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Are you snacking on anything right now? **End of summer edition**

Have never thought about doing anything like this... it sounds delicious!

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

This isn't new, but I just tried the chimichurri rice from the frozen section. Fast and flavorful with a nice spicy kick. I would buy it again to stash for a quick meal on its own or a side dish. I would say a mild Yay from me. I don't love it as much as I loved the kimchi fried rice, which I haven't seen in a while.

1 day ago
calmossimo in Chains

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

I just saw a picture of this somewhere... maybe Facebook? I plan to stop by TJ's ASAP to pick up a carton!

Aug 20, 2014
calmossimo in Chains

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

I eat them slightly smushed up, with or without crackers, with lemon juice, capers, chopped onions, tabasco, and cracked black pepper. Sometimes add mustard. If on crackers, occasionally I also smear on some cream cheese.

Aug 18, 2014
calmossimo in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014

I've tried the pink can lightly smoked sardines in olive oil. They were tasty. Would buy again!

Aug 18, 2014
calmossimo in Chains

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

Which variety of TJs PB do you like?

Aug 18, 2014
calmossimo in Chains

Is it worth it to eat organic peanut butter?

If it's bitter, sounds like it may be rancid. I would buy freshly ground organic pb if you're trying to cut out processed foods. I've seen plenty of grocery stores, especially the natural food stores, offer the 'grind it yourself' peanut/almond butter or have tubs out on display of freshly ground in-house pb.

Aug 05, 2014
calmossimo in General Topics

Products That Have Surprised You

I agree with this. The Coscto bacon crumbles are surprisingly good!

Aug 05, 2014
calmossimo in General Topics

Products That Have Surprised You

What are some of your favorite uses for it?

Aug 05, 2014
calmossimo in General Topics

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

shenanigans, I felt the same way about the curls. I bought my first bag a few months ago (based on a rec from an earlier version of this thread) and when I first tasted them, couldn't figure out why people raved about them. Then I kept eating and before I knew it, I had finished the whole bag... and immediately went back to TJs to buy another one.

Aug 05, 2014
calmossimo in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014

Yes, I picked up a box of these as well from the frozen section, and the breading is good and has great flavor.

Aug 05, 2014
calmossimo in Chains

Are there Decent Soup Dumplings (XLB) in Denver/Boulder?

Thanks for reviving this. I'm also new to Denver and will be on the hunt for XLB and other great chow-worthy places in general. I'll still try LWN but glad to know what to expect.

Jul 28, 2014
calmossimo in Mountain States

My Chowhound Wedding

I am in awe of this! What an amazing spread by such talented people!

Jul 28, 2014
calmossimo in Home Cooking

Salting melon to increase sweetness

I always salt canteloupe and watermelon, but not overnight - just sprinkle some on each piece/slice/bite as I eat it fresh. I learned this growing up, from my mom.

Leftover Pie Dough

I'll cut out circles of leftover dough and dab jam in the center and bake up into pie dough cookies! The butter and cinnamon sugar route is good too. The cheese straws are a good idea... I'd never thought of doing that!

Mar 02, 2014
calmossimo in Home Cooking

Blue Star Donuts - Portland - Quick Report

The Valrhona chocolate crunch was my fave out of the ones I sampled several weeks ago (although the half-dozen were all gone pretty quickly...). Unbelievably good!

I will have to try the passionfruit donut next time.

Jul 11, 2013
calmossimo in Metro Portland

Are You Snacking on Anything Right Now?

What?! I am obsessed with the Cashew Lovers... I love the original Poppycock as well, but that Cashew Lovers -- I can't get enough!

Jun 04, 2013
calmossimo in General Topics

Are You Snacking on Anything Right Now?

Uh, I heard about a BOGO on Big Macs for Memorial Day weekend, so I went to the McD's drive thru only to discover my local McD's doesn't do those promos. To console myself, I got a McNugget mini meal with a coke. Noms!

May 26, 2013
calmossimo in General Topics

What Herb/Spice Do You Most Dislike?

Dill for me as well.

I generally avoid anything with dill, except I recently made a wonderful potato salad from Smitten Kitchen (http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2007/0...) and it may have been my favorite potato salad, ever. I used much less dill than called for, though.

My other spice would be black pepper; I find it overpowering and think it's almost always overdone.

May 20, 2013
calmossimo in General Topics

How to teach someone to cook GF

A close friend of mine recently discovered a gluten intolerance and has decided that she now needs to learn to cook. I am a decent cook and know my way around my own kitchen and food preferences, and she has asked me to teach her how to cook so she can live a healthier, GF life. The problem is, I've never taught anyone to cook, much less teaching someone to cook GF.

My first instinct is to help her master some basic techniques and go-to recipes based in items that are naturally gluten free. If anyone has recommendations for simple prep, gluten free dishes, that would be much appreciated! One of her requests is not for things that require her to stand over a stovetop for very long -- she is impatient and hates cooking already, so we're going to avoid those recipes altogether for now.

May 19, 2013
calmossimo in Special Diets

Best Ice Cream Brand

Oh man, Thrifty's chocolate malted crunch! This was my fave as a kid, when I had a Thrifty's within walking distance! A great summertime treat and they use those old school ice cream scoops in the cylindrical shape. Haven't had this in a long time.

May 19, 2013
calmossimo in General Topics

What do you keep in stock for guests, that you never consume?

I wouldn't say I never consume these, but in general they are on hand for guests: diet soda (specifically diet colas or 'cola zero') and beer.

May 19, 2013
calmossimo in General Topics

The Single Most Underrated Dish

I'm a west coaster and corned beef hash is one of my all-time fave breakfast/brunch dishes -- but I'll eat it anytime!

May 19, 2013
calmossimo in General Topics

Are You Snacking on Anything Right Now?

What, pray tell, are mega stuffed oreos? Is that like a triple or quadruple stuffed oreo?

May 15, 2013
calmossimo in General Topics

Best Ice Cream Brand

I just tried Salt & Straw last month and am obsessed. I have been raving about it since then. The Olive Oil flavor was incredible! Best new ice cream place I've tried in a really long time. Blows Molly Moon's (in Seattle) out of the water -- I find Molly Moon to be completely overrated but Seattle-ites and visitors love it.

Last week I was in PDX and tried Ruby Jewel. Pretty decent, but nowhere near as good as Salt & Straw and not really worth the 20-ish minute wait.

Haagen Dazs is what I usually have in my own freezer. I think it's the best 'premium', widely available grocery store ice cream and the flavors are the best, even the plain ones. Haagen Dazs coffee and pistachio are two longtime faves, plus some of the limited edition, reserve, and 'five' flavors.

May 15, 2013
calmossimo in General Topics

Are You Snacking on Anything Right Now?

I somehow found myself with an almost-empty bag (not a box, sadly) of Cracker Jack.

May 15, 2013
calmossimo in General Topics

Good Restaurants in the Area around Albany/Corvallis Oregon ?

Great to hear! I'm glad you enjoyed the suggestions. I will take a look at Marche the next time I'm looking for a nicer dinner spot -- thanks!

May 15, 2013
calmossimo in Pacific Northwest

Food Trucks and other recommendations - July/August

I get to visit Portland occasionally and happened to drop by the pod of food carts on SE Belmont and SE 43rd (called Good Food Here). With my travel partner, I sampled a few different items from several food carts there. It was around noon on a Sunday and not all the carts were open.

Malasadas from Namu, a Korean/Hawaiian place (1/2 dozen for $4) -- we both liked them, they were fresh and soft, a little oily.

Chicken and waffles from Cackalack's Hot Chicken Shack. I really liked the chicken on this, but the waffle was not impressive. It came with a side of fries, which made it a good deal for $8.50, but far too much food. I wouldn't mind trying a fried chicken sandwich next time.

Lefse with butter and honey from Viking Soul Food ($2.50). I didn't have the stomach to get one of the lefse wraps, but I took a butter and honey one to go and it was lovely. I would go back to this pod just for the lefse. Next time I would try the savory #1, and their seasonal sweet wrap was rhubarb and chevre. Although as a disclaimer, I've never had lefse anywhere else so I have no frame of reference. I thought they were delicious here. Their lingonberry iced tea was very tasty and not too sweet, according to my dining partner (he ordered a second cup!).

My companion got chicken wings from Cackalack's to go and tried them later -- he approved. He got a biscuit sandwich from Blue City Biscuits(?) and the biscuit was really good, but didn't contain enough ham to balance it out.

http://www.goodfoodherebelmont.com/

May 12, 2013
calmossimo in Metro Portland

What discontinued products do you miss?

Jay, did you ever discover anything more about the Haagen Dazs raspberry chocolate limited edition? I just saw this thread and was thinking about the HD pomegranate chip flavor, which was my fave a few years back. It was also a limited edition in the purple containers, but I'd love to know if you got anywhere in your communication with the company.

May 12, 2013
calmossimo in General Topics

What's your favorite chilled soup?

vichyssoise, pea mint, and cauliflower are all good chilled.

May 03, 2013
calmossimo in Home Cooking