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

glad you mentioned the Espiral - I have considered buying it, and now I will.

"Meh" to the Kona sauvignon blanc. This blogger loved it, but I wasn't a huge fan:
http://hedonismink.blogspot.com/2013/...

It may be fine with food, but I didn't enjoy a glass on it's own. To me, the vegetal/bell pepper flavor is a bit off-putting/reminiscent of (other) cheap wines. My husband liked it though, and he has pretty good taste in wine.

about 5 hours ago
ChristinaMason in Chains

What's for Dinner #384 - The Isn't it Labor Day Yet? Edition

'twas beef-veggie fajitas indeed, served up with pickled red cabbage, FF sour cream, leftover ranch (eh, it was around), and salsa. hit the spot. I am looking forward to a trashy treat - Pink lemonade Crystal Light mixed with fruit punch Kool Aid (no sugar), probably with lemon vodka stirred in.

What's for Dinner #384 - The Isn't it Labor Day Yet? Edition

I have some "London Broil" (top round) marinating in a blend of scallions, garlic, soy sauce, olive oil, lime juice, Adobo seasoning, s&p, and water. If there's time tonight, that will be sliced thinly against the grain and served up with grilled bell and pasilla peppers, onions, and mushrooms and charred corn tortillas. If not, that's tomorrow's dinner. DH has a gig tonight, so we may grab a bite out.

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Hearty, low-cal fare tonight (if that's not a contradiction in terms?). I made a vegetable-packed turkey breast and chipotle bbq meatloaf. Cheesy broccoli on the side.

This all came in at right around 300 cal. - incredibly filling, considering. I thawed some potato slider rolls to sandwich leftovers sliced, cold, with mayo tomorrow.

Let's be honest: it's all about the cold meatloaf sammies.

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Beautiful. Is that really all you eat? I feel like a huge glutton in comparison. Maybe I need to try the volumetrics plan ;)

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

<Now that's some sexy pillow talk ;-).>

Made me laugh. Sometimes DH and I have extended conversations about food as we drift off...my favorite goes, "So tell me about your ideal sandwich..." Just boring enough to put you to sleep!

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Last night I was starving after the gym, so I had a bowl of pho at the neighborhood joint. DH returned from band practice and had a salad I made him with butter lettuce mix, raw corn, radish, cucumbers, and purple carrot ribbons and semi-homemade ranch dressing, topped with blackened salmon. Too bad TJ's frozen salmon (Coho) is kind of lame.

Tonight, not sure -- probably bbq turkey meatloaf with zucchini and mushrooms in the mix, and steamed broccoli with cheese alongside.

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Oh yum!

Aug 26, 2015
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

My husband has been sensitive to spice/heat, but I think he is gradually coming over to the dark side. He drank my spicy Indian Summer cocktail and even added Tabasco chipotle to his posole last night, which was quite spicy already!

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

What about Dunlop's dipping sauce for braised beef brisket, which involves hot bean paste, sesame oil, neutral oil...I forget what else. You could garnish with chopped cilantro, scallions, and cucumber batons. Maybe even a faint sprinkle of toasted Szechuan peppercorn. The sauce is a vibrant red (click through my recent dinner pics)!

Aug 26, 2015
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Dinner back home tonight. We had chicken and greens posole from the freezer with crema, queso fresco, and lime wedges.

It's good to be home.

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

I can't recall if I actially posted this, in which case it was deleted, or I forgot to follow through. In case it's the latter, the brand is pictured.

It's a really cool looking table, and practically indestructible. It has some kind of varnish prevent rust and provide a smooth surface.

Aug 25, 2015
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Thanks so much! I have some shoulder chops to use up. This will be great.

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

thanks - that's my SIL's *steel* dining table. really cool.

Aug 25, 2015
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Mc, sounded great, can you post a more precise write-up for us to copy?

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

We are really in the Midwest - dinner was pan-fried Walleye with leftover salads and one new one. It was tasty. Spicy pineapple vodka cocktail to start.

Earlier, I split the attached insane cinnamon roll with my hubby. Decadent for sure. I had better get home and get the diet back under control.

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

there's an app for that ;)
try searching the Google play store for Juice Defender or other battery-life apps.

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Nice looking meal!

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

ouch. sorry!

Aug 24, 2015
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

:-D thanks! really deceptively easy.

Aug 24, 2015
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

thanks, roxlet! I take that as high praise coming from an accomplished baker like you!

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Big family dinner. We had grilled bacon-wrapped turkey/hickey breasts, steamed homegrown green beans with browned butter, and lots of salads: cauliflower in the style of potato salad, fruit salad, mixed greens with candied pecans, tomatoes, roasted beets and goat cheese in herbed balsamic vinaigrette (our contribution), a salad with cucumber, shrimp, avocado, tomato, and cilantro, and cucumber vinaigrette. I also made a plum upside down cake a la Ina Garten and yogurt panna cotta with raspberry coulis.

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Not much cooking while with family - steamed shrimp here, fried eggs there. Tonight we actually had dinner at home - BLT salads with farmer's market veg and ranch dressing, homemade croutons, and corn on the cob. Crappy photo but damn, that was good.

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Very nice!

Aug 22, 2015
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

boy, that menu is killer! glad you joined the discussion.

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

That all sounds incredible. I like a dusting of Old Bay on sweet potatoes - especially fries.

What's for Dinner #382 - the Weather Gone Wild! Edition [through August 22, 2015]

I agree, it does seem to be piling up...

Aug 21, 2015
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #382 - the Weather Gone Wild! Edition [through August 22, 2015]

I saw mini apple cider donuts at the fair today. Very tempting!!

What's for Dinner #382 - the Weather Gone Wild! Edition [through August 22, 2015]

that looks great.

Aug 21, 2015
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #382 - the Weather Gone Wild! Edition [through August 22, 2015]

That will be me in about 3 hrs. :)

Will do my best to snap some documentary evidence, hehe.