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

Could these be regional? I made a special trip to find them, and saw no paper-bagged bagels whatsoever. (I'm in Maine.) I suspected that good bagels between Boston and Montreal had to be a mirage.

May 22, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015

It was on the New Products shelf in my store.

May 20, 2015
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Parent companies of Stop & Shop, Hannaford reported to be in merger talks - The Boston Globe

When we moved to Maine, Hannaford was Shop 'n Save. Being from Massachusetts, we found it confusing, and always called it Stop 'n Shave.

May 18, 2015
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Discontinued at Trader Joe's: January 2015 - June 2015

Nooo! That was a staple for me for when I come home late and miss dinner. I actually looked for it the other day and didn't see it, but it didn't occur to me that it was gone forever. Ouch.

May 15, 2015
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trader joe's boxed soups-twist off top changed

At my TJs, they have actually posted a sign by the boxed soups to explain it. I guess they were getting a lot of calls.

(I first noticed it many months ago on the miso ginger broth, but as I recall, there was a note on the box about it. I guess they didn't want to reprint all the various boxes!)

May 15, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015

The mango lemonade tastes like St Joseph's Baby Aspirin. You can decide how you feel about that.

May 13, 2015
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What items do you wish Trader Joe's would make/stock?

They seem to have all kinds of Amy's frozen things except the burritos, which my kids eat by the case.

May 02, 2015
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Your favorite omni apps at TJs

My killer TJ app: canned smoked trout on rice crackers, with a touch of white bean hummus (which is not really hummus) as a fixative.

May 02, 2015
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Discontinued at Trader Joe's: January 2015 - June 2015

Just letting everyone know that soy yogurt is on the way out. WholeSoy, which I am certain is their supplier, is closing up shop:

http://www.wholesoyco.com/item/farewe...

When they were building the new facility last year, TJs' supply disappeared, so I deduced that TJs' is WholeSoy. I hope they find a new supplier, but I'm sure it won't be soon. I'm going to go stock up today.

Mar 26, 2015
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Passover finger foods

Thanks to all! I like the kebab idea, although arming a roomful of middle-schoolers with skewers may not be too wise. Potatoes are a good idea too. While the sopapillas are lovely, flour is not allowed (although there is K for P baking powder, which I always have trouble getting my mind around) except for matzo cake meal, which is probably too heavy for this purpose.

Mar 26, 2015
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Anyone know why soy yogurt is disappearing?

OH NO! I wondered why the supply was declining again. Damn, damn, damn. I hope TJ's finds a new supplier.

Mar 26, 2015
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Passover finger foods

My daughter's school is having an event that falls during Passover, and parents are being asked to bring finger foods to supplement the mountains of pizza that they will be selling. There are only a handful of Jewish families, but I need to bring something my kids and I can eat! Any ideas beyond a veggie and dip platter?

Mar 23, 2015
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Food and Sociology Research Paper Topics

So many interesting topics to choose from! How about food banks--what middle- and upper-middle class people (and restaurants and bakeries and markets) donate, what hungry people want, the tension between nutrition and calories, etc. Which donated foods are in demand, which are not, what do food banks do with donated junk food? I think there's no greater marker of social class than food, and as inequality increases, the nutritional gap between social classes widens.

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

I think the trick to the Crunchy Cookies is to dip them in tea. I agree the ratio is off if you eat them straight--it's like a chocolate bar with some cookies on top--but dipped it melts a little and it works much better.

Mar 21, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

The oven sounds like the answer to my problem with the uttapam: when I heated it in the microwave, it wasn't crunchy on the outside, but when I did it in the pan, it would burn before the inside defrosted. Will buy them again and do it in the oven. I also have had the Korean scallion pancakes with a fried egg on top, and this would be yummy too.

Mar 17, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

No, but I tried the pastrami (also new, I think, and the packaging is similar) and I liked it--not too salty, and very tasty when heated up. It was a little tricky to get the slices apart, though, as they are very thin.

Mar 07, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

It's fine as is with Indian food, but try it with butter and cinnamon sugar for a snack! Unless you got the garlic kind.

Mar 05, 2015
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Jewish meal

Mazel tov! Matzo ball soup, kugel, brisket (no need to worry about making it kosher). And this, made with matzo, will seal the deal:

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

Feb 26, 2015
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What to sub for ramen

I use miso (the paste in a tub, not dried) instead of the packets. Or you can make a broth with dashi granules (from the Asian market), soy sauce, and mirin. My favorite site for ramen and udon recipes is Cookpad: https://cookpad.com/en

Feb 24, 2015
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Food storage Russian roulette: what's your riskiest food safety gamble that went okay?

One of my favorite pasta sauces is the Pasta Sauce Raphael in the New Basics, with 2 jars of artichoke hearts, but it went on hiatus after my kids were born because it has to simmer for 40 minutes. When my older daughter was 9 I found myself with 40 spare minutes and 2 jars of artichoke hearts in the pantry, and I'm sure I didn't buy any in the interim, so yes, I made the sauce with artichoke hearts that were at least 9 years old. (No, I didn't feed it to the kids.) Not fizzy, smelled fine, we all lived, but no, I wouldn't do it again.

Feb 22, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

This is nothing new and not exciting, but I had to make an emergency cake the other day, and I only had TJ's White Whole Wheat flour. I could NOT tell the difference, and in fact didn't even remember that I hadn't used AP flour until after the cake had been eaten. Maybe my chocolate cake was a little bit healthy? (It was the Hershey's recipe, which has never let me down.)

Feb 22, 2015
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Four-day foodie vacation

Heck, if you don't need to eat seafood outdoors, come to Maine right now and you can walk into any restaurant in town. I mean, if you can open the door.

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

Emphasis on the "plowing."

Feb 07, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

The ginger miso broth has the same opener. It has a big disclaimer on it saying something to the effect of "It's supposed to look weird! Don't worry, it hasn't been opened already!"

Jan 07, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

Porchetta is still there in Maine.

Jan 07, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

There have been some threads on cider on the Beer board. I like dry ciders too (I have a bottle of the Dan Amor that I haven't opened yet), and I've found that all the big brewery brands (Angry Orchard, Johnny Appleseed, Woodchuck) are way too sweet. I've been much happier with local ones (here in New England, Samuel Smith and the new one from Ricker Hill are good), or Strongbow if I can find it.

Dec 18, 2014
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Masterchef Junior semi final round SPOILERS

I actually fell asleep last night and woke up to my daughters SCREAMING because both of the girls were going home. They are OUTRAGED. (As I didn't see it, I can't comment on their dishes.) But now we're going to root for Logan because none of us can stand Samuel. I really liked Adaiah too and I agree that she didn't get enough screen time, but maybe she's just so poised and nice and not dramatic or cutesy enough.

Dec 10, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 [Old]

Yay from my picky-eater daughter on the pumpkin mochi ice cream, too.

Nov 11, 2014
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Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

Sure thing! The dark chocolate stars are in a green box this year, because, as I just realized when I opened it, they are MINT. Basically star-shaped Girl Scout cookies with nonpareils on top. (Mintier than Thin Mints, with a thinner chocolate layer.)

Nov 07, 2014
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Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

I saw those, along with the chocolate-coated peppermint Jo-Jos (which I found too rich when I got them a few years ago), and my favorite, the dark chocolate stars.

Nov 06, 2014
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