [through June 17, 2014]

Rainy day here as well, so I felt like pasta. Linguini with garlic, red pepper flakes, heavy cream, parsley, basil, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes. Heavy douse of asiago. Garlic toast on the side.

What's for Dinner #303 - School's Out for Summer! Edition [through June 3, 2014]

I'm really into iceberg lettuce right now. It's very refreshing and I'm just tired of spring mix/mesclun/baby romaine et al. So, iceberg with cukes, tomatoes, avocado, shrimp and buttermilk dressing.

Storing lots of coffee beans?

How is each bag packaged? is there a valve seal or is it just in folded over bags?

it's not ideal to store an opened bag coffee in the freezer, because the biggest culprits in degrading the quality are air, light, heat and moisture. If the bags are sealed well, though, you can keep them there. For whatever opened bag you are using, storing them in an airtight container is the way to go.

May 24, 2014
gemvt in General Topics

What's for Dinner #301 - The Memorial Day Edition! [through May 27, 2014]

Tonight I went to a cafe that's associated with Lake Champlain Chocolates. They have a pork mole, of course, but I had shrimp lettuce wraps "Vietnamese glaze, maifun, herbs, and house-made kimchi" as described on the menu. And because I am kind of a carb queen, I also had a side of crispy smashed potatoes. The whole thing was delicious.

Like roxlet said, it's going to be a rainy long weekend. I kind of need a low activity break, so it's fine with me :)

What's for Dinner #300! The Milestone Edition! [through May 22, 2014]

Just got home from work (argh!) and am having whole wheat penne with cherry tomatoes, broccoli and pesto. That was supposed to be my lunch, but it ended up being brought in. It's not too great, tbh :). It needs garlic toast but it's far too late to get into all that.

Trader Joe's just opened here and it's complete bedlam. Ten years ago I lived quite near a TJs and was excited to revisit all of my old favorites. It's weird, although I spent a crapton of money, I realized that most of what I got was not really conducive to how I eat nowadays - very processed, not organic (although some organic), produce trucked in from heaven knows where. I know TJs is not a terrible place but...eh, I've kind of turned into a Portlandia localvore, and I'm OK with that. Also all of the frozen junk I bought is making it tough for me to find my vodka on a night such as tonight, when I need it!

black pepper vs. white pepper

Agreed. One holiday I was making a potato dish and it called for white pepper. As it was a special occasion, I bought a canister for that dish. The taste was very distinctive and yes, dusty. Now, even if a recipe calls for it I still use fresh ground black pepper.

May 21, 2014
gemvt in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #300! The Milestone Edition! [through May 22, 2014]

Gardein chipotle lime chicken tacos with lettuce, cilantro, avocado and a chipotle lime crema.

Pre Washed Bagged Salad Mixes- Do You Take A Lending Hand?

Agreed - it's like there is some preserving agent that gives commercial bagged lettuces a weird taste. I do buy triple washed greens from local farmers. They use a refurbished washing machine to do the spin drying :)

May 20, 2014
gemvt in General Topics

What's for Dinner #299 - The One Before the 300th! [Through May 19,2014]

Wedge salad - iceberg, buttermilk dressing, cherry tomatoes, chunks of blue cheese, bacon. Big arsed glass of Pinot Grigio. Heaven.

What's for Dinner #299 - The One Before the 300th! [Through May 19,2014]

Roasted potatoes with sauteed fiddleheads and mushrooms. I love rediscovering how amazing fiddleheads are each spring.

Dinners near Burlington

Sounds like you have a plan, but I wanted to add other options for when you return :).

I really enjoy the South End Kitchen at Lake Champlain Chocolates on Pine Street. Nice big new building, breakfast and lunch every day and dinner Wednesday through Saturday, chocolate treats and ice cream. Many times you can watch small batch chocolate being produced in a small area to the right of the cafe. Fun place.

Also, I like The Spot on Shelburne Road and Archie's, further down in Shelburne.

The South End Truck Stop just ramped up again and is a great place to take kids on a Friday night

http://southendkitchenvt.com/

http://www.thespotvt.com/

http://archiesgrill.com/index.html

http://artsriot.com/truck-stop/

May 17, 2014
gemvt in Northern New England

Dinners near Burlington

I think Sneakers stopped dinner service a few months ago.

May 17, 2014
gemvt in Northern New England

What's for Dinner #298 - Spring Fever Edition [through May 15, 2014]

Chicken salad with dill, grapes, celery, scallion, mayo, sour cream, lemon juice. Served with some veggies and crackers.