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

thank you - and your recipe suggestion sounds great!

1 day ago
Georgia Strait in Chains

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

Hello - QUESTION - current shelf price at TJ's re: pesto

... my friends recently cross-bordered some TJ Pesto for us (being deprived of some of the TJ products up here in Canada)

pesto - the one in the jar with gold metal lid - I would like to repay $ them.

"Trader Giottos Pesto alla Genovese" (net weight 6.7 ounce 190 grams)

can someone tell me asap - what is the CURRENT SHELF PRICE in preferably Oregon, please? (US dollars - I will convert to Cdn)

ps - yes - I call it a "Yay" - hence the cross-border shopping

thank you.

2 days ago
Georgia Strait in Chains

Need to find group lunch resto in Harrison Hot Springs for Sat/28

where did you go?
i remember another Sb car outing report from last year - I like to hear of the "off the beaten trail" spots that those of us who originated in small towns feel comfortable in?

ps - if you are planning any trips - I hear the North Cascades Ntl Park aka WA Highway 20 is almost open - pending any spring melt flood / avalanche - check out the WSDOT website for official news. A beautiful drive with an overnight required somewhere (BC or WA)

Cow. Bay Dim Sum!

any reports yet?

i am familiar with the area - and that old (1970's?) hotel

(is the Masthead still down there?)

Goodbye Mad Men....sniff....sniff....

what about some "bite size" iceberg lettuce wedges - here is an article from Bon Appetit 2013.

lots of inspiration - including the original blue cheese & bacon crumbles

Mar 09, 2015
Georgia Strait in Home Cooking

Edible Flowers in Vancouver?

hi KarenDW - my violas (which I believe are edible) are in bloom now - they face south in sheltered spot in a pot at the coast -

chives looking good too. (edible leaves and flowers)

these 2 plants over-winter pretty well in a sheltered spot at the Coast BC.

i seed my own - from the seeds at West Coast Seeds in Ladner BC

click here for the seeds

1970's ish Bon Appetite recipe

agree - crown the hound -----
and yes, old cooking books/magazines with multiple dog-eared pages stuck together ; )

what's the best brand of marmelade (orange or other)?

i make my own from MaMade mix - originally from England - not sure source these days - I don't like the super glue texture of overcooked jams etc - and this way I can choose how "loose" I want the final product - I have also made it with splenda sweetener instead of sugar for diabetic guests.

I do not add as much sugar as they say to on the tin - I just cook it a bit longer, and yes, it is a slightly less glue-like product in the end. Then i freeze it (instead of canning it) esp if i have used less / no sugar.


Mar 07, 2015
Georgia Strait in General Topics

Goodbye Mad Men....sniff....sniff....

my 1960's cooking aunt made cherry olives - basically - fresh cherries on the stem (keep the stem ON) - then in a sweet pickle brine

they are good - tho not terribly elegant as one has to "spit the pit" somehow.

agree with a fondue station - watch for the drink crowd mixing with open flame - maybe use a heat tray instead? (safety)

I love an old book i have in my recipe collection - the "I hate to cook book" by Peg Bracken - I also found another at the rummage (used store) all about planning a shower (oh wait - i just figured out the roman numerals - 1941) - for any occasion - not just baby / wedding.

I also have a vintage 60's Better Homes & Gardens cook book - which would be really helpful esp because it has photos

maybe a "guy" station - can you barbecue? that is one of the chapters in the BH&G - with the guys bbq and the ladies fixing salads etc.

cherries jubilee?

baked alaska?

i remember my grandmother would do an hors d'ouvre with asparagus - basically, take a good quality white sandwich loaf, sliced - trim the crusts - then I suggest you freeze the bread - then while frozen, butter each slice - roll with a steamed and trimmed asparagus spear in it - pin with a toothpick (basically bring two opposite corners together across the asparagus spear) - put in a hot oven til the bread is toasted looking and crisp - serve asap.

and then any vintage church fundraiser recipe book will have those rolled up sandwiches (one big can of salmon, drained, mayo, chives, etc)

What does a vintage Sunset (from Menlo Park, CA - the epitome of the 1960's lifestyle in CA "the magazine of western living") suggest? http://www.sunset.com/food-wine/kitch...

have to have something with Grand Marnier liqueur - some sort of dessert?

bites of waldorf type salad on individual small lettuce leaves (cos type lettuce - like what you use for caesar salad


the popular party game for the women's side of things was the unwrapped canned good - ie take the label off - kind of funny (and you can always code the bottom of the can in advance (and keep the labels separately) if you end up giving to your food bank or some other charity)

in the "I hate to cook book" - they suggest an appetizer of a good quality steamed artichoke - then cool it off, select the best looking leaves, daub with some good mayo (flavor with curry if desired) - and some shrimp on the top of that - you get the picture.

soup station to offset the alcohol? when was gazpacho popular? or a bisque?

Mar 07, 2015
Georgia Strait in Home Cooking

1970's ish Bon Appetite recipe

there is this version page 294 in Martha Stewart "Entertaining" (was this her first book? I think so - red cover - color photos etc)

I remember making this years ago when Martha first came on the scene - and adding some finely chopped lemon zest to the ricotta mixture - which I might have adapted from Bon Appetit (I know I subscribed to both Bon Appetit and Gourmet and also Sunset at the time)

and for sure, the nutmeg matters. And dry spinach, thawed.

here is a quick typing of Martha recipe -
serves 24 as part of buffet (it is on page 294)
you need a large cookie sheet - i would line with parchment these days -

you can adapt accordingly -

"this is probably the most popular buffet dish we make ...." she writes

2 medium onions
2 tbsp butter
2 x 10 ounce pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well-drained
2 lbs whole milk ricotta cheese
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup coarsely chop parsley
2 tbsp fresh herbs that go with chicken (my words here)
2 tbsp finely chopped lemon zest (my addition)
ground nutmeg to taste
salt and pepper to taste
16 halves of chicken breast, boneless but WITH SKIN ON
(I found this part confusing I remember - and I can't recall if i bought 16 whole breasts or the more common these days - 32 halves with skin on)

saute onions til soft - cool slightly - mix in other ingred except chicken - now gently lift the skin and "stuff" the cheese mix under the skin - (approx 1/3 cup per half breast) - oven 350F preheated - bake approx 30 minutes.

serve warm or cool - the photo in the book shows a buffet table with a big platter of this item sliced across the grain - (end)

I see there is another Martha version on the website -

ps - edit to add - I quickly checked my vintage "silver palate" books - but nothing similar in those books - and also - i do remember in the early 1980's my friend's mother making chicken with Rondele cheese - in similar fashion as this (above) recipe. maybe no lemon, onion, and extra other seasonings given that Rondele is already salty and garlicky etc)

Mar 07, 2015
Georgia Strait in Home Cooking

Vancouver wedding venues

i agree with LR"s suggestion - and for sure, Cecil Green is quintessential old Vancouver - gorgeous old building - and wow, the best view of our westcoast ocean and mtn scenery - stunning. I know people who married there ... well worth the investment in the venue.

where would your guests be staying?

UBC Asian food court - the forgotten international food court in GVRD

we like this place - http://www.onemoresushi.com/

it is sit-down (take out avail) - and it is on the SECOND floor - it is busy - you can see that it is popular with the UBC college prof type managers (profs?) having lunches with students / staff. (lots of MEC Gortex & backpacks ;


you access it by the staircase next to Starbucks (elevator avail too) - then cross the "cat walk" - as shown in the map on their website http://www.onemoresushi.com/

NB - this is NOT the place on ground level across the little courtyard from Starbucks - that place - tho seems popular and busy - is questionable in our opinion.

Every week sushi?

Hello - what do you mean by 15% too big?
I wonder if you are speaking of slices per nori sheet after rolling it - eg for a normal piece of seaweed nori - I would think 6 california roll type style (the only ones our kids eat) is "normal"

also - thank you B-Telephone re: the teriyaki chicken - that is one of our Asian Vancouver BC Cdn tastes - not sure if authentic - tho for us is kind of a fast food item equivalent - we like it!

to the previous poster about North Van (Westview) - thank you - will check it out one day when on the Upper Levels - is that near the Safeway?

I also like the take-out sushi in Caufeild (yes, that's how it's spelled) --- West Vancouver BC - just a little spot near the Cobs bread, BC Liquor, Starbucks, pharmacy etc and other shops in Caufeild - if after work on your way to the ferry at Horseshoe Bay - or en route to Whistler (and tired of Squamish) - stop by - plse note - no gas station - which of course is an advantage to Squamish if heading northbound hwy 99. http://www.caulfeildvillageshoppingce...

Please help me shorten my list!

hello - I have read thru the comments and as a born-and-raised Vancouverite - I don't understand the appeal of poutine, esp served out here near the Pacific Ocean. That's back east kind of food. Save your money and use it for something truly local - I see many recommendations here on this thread.

HNY: what did you nibble on NYE?

that's a fun question - and now that I can take time to think about the past busy weeks -

Happy Ukrainian Christmas Eve today - Jan 6

here is our NYE menu ...

the usual hummus for those who are no dairy etc
the also usual brie
and some gluten free crisps - I think some trader joe product

then we had home made vegan organic borcht with optional mashed potatoes and optional really good sour cream to honor our roots, so to speak

(I am a big fan of the organic carrots from the boarding school in Lillooet, BC - consistently the best and a decent price too


on the side for those who like meat in their borscht - I had traditional Keilbasa sausage cut in to diagonal slices and browned in a pan

a traditional citrus, lettuce w/ hand made poppy seed dressing salad a la Neiman Marcus lunch restaurant (a diff family tradition from Texas)

and to honor our NYC guests, from LongIsland (pronounced in their Italian way ie all one word) prosecco at the midnite hour with some good ice cream and a big splurge on some of those fresh raspberries from the supermarket (not within our 100 miles for sure) --- and what else, a dash of TJ's MIDNITE MOO sauce over the ice cream! (garnished with tiny leaves of fresh mint still surviving in our garden at the coast)

The Garden of Eatin' Spenard, Alaska-looking for info

Hello - I replied to your other post in this thread - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/529461

i meant to add to my prev reply in the other thread that
1. I think it's a great name - I've never heard of another Garden of Eatin' (tho lots of Chat and Chew and Suds and Grub etc


2. I think it's also great that you're curious and finding out the info like Sandy who worked there.

Quonset Huts are fascinating to me.

and also - have you checked with the fantastic museum in Anchorage? It is one of the best I've been in - and I bet they have a photo archives

was your family in business at the Garden before and/or after the famous earthquake in March - 1964? What brought them to Alaska?

Downscale Grub in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Etc.

Hello from Vancouver BC Canada
we feel a great similarity in the way our province (like a state) used to be and the way Alaska still is - we visit often (in the summer) up to Anchorage and Denali etc.

out of curiosity I googled Garden of Eatin' ----- did you do the same? I found this interesting book on Google books ---- we even have Quonset Huts in BC Canada that people have "adopted" for various purposes - like a recording studio and a car detailing shop that I know of - plus the usual yard "shops" to repair logging equip etc

try this link for the book - otherwise just google "Garden of Eatin Alaska" https://books.google.ca/books?id=DNfz...

Topanga salsa to go: still great after all these years (Vancouver)

and remember this place (12th and Granville)

Costco - Vancouver BC - "flaked almonds" - are they out of stock?

I can't find "flaked almonds" (not slivered almonds) - with or w/o the skin - at Costco Vancouver BC locations.

does anyone else miss them?

I wonder why they are not there.

they are common for many baking, candymaking, cooking, snacking uses.

if you do see them - please let me know which location. I believe they are normally Kirkland - a large bag - I would guess about 4 lbs (2 kilos) ---- I don't know the code number as I recycled the bag I just emptied - not expecting to have a shortage ; )

Where to buy food-safe clay for e.g. sealing crockpots?

... is it safe to tightly lock/seal a crock pot? (a previous poster discusses a flour-water paste method meant for a clay cooker which makes more sense as the clay has some breathability, correct?) -

I would think a modern slow cooker needs to breath otherwise you have rigged a cooker without a release valve. (and we'd never use a pressure cooker without a release valve)

then again maybe I'm over cautious --- cuz I'm the one who melted the plastic control dials on my fancy brand name slow cooker ----- it went to recycling the next day and never again do I cook while out of the house for extended time ; )

Kelowna for Christmas any Restaurant suggestions

this is an excellent topic - not all of us cook or care to be in a big gathering (my older friend was telling me how last year she was included in a 30-people plus gathering and it was a bit frantic busy for her what with plates perched on guests laps and kids running around)

back to your question - I would suggest treating yourselves to a night at the Naramata Heritage Inn, Naramata BC

I don't know what meals they serve on Christmas Day - etc - however, here is their contact info

edit to add - here's another place to contact that has a nice atmosphere / unique setting - in Summerland

of course, there is the Lakeside Inn down on the water in Penticton - I assume they have food service that day - we've been for business lunches etc and it's nice for a small town like Penticton

any updates about Methow Valley / Winthrop WA?

wow, I'd be surprised too ---- we went at lunch so saw only that menu ---- definitely stick with the Mexican items

again, for us, at the Duck Brand, it's the warm weather (summer obviously), the shady deck, the overall atmosphere in Winthrop.

ps - in our home town near Vancouver BC, we have families from India (South Asia) making pizza in two different businesses: one a chain franchise, the other a proprietorship - and doing a decent business from all the take-out one sees going out the door - so who knows what "fusion" one finds next in these small Pac NW towns.

Hominy in Vancouver?

i've bought the Goya brand - and also buy a couple of cans when i go over the border - as someone else has already said - odd how something so common in USA is hard to find up here in CDA

... have you ever made - the "tamale pie" or "hominy casserole" (usually the same end result) - horrifying for some - tastes pretty good for a once-in-a-while kid-friendly treat ; )

ingredients: canned hominy ... Fritos! ... canned (or homemade chili with beans, with or w/o meat ... grated cheese

just google - here are a couple of examples:
1. Dinner Doctor cookbook - page 267 - that's the one we use sometimes
2. another - http://mrsamandareed.blogspot.ca/2012...

(some recipes ask also for canned mushroom soup and velveeta - we've never done that - yet ; )

One week in Vancouver... The catch? Two little kids

QUESTION - which supermarket? (name) ---- I am not very familiar with the new Richmond.

One week in Vancouver... The catch? Two little kids

wine gums --- Maynards are our fav. I don't know why wine gums have that certain appeal - but they do.

I will definitely refer back to your posts for future upcoming reference - thank you for taking time to tell us your travels.

lunch West End or downtown today?

now the question is - where did you go? somewhere with cozy indoor dining - given that rain downpour yesterday?

one thing I look for in our soggy winter climate is a place with space!

I can't stand it when the windows are all fogged up (unless it's a bakery early in the morning - isn't that a good sign?)

and the tables are all so crowded together that the wet coats and umbrellas brush up against other guests.

Coronation Grapes - sightings?

... if you are looking this year, IGA Marketplace has "Fresh BC Coronation grapes - 2 litre carton - $3.99" in their flyer this week Sept 26 - Oct 02, 2014. (participating stores in excluding Whistler location - so says the back of the flyer) www.marketplaceiga.com

ps - have you tried the grapes that taste like cotton candy? I got some at the supermarket recently (here in BC) ... green seedless - truly, they did have that cotton candy taste - kids liked them for sure. Not something I'd put on a cheese & fruit platter ; )

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

I agree with your point LittleFlower

Sep 26, 2014
Georgia Strait in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

well darn. I will have to save up every empty grinder (they do come undone and I dishwasher them (no heat dry))

then again, where do I obtain chocolate cocoa beans ; )

YES - I did see the cinnamon sugar grinder and bought a few for the upcoming gift basket season.

Sep 26, 2014
Georgia Strait in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]


has TJ's discontinued the "built-in grinder" of sugar/chocolate/coffee beans? it was always in the "grinder" section - next to the cinnamon/sugar grinder. What? it made the perfect gift let alone we used it in our own home.

I am in the Pac NW region.
thank you in advance if you have any info.

Sep 26, 2014
Georgia Strait in Chains