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

"MEY"? What's that?

I still think Yea and Nay (yes and no), the way this series of threads began, are all we really need. We should make up our minds one way or the other whether to recommend a product and why. If we can't, then leave it to others who can. Such as:

Yea - Roasted Potatoes with Roasted Peppers & Onions (frozen). Cooks up in a skillet as if home-made. 24 oz. is enough for 4 or more servings.

Nay - Whole Kernel Corn (canned). Not as sweet as this kind of corn should be, and there's some corn silk in it.

Sep 26, 2014
John Francis in Chains

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

Yes, the instant coffee tastes more like real coffee than the national brands.

Sep 22, 2014
John Francis in Chains

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

I didn't even notice that, and now I have, I wouldn't use it. Cut open the bag along the top with scissors and empty it into a storage container.

Sep 22, 2014
John Francis in Chains

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

Chacun a son gout!

Sep 18, 2014
John Francis in Chains

Alert: artificial sweeteners

To the contrary, the second sentence of the article quotes a doctor on the former conventional wisdom about using artificial sweeteners instead of sugar. That's why this new finding made Page 1 of today's New York Times instead of being buried in the Science Times section next Tuesday, or not being reported at all.

Alert: artificial sweeteners

Uh-oh. Yet another finding that something supposedly good for you is actually bad for you.

Artificial Sweeteners May Disrupt Body’s Blood Sugar Controls
By Kenneth Chang
September 17, 2014

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09...

The article begins, "Artificial sweeteners may disrupt the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, causing metabolic changes that can be a precursor to diabetes, researchers are reporting. That is 'the very same condition that we often aim to prevent' by consuming sweeteners instead of sugar..."

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

That's strange. I've been buying the Belgian chocolate pudding off and on for a long time and have never ever found its texture less than smooth.

Sep 17, 2014
John Francis in Chains

Pimento Cheese - who knew?

Tell it to Kraft.

Best tasting broth sold in a store?

I like Trader Joe's organic free range chicken broth - not too salty, and it's sold in tetra boxes so there's no metallic aftertaste. It's good enough to heat and eat, not just for cooking. A good price too. TJ's makes other chicken broths too, but they don't taste as good.

Sep 14, 2014
John Francis in General Topics

Pimento Cheese - who knew?

I never thought of pimento cheese as particularly southern, and my mother was from Virginia. When I was growing up in Pennsylvania, we could get Kraft sliced pimento cheese at the food store, essentially American cheese with little bits of red in it. Haven't seen it in a store for decades, though apparently they still make it.

are you a kitchen collector??

I've accumulated a lot of cookware that I don't use any more if I ever did and certainly don't need now, but it seemed a good idea at the time... :-) This isn't really collecting, I guess.

Sep 14, 2014
John Francis in Cookware

Trader Joe's food delivered to your door

Where I live, TJ's doesn't offer that service. If it did, I might use it if I'm sick. But since TJ's is constantly adding and discontinuing products, I'd rather shop there in person - always when buying perishables.

Sep 14, 2014
John Francis in Chains

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

Plain is fine with me.

Sep 10, 2014
John Francis in Chains

Winooski Vermont news story - Can This Be True?

Boy, what a waste of newsprint. But maybe no real news ever happens in Winooski...

Attention all Trader Joe Shoppers!

Pak n Save? That's a New Zealand discount food warehouse chain, according to Wikipedia. Didn't know Trader Joe's had any outlets in New Zealand. Whatever, their products and prices don't compare with discount food warehouses, but with ordinary food stores.

Aug 25, 2014
John Francis in Chains

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

4 ounces drained weight, 5 oz total. Harts52 has given the price. The olive oil is good enough that I use it making tuna salad (no mayo), instead of draining it and then adding other olive oil.

Aug 22, 2014
John Francis in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014 [OLD]

Haven't tried anything new from it yet, but maybe these will be new to some of us:

Yea - Joe's O's compete with Cheerios and win. Simpler ingredients list, otherwise just about identical, lower price. I only wish they didn't come in an outsize box that doesn't fit into my cereal cupboard.

Yea - Uncured Sliced Black Forest Ham for sandwiches.

Yea - Cheddar Rocket Crackers. If you like Pepperidge Farm Goldfish you'll like these.

Aug 18, 2014
John Francis in Chains

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

The yellow fin tuna is the best of their canned tunas, and better than the national brands I've tried. Blue and yellow can.

Aug 18, 2014
John Francis in Chains
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Basic kitchen equipment and supplies?

Complicated? Surely not. His basic recipes couldn't be more simple. They are also more precise and complete than in most cookbooks; the novice cook isn't left guessing what to do.

Aug 10, 2014
John Francis in Cookware

Basic kitchen equipment and supplies?

For his basic cookbook, Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything," which is made to order for novice cooks. And he should watch some TV to learn basic knife skills.

Aug 08, 2014
John Francis in Cookware

I Cannot Believe I Used to Find Mo Rocca Annoying. What Happened?

He definitely annoys me, but then I haven't been watching that particular program.

Should I stop baking with pyrex?

My short answer is no - Pyrex is still good for baking in, it's dishwasher safe and doesn't warp or deform. I've never had a glass baking dish break, and I'm not specially careful. But if you've been having actual problems - not just reading about others' problems - that's different.

Aug 08, 2014
John Francis in Cookware

do you cook with hot tap water?

I never use water right out of the tap - always put it through a filter first (Brita). It's always cold water.

Here's a NY Times article on the topic:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/29/hea...

The key sentence: "Hot water dissolves contaminants more quickly than cold water, and many pipes in homes contain lead that can leach into water." Obviously this depends on the plumbing in each building. Your hot water may have an off taste while others' doesn't.

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

I'm not exactly avoiding sugar but I often use Splenda instead of the real stuff, because it dissolves quickly in cold liquids. Real sugar for baking etc.

Aug 03, 2014
John Francis in Chains

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

"Yeah" is actually closer to "Yea," which is how this series of threads began: Yeas and Nays, meaning Yesses and Nos. I like Yea better because all I want to do is OK something, not cheer for it. But Ttrockwood isn't bothering with all that; he's rating three different products in two sentences.

Aug 01, 2014
John Francis in Chains
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Do you like or dislike the new format ?

Pointless. The format has been just fine for a long time. Every change slows users down for a while, i.e. makes it harder instead of easier. What's with this fussing around? Who's asking for it? Not I.

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

Never had that problem with the Chicken Sweet Apple Sausages and have been getting them off and on for several years. Maybe the packing is inconsistent, though how you'd tell this in the store I don't know.

Jul 26, 2014
John Francis in Chains

arguing here?

Who, me? None, never in my life, and I've been online since joining CompuServe in 1985.

Jul 19, 2014
John Francis in Site Talk

arguing here?

I don't consider it, I just do it. :-)

Banned

Anyone who'd banned can simply register again under a different handle. That's happened in some forums I've belonged to; don't know about here.

Jul 18, 2014
John Francis in Site Talk
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