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

I was just thinking about those! I see them in TJs and they remind me of McDonalds hashbrowns which are a weakness of mine. Will definitely pick some up.

Jun 03, 2014
Fromageball in Chains

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

I like the Justin's and TJs equally. I wish the TJs cups were offered in a 2-cup pack like Justin's.

I have no self control and could eat the tub of TJs cups in one sitting(seriously) so I only get them when they have the little bags with a few servings.

Apr 12, 2014
Fromageball in Chains

How often do you drink alcoholic drinks?

I'm about the same size and generally have either a beer or 1-2 glasses of wine each day. Mostly with food but also sometimes just while watching tv/surfing internet.

Occasionally I go for a month or 2 barely drinking anything but I soon get back to my daily habits - I also feel like I crave less junk/desserts when I have my daily wine.

Apr 03, 2014
Fromageball in General Topics

Who still drinks soda?

Is your mother a middle school chorus teacher?

My teacher(years ago) always told us that she was addicted to diet coke and drank enough to where she had esophageal/stomach problems.

Mar 17, 2014
Fromageball in General Topics

How do you feel about people who season food that you have carefully prepared?

It doesn't bother me, but I had to re-train my taste buds after growing eating my mom's cooking. Someone mentioned this habit as a result of eating mediocre food and I think that is spot on.

Once I got into cooking and started talking to my mom about it I realized that she doesn't cook with salt. She says she leaves the salt out and then people can add what they want at the table. She doesn't get that adding salt during the cooking process brings out the other flavors instead of just making it salty. (She also doesn't think that doing things like sauteing onions/veggies as a base adds anything to a dish...she just throws in the raw onions or whatever, but that's a different topic for a different day.)

It's funny because growing up I thought I thought I disliked homemade soup - vegetable soup, bean soup, etc - and preferred campbells. She said she added flavor with herbs and stuff, which was "better" than adding salt.

Anyway, my mom is the type who salts food automatically, but she is also a smoker of several decades so her taste buds are probably fried.

Mar 17, 2014
Fromageball in Not About Food
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Offering wine to friends?

That's so funny...covering the bottle with a paper bag makes it look like you were definitely drinking!

I grew up in NC and have friends whose parents completely abstain, but most in my age group(~30) seem to enjoy a drink here and there with no worries. Even the most conservative of them seem to partake these days.

I just offer several options, including wine/beer.

Jan 18, 2014
Fromageball in Not About Food

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - January 2014!! [OLD]

I specifically looked for this today at TJs and it was nowhere to be found! I was afraid it had been discontinued but I guess not?

Jan 10, 2014
Fromageball in Chains

TJ's Items That Would Devastate a Non-Initiate

I LOVE the uncrystallized candied ginger and have never seen it elsewhere under any other brand. I'm a huge ginger head but I don't like crystallized ginger at all. TJs was out of it for several months a year or two ago and it was such a difficult time for me...

Aug 24, 2013
Fromageball in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - June 2013 [OLD]

I think they needed to add salt(aside from including it in the 'seasonings' as well...but yeah I only ate a couple of handfuls and didn't finish the bag.

Jun 27, 2013
Fromageball in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - February 2013 [OLD]

Me too! For some reason I've always passed it over for the sea salt + caramel bar, but I will have to try this one.

Mar 03, 2013
Fromageball in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - December 2012 [OLD]

Actually the south is less restrictive. I'm from NC and when I moved to MD I walked a few laps around TJs thinking I must've missed the wine/beer section. Luckily I'm also close to DC and VA stores...

NC can't sell booze though - I had no idea TJs even sold that - do we need to fly to CA to get it?

Jan 01, 2013
Fromageball in Chains

Do you have any food “kicks”?

I guess sriracha would be another one of my "kicks" - I've been having a can of sardines with sriracha on wasa as an afternoon snack for the past several months.

Jun 23, 2012
Fromageball in General Topics

Do you have any food “kicks”?

I'm on a salad kick too...for dressing I do olive oil and some sort of citrus juice. If I do orange juice I try to add some raspberries to the salad to balance the sweetness. As I mentioned above I have them for breakfast which is odd to a lot of people but it's a refreshing way to start the day.

Jun 23, 2012
Fromageball in General Topics

Do you have any food “kicks”?

Yeah ice cream is my main sweets binge...I either buy ice cream by the pint or when ben and jerry's/haagen daaz have the single serving cups I get those because otherwise I could probably polish off a gallon of ice cream. Of course as soon as I finish a pint I go and buy another the next day, but at least I'm not gorging on it. Right now I'm not on a kick and can walk right by the ice cream section.

Not sure if this would be a "kick" but I've had a big bowl of popcorn almost every day for the past 10 or so years.

I'm on a salad kick right now...various veggies, feta cheese, sunflower seeds, lemon juice/olive oil/herbs. I have that for breakfast with a hard boiled egg. I bring it to work and every day it's "are you eating salad for breakfast?!?" Yes I am and it is delicious.

Jun 23, 2012
Fromageball in General Topics

I love/hate grits. How do you feel about them?

Even though I grew up in NC I never tried grits until I was ~25 and it was at Cracker Barrel. Ick... I made grit cakes myself later on and liked those, but I think I would try grits again either at a restaurant where they are widely considered to be good or homemade.

Jun 16, 2012
Fromageball in General Topics

Why is the Olive Garden so reviled?

Agreed about the bread sticks. I've never understood what so many people love about them (the fandom seems on similar levels to Red Lobster's biscuits sometimes). I don't even mind going to Olive Garden once in a blue moon even though I would never pick it, but the breadsticks aren't even worth eating imo.

Jun 02, 2012
Fromageball in Chains

Do you have family/friends who don't appreciate good home cooking?

I have the same sort of problems only it's with my own family. Anyway, I don't take it as a reflection of myself anymore; they react the way they do because of who they are. A lot of people seem to be threatened by people who like to cook for whatever reason. My mother has never enjoyed cooking so she frequently tries to tell me that she has forgotten more than I will ever know about cooking. Ok? It's not a contest! It should also be noted that she never attempted to teach me anything about cooking or food when I was growing up.

Apr 22, 2012
Fromageball in Not About Food

Co-workers who mess with your food.

Ok, but is it a felony to "adulterate" *your own* food? Not saying anything about whether or not it's the right thing to do, but if I put ex-lax in my own chocolate pudding I'm simply putting ex-lax in the choco pudding. Maybe I'm irregular.

Someone earlier mentioned mixing enzymes into the food or someone else had cancer meds in the food. Is that adulterating the food? If someone steals it and is negatively harmed, what happens then? Where do we draw the line?

Apr 21, 2012
Fromageball in Not About Food

Co-workers who mess with your food.

Sometimes they're zealous for a reason. One place where I worked had a strict fridge cleaning policy and wanted *everything* cleaned out of the fridges each week at a certain day/time and it was terrible because the person doing that was supposed to throw away EVERYTHING including unopened containers of milk/half&half/yogurt/etc. People got mad at her but the problem was that she got in big trouble with her supervisor if she didn't throw away everything. The supervisor would check the fridges to make sure she cleaned everything out.

Apr 21, 2012
Fromageball in Not About Food

The Manhattan Diet, a Fad to Die For

Has Rebecca Flint Marx seen/read Sex and the City/French Women Don't Get Fat? Neither of them are about downing pills with champagne while avoiding food. I think French Women Don't get Fat is pretty good for helping people to change how they think about food in a healthier way. As for Sex and the City...I don't remember that show being centered around being obsessed with food. Did you mean Real Housewives of NYC?

Anyway, I'm confused after reading this review.

Mar 13, 2012
Fromageball in Features

Mitt Romney's Grits Conversion

I grew up in the south and didn't try grits until about a year ago - just tried collard greens a month or so ago too! I like fried grit cakes and with savory dishes but not so much with breakfast. I had them once as a breakfast side and can see why people load them with cheese...

Mar 13, 2012
Fromageball in Features

What's the best way to grocery shop cheaply?

As a student I cooked for myself all the time and still do. I buy a lot of stuff from bulk bins - I think the important thing is to shop somewhere where you know the product is rotated fairly often. If you buy basic veggies such as onions, carrots, celery, garlic, etc and then invest in spices that you like, you've got a wide range of cooking options.

I don't buy a lot of meat when trying to eat cheaply so I get animal protein mostly from eggs and sardines. I even buy organic stuff and my grocery bills are much lower than people I know who buy a lot of prepared foods.

Obviously knowing how to cook is important, and once you've got the basics down it is easy and fun to experiment with different things. Get some new and different veggies when they're cheap, etc.

When cooking for just myself I often make up a big pot of veggie soup or lentil stew or something like that and then eat it over a few days. Quinoa is another good high-protein food.

Mar 11, 2012
Fromageball in General Topics

Help make my family love beets!

This is a delicate issue. I can identify with your husband because I too was forced to eat canned beets as a kid. The only problem now is that most methods of preparation, to me, still taste like the canned version.

I am actually working on branching out though and so far I either like roasted beets(I like them with herbed yogurt sauce - sometimes I roast them and then dip kind of like beet french fries)

I also like beets in a pureed root vegetable soup. I often make a carrot soup that is great, so one time I decided to add beets and found that the flavor wasn't overpowering. I also put in tons of garlic.

Red beets are a polarizing food in my experience, sort of like olives where it seems like people love them or hate them. I don't mind the golden ones but I have to do a degree of flavor masking in order to eat the red ones. Luckily the flavor masking can be in the form of roasted garlic or something else that is not just covering them with cheese.

So, after all those words, I would roast chunks of root veggies along with beets with olive oil/salt/pepper. If nothing else, they might find that they love other root veggies even if they don't love the beets.

Mar 11, 2012
Fromageball in Home Cooking

Do Food Freaks Have Pickier Kids?

I was a foodie kid and am now a foodie adult, DESPITE both of my parents being relatively picky eaters. As a kid, adults were often surprised by what I would eat.

I think part of it depends on whether or not the parent(s) can cook. I was not exactly picky as a child but I didn't like a lot of what my mom cooked. Not because my mom necessarily lacked ability - she just didn't really care about food and didn't give it a second thought. My dad was also picky(meat&potatoes) so there was not a lot of room for experimentation.

Things like lima beans...maybe the kid hates them the way the parent makes them and then as an adult starts experimenting and finds out he/she actually loves them. It has happened to me with so many things, and who is to say that I wouldn't have liked them as a kid if they had been prepared in a different way. As an adult I've realized that I can find a way to like pretty much everything.

Mar 03, 2012
Fromageball in Features

Single White Vegan Seeks Same

Allergies are one thing, but shallow or not I probably wouldn't end up dating someone who chose a really restrictive diet.

Mar 03, 2012
Fromageball in Features

All That Menu Psychology Stuff Is Bull

It's pretty much necessary in a lot of places to read a menu like a book...usually everything is organized in a way that you can read through appetizers/courses/etc and choose as you go, in the order you would eat them right through dessert.

As for pictures, nowadays it seems that most menus are available online. I usually take a look before I go and then if I need to look something up I can do that and see pictures of it.

Feb 12, 2012
Fromageball in Features

Any memories of "poor people food" from your childhood that you still crave?

I like barley with lots of butter/garlic and a fried egg on top for breakfast. I put tons of black pepper on it.

Feb 11, 2012
Fromageball in General Topics

Any memories of "poor people food" from your childhood that you still crave?

That's funny - I guess I'm kind of the "intentionally poor" type now. I eat a lot of beans and buy everything from the co-op bulk bins.

I eat beans or lentils almost daily but I switch it up.

Feb 11, 2012
Fromageball in General Topics

Any memories of "poor people food" from your childhood that you still crave?

haha...I've found that to be the case for a lot of food items I loved growing up. The jalapenos could give it a nice kick though!

I still love pig in the blankets as much as I did as kid though - I bet those would be good with jalapenos or chile peppers.

Feb 11, 2012
Fromageball in General Topics

Any memories of "poor people food" from your childhood that you still crave?

My family has always been horrified that I don't like (raw) tomatoes...not even fresh from the garden. Everyone loved the tomato/mayo sandwiches and thought my tastes would eventually change, but I'm 28 and still don't like them.

Feb 11, 2012
Fromageball in General Topics