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Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - October 2013 [old]

Spelt Risotto is a big hit with me! I loved the smokey provolone sauce and the spelt was the right amount of chewiness without being too hard. I loved all the different veggies in it and it should be a hit with vegetarians! Product of Italy too!

Oct 23, 2013
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Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - October 2013 [old]

They have them every year around Thanksgiving time through Xmas. I could eat a whole can!

Oct 23, 2013
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Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - October 2013 [old]

The cookies are only average IMHO, but when they get ground up and mixed with oil and turned into Cookie Butter (and all the permutation) it gets transcended into something great!

Oct 23, 2013
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Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - October 2013 [old]

Loved this stuff! Holy cow it was great!

Oct 23, 2013
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Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - October 2013 [old]

Love the Marcona almonds. A little expensive, but they are such a treat and a little go a long way!

Fried onions are killer. Keep them away from me!

Oct 23, 2013
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Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - October 2013 [old]

Is there such a thing?

Oct 23, 2013
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - December 2012 [OLD]

Sorry, I've been distracted! I was supposed to do that! Thanks for starting a new thread. We'll go back to quarterly in January.

Steve
www.clubtraderjoes.com

Dec 06, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - November 2012

We did a fairly Trader Joe's heavy Thanksgiving this year (mainly because of my blog). Brined Turkeys is always a hit and cooks really nice. You can look at my blog and see my ratings on many of their Thanksgiving products, but the packaged stuffings are all crummy. Make your own. Turkey Gravy sucks. Make your own.

The mashed potatoes in the box are quite good, as where the ones in the fridge section. I'm not sure if they have frozen ones this year but they are good too.

I really liked the Portabella mushroom soup for casseroles, Fried onions were like crack for me, I kept eating handfuls from the can. The frozen pumpkin pies are really good. Many of the side dishes like the cauliflower, sweet potatoes and such in the fridge section were pretty darn good. I really liked the Spiced apple cider. So did the kids!

On to the Christmas stuff!

Steve
www.clubtraderjoes.com

Nov 24, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - November 2012

Too sweet? Cookies? come on! Don't try the dark chocolate dipped Joe Joe's then...

Steve
www.clubtraderjoes.com

Nov 24, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - November 2012

I've been to Trader Joe's in several different states and they all have different breads. Here in the Seattle area the breads are quite good. In Arizona, they sucked. YMMV...

Steve
www.clubtraderjoes..com

Nov 24, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - November 2012

Well let's differentiate between candy and cookies! Trader Joe's has a LOT of cookies and chocolate. They do those very well. The other thing is that they do so well are prepared meals that are either frozen or in the fridge section... Those are some of their specialties and is a growing category in all groceries stores as people cook less and less but still want high quality food.

Steve
www.clubtraderjoes.com

Nov 24, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - November 2012

Let's be correct here. As far as I know, there is no genetically modified lemons on the market. They use regular breeding (male/female) to come up with seedless varieties, just like table grapes.

Steve
www.clubtraderjoes.com

Nov 24, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - November 2012

Check out my pizza dough guide on my blog. Trader Joe's pizza dough needs a little TLC before you shape it, but it makes pretty darn good pizza crust!

Steve
www.clubtraderjoes.com

Nov 24, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - November 2012

OP here... this is an ongoing thread that goes back years and I took it over recently. We usually do a quarterly thread and start a new one because the get so darn big! Because Trader Joe's introduces so many new food items during the Holidaze we decided to break it into a monthly thread. We talk about anything Trader Joe's here, not just the holiday stuff... Tell us what you like or don't like at Trader Joe's!

Steve
www.clubtraderjoes.com

Nov 16, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - November 2012

Yea on the new Gluten Free 3 cheese pizza. Nice cracker crisp crust and plenty of cheese and tomatoes and a good sauce!

Steve
www.clubtraderjoes.com

Nov 05, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - November 2012

Is that the one you have to bake yourself?

Steve
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Nov 05, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 4th quarter 2012 [old]

We are going to shut down this thread and move to a monthly format for the time being. You can find the new November 2012 thread here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/876309

Nov 05, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - November 2012

We have decided to go to a monthly thread through the end of the year for Trader Joe's. This thread is for November 2012. This is prime cooking season for the holidays starting with Thanksgiving and Trader Joe's has a ton of Thanksgiving offerings. Let the discussion begin!

Steve
www.clubtraderjoes.com

Nov 05, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 4th quarter 2012 [old]

I can do something like that at my website with the ratings. The problem is driving enough traffic to that website to make it worth while. That's a fair amount of work. I'll see what I can do. I do have ratings at the bottom of each review I do and I am trying to figure out a way to aggregate them into a page to make it easier to view.

The TraderJoesFan site looks abandoned. I'm not sure who is running it anymore.

I will start a new November thread today!

Steve
www.clubtraderjoes.com

Nov 05, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 4th quarter 2012 [old]

A big YUCK! To the Cultured Coconut Milk Vanilla flavored. This was one of the most disgusting Trader Joe's products I have ever tasted!

Steve
www.clubtraderjoes.com

Nov 03, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 4th quarter 2012 [old]

Just about to write the review for the Gluten Free 3 cheese pizza and I thought it was excellent!

Steve
www.clubtraderjoes.com

Nov 03, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 4th quarter 2012 [old]

I don't know how to lobby the Chow people to start a separate board for Trader Joe's. I'm tempted to start my own on my website because I find this board layout so crummy...

Steve
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Nov 03, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 4th quarter 2012 [old]

Nay on the Trader Joe's Honey Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli... just too sweet for me. Filling tasted like pumpkin pie but too sweet!

Steve
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Oct 27, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 4th quarter 2012 [old]

I like the Spanish Extra Virgin... cheap and just as good for everyday use as the Costco version

Steve
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Oct 27, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 4th quarter 2012 [old]

I stay away from most of those premarinated meats in the fridge section. They have been marinating for days or weeks sometimes and that's just too long and things get funky!

Steve
www.clubtraderjoes.com

Oct 27, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 4th quarter 2012 [old]

OK, sorry for the late response... I'll start a new thread next week and do it monthly through the end of the year. I guess as we get more Trader Joe's established across the USA this thread is just going to become hard to manage. I sure wish Chow would go to more up to date board software.

Oct 27, 2012
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Trader Joe's Pet Foods

I finally had the Pumpkin Macarons and a big Yea on them! Just handle them carefully after they thaw out, they are very fragile...

Oct 17, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 4th quarter 2012 [old]

I really think these things are made for little kids. They are pretty bland and that's fine with my kids. They dip them in ketchup... plain as that. There are more adult breaded chicken products at Trader Joe's.

I've eaten their leftovers or snuck one here and there and never had one that was gristly. We've been eating them here for about 6 years.

Steve
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Oct 17, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 4th quarter 2012 [old]

Oh and the chicken drumettes are a staple here, but my kids don't mind them and it's just chicken and breading, just not as addictive as McDonalds...

Oct 16, 2012
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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 4th quarter 2012 [old]

Pumpkin Macarons were a huge hit in my house. I didn't get any weird chemical tastes at all!

Steve
www.clubtraderjoes.com

Oct 16, 2012
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