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

Yea: Dijon mustard = new can't live-without product. SO good.. real French Dijon! Strong, serious, and makes a great component of a quick salad dressing.

Also yea: Valréas Côtes du Rhône... versatile, delicious, great buy.

Seasonal yea: Mini Gingerbread Men... been dipping them into cups of peppermint tea with sublime results!

Dec 17, 2011
nsjjhp in Chains

Dip for Sweet Potato Fries

Straight up with a little sea salt is my vote... but if you're feeling saucy, you can never go wrong with... homemade spicy ranch! Sour cream, buttermilk powder, minced garlic, fresh dill, a little onion powder, and a liberal squeeze of sriracha... yum!

Dec 17, 2011
nsjjhp in Home Cooking

Why didn't my sweet potato fries get crispy??!!

Just made a few test batches with a gorgeous purple yam I picked up at a Korean supermarket... fried in oil with cornstarch (seasoned with garlic powder, smoked hot paprika and salt) were undoubtedly the best, but I found that if you julienne them (1/8"), they can achieve a really fantastic crunch/inner softness ratio as well. I preheated a foil-lined pan with some canola oil, and when it reached 400 degrees, I tossed a small batch of cornstarch-tossed and a small batch tossed in just a little more canola + seasonings, and they both turned out delish, although (of course) not nearly as crispy as the fried ones. The non-cornstarch batch browned a lot faster, fwiw... probably because of the extra oil.

Dec 17, 2011
nsjjhp in Home Cooking

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

Surprise Yea: KBC Pumpkin Ale. I love beer, and usually disdain both TJ's beer offerings, and pumpkin beers across the board, but this one was a hit. Not overly spiced and mild, enjoyable pumpkin flavor... a little lean in terms of mouthfeel, but overall, surprisingly quaffable.

Echo the yea for the Pumpkin Butter too... delish on English muffins. And yea for the Wasabi Seaweed Snacks... good way to scratch a wasabi itch, because they definitely aren't short on sinus-clearing spice!

Oct 31, 2011
nsjjhp in Chains

Where to buy Szechuan Peppercorns?

So, it's definitely not orange-line accessible, but after striking out at the Lotte and H-Mart in Laurel, I managed to find huajiao (Sichuan peppercorns) at a Chinese market in Charlottesville, VA this weekend... for only 2.99 a pound! It's called C'ville Oriental and it's on Rt. 29 in Charlottesville. They also have my favorite Chinese snack of all time... roasted peanuts with red chilis and huajiao. Mmm!

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H-Mart
800 N Rolling Rd, Catonsville, MD

Oct 11, 2011
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