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Your Top 5 Trader Joe's Products? [OLD]

1) Frozen Chicken Potstickers- saute/steam a couple and add a salad and dinner is good to go!
2) Frozen Confetti Rice- so delish and aromatic, a little greasy, but a great treat
3) Coffee Ice Cream- BEST all around ice cream
4) Honey Yogurt, full fat- so lusious and creamy, really worth it
5) Dark chocolate bar with toffee and pecans- so great

I also buy a lot of the staples there, sugar, flour, oil, etc and have enjoyed most of the soups/stocks in a box.

Jun 28, 2013
heatcrave in Chains

Where to buy potted herbs?

How did you know? hahah. I am a profesh over thinker!

Where to buy potted herbs?

Thanks for the warning, but the pots are for my kitchen. It's an indoor garden. Should have mentioned that!

Will look into the chive seeds.

Where to buy potted herbs?

I am eager to start growing herbs in my new hanging pots, but am wondering where is the best place in NoVa to purchase small herb plants this time of year? I see plants from time to time at the grocery store, but am skeptical about the quality. I know if I wait a month or two, my local farmers market will be full, but is there any other out let you 'hounds would suggest?

(I'm looking for Sweet Basil, Cilantro, Thyme, Oregano, Rosemary, and Chives)


Best Duck in Downtown DC?

I second the source. Easily the best.

Greek/Italian Family Restaurants in NoVA

Please, make the trek out to Manassas and go to Katerina's Greek Restaurant. It is very good, friendly service, and affordable. Growing up near Tarpon Springs, FL I was very spoiled by the delicious Greek cuisine, since then this is the best gyro I've had.

Birthday Dinner Recommendations in DC or......

Some options:
All in DC:
* Acadiana- good for a special night without breaking the bank
* Vidalia- Great southern food, good cocktails
* My VERY Favorite: Fiola- Best italian I have had in the city (although, it may run you over with a few drinks, dessert, BUT WELL WORTH it)

Regardless, enjoy!

Sushi grade tuna?

In fact, all "sushi-grade" tuna in the US is frozen. It is necessary to kill parasites.

Ideas around Falls Church/Vienna

Not Asian, but off of 29 there is a little "order at the counter" restaurant called Meat in a Box. The name does no justice to how delish this Iranian casual fare is.

Meatloaf - Do You Bake it in a Loaf Pan or on a Baking Sheet?

Always on a baking sheet. I LOVE concentrated/ crusty magic that happens to the sauce or ketchup I have used on the outside of the loaf. Also, the fat rising to the top in a loaf pan really turns my stomach.

Jan 14, 2013
heatcrave in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's Coffee Recommendations

I have really enjoyed the Bay Blend. It is darker roast, but is very smooth and rich.

Jan 14, 2013
heatcrave in Chains

Yeast Roll Help!

Like many of you I am preparing my Thanksgiving day menu. Last year, I made these Parker House rolls ( They turned out great, but were very time consuming while preparing the rest of the meal.

My question is, is it possible to slow rise or refrigerate the dough overnight before baking? At what point is it the best time to do this and what is the maximum time they can stay in the fridge?

I have done some searching and can see there are recipes for slow rise yeast rolls, but it seems they are recipes made specifically for slow rising.

Thanks for your help!

Nov 15, 2010
heatcrave in Home Cooking

the most delicious vegetable side EVER!

I made this last night for a dinner party and it was a big hit! I salted each item, just as the recipe states and really enjoyed it. I will mos def be making this again.

Aug 17, 2009
heatcrave in Home Cooking


Thanks for your rec. I will keep it in mind.


At first I will be living in Manassas. Hopefully, I will eventually make it in a little closer to DC.


Hello Hounds,

I will be moving to NoVA next month and am interested in finding a CSA. I have been doing a some research online, but would love to hear any first hand experiences and recommendations.

Thanks a bunch!

What's your "secret ingredient?"

Sriracha- It really gives another dimension to most savory dishes, even if it is just a dash for those who are sensitive to the heat. Also, cayenne pepper. When people hear that they think of steam blowing out of the ears, but I find for most savory foods even just a dash adds a whole new dynamic.

Jul 23, 2009
heatcrave in Home Cooking

Chicken Breasts for Salad - Best Prep?

When making chicken salad I either oven roast chicken breasts or saute them. I really like the little crunch I get from cooking them in pan.

Jul 23, 2009
heatcrave in Home Cooking

Your favorite homey/vintage/nostalgic dessert

Real chocolate pudding with whipped cream. Must be set and served in individual dishes.

Jun 16, 2009
heatcrave in Home Cooking

What's your favorite thing to dip french fries in?

Anything that is creamy and spicy...... homemade ranch dressing with sriracha, blue cheese dressing with sriracha, a spicy remoulade. Nothing like dipping a fat carb stick in more fat. mmmmmmm

Jun 16, 2009
heatcrave in General Topics

Your Favorite Lasagna (not a discussion re traditional lasagna)

kchurchill- Would you mind sharing the zucchini recipe? I can't find it on the site. Thanks & sounds delish!

Jun 09, 2009
heatcrave in Home Cooking

Thank you Manhattan! What a wonderful trip.

Dear Manhattan Board Posters,

I am truly grateful for all your wonderful advice on where to eat in the city. I just recently had the pleasure of spending five days in your culinary theme park. I did a lot of surfing the Manhattan boards before my trip and had a wonderful culinary journey (even on a budget!). Of the reccomendations that I took from the boards, these were my favorites and I would highly recommend to any city visitors:

1) Lunch at Jean George- Can't I eat there every day? The service and food was excellent, from the amuse bouche to the flavored marshmallows at the end. The chocolate gnocchi was to die for.

2) Katz Deli- One word- Pastrami. The deli has great energy and it was delish. What the restaurant lacks in decor, it makes up in character. I could have spent a couple hours noshing on pastrami and people watching.

3) Momofuku Milk- While I wish I could have eaten at all the Momofuku locations, my budget and time only allowed for Milk. I ordered the pork buns and a cereal milk. They were both great and the descriptions from this board were spot on.

In the culinary sense, my best days were days that I took the time to plan ahead. Otherwise it was pretty much hit or miss. However, I did discover Artichoke in the East Village all on my own. I have to say (even though I am a FL gal) it was a pretty great slice of pizza.

Now I know you hounds are going to shoot me, but I just couldn't pass up eating a meal in Little Italy and having dessert at Serendipity. I have to say I really enjoyed both. I don't even know the restaurant we ate at in Little Italy, but I found the experience of eating out on a tiny patio with street peddlers and Italian waiters really charming. Serendipity was a really interesting experience. I wouldn't describe the food or atmosphere as refined or something to write home about, but if you are looking for a sweet treat with huge portions. This is the place.

Again, Manhattan hounds, THANK YOU!

May 08, 2009
heatcrave in Manhattan

The Michelin Three Star Lunches

unhockey, I just had the pleasure of dining at Jean Georges last week. The two course lunch is a great value. The service and quality of food was outstanding. I wish I could eat there everyday!

May 08, 2009
heatcrave in Manhattan

What do you cook when you are too tired and just not in the mood?

Some delish tomato and fresh mozz with evoo and vinegar
any kind of pasta tossed in evoo with s&p and parm
rice cooked in chicken broth with canned beans and frozen veggies thrown in last min
and my fav, scrambled eggs with soy crumbles and frozen veggies over rice

Apr 07, 2009
heatcrave in Home Cooking

'fess up, "i'm a hog when it comes to eating ____ ."

1) Sushi- especially anything with spicy tuna.
2) French Onion Dip- made from sour cream and Lipton soup mix
3) Cheese- it's horrible, i could eat my body weight in cheese. I love all kinds but especially a good triple-cream brie.
4) Guac- I don't even need anything to put it on. Just give me a spoon!

Jan 28, 2009
heatcrave in General Topics

Lackluster Tallahassee

I was not impressed with Circa Sushi at all. I like the concept, but man was it gross. My favorite sushi place is Osaka. The service may be a little lacking, but the rolls and sashimi a creative and fresh.

What do you all think?

Sep 30, 2008
heatcrave in Florida

10 Little-Known Cheeses

Sweet Grass Dairy is the best! I am proud to say that the dairy is only about 45 minutes away from where I live. What a gem! They have remarkable cheese and a great philosophy about making it. The Green Hill is delish.

Sep 23, 2008
heatcrave in Features

Your Single Ingredient Sublime One Bite

Figs and being from Florida, a fresh Florida orange right off the tree..... mos def worth getting all sticky for! mmmmm!

Aug 18, 2008
heatcrave in General Topics

Destination: Twin Cities Crawl

MsDiPesto, After pondering your cheap shot for a few minutes I realized that despite my love of many foods from many cultures, I would gladly stick to meat, potatoes, and cheap beer if that were the conditions of membership to the GOP. Thank goodness that would never happen. Unlike the opposition, who would gladly take away another aspect of our freedom.

Aug 18, 2008
heatcrave in Features

Building your ideal pizza?

carmelized onions, artichokes, spinach, mushrooms, fresh chopped jalepenos, combo of fresh mozz and feta (just enough to hold all the veggies together), zesty marina, and a whole wheat, thin crust with plenty of olive oil and salt on the edges........... mmmm

Jun 23, 2008
heatcrave in General Topics