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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015

Negligible.
I am a serious spicey hot wimp and do not enjoy any hot sauces or cayanne etc. blends with the other seasonings to unidentifiable.

about 11 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015

There's an app in nyc where you can hire someone to do errands. One of the most common is grocery shopping at trader joe's.
(nyc locations look like grand central at rush hour 98% of the time)

about 12 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Chains

Brand of sunflower seed butter that tastes most like Skippy PB?

If it whole wheat pasta (1cup), the sunbutter (2TB), 1/2c edamame and another 2TB sunflower seeds for crunch that's 20g protein and a good assortment of nutrients

about 12 hours ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

Brand of sunflower seed butter that tastes most like Skippy PB?

This sounds sneaky but just pack him a sunbutter and jelly sandwich, neglect to mention its the sunbutter. Add the smidge of salt, and do a 1/3 sunbutter to 2/3 jelly to kind of "ease" him into it.
Some kids (and adults!) are instantly prejudiced by seeing the different container. Or call it "allergy free butter"....

about 12 hours ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

What's your favorite vegetarian pasta recipe?

I agree almost all boxed dried pastas are (accidentally) vegan.
I really like the Kamut pastas from Eden foods, great nutty whole grain flavor and cooked al dente a nice chewy texture. Literally just kamut flour and water. Brownie points for organic and an impressive 10g protein per serv. I find the best price online but sometimes on sale at whole foods
http://www.swansonvitamins.com/eden-f...

about 12 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Vegetarian & Vegan

Yet another NYC report (if you care)....

Hit eataly at like 10 on a tuesday to shop or 11:30am for your choice of where to have lunch there crowd-free

about 13 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan
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Upper West Side for a midweek dinner?

Single diners anywhere in nyc are a very common nonissue.
Malecon is about 7 blocks, 97th/amsterdam for dominican homestyle food (go hungry)
http://maleconrestaurants.com
Also see this thread for nearby options
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1010122

about 13 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

When do fresh lychees show up in Chinatown?

+1

about 13 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Mac 'n Cheese

PS
These are more recent - potentially helpful- threads...
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/994824

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1001643

about 14 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Murray's Mac and Cheese

I'm pretty sure they call it elbow macaroni... ;)
http://m.yelp.com/biz_photos/murrays-...

But. Weird *ish happens when a recipe is scaled from commerical kitchen batches to home cook recipe size. They obviously use a cast iron vessel, prob plop the mac n cheese in there, douse with more cheese ontop and stick under a salamander- aka that gets crazy hot really fast. Almost but not quite the same as using your preheated broiler.

If you're desperate and $ is a nonissue they offer private classes and will come to your home....(!
)http://www.murrayscheese.com/classes/...

about 14 hours ago
Ttrockwood in Manhattan

Mustard seed/Mustard seed oil ideas, anyone?

Pickled mustard seeds like from momofuku
https://ourdailybrine.com/pickled-mus...
This roasted cauliflower with onions and mustard seeds
http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/ca...

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Favorite Chicken Salad Mix-Ins?

Oh i know i knew that too...!
A handful of fresh basil would be a good swap- not the same but would add that fresh fragrant herb-y-ness

Mac & Cheese: To bake or not to bake?

I think it really comes down to if you want a bowl of creamy squishy noodles a la Blue Box or if you like the texture and crunch from topping and browning.

More about texture than difference in flavor.
If you're baking it without the "protective layer" of added breadcrumbs/cheese/whatever then yeah its going to just dry out the pasta.

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

What's For Dinner #366: It's summertime!

Gorgeous weekend in nyc, lots of sunshine and great bike riding weather!

I made this great cauliflower salad from ottolenghi to bring to my friends' grilling on the terrace party yesterday- it went very quickly
http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandsty...

As the only veg at an omni party my expectations are always low yet i was pleasantly surprised when the host grilled all the veggies first - asparagus, bell peppers, zucchini,green onions- before any of the meats, and that there was a great veg lentil salad on offer as well.
The host opened a bottle from the back of their fridge, a long forgotten gift, and i got lucky since everyone else thought it was too sweet yet i loved it.
http://us.moet.com/mobile/Our-Champag...

Brand of sunflower seed butter that tastes most like Skippy PB?

Does he even like the flavor of sunflower seeds...? If he doesn't like sunflower seeds then i dunno how you can fix that.
That TJs sunbutter is kind of thin vs something like skippy, so i would keep in the fridge so its "thicker". The sprinkle of salt is a good idea.

Soy nut butter has the same texture and appearance as peanut butter, i think the flavor is similar enough.
http://www.soynutbutter.com/Section/S...

Does he like sesame seeds or sesame flavor? Tahini is a love it or hate it kind of thing but it totally works for a sandwich- also really easy to make (asian groceries have the best prices on sesame seeds around me anyhow
)http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-...

Ps
Also consider hard boiled eggs, a frozen cup of yogurt (will thaw by lunch), mayo-less tuna salad, hummus and veggies wrap, individual frittata baked in a muffin tin......

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

Green Onion Rant

Nice! I bet the OP could easily use her extra chopped green onions for flavored butter to freeze too... (I imagine that's fabulous with corn on the cob)

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

Taco Tuesday at Gutierrez Drive-In, Salinas

Thanks for this tip! I passed it on to my parents- they have been going to gutierrez for decades at this point, almost exclusively for the carnitas by the lb, yet always on weekends.

I just talked to mom and they went for the tacos about two weeks ago and were thrilled. And they're planning to go back tommarow night too!

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in California

Green Onion Rant

Obviously this really causes you distress. Perhaps you can make a new friend in the produce section who would like to go halfsies with you on the bunch of scallions.

Or customize the scallion bundle to the smaller amount you need and slightly overpay because it makes you crazy to have the excess on hand.

Or store in a jar with water like this and they will stay fresh longer and since you see them often you will remember to add them in your next stir fry/sandwich/pasta/salad/eggs/rice dish

1 day ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

Favorite Chicken Salad Mix-Ins?

I use extra firm tofu instead of chicken since i'm veg but same idea....

- avocado blitzed with lemon juice, S&P instead of the mayo. Plus: tons of fresh chopped cilantro, chopped celery, red or green onion, toasted walnuts

- chopped green apple, celery, fresh parsley and dill, roasted salted sunflower seeds
- seeded chopped cucumber, capers, marinated artichoke hearts, green onion, adding a gob of dijon to the dressing
- most common: with mashed avocado, TJs 21 seasoning, celery, roasted sunflower seeds. Scoop up with thick slices of cucumber or those crispy rye flat cracker

The missing elusive complex backnote

My ex would always add a bit of pernod to vichyssoise, not sure how common that is but I really liked the addition and still make it that way.

2 days ago
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Better than bouillon?

Regular (not organic) has hydrolyzed soy protein, aka the umami ingredient
http://www.betterthanbouillon.com/pro...

2 days ago
Ttrockwood in General Topics

Store-bought vs. homemade grated Parmesiano Reggiano

Fairway sells grated parm that is very good- over by the olives usually. Not powdery but superfine shreds

if you don't use it often then a chunk and a good grater are the way to go, and i think if you go through it rather quickly then already grated is fine. Just avoid the generic stuff at regular grocery stores and stick to what you find at WF or fairway cheese department (or at murray's, eataly, and such)

May 24, 2015
Ttrockwood in Cheese

Dinner ideas for a tricky house guest combination?

A version of salad nicoise could work... Lots of veggies and you could do the dressing on the side. If everyone eats fish those jars of italian or spanish tuna would work well. Otherwise you could swap in marinated gigante beans for fish free guests.

What about baked eggs? Maybe cooked all the way thru for the one guest, just leave his in longer. Easy to make for a group with a number of ramikens. Side salad and crusty bread alongside.

+1 for tacos, make extra grilled veggies night #1, assorted toppings everyone can mix and match. Lentil walnut taco filling for a meatless option
http://food52.com/blog/12130-vegan-le...

May 24, 2015
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking

Better than bouillon?

Another fan here.
I keep the mushroom and veggie ones on hand , both are far superior to any other storebought i have tried. I like to add a bit to grains as they are cooking.

May 24, 2015
Ttrockwood in General Topics
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015

Literally everything.
Salads, roasted veggies, scrambled eggs, pasta, popcorn....

May 24, 2015
Ttrockwood in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015

Looks like its coming from a supplier in Sonoma and is regional, prob just CA
https://m.facebook.com/Sonomabrinery?...

May 24, 2015
Ttrockwood in Chains

V+V Diners Spring into Summer!

I made this cauliflower salad for a bbq potluck this afternoon- i used a bit of agave since I didn't have honey and swapped in cubed smoked tofu instead of the cheddar. Really delicious combo! I made a double batch and it disappeared quickly with an all omni group- a few asked what the smoked cheese was! Haha.
http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandsty...

May 24, 2015
Ttrockwood in Vegetarian & Vegan

Cooking Beans and Lentils

Nope. IMO they taste best when you add salt as they are cooking vs afterwards.
However as mentioned don't add any acidic ingredients (like vinegar or tomato products etc) until after they are done.

May 24, 2015
Ttrockwood in Home Cooking
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Eataly?

I discovered by accident one day that their fresh focaccia comes out around 11am-bakery lady said that's the usual. It was freaking delicious, i had most of it still warm as my lunch....

May 24, 2015
Ttrockwood in Manhattan
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Newish restaurants in NY for ex-New Yorker

Depends where you want to go but many of these restaurants have a bar area where its walk in only and you can order off the whole menu- easiest as a single diner and doable for two, esp weeknights.

May 24, 2015
Ttrockwood in Manhattan