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

Thanks for that. We haven't been happy with the quality of the chicken in these frozen Chinese items.

The Tempura is now on our list!

Jul 22, 2015
pugsam in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015

We got a good crisp by cooking for about 40 minutes, with the last five cranked-up to 450F. Need to watch it, though....the brown comes on quickly at that temp.

Also, as soon as we took it out of the oven, we poured off the liquid in the pan. If we hadn't, the bottom crust would've become soggy.

Jul 18, 2015
pugsam in Chains

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

And then I followed NuMystic's link even farther, to this heart of darkness temptation:

http://food52.com/recipes/36712-blue-...

I'm going to try it, using TJ's crumbly blue cheese.

Jul 18, 2015
pugsam in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

So I looked at the Amazon reviews for 21. Wow!

It's now on our must-try list.

May 24, 2015
pugsam in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

+1 on the Inca Corn!

May 22, 2015
pugsam in Chains

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

Sounds like a perfect flavor combination. Do you cook the nachos before or after drizzling them with the sauce?

May 15, 2015
pugsam in Chains

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

Yay+ for the Sriracha and Roasted Garlic BBQ Sauce. Just tried it recently, after seeing a post about it here some months ago.

As the label says, "It has tang, it has heat, it has garlic, and it has sweet." Basted on something and grilled or broiled, it creates a terrific glaze with great flavor.

May 15, 2015
pugsam in Chains

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

OMG

May 14, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

We're on our second bottle of watermelon-cucumber. SO drinks it straight; I find that about 1/2 oz. is very interesting in a martini.

May 09, 2015
pugsam in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

Apparently, it's the new "IT" drink....

http://modernfarmer.com/2015/03/move-...

May 09, 2015
pugsam in Chains

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

NOT insane.

To clear your head, you could get more exercise.....but that might not workout.

Maybe one of your excellent Dolin martinis or manhattans?

May 05, 2015
pugsam in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

Found this photo online.

May 05, 2015
pugsam in Chains

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

Yes, Dolin is FINE. (But pricey. Worth it, where its excellence comes though. Overkill for lesser uses, I'd say.)

Red vermouth cooking tip: Great for caramelizing onions, adding to a pan glaze, and other uses where its sweetness is appropriate. At only $4.99 for 750ml, Ponti is the bee's knees for things like that.

May 02, 2015
pugsam in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

Big Yay for the Ponti brand vermouths (both red and white), which I've seen only at TJ.

They're better than the big-name brands, which are much more $$$.

Not only great in drinks, their complex flavors also allow for many creative cooking uses.

May 01, 2015
pugsam in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015 [OLD]

LOL, my store is Charlottesville....not so far from you!

Apr 27, 2015
pugsam in Chains

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

Could you post a photo? My store says they have researched this, and can't find anything about it in the TJ system......Thanks

Apr 27, 2015
pugsam in Chains

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

Check the older reviews first, and then follow the sad story:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/el-rey-tacos-...

Feb 10, 2015
pugsam in Chains

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

I'm starting to think that you have no love for TB.....

Feb 09, 2015
pugsam in Chains

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

I found some photos.

Feb 09, 2015
pugsam in Chains

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

Not as gloppy as the fancy stuff. :-)

Feb 09, 2015
pugsam in Chains

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

In the late 60s, as a teen, I moved from Northern Virginia (no TB's) to the San Fernando Valley (plenty of TB's).

TB immediately became my go-to. I think tacos were something like 29 cents. Does that sound right?

And they were delicious. I was in heaven.

(And, I ventured into LA classics such as El Rey's....Is that still going strong? Garbage Burrito, anyone???)

A few years later, I moved back East. By then, TB's had popped-up there.

But, I felt that they were not as authentic and good as the California version.

These days, TB is still on my occasional fast food list. I get only the simplest things -- tacos and basic burritos. TB's "fancy" items are gloppy, using the same gloppy stuff in different permutations and combinations merely to up the price points.

Feb 09, 2015
pugsam in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

Both; which really enhances and releases the flavor.

Feb 05, 2015
pugsam in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

Mrs. Pugsam loves those beets.

Feb 05, 2015
pugsam in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

Meh+ (which is just below Yay-) for the Fireworks chocolate bar. Didn't have as much KICK! and POP! as I'd hoped for.

Feb 03, 2015
pugsam in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

Yah - Sweet Sriracha uncured bacon jerky. Pricey, but a flavor bomb! Love it after a few seconds in the microwave.

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

Excellent Cara Caras at our store in Cville, VA

Jan 24, 2015
pugsam in Chains

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

Yes, that's a very good way of saying it!

We had it last night, over basmati rice.

The curry is very tasty....slightly rich....and slightly spicy.

Jan 23, 2015
pugsam in Chains

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

Thanks for that link, especially because it tells how to easily reverse the recent "improvement"!!!!

:-)

Dec 24, 2014
pugsam in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

Has the display format changed here? It used to be that I saw all posts on one page, with the ones that I'd seen previously collapsed, and the new ones in full text. That made it quick and easy to catch-up on what's new.

Now, I see the full text of every post - including all the hundreds that I've viewed before - and they're spread out over multiple pages.

What a pain!

Is this happening to everyone, or is it because of something that I did? (And could fix?)

BTW..........MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYBODY!!!

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

Coffee cream panettone all sold out, at my store yesterday. No more this season, they said.....

Dec 19, 2014
pugsam in Chains