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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014

Big YAY to the return of soy yogurt! We now know for a fact that it's Whole Soy, as their plant was out of commission for the past 8 months or so and is now back. (I thought it was Silk, but I am happy to be wrong.) TJs still just has strawberry and peach, but that's fine with me.

I wanted to review their Passover products but when I was there on Saturday they didn't even have any matzo. I could have sworn they had it in the past, but maybe I missed it.

Apr 13, 2014
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Vegan, Kosher for Passover Recipes

You can get KFP baking powder with potato starch.

Apr 07, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014

Get the big tub next time.

Apr 04, 2014
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Cooking When You are Poor

Nothing much to add on the budget shopping tips, but I have recently discovered (about seven years late) the no-knead bread thing, and wow, is that easy and economical. One bag of flour and a 3-pack of yeast and some salt is what, five bucks? That's probably 10 loaves (I have no idea how many cups of flour are in a 5-lb bag, but it's 3 cups per loaf) and each one would be a good $5 in a bakery. You can google all around for it, but I like the Smitten Kitchen version, with active dry yeast (it needs a bit less than 1/2 tsp.)

Apr 02, 2014
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Gluten-free replacement for bread crumbs?

Presumably Corn Chex or Rice Chex (which say GF on the box) would work too.

Mar 31, 2014
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Anyone know why soy yogurt is disappearing?

Yeah, I just stopped in to Whole Foods and got a few of the Nancy's. They taste weird. I hope Whole Soy gets going soon.

Feb 06, 2014
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Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

That would explain last week's inedible green beans.

Feb 02, 2014
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Anyone know why soy yogurt is disappearing?

WholeSoy's website does advertise an unsweetened plain version, if they ever start shipping it again!

Jan 29, 2014
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Cooking demo for kids

Have a look at Chop Chop magazine (www.chopchopmag.org) --lots of great recipes and ideas for getting kids to cook.

Jan 28, 2014
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Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - January 2014!! [OLD]

I agree that the vegetable biryani was dry. The dumplings were a little rubbery, too. A sauce would help a lot.

I liked the scallion pancakes, and you don't really need to thaw if you cook them for a while. Agree about the oil as well--lots of blotting is needed.

Jan 18, 2014
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Best Bagged Tea Brands?

I would say anything from Twinings is weaker than tea from an english tea store. (I don't know that particular store, though.)

Irish breakfast is straight Assam, and English breakfast is a blend of Assam and Ceylon (and is a little milder).

Jan 14, 2014
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Switching from coffee to tea in the morning

I recommend a strong Assam (basically what the Irish drink.) Loose tea is best because you have more control over its strength. I get Halmari Estate Assam from Upton in Massachusetts (they ship really fast).

Jan 02, 2014
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Saltine Toffee

I make it with matzo, but saltines work too:

http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/0...

Dec 20, 2013
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The hard debate over nutrition standards for food stamp benefits

I confess I haven't read this whole thread, because these debates make me crazy, but I will just say this: if you are concerned about the government subsidizing unhealthy food choices, let's start by eliminating corn subsidies, don't you think?

Dec 18, 2013
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Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - December 2013 [old]

A yay for the reformulated sweet potato gnocchi with sage butter. I liked the old version but it was awkward to cook; I found I had to microwave it a bit to get it out of the plastic box and then cook it on the stove. This one is in a bag, and the gnocchis are all coated with a dehydrated sauce (gosh, I'm making it sound awful) but you put it in a pan with some water and it turns nice and creamy.

Dec 11, 2013
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Cooking Gift for 8-year old budding chef

My kids have a cheese-making kit that you can use for mozzarella and ricotta. We made the ricotta last Christmas and then made cannoli.

http://www.cheesemaking.com/30-Minute...

Dec 10, 2013
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Cookbook for someone who doesn't cook

I have one called How to Cook Without a Book that gives basic recipes (stir-fry, sauteed chicken breast with pan sauce, pasta, eggs, etc.) and variations on each so you can get basic techniques and proportions down. Really useful for a beginner cook, I think.

Dec 05, 2013
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2013 Thanksgiving Leftovers

I just made a turkey pot pie for a Thanksgivukkah potluck at the synagogue tonight (so it had to be dairy-free--I used coconut oil for the crust, which was highly iffy).

Nov 29, 2013
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Latkes-it's all about the oil

This year, I'm going to have to try turkey fat.

Nov 24, 2013
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Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - November 2013 [Old]

I second the YAY on the dark chocolate mint stars. The cookies themselves are chocolate, which means that they approximate Girl Scout Thin Mints.

Nov 23, 2013
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Ideas for kid friendly, easy to make thanksgiving desert

My kids love making this ridiculous chocolate pie:

http://www.cooktj.com/node/462

The best part is when I take out the Oreos and a plastic bag and tell my daughter ok, now go get a hammer...

Nov 21, 2013
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Anyone know why soy yogurt is disappearing?

I just got a case of Silk! Heaven! Still no WholeSoy, but this will tide me over for a bit.

Nov 21, 2013
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Discontinued at Trader Joe's - July 2013 through December 2013

Check this out--you can get TJ's non-perishables on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos...

(if that link doesn't work, to to Amazon and search for Trader Joe's under Gourmet Food & Grocery.) Unbelievable, and I'm not sure why TJ's allows it when they're trying to sue the guy who's reselling their stuff in Vancouver.

Nov 14, 2013
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Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - November 2013 [Old]

Re the pate: doctor it up with some onions and bring it to a Hanukkah party. Someone will eat it. (I'm not a big chicken liver fan myself, but I'll eat it when I'm in the right mood.)

Nov 08, 2013
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What's a good loose-leaf black tea?

I get my loose tea from Upton in Massachusetts. They have every imaginable variety, they will sell you samples, and they ship fast. It's a huge step up from anything you will get in a supermarket. I usually have an Assam, a Darjeeling, a Lapsang Souchong, and an Oolong on hand.

Oct 28, 2013
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Recommendations from the freezer section of Trader Joe's???

My staples: turkey burgers; "handsome cut" fries; chicken tikka masala and naan; gyoza and wontons of all varieties, but especially chicken cilantro wontons; fish sticks; chickenless tenders; tom yam soup; pie dough.

Oct 28, 2013
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Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - October 2013 [old]

When you're ready to detox from all the pumpkin, I give a Yay to the miso and ginger broth, with the caveat that it's completely unnecessary (I always have miso in the fridge and ginger in the freezer). Cube some tofu, throw in a few frozen chicken cilantro wontons, and it's a nice, light dinner.

Oct 23, 2013
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Healthy for Halloween?

If my kids got that, they'd have to give it to me.

Oct 17, 2013
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Need Specific Trader Joe's Input

That's kind of a fantasy--imagine you could eat only TJ's frozen foods for a week...

I am very fond of the chicken tikka masala, with the frozen naan. There are other frozen Indian meals too (the lamb vindaloo is very spicy).

I recently tried the ginger miso broth (shelf-stable, not frozen) and liked it a lot. I had it with udon and tofu, but it would also be good with the frozen chicken cilantro mini wontons.

When I get home late and can't face cooking, I'm always really glad to find a Tom Yam soup in the freezer, but it's a very light meal.

I'm not too fond of the stir-fries, I never buy frozen pasta, and the burritos really vary.

Oct 17, 2013
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Thanksgivukkah!

There's a thread going on this:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/886548

Oct 14, 2013
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