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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 (Part II)

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about 13 hours ago
givemecarbs in Chains

Turnips for Thanksgiving

I would boil and mash but add some of the mashed potatoes to the final dish to mellow out the turnips. They go so well with stuffing and gravy. Yum.

Nov 25, 2014
givemecarbs in Home Cooking

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

That sucks amoule. I have seen this from the other side and no I don't think you are a snob. My girlfriend and her husband went to his sister's house for thanksgiving and the aunt said the television was broken. Someone figured out that she unplugged it and my girlfriend got really mad at the aunt.
This has gotten me to thinking, any way to remove the tv for the day? This doesn't solve the smart phone issue unless you can block access. It does say something that it is just assumed that the husband would have a smart phone and you would have wifi though.
There has to be a photo shop version of that Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving painting with everyone checking their phones. The world is too much with us. /sigh. Please let us know how this all worked out for ya. And Happy Thanksgiving to you and all my fellow hounds.

Nov 25, 2014
givemecarbs in Not About Food

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

My one friend's family was Italian from NJ and managed to all live on the same street. So holidays were feast days with turkey, lasagna, baked ziti and on and on. It was an endless buffet of abundance. That certainly works for people who don't like turkey.
Last night was a TJs bagel with a thick smear of cream cheese and some TJs smoked salmon. Simple but very satisfying, I could wait until I was really really hungry to make it up. Also clementines.
Tonight might be the same. Had planned a nice homemade dinner with my friend but this crazy november weather has played havoc with his sinuses. They are manifesting as a come and go gum ache so we will see.

What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

Nice. I finally sucked it up and renewed my Costco membership so I had an easy but filling dinner. I grabbed a pre-seasoned pork rib roast all ready in the disposable pan, a container of pre-cut butternut squash and some other goodies. Dinner was roast pork, boiled squash and mashed potatoes I got on sale at Aldi, ten pounds for two dollars. The potatoes seem very fresh. I also had some killer leftover gravy from some beef shanks I stewed up earlier in the week. I added a bit of pork drippings to make it even richer.
Could not resist a stuffed baked brie at costco in the cheese section as a weekend treat. I'm not exactly eating light during this cold snap.

Thanksgiving for one - What would you make?

Probably mashed potatoes with lots of butter, green beans and either fried chicken (I'd cook up a whole fryer so I could have my pick of all the pieces) or a really nice steak. Hot cocoa and pie for dessert, most likely pecan pie.

Nov 18, 2014
givemecarbs in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

Had baked brie with cherry preserves from TJs and also dried cherries. Used TJs pastry puff. Wedges of clementine to go with.

What's for Dinner #334 - the Veteran's Day Edition [Through November 17, 2014]

Good job staying calm Linda. My car got rear ended and totaled a few years ago. The other driver's insurance was supposed to pay for everything but I did have to stick up for myself with the aforementioned car rental company. Maybe they have improved but I'm begging you to please look over the rental car carefully in the daylight and note any little dings or scratches. Better yet take pictures of even the tiniest scrape. I almost had to pay five hundred dollars for "damage" to the rental car.
Friday night card tournament for me and John so we hit chik fil a before and munched on TJs cowboy bark during. Nothing like sugar to keep you alert. It worked well for me this time.
Homemade chicken rice soup when I got home, and I'm not ruling out frying up a few dumplings from the big bag I got at Costco in a bit. Faced some tough opponents tonight so I am still too revved up to sleep.

Nov 14, 2014
givemecarbs in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #334 - the Veteran's Day Edition [Through November 17, 2014]

Yikes lingua! They could have knocked the ladder down. It's late but I am nibbling on some almond kringle from TJs and also having their vanilla and cinnamon black tea.

Nov 11, 2014
givemecarbs in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #334 - the Veteran's Day Edition [Through November 17, 2014]

I had to clean my gutters today by hand with help from a friend. There was only the sound of some wet clumps hitting the ground. I feel for ya Sarah. Unfriendly neighbors are one of the circles of hell.
As I was driving home from the mennonite bbq around five after seven pm, almost full dark I saw someone on a huge tractor mower with headlights mowing really short grass that didn't need mowing. What caught my attention was the awful sound of metal hitting metal. I hope no one got hurt.
People around here love their really loud power tools for sure.
Open burning has been banned for years in these parts for good reason. For one thing it is a waste of great compost. But a small pile of leaves burning, when people can resist adding other trash to it, still smells like autumn to me.

Nov 11, 2014
givemecarbs in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #334 - the Veteran's Day Edition [Through November 17, 2014]

Hate those too. Leave the leaves lie I say. Mennonite bbq for dinner tonight. Woot.

Nov 11, 2014
givemecarbs in Home Cooking
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 [Old]

I agree Nu. As long as I remember to use it promptly, cubed squash is great. I halved and baked an acorn squash from the farmer a couple of weeks ago but I did something I've never bothered to do with any acorn squash. I brined and then baked the seeds. So good! Not sure I will go to the trouble every time, but it sure was a tasty snack.

Nov 10, 2014
givemecarbs in Chains
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Is it depressing to dine out on Thanksgiving?

I usually cook for Thanksgiving but one recent year my friend invited me to go to a Thanksgiving feast at a raw food cafe. The menu was raw vegan and delicious. The owner of the cafe had everyone say a few words about what we were all thankful for before we dug in.
It was a fun and informative time. Several people dropped by later for dessert. What makes me smile now was that the owner's grandkids were there and I ended up entertaining them for quite a bit with crayons, construction paper and scissors. We drew pictures and made a big paper chain. I made sure I was the only one using the stapler. The spontaneous art "class" was what made it really feel like a family gathering for me. Plus I felt great later, none of that sleepy overstuffed feeling.

Nov 10, 2014
givemecarbs in General Topics

What's for Dinner #333 - The end of Daylight Savings Time Edition [through Nov. 10, 2014]

Doh Gio. I play games too on my pc so desktop all the way for me. Can you see any dust in the vents and fans from the outside? My friend builds his own computers and mine too so he has taught me to be fearless in that regard. But I am lucky to have him to help me. Harters vac is an amazing help that gives instant improvement. My fridge is making strange noises again so I need to vacuum and dust that too. I'm sure it will run more efficiently but the noises give the fridge such personality. I watched way too much Adams Family at one point in my life.

Nov 09, 2014
givemecarbs in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #333 - The end of Daylight Savings Time Edition [through Nov. 10, 2014]

Gio I have to vaccuum the inside of the pc every six months. Do you feel comfortable removing the top and checking for dust? After unplugging of course. Having homemade choc chip cookies and a milkshake from chik fil a now but might have a late night breakfast of bacon eggs and homefries with toast in a bit.

What's for Dinner #333 - The end of Daylight Savings Time Edition [through Nov. 10, 2014]

Mashed turnips are often a Thanksgiving side at my house. They go so well with the filling. My secret tech is to steal some cooked potatoes from the mashed potato pot and mash them in with the turnips to lighten the flavor.
The navy bean soup was finished off for a late lunch and baked macaroni and cheese is for dinner. I really needed to finally finish off that giant hunk of cheddar from Costco.
I always made my mac and cheese sans breadcrumb topping, had never even really heard of it but one taste of the breadcrumbs version and I was an instant convert. I could have added crumbled bacon but managed to restrain myself. With it getting dark so early now it's hard to fit that walk in as it is. Trying to wait til the holidays to pack on the pounds.
My local wegmans usually has four different kinds of mac and cheese on the hot bar so it must be popular around here.

What's for Dinner #333 - The end of Daylight Savings Time Edition [through Nov. 10, 2014]

Lovely day here. Was all set for leftover navy bean soup but saw a picture of grape pie on Jesse's barbecue website and ended up there instead. No grape pie, that was a weekend thing, but smoked fried chicken wings and sweet potato fries. My friend got cranberry salad, natural cut fries and grilled veggies. We also scooped up the last two pumpkins from the produce cart.
I see pumpkin soup and toasted pumpkin seeds in my future. I bemoaned the lack of grape pie with Jesse's uncle who was sweet enough to stop by our picnic table. It was warm enough to eat outside! The discussion moved on to ground cherry pie and smoked turkeys for Thanksgiving. It's not looking good for the smoked turkeys. Wherefore art thou Smoke Daddy!!!!!

Nov 04, 2014
givemecarbs in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #333 - The end of Daylight Savings Time Edition [through Nov. 10, 2014]

Would love to see a pic of the graphghan jpr. Navy bean soup and garlic bread here. Got into a disagreement that lasted years over my navy bean soup recipe. Family members on one side were scandalized that I didn't put any tomatoes in my navy bean soup. They brought it up every chance they could. Still no tomatoes for me. They called it "that white bean soup" with contempt. I guess there are worse family disputes.
I'm thinking about baking some cookies just to heat up the kitchen more and make the house smell good.

Nov 03, 2014
givemecarbs in Home Cooking
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Meta Discussion on Trader Joe's Threads

It is a shame that you worry about being pounced on EM23. Heaven forbid someone has a differing opinion. I started a thread about this but it got locked. I love my new nickname though. Givemecrumbs. Woot.

Oct 13, 2014
givemecarbs in Site Talk

What's for Dinner #330 -- The Glorious Month Edition! [through Oct 18, 2014]

Was lazy today and nabbed a rotisserie chicken at Wegmans along with some organic gold potatoes. I picked the chicken with the most juices in the plastic container.
Chicken was tasty. It was chipote seasoned but not so spicy as to bother my friend who doesn't like spicy food at all. I made mashed potatoes, boiled organic carrots in chicken broth, finally cooked up the last third of the gigantic cauliflower I got from the farmer, and made some creamy mushroom chicken gravy with the broth from the carrots and the pan drippings. Easy, fast and satisfying. I swear the weather got warmer as the day wore on here in Penna.
I am glowing with happiness because a fellow hound gave me a new nickname. Givemecrumbs. I like it a lot. Got it on the Cry More Noob thread I started on site talk. Woot!

I have never eaten at _______ and I never will!

I was thinking that too jrvediv. My friend John will only eat at chik fil a if I am paying. It doesn't happen often but damn their slaw is good. Givemecrumbs he he. At least that thread didn't get locked. Oh wait.

Oct 13, 2014
givemecarbs in Chains

Meta Discussion on Trader Joe's Threads

I sure hope not. Doubt this will improve the world or chowhound.

Oct 12, 2014
givemecarbs in Site Talk

Meta Discussion on Trader Joe's Threads

I agree with that MplsM. It is just that all over the net sites are bending over backwards for the mobile phone users. Personally I think those with smart phones are getting things their own way a bit too much. And insisting on more and more concessions.
Personally I think of them as the SUV drivers of the internet.

Oct 12, 2014
givemecarbs in Site Talk
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Meta Discussion on Trader Joe's Threads

Desktop all the way for moi.

Oct 12, 2014
givemecarbs in Site Talk

Meta Discussion on Trader Joe's Threads

I am sorry that this is happening to you littleflower. This could be about class, privilege and economics.
I once asked directions to a hard to find restaurant and hounds were like use the gps on your phone. Not everyone has or wants a smart phone. Are the mobile phone users becoming bullys?

Oct 12, 2014
givemecarbs in Site Talk

Should Trader Joe's have its own board?

I like the TJs thread where it is under chains myself. I am lucky enough to have a TJs nearby though even though it can't sell alcohol. When things get too organized they can get compartmentalized.
I wish that chowhound hadn't started threads for special diets and vegan/vegetarians. I think the discussions were lively and vibrant before things became more isolated and insular. I know that some hounds would snark at the so called health nuts in immature ways but I believe that something has been lost by sticking them off in a corner. Now it's just preaching to the choir. I fear the same thing would happen with TJs. Putting like-minded people in their own safe area can be deadening.

Oct 12, 2014
givemecarbs in Site Talk

Cry more noob

Thanks for the responses. It seems "safer" to comment than to start a new thread. To use gaming terms again, being an OP seems to draw more aggro. I hate to say it but this disturbing trend makes me feel sometimes like I'm back in elementary school when I post on chowhound.
I got beat up a week ago on the Philadelphia board by two hounds I like and trust. One did the annoying thing of saying well if you don't like it there don't go back. Not sure how helpful that is. Another long time poster called me ridiculous. Don't get me started on all the little likes and plus ones that don't seem to me to add to the discussion. I'm guessing that part is all about mobile phones.

Oct 12, 2014
givemecarbs in Site Talk

Meta Discussion on Trader Joe's Threads

I agree weezie. Could this be about convenience for the mobile phone users?

Oct 12, 2014
givemecarbs in Site Talk

Cry more noob

Heh. Sounds more like the gaming forums where the gloves are really off. One of my very first posts on chowhound was a complaint about a bad bad experience at a local restaurant. I fully expected to be boiled in oil and everyone was kind and supportive. I was kinda shocked. And fell in love with chowhound.
The only thing I can think of to do about my beloved chowhound is to jump in and stop the mugging when I see it. Before the thread gets locked. I think that some hounds are being provocative and actually trying to get the thread locked, to silence the voices of their fellow hounds. Do they just not want people to post?

Oct 12, 2014
givemecarbs in Site Talk

Has Home Cooking Slowed Down?

Linda you really help keep the WFD threads interesting. Thanks for that. Maybe it is the mobile phones. I still check in every day but my dinners have been somewhat boring and redundant so I don't always post. Love to read about what other people are eating though.

Oct 12, 2014
givemecarbs in Site Talk