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

Does anyone else find the Gyoza dipping sauce almost unbearably salty? I think it might be a return-I can't see myself ever making a dent in it.

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

NAY to the sun-dried tomato chicken sausage (pre-cooked, refrigerated). Was like Play-Do formed into a sausage shape. Really turned me off. Didn't have the casing that the garlic and herb ones have (which have been a staple for me for a while now). They reminded me of something, but I can't put my finger on what! They were like a weird meat-paste. No bueno.

Aug 27, 2015
schrutefarms in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

Are you referring to the refrigerated ones at Costco? If so, those are actually made by Cederlane, which IMO are the best grape leaves, hands down. But I do like the TJ's ones.

Aug 14, 2015
schrutefarms in Chains

Soup 911

Dammit!! I picked up two pints of soup from a place I rarely get to, since it's over an hour from where I live. Had one last night (along with their delicious rolls), and am having the other tonight...except...I just walked in my kitchen and noticed I left the other pint sitting out! It's been unrefrigerated for about 21 hours...There's no cream in this soup, but there are beans, pasta, and beef broth (and little bits of beef). Is it unedable? I've been SO looking forward to dinner tonight!

Aug 11, 2015
schrutefarms in General Topics

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

Are the chocolate covered cherry, etc the ones that are multi-colored? I saw those in the "new" section the other day, but I know for a fact they've had them for years, because I have bought them in the past, and didn't like them. The consistancy of the fruit was gross and grainy and really sweet. I think with that much chocolate you need a little tartness. The chocolate covered cherries from Harry and Davids are perfect. The TJ's chcolate covered cherries (Billingsly brand? Something like that) aren't to bad. But the mixed fruit are terrible.

Aug 11, 2015
schrutefarms in Chains

Appetizer Help

Maybe a cold soba noodle salad? Or a curried carrot/coconut soup?

Aug 08, 2015
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

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

I've totally had the "stuck in the carton" thing! Waste of an egg.

Aug 08, 2015
schrutefarms in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

Wait WHAT???? I'm not a cookie butter fanatic, but I AM a cream cheese FREAK!!! I could seriously be into that.

Aug 08, 2015
schrutefarms in Chains

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

I just had that pizza for dinner last night. I have bought it before, and I think it's a good size and I like the kalamata olives and feta, but yeah...the top never seems to get "done". The instructions say take it out after 10 minutes when the cheese bubbles, but I have never seen the cheese bubble. I left it in for about 4 extra minutes, and it got nice and crispy, but isn't really "pizza" like. More like a bready-cracker with a hot greek cheese dip topping. I REALLY miss their "fresh" i.e. refrigerated pizzas. Those were so good!

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

What's up with TJ's eggs? Out of the last dozen I bought, I've cracked 10 so far, and 8 of them have been double yolks. Freaky!
And to whoever asked last month, the awesome canned whipped cream is Rock View here in Los Angeles.

What's for Dinner? #379 - The dog days of August [through Aug. 7, 2015]

That's the croutons job!

Exorbitant cocktail pricing?

I find hotels are significantly higher for drinks and food than restaurants.Last time I went to The Four Seasons in BH for a cocktail it was $40 for two drinks (with tax/tip). And that was two years ago-I'm sure their prices have raised since then.

Aug 05, 2015
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

What's for Dinner? #379 - The dog days of August [through Aug. 7, 2015]

It actually calls for a full cup of butter! I lessened it to 3/4, but honestly, half a cup would be fine. I only make this every 4 years or so, because of the amount of butter and sodium. But I will say that chicken that has been basically poaching in butter and cream of mushroom soup for over an hour is probably the tenderest, most delicious chicken ever.

What's for Dinner? #379 - The dog days of August [through Aug. 7, 2015]

That describes this dish perfectly!

What's for Dinner? #379 - The dog days of August [through Aug. 7, 2015]

Making Tamara's Garlic Chicken tonight...I have no idea who Tamara is, and there is no garlic in this dish. But it's damn good and fattening and heavy and exactly what I'm craving after a long night of "celebrating" i.e. getting hammered at a birthday party last night. I'll post the recipe in case anyone is curious about this strangers chicken dish that doesn't contain the very thing it's named for.

2 large or 3 med sl/bl chicken breasts, washed and patted dry
sliced swiss or provolone
croutons (5 oz or so) crushed
1 1/2 stick butter, melted
Cream of Mushroom soup, slightly diluted

Preheat oven to 375
Set chicken breasts in square baking dish, not too snug and not too roomy. Lay one slice of cheese on top of each breast. Blanket the crushed croutons over everything. Pour the butter over that. Pour the soup over that, and even out with a spoon or knife. Cover with foil and bake for an hour, then remove foil and bake for another 15 minutes. Enjoy!

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

Those dolmas are great! I store the can in the fridge so they are cooler when I want to open it.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

Try it with lemon juice on an avocado-it's my new favorite way to eat it!

Jul 27, 2015
schrutefarms in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

A big YAY to my breakfast this morning....After realizing I was out of eggs, I remembered I had some TJ's par-baked mini baguettes in the freezer, I thawed one in the microwave, then put it in the broiler for a minute or two on a small cookie sheet. Then I covered it in diced avocado (not from TJ's), feta (TJ's), and a LOT of 21SS, then stuck it under the broiler for a few more minutes...that, plus a chopped peach (TJ's) and chopped banana (not TJ's) on the side really made a perfect breakfast!

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

YAY and NAY to the whipped cream in a can (not a TJ's brand, but I bought it at Tj's, so...) YAY b/c it's really yummy (and the first three ingredients are cream, milk, and sugar, although there's a bunch of crap after that), and NAY b/c I've walked to my fridge to squirt a bunch in my mouth at least forty times in the last few days. I might have posted this same thing a few months before, I just had major deja vu.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

The goat cheese and sun dried tomato ravioli is great! I made it with a jar of butternut squash sauce (not TJ's) that I had in my cupboard, topped with fried sage and some goat cheese crumbles (can't have too much goat cheese!) Delicious!

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

Last night I made fresh cheese tortillini, and for the sauce I bought a jar of the Rustico pomodoro, added an entire bag of baby spinach, and an entire jar (drained) of artichoke hearts, topped with a bit of parm. It was great! Really tasty! Everything was from TJ's.

Jul 23, 2015
schrutefarms in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

Big YAY to their box of (I think) 12 peaches...surprise, surprise, ALL of them have been delicious! I've mainly just been eating them sliced (the seed pops out super easy), but last night I halved one, brushed with melted butter and honey, and grilled it on the grill pan, face down, for about 10 minutes. I then spread TJ's honey goat cheese on top. Decadent and delicious!

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

Second that.

Jul 23, 2015
schrutefarms in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

I've been curious about the Chicago popcorn...but I don't know...cheddar AND caramel? Together? It sounds so weird!

Jul 23, 2015
schrutefarms in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

She's definitely a mini Chowhound!

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

YAY to the Caramel Popcorn, not sure if it's a new item, but it's hard to believe I've missed this one before. Also, I dropped one, and now this is the face that's been staring at me while I eat them. So I guess she gives it a YAY as well.
Also a YAY to the bacon ganache bar. Smoky and rich and gooey. Very messy though!

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

I think I've tried them all except coconut, which sounds terrible! Grapefruit and Cran-Raspberry are prob my favorites, but I also really loved the Cherry-Lime! Peach-Pear was a good one too!

Jul 16, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

Eh. I'll stick to my La Croix, less expensive, 8 cans to a box, and 0 calories. Except my dog hails from a kennel called Spindrift, which makes me smile every time I see it in TJ's.

Jul 15, 2015
schrutefarms in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

Dip in buttermilk first!

Jul 10, 2015
schrutefarms in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

Def YAY on the canned dolmas...little spritz of lemon and they're as good as any fresh I've had...(I keep the can in the fridge, so when it's time to open them they're cold.)
Also, question about the Greek spiral...Does it taste anything like the carmelized onion/feta bite sized pastry?

Jul 10, 2015
schrutefarms in Chains