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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014

Sorry, I was talking about the spinach and kale dip :)

1 day ago
schrutefarms in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014

OMG Huge yay to the bag of San Marzano tomatoes. They are about the size of my thumb. I roasted them with olive oil, balsamic glaze, and salt (all from TJ's except the salt, that's from WF). Amazing. Delicious. I made them for a roasted veggie platter for tomorrow, and couldn't stop snacking on the rest. There are no more. I'm tring to resist eating the ones on the platter.

Aug 18, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014

I didn't love it the first time I got it. It definitely grew on me. I probably wouldn't have bought it again, but they were sampling it with the sea salt pita chips, and it's a good combo. I'll grab a tub on occasion. PS If you want a great dip, try the yogurt/cilantro/green onion dip. It must be very light on the cilantro, because I really don't taste it, but it is thick and creamy and tangy and delicious. I like it with the salt and pepper rice chips, my BF likes it with the sweet potato chips.

Aug 18, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

Peaches are SO wonderful right now...

I've had so many peaches this month! They are so perfect!

I've made two desserts. One was kind of a nothing, but still so very good…fresh peach slices with whipped cream. That's it.
The other…I peeled and diced a few peaches, tossed them with cinnamon, sugar, and a bit of nutmeg. Put them in a saucepan with a cup or so of water. Brought to a boil, then reduced heat and stirred, until it was a chunky jammy consistancy. While that was happening, I took some ready made pie crust, cut them in two inch rounds, brushed with melted butter and honey, then topped with cinnamon and sugar, and baked until crisp. I them spooned a large dallop of the peach mixture on top, and repeated until I had a dozen of them, and served them as "deconstructed peach pie bites" at a dinner party. They were a huge hit!

Aug 15, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014

The goat's milk creamy cheese sounds wonderful! What did you have it with?

Aug 14, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

Did I hallucinate this eggplant recipe?

That looks amazing!!!

Aug 12, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014

Also, I just tried their Sublime Ice Cream Sandwiches last night-TJ's was right, they are sublime! Chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream, rolled in mini chocolate chips. I loved them! Big YAY!

Aug 11, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014

The ginger ones in the tub are great.

Aug 09, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

Use for mashed avocado (besides guacamole)

Aug 08, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

Two Buck Chuck? No Thanks

Eh. I haven't died yet!

Aug 08, 2014
schrutefarms in Wine

Need a good recommendation for tasty food and cocktails near the Troubador!

Now, I haven't been for a very long time…but I did really like Cafe Amici in the Beverly Terrace Hotel across the street.

Aug 08, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014

Oh, I hadn't noticed! I did try their TJ's brand Uncle Eddie's-like chocolate chip with walnuts once. Wasn't into it. I don't remember why. I think I just compared them to Uncle Eddies and they fell short.

Aug 08, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

What's your favorite of the Chipotle-way style fast-food-y pizza joists in town: 800 Degrees, or Blaze Pizza, or Pielogy, or Pizza Rev, or Ugly Pizza Co., there may be a few others ????????????????????

You're right about going easy on the toppings-they all look pretty good, so it's hard not to overload your pizza. Like the first time I went to Coldstone Creamery-my ice cream looked like brownish-purple barf. I think I had them mix almost every topping in.

Aug 08, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area
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What's your favorite of the Chipotle-way style fast-food-y pizza joists in town: 800 Degrees, or Blaze Pizza, or Pielogy, or Pizza Rev, or Ugly Pizza Co., there may be a few others ????????????????????

Poop. Never go to the westside. Hmm. Maybe I will combo it up wih a DK run. And then a colonic.

Aug 08, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014

I know they carry Tate's. Those are pretty good. But it's hard for me to buy any cookie other than the almond florentines. Those are uh-may-zing.

Aug 08, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

What's your favorite of the Chipotle-way style fast-food-y pizza joists in town: 800 Degrees, or Blaze Pizza, or Pielogy, or Pizza Rev, or Ugly Pizza Co., there may be a few others ????????????????????

I haven't tried 800 degrees yet…Are there any in Hollywood?

Aug 08, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

What's your favorite of the Chipotle-way style fast-food-y pizza joists in town: 800 Degrees, or Blaze Pizza, or Pielogy, or Pizza Rev, or Ugly Pizza Co., there may be a few others ????????????????????

I like Blaze, and I will tell you why…
I'ts because they have pickled pepperochinis to top your pizza with. The sour yellow ring kind.

Aug 08, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014

I think I've said this on every months TJ's thread….but try the rosemary crackers with the honey goat cheese! A sublime combination!!

Aug 08, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains
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Coconut/egg combo?

I have such a weird thing with eggs…..I LOVE deviled eggs, hate most breakfast eggs (i.e. runny yolks) and get really weird about them in most dishes… I love quiche, but hate creme brulee…don't really like custard pies, but love panna cotta...

Aug 08, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

Tink's House

Overly precious is the perfect description.

Aug 08, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area
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Eggplants - big, small, short, tall, round, thin, black, white, purple, green....

God, I love a good eggplant!!! But I might not be much help….I would probably just slice (or cube) and roast them all….I would eat them cold, or in a pasta (with feta and roasted cherry tomatoes and carmelized red onions) or on top of a pizza, or breaded for some eggplant parmagiana...

Aug 08, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

Coconut/egg combo?

I feel like coconut custard or cream (like a creme brulee or a pie) is totally different than just making regular eggs in coconut. Dessert stuff sounds OK. Everything else sounds gross.

Aug 08, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014

I use the balsamic glaze to roast veggies-they always come out great!

Aug 07, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains
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Tink's House

Scratch the nether regions.

Aug 06, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Tink's House

I'm seeing a trend here…not that I'm complaining. If everyone is going to bars and restaurants made to look like someone's house, the I don't feel bad just staying in my sweats and cracking open a cold one in my own home on a Friday night...

http://goodtimesatdaveywaynes.com

Aug 06, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Dinner & Drinks for this weekend

The Bounty is kind of fun, and walking distance!

http://www.thehmsbounty.com

Aug 06, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014

I, too, love their frozen foods. If you like feta, I can HIGHLY recommend the feta/carmelized onion pastry bites. Little bits of heaven. I try not to buy them, because I eat the entire package. A perfect dinner for me is a plate with some of those, some of the mac and cheese bites, some Morningstar chicken nuggets (not a TJ's product, I know) and some fruit to balance it out :)

Aug 05, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains
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Repurposing peppery, sweet pork chops

Tacos!! You can use the corn, tomatoes, peppers and rice! I would blacken the kernels if possible, halve the tomatoes and use uncooked, sautee the peppers (with onion if you have it) and maybe use some black beans. Pickled red onions would be great, as would feta or some kind of strong, crumbly cheese. Since strawberries and peaches are so fabulous right now, I would add vanilla and sugar to the heavy cream, and make a whipped cream to serve with fruit for dessert! No help on the milk though. Maybe buy some Capt Crunch with Crunchberries and have it with milk for breakfast? :)

Aug 05, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking
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Picnic - Appetizers - Ideas Please

Roll ups are a great idea--there's a place which makes these, they are delicious and would be easy to replicate!!

Flour tortilla, spread with cream cheese, top with fresh spinach, shredded chicken and salsa, roll like a really skinny burrito, chill, slice, serve!

Aug 05, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

Picnic - Appetizers - Ideas Please

Guac and chips are always a hit (or an avocado dip, my favorite! Mash ripe avocado's with minced garlic, ceyenne, feta and Braggs, serve with tortilla chips). Any kind of chip/dip combo would travel well, and you could have fun making some dips! Fruit salsa and cinnamon/sugar chips is great too! Watermelon/feta skewers, caprise skewers, "Greek" skewers (marinate large cubes of cucumber in a greek dressing or red wine vinegar, skewer with kalamata olives, feta, and bell pepper), gazpacho or chilled cucumber soup (Hefty or one of those brands makes tiny little tupperware dishes with lids, one of those would be a good serving), tea sandwiches, grilled veggie platter (can be served chilled or room temp, so great for traveling!) And instead of a cheese board, maybe layer a piece of proccuito on top of a piece of provolone, and wrap around the top half of a breadstick. Very easy, pretty, and will travel great!

Aug 05, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking