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Classic Macaroni and Cheese

Just to follow up.... I froze a ton of this unbaked. After a crappy night at work, I baked off one portion of it and it was still awesome. Next time, I will probably make a little more sauce, but it was still pretty creamy and crunchy and yummy and mac and cheesy! :) Loved this recipe with tons of ground black pepper on top.

Oct 30, 2014
drunkenatheist in Recipes

Classic Macaroni and Cheese

Mmmmmmm! Just whipped up a batch of this with a mix of Trader Joe's sharp WI cheddar and Pacific Rock cheese (instead of just cheddar).

Oct 17, 2014
drunkenatheist in Recipes

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 4th quarter 2012 [old]

Petit peas, spinach, leeks, pearl onions, country potatoes w/harticot verts & wild mushrooms, asparagus spears, brussels sprouts

Oct 21, 2012
drunkenatheist in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 4th quarter 2012 [old]

Yays:
Blueberry vanilla goat cheese (OH. EM. GEE.)
Cubano spiced wrap
Sourdough pretzels (but only with the Sweet and Hot Mustard)
The monterey/pepper/habenero jack shredded cheese blend
Salsa Authentica

Meh:
Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato soup; meh out of the box, but fantastic with a touch of sriracha & ground black pepper
Turkey chili; so bland, needed sriracha, salt & pepper. I loved the fact that the were chunks of turkey in it. It worked well enough for chili dogs (especially with some of the pepper/habenero/monterey jack shredded blend on top), but I'd have been pissed had I took a can to work for an easy lunch.

Nay:
Pho. If you've ever had real Pho, you'd understand why.

Oct 20, 2012
drunkenatheist in Chains

Roasting Pan For Thanksgiving Turkey

"A good roasting pan is not cheap, but you can save some coin by trolling HomeGoods and TJ Maxx."

Mike, that is an excellent idea. I know this thread is almost 2 full years old, but my boyfriend and I would like to invest in a roasting pan. (Imagine our surprise we found out that doing it for less than $40 was going to near impossible.) I'm thinking that maybe I can con him into looking on Sunday while we're running other errands! :)

Oct 22, 2010
drunkenatheist in Cookware

Do you LIKE gardening?

Unlike a lot of the responders, I have a lot of pent-up anger and frustration. The past year for me has been absolutely craptastic. I had a falling out with most of the my social circle, had another friend make a series of epic-ly bad life choices, we're having some financial issues, and it's basically been all around Suckfest 2009-2010 in these parts.

Honestly? The only thing that is keeping me mildly sane right now is my itty bitty (mainly) herb garden. Boyfriend's driving me nuts? I start Googling new gardening tips. Someone on Facebook posted an infuriating commentary? I go out to my balcony and water my plants. I ran through my apartment like an idiot the other day because my planter full of wildflowers just started to poke through the dirt. I couldn't contain myself when my boyfriend got home and kind of bleated "FLOWERS. SPROUT. DIRT. YAY! NOW!" at him. lol. Lugging the soil up from my garage, crunching up egg shells and coffee grounds, and even just fantasizing about the day I'll once again be a homeowner with a large yard I can play in all do amazing things to keep my sanity in check.

When I lived with an ex, one of the greatest joys I had was going out into the front yard and ripping up dead shrubbery, and digging up the ground to prep for flower beds. Manual labor has really gotten rid of so much of my stress and aggravation. It's hard for me to stay frustrated or annoyed after having a gardening epiphany or remembering "HEY WAIT, THAT'S WHERE I CAN PUT MY STRAWBERRIES!"

Taking regular photos of my herb garden have also really helped. It's easy for me to get discouraged if I don't see an immediate difference in plant size, health, etc., but having photos to compare to have really helped. I just uploaded about 30 to Facebook. The last one was of one planter from yesterday; the first in the set was that same planter at the beginning of the month. Just being able to compare the progress side-by-side has done wonders for my mental health. :)

Apr 16, 2010
drunkenatheist in Gardening

thanks chowhound! also, what's your plan for spring and summer herbs?

Oh man, I know I'm reviving this thread, but I'm a terrible mood and need to think about positive things (like gardening!).

This year is the first year I've attempted to grow anything. I've got the following planted on my balcony (all from starter plants from either Home Depot or Trader Joe's [with one exception]):

Planter #1:
Thyme, Oregano & Rosemary (all from TJ's)

Planter #2:

The basil department. :) Right now, we just have sweet basil (HD) but will hopefully soon be adding some Thai basil (either from TJ's or seeds from my BF's mom). I'm so nervous that I won't be able to get the seeds started well.

Planter #3:
Lemon verbena (HD), tarragon (from BF's mom's garden), onion chives (HD) & a poblano plant (HD)

Planter #4:
The mint department. (HD) The mint is already starting to spread. So excited for a summer of mojitos and mint juleps!

Planter #5:
Wildflowers; I don't know which, if any, are edible. It was a mix of seeds from HD.

And the newest addition, a dill plant purchased from HD. I have to figure out where to put that little guy. I'm also contemplating picking up a Topsy Turvy and attempting strawberries or other peppers. I'm leaning more heavily towards the strawberries because my boyfriend's mom grows habaneros (as well as tomatillos...can't wait to snag some of each this summer!) and hopefully we will have a few poblanos. Aside from something like Thai chiles, I'm not so certain there are a lot of other peppers we'd like to grow. (And fresh tomatoes are pretty banned from our home. Both of us hate them.)

Apr 16, 2010
drunkenatheist in Gardening

Ghirardelli Brownies -- eh...

Every time I have made them, they're way too greasy and they taste underdone to me. They toothpick test fine but they just seem too soft. I'm actually kind of pissed right now because I needed a baked good for a birthday party this evening and - against my better judgment, I made a batch of these brownies.... I figured they should come out well because I caught the Good Eats episode a little while ago... After I flipped them out of the pan onto a cooling rack, I touched the bottom of them, and again, they're fucking greasy.

Now I need to get offline, have a meltdown, and just make vegan cupcakes (which are consistently better than AB's brownies). ARGH.

Apr 10, 2010
drunkenatheist in Home Cooking

Good friends bad cooks...advice needed.

Oh man, I am so lucky. My boyfriend's mom is a caterer and cooking instructor and my parents just let me cook whatever I want for family gatherings. My mom finally acknowledges she's not a particularly good cook, and my dad likes not having to do it all himself.

Mar 15, 2010
drunkenatheist in Not About Food

Good friends bad cooks...advice needed.

I literally just gagged and retched when I read that.

I was friends with a couple. The one girl knew how to cook relatively well (college student living on her own level of well); the other girl thought she knew how to cook. One time, we were making dinner at their place, and Girl Who Couldn't Cook jammed a fork into raw chicken, then jammed it directly into a container of roasted garlic. I loudly shrieked "D-- YOU CAN'T DO THAT," and argument ensued until her girlfriend came in, heard the story and also loudly shrieked "D-- YOU CAN'T DO THAT."

After they split up, Girl Who Knew How to Cook said "man, I used to wonder why my stomach was upset all the time after eating D--'s food."

Mar 15, 2010
drunkenatheist in Not About Food

Who Makes Trader Joe's Food?

Re: TJ's products tasting "unfinished."

I haven't noticed it at all..with the exception of their boxed soups. The Black Bean soup would be delicious with the additions of a half can of black beans, some diced potatoes, and (if not veg*n) some bacon. Maybe a little heat, too. The creamy tomato/roasted red pepper soup is in dire need of seasoning and Rooster sauce. (Which, for the record, takes it from "eh, it's got potential" to "omg, I could shower in this shit!")

Otherwise, I've found them to be typically tasty with the occasional dud....like the Cioppino, which I bought on a whim as a quick, low cal dinner for when my boyfriend was at work and I just want to reheat something. Blech. I've made something close to Cioppino before, and I think I could approximate something pretty close without a recipe. The TJ's version tasted like some "eh" seafood in a bland, runny mushroom marinara. It was the anti-good eats. :(

Feb 24, 2010
drunkenatheist in Features

Citrus–Poppy Seed Muffins

Boccone - I know this is old, but you should make sure that you're using fresh baking powder. I was using old baking powder that expired September last year; we went and replaced it a month ago and there is a HUGE difference between my baking goods then and now. Now, they're light, fluffy, and rise so damn well. Yum!

I'm probably going to try whipping these together tonight.

Aug 24, 2009
drunkenatheist in Recipes

Blackberry-Peach Cobbler with Sour Cream Biscuits

I made some adjustments (used peaches and blueberries, with an extra peach and about 8 oz. blueberries, as well as 1/2 t cinnamon, 1/4 t nutmeg & a pinch of dried lemon zest to the fruit), and they came out really well. When I make it in the future, I will cut the peaches a little smaller (into eighths instead of sixths), as well as skin them. The skins made them a bit difficult to eat.

All in all, it was delicious, and I'm glad that this was my first Chow recipe! :)

Aug 08, 2009
drunkenatheist in Recipes

Philadelphia Specialty Food Shops Needed

I hope this isn't too late, but for specialty coffee or tea shops, try the Rim Cafe at 9th & Federal. Since you've gotten so many suggestions for the Italian Market, it would be a great place to check out. Rene (the owner) has just gotten red tea espresso and has basically developed another entire menu for this new tea.

Here is their Yelp page: http://www.yelp.com/biz/rim-cafe-phil...

Jun 25, 2009
drunkenatheist in Pennsylvania

Oven Ready Turkey and Tofurky Roast

I know this is way old, but you guys do realize that most veg*ns (vegetarians/vegans) were raised eating meat, right? So even though they might feel that their decision to not eat meat was an ethical one, it doesn't mean that they don't miss the taste of certain meaty dishes. (Not to mention the memories that a certain meat based dinner might evoke or one that might be traditional in nature. The review was on Tofurkey, a turkey substitute, and was written around Thanksgiving. It's not strange that a veg*n might want a fake turkey to serve.)

I was pesco-tarian for about a year before going vegan for 3.5, and still made many "meat" and "cheese" based dishes. My ethics and values had nothing to do with the fact that baked mac & cheese or spaghetti and meatballs are big time comfort foods for me.

Jun 25, 2009
drunkenatheist in Features