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Jun 23, 2006 05:32 PM

Favorite Prepared Foods at local Supermarkets

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Hi all,
I wish I had time to cook a meal every day, but life strikes. Sometimes the best I can manage is to stop by Ralphs or Gelsons on the way home and pick something out of their hot case. I've had more misses than hits. In fact, am currently noshing Gelson's turkey meatballs w/spicy bbq glaze. The glaze isn't bad - a tad too sweet, but the balls are dried out and lack much moisture.

I'd love to hear your favorite go to foods in the hot case or prepared food case at any of the local markets for the next time there's no time to cook dinner (Monday?)...

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  1. I don't do much Supermarket Take Out... but everytime we are in a Whole Foods, I MUST get the cranberry tuna. It's seriously crack.... in tuna form...

    I also enjoy the Scallion Pies at 99 Ranch just for sheer greasy carby goodness...

    One thing I didn't have, but wished I did was a Pupusa from Gigante on Slauson and Gage in South L.A. We went in there for a quick taco RIGHT before a wedding and the Pupusa girl was JUST setting up... We didn't have time to wait as she already had a line formed, but we saw her make just ONE pupusa and it was the biggest yummiest one I've ever seen... drat...


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    1. re: Dommy!

      Can you describe the cranberry tuna concoction? Is it tangy? Does it have lemon juice in it?

      Thanks in advance!

      1. re: geezopeez

        It's not tangy, but not overly sweet. It's lightly dressed, but I don't sense any lemon at all. It's mostly the combo of fishy tuny, sweet and mooshy cranberries and a bit of bite and crunch from the red onion. Ask for a sample next time you are in, they are really nice about it! :)


        1. re: Dommy

          As I write this I am reading the label of a now-empty container of Whole Foods Cranberry Tuna, having polished it off (with Ak-Mak crackers) for dinner.

          The ingredients listed on the label are: tuna, mayonnaise, red onion, dried cranberries, lemon juice. As Dommy! says, you really don't notice the mayo or the lemon much at all.

          1. re: PayOrPlay

            Hooray! So the recipe I just posted list the ingredients you describe! I'll try to make it for lunch tomorrow.

          2. re: Dommy

            I was looking for the recipe and found this:


            Does it sound accurate? If not, I'm going to ask the chefs at Whole Foods myself!

            1. re: geezopeez

              I also found that recipe from Boulder, but while it sounds good it doesn't sound quite like the one at the Whole Foods here in LA---for one thing it uses yellow onion while red onion is one of the dominant features of the local variety. And it sounds more lemony than the local one (although I suppose it's possible that the mayo negates some of the perceived lemon taste).

      2. Pavillions' soups

        Bristol Farms' potato salad

        Ranch 99 Market steamed buns (red beans)

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          Whole Foods chile cheese enchiladas and fried chicken(almost as good as Roscoe's)

          1. Anything from Claros

            1. Ralphs fried chicken, follow the instructions in this post>

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              1. re: ChinoWayne

                I'll second that. That was my contribution to family Easter.