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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

I have 2 computers........desktop and my lappe surface 3 pro. The desktop I know has garbage on it and needs cleaning.....thanks for the tip Russ! The lappe, which I use less never has any pop-up ads htat should not be there.

Most likely malware

about 22 hours ago
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

not in Delaware......yet

Jan 23, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

Having lived in the UK for 5 years as well as spending extensive time in Canada, Mexico, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain, other thasn the word, franchise, there's a bit that applies to all countries, with the US, Canada, UK leading the way.

Jan 21, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Features

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

And..Gawd forbid..you stand it upright on a bed of fries what is it called..........?Clean answers only!

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

Lawd GAWD.........much better to take that second half and grill it in a pan with some butter slowly until toasty(and softened)

Jan 12, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

At least food has not yet been relegated to an app. although menus have.

"HM think I will D/l a double cheeseburger with bacon and fries and lots of "garnish" Golly, that was so good!"

And any place I can get a decent orange can't be all bad.......Wegmans is opening nearby soon!

Jan 12, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

Oh Gawd.........get out his calculator..........Wait....are calculators even made any more? Is there a Yay/NAY/Meh apps? Will there be soon?

And most importantly of all.............."Does anybody really care anymore?.....Can anybody really hear?"

Jan 07, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

faculty candidate Interview dinner choices

NAH!!!!!!! Even tho you are on someone else's dime and wanna have fun.....take 'em to an all you can eat and see if they pig out. Bonus points if they use their hands.

This is a joke of course? You don't already know the good places? And lunch/dinner on someone else's dime is not your "mission statement". You should be figuring out if the fool is whacky enough to join you.

(Crap spelling and punctuation is intentional)

Jan 07, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in San Diego

Heinous KFC commercial

OK.....so you care most ppl are more stupid than you...and will fall for this..........so what? They want KFC.......they buy KFC...they want rotisserie...they buy Rotisserie. They can't make it themselves or are too lazy..........Who cares????

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

a new year a new dawn and a new thread...hope they bring back the dried mandarin orange slices and keep the white garlic sauce in stock..2 of the best things I have ever found there in an array of otherwise meh stuff

What to do with leftover prime rib?

If very rare. it is possible to reheat. I take a skillet and add enough beef broth to just about covering a slice. Add whatever spice you want. Heat the liquid to "just about" boiling (when wisps of steam start coming off) and remove from heat. Add slices and heat 1.5 - 2 mins per side max! Serve with some f the liquid.

It'll cook a tiny bit on the outside, but the inner part should still be nice

Homemade, OH SO TASTY sauces to accompany unadorned chicken breast, and fish

Using onions and or mushrooms as a base(sautéed), I often make a sauce for my self on the side since my wife prefers hers plain. Mostly chicken for me

1. Trader Joe's White Garlic sauce
2. leftover Spaghetti sauce and then some cheese
3. A "sweeter sauce of chicken broth, Marsala, and a cple of TBS of chutney

4. For Chicken, omit the mushrooms, add sliced apple and cabbage sautéed then cooked in an apple cider/vinegar sauce

Oh...and I should mention that Penzey's spices are my friend! Their Sate and Singapore blends liven up my chicken sauces (where appropriate)

Jan 02, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Home Cooking

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

And I just heard that WC now offers Vegetarian sliders built around their burger concept!!!!!!!! Something for all those purists to try and poo-poo

Jan 01, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Features

Now Eating Rhode Island: 12/14

Forget the places........You gonna "eat RI" it's the food, not just the places! And it's been way too long for me to recommend a specific "joint" since Asquinos must have closed 30 years ago.

But food......omg....what a lot for such a little state

Johnny cakes
RI Clam Chowder
Clam Fritters...my South County Favorite!!!!
A Linguica Pizza.may have to sneak over to Fall River for that!
Better still.a Linguica Sandwich with sauce
New York System hotdogs

And of course...some of the best Fried Clams you'll find

BTW...even fully "topped" a burger for under 3 bucks sounds like a buy!

Being "put to work" at a Christmas Party

The only "good Roz" was the gal on Frasier

What do you not order in restaurants...

Ratatouille........Almost always close to mush and pretty much tasteless except an overwhelming garlic/tomato flavor.

Why It's Impossible To Have A Christmas Party In 2014. This Is Gold.

As the "partner" of Ms. Lewis, I can assure you this is 100% real since it has been posted on the Internet over and over! She has recovered and taken a job in the HR dept of the local diocese where decisions are a bit easier

On a more real note, I sat on a Mnmgt team of company who had traditional Christmas Dinner. Some felt "This in the only time some of our employees get to go out for a gala night". Others fretted that we would buy/contract for all these expensive dinners and only 2/3rd to 75% would show up.

TheSolution: Close early the day before Christmas. Have an outdoor event under canvas (in FL). No spouses, SO's, others. Beer served.5 lines of food (Traditional, Kwanza, Jewish, Italian, Caribe/Creole) Music and entertainment and few gifts on a raffle basis. We owned the food and were able to donate leftovers to local charities. Folks got to leave when they wanted with full pay for the afternoon. Almost 100% participation, folks had fun and liked it.

What did you/would you eat the morning of your wedding?

A beer, then another beer.....maybe then I had a beer. But....still married to same gal 35 yrs later ( and never drink beer anymore!)

Being "put to work" at a Christmas Party

I am sure "roz" is just a bait to raise ire.otherwise, someone would have shot her and roasted her a long time ago

A holiday "gift" to supermarket shoppers

Thanks Cindy!......saw this elsewhere and sent it to family and friends! Very Cute!.....Like the Canadian Airlines that had the special Santa a few years back, it's nice to see a sense of humor and fun and giving in all ways.

Happy holidays all!

Being "put to work" at a Christmas Party

oh.for Gawd's sake!.suck it up and be helpful. If she was bitch about it, don't ever go again. If you had a decent time other than that.who cares?????????

Need easy showstopper dessert

Simple yet divine.....make a topping of caramel or something else only if you wish:

1.5 cups Heavy cream
18 oz chocolate morsels
1 prepared pie crust(eg.graham)

Heat cream until boiling. remove from heat and add chocolate, stirring until fully dissolved. Pour in crust and refridge for a min of 2 hours

some whipped cream around the edge is nice. add a topping or sprinkles or not. Serve a "skinny slice" (it's rich!) with a few raspberries on the side, and maybe even a dollop of whipped cream

Dec 17, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Home Cooking

au jus mix

I didn't know Penzey had a special Au Jus, but he broth/sauce bases I have tried and loved. I suspect that most beef broth you buy is a bit too watery. You could try cooking it down or maybe using one of the brands of "stock" instead of broth. Finally, I often do a mirepoix (onions carrots celery chopped very fine, especially in a processor) Sauteed in butter maybe with some garlic added to enhance my sauces

Ma(i)son in Lancaster -- another outstanding experience

Glad to hear it, Cindy! Admittedly, we seldom get out that far, but will definitely keep it on the radar

Dec 14, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Pennsylvania

Recommendations please for Comcast Center area

Rittenhouse area is always good. Tinto's is a wonderful Tapas bar near there as well, but a bit noisy and might be a tough choice for a single diner. I have always been there as part of a small group, but the menu is superb if you can find a hi-top for 2 or something like that.

Further afield but still within walking distance, the Sansome St Oyster House is THE place for seafood in that area. They are (sometimes, when they have them) my go-to place for great clams and the oysters and lobster roll, I'm told, are not too shabby either (grins)

Dec 13, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

Is it just me, or is this really utterly ridiculous?

as well he should!

Is it just me, or is this really utterly ridiculous?

An Asshole seeking his 15 mins of fame which took him several hours to write

Thank Gawd I went to Wharton

Critique my cocktail party menu!

Sounds fantastic to me.there's even a few alternatives for vegetarian folks, although a vegan might have trouble

Dec 07, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Home Cooking

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

I have in addition to TJ's the following places to frequent: Giants,Acme,Fresh Market, Whole Foods. in the same driving distance as to my TJ's I could add Super Fresh, Pathmark and Shop-rite (but never frequent them). Soon to have a Wegmans.

I find Giants the best buy overall in produce on a price/quality trade-off. They to have cut up melons as well as whole melons. Significantly less expensive than TJ's

I agree with the "hit or miss" comment on wholes, but as you said, halves and quarters allow you to judge the apparent quality.Acme a 2nd and Fresh Market and TJ's about equivalent. WF I have not been impressed with.

As to prepared foods.yes. convenience and/or unusual taste is the major selling point. I make 90% of my meals "from scratch" and have the time. But some spices and sauces I can't afford to keep. Hence the beauty of TJ's.

Dec 07, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

Efficiency of Eating

LOL.true! Of course, I assume you used your hand to bring the bowl to your mouth. In Japan and Taiwan I have used both hand and spoon to help with the "slurping"