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ssfire Oct 20, 2006 05:05 PM

I have stumbled across a few items from Trader Joe's that I can highly recommend:

- Frozen French Onion Soup
- TJ's Frozen traditional Tiramisu (not the frozen tiramisu torte): It's better than most of the tiramisu I find at restaurants. You have to thaw it out in the refrigerator for 2.5 hours.
- Trader Ming's Instant Peanut Satay noodles: The noodles are actually pretty good; the most "al dente" instant 2-minute noodles that I have experienced. Even though it says "satay," I don't think there is any meat in it; just peanut sauce. I don't recommend the Pad Thai or Kung Pao versions.
- TJ's Frozen chocolate lava cakes: I bake them for the full 17 minutes, to get a slightly crunchy exterior. Better than what I usually get at restaurants.
- Tarte D' Alsace: a version of a pizza with a very thin, crispy crust; ham + caramelized onions + gruyere cheese.
- Schloss Biebrich champage: It's around $3.99, and it has a plastic cork, but it has a very clean, dry taste.
- Loacker chocolate-hazelnut wafers. Even more addictive than nutella.
- The hemp granola cereal.

Most of the other frozen foods I've tried from TJ's are disapointing, with the frozen pizzas particularly bad.

Can anyone recommend other gems at Trader Joe's?

  1. gargantua Aug 5, 2007 06:50 PM

    diced pancetta
    cheap reggiano
    haricots verts
    garlic naan
    chinese mustard flavored fried wontons

    1. monalisawoman Aug 3, 2007 04:46 PM

      Thai Chili Roasted Cashews
      Fire Roasted Veggies (frozen)
      Wasabe Peas
      Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

      also: they have the most congenial check-out staff EVER.

      1. wino22 Aug 3, 2007 04:28 PM

        That blue cheese/pecan dip! Yum! Sooooo worth the calories. I also loved the lowfat creamy basil salad dressing but I haven't been able to find it lately... The Sweet and Salty snack mix is delicious too -

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          LAWoman Aug 5, 2007 08:08 AM

          I also loved that basil dressing and was told it was discontinued!

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          yankeefan Aug 3, 2007 11:44 AM

          was hoping to get this one going today again based on my most recent visit: I have a few new favorites:

          - better n peanut butter
          - trader joe wheat o's cereal
          - calamari rings
          - dried chili mango (off the hook good)
          - freeze dried mango
          - herb pizza dough

          gotta love this place

          1. coll Jul 16, 2007 01:35 PM

            Newest favorite is dark chocolate covered ginger pieces. I eat too many when I have them.
            Also always have to get a few boxes of the brownie truffle mix, the dried mixed wild mushrooms and the precooked frozen brown rice.
            And always a few cheeses: when they have the Guiness Stout-infused cheddar I hit a home run!

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              Querencia Jul 17, 2007 05:26 AM

              To coll--- I am also a fan of TJ Chocolate Truffle Brownie mix and recommend gilding that lily as follows: Boil 1 cup sugar with 1/3 cup each milk and butter for 1 minute by the clock, dump in 1 cup chocolate chips, stir until melted, and pour over the baked brownies. The weird thing is that this combination gets better the staler it gets; the two layers sort of bond and you're not sure if you're eating brownie or fudge. I also add nuts to the brownie mix.

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                coll Jul 17, 2007 11:11 AM

                That sounds great. I actually add a good shot of Kahlua to mine, or some instant espresso if I don't have Kahlua (rarely). I also put nuts in only half of the pan, although I can't believe some people don't like nuts in their brownies!

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              Ela0427 Jul 16, 2007 01:29 PM

              I must add that we got a gift certificate for them for our wedding and I thought it was a great idea. I ended up spending $75 on stuff that I would not normally get like their most expensive olive oil!!

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                Ela0427 Jul 16, 2007 01:26 PM

                the "Pound Plus" belgian bittersweet chocolate is amazing for baking, 53% cocoa solids. greatest deal in town!!

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                  lgoodwood Jul 16, 2007 01:19 PM

                  We are in So Calif., so I don't know if you will have all these available, but my faves are:
                  chile-spice dried mango (try with beer, I kid you not it is delicious!)
                  Frozen mac and cheese (yummy!)
                  Chile-lime pistachios
                  Greek yogurt with greek honey (comes together)
                  English muffin bread (to put it over the top, buy Kerrygold butter!)

                  1. jeni1002 Jul 12, 2007 10:19 AM

                    To add to the lists above...

                    - Macedonian Pinjur - they carry several kinds of eggplant/red pepper spreads, not all good IMO; this one has a purple label.

                    - Apple strudel - decent for a frozen dessert.

                    - Kefir - good quality, not as expensive as elsewhere.

                    ...and I am sure I forget a few others.

                    1. luvsseattle Jul 11, 2007 09:33 PM

                      OMG, I don't know where to begin. Um... CHEESE (of any kind, although I have just tried the Salem Blue and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!)... I love that you can buy fruit by the piece... TJ's fruit popsicles (with REAL chunks of fruit), the chocolate bars that come in the 3-pack...non-fat cottage cheese (ROCKS!)...melange a trois (for my year round pepper cravings)... salsa kits... fresh tomatoes... TJ's dijon mustard (Better than many others IMHO)...whole wheat pizza dough... turnip chips... the list could get MUCH longer.

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                        Marvin Mar 30, 2007 08:27 AM

                        My favorites:

                        Refrigerator section
                        ------------------------
                        Turkey Meatloaf
                        Stuffed Peppers
                        Three layer dip (the one with pesto, sun dried tomatoes and cream cheese - its sinful)

                        Freezer
                        ----------
                        Chicken Enchiladas
                        99% Fat Free Chicken Burritos
                        Chicken Tamales
                        The (now discontinued?) Chicken Potstickers
                        Spinach Lasagna
                        Frozen pastas in the bag (Fettucine Alfredo, Gnochi w/ Cream Sauch, Bowties with Tomato Pesto, Penne Arabiata, Gnochi Marinara)
                        Morningstar Farms Breakfast Links

                        Off the shelf
                        ---------------
                        Stone Wheat Crackers

                        Multigrain rice crackers (these are addictive - can't think of the proper name, but they
                        are coated in soy sauce and have flax and black sesame seeds)

                        There is a brand of crackers that they sell in three flavors - plain . blue box, sesame / green box, and pepper / red box. All are delish, and the blue ones go great with the three layer dip I mentioned above.

                        The big tub of cat shaped chocolate animal crackers.

                        Mac & Cheese - their white cheddar version is a good change of pace from Kraft

                        Pastachio's coated with toffee and covered in chocolate - these are suprisingly good and my new favorite

                        Trail mixes - they've got a lot of varieties, my current fav. is the one with peanuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and dried cherries.

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                          taylor_blair Mar 30, 2007 04:28 PM

                          99% fat free chicken burritos? ooooh! and they're good?? i've never seen those in the cambridge, mass TJs. are those a leaner, meaner version of the regular TJ frozen chicken burritos (2 per pack)?

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                            Marvin Mar 30, 2007 10:40 PM

                            Blair - the 99% fat free chicken burritos come two per pack, cardboard tray in a white paper wrapping. I am pretty sure I've had the non-fat free ones before too, and I think their packaging is similar, but I can't recall for sure. Anyway, the fat free ones are quite good, they have chicken, rice, pinto beans and chili pepper bits. .

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                          ipe Mar 20, 2007 07:29 PM

                          My current favorite is the frozen Chimichurri Rice. Add any protein and you have a very nice fast dinner.

                          1. marmite Mar 20, 2007 11:11 AM

                            I just discovered the Peanut Butter Toffee. yum yum.

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                              AlyKen Mar 20, 2007 10:46 AM

                              The nearest TJ's is 30 minutes from me, but I always go and get the chocolate-covered espresso beans for my mom. They're something like $4 for a few pounds. You pay that for 4 ounces at Starbucks. I also really like the dry roasted edamame. My husband thinks I'm crazy because the rare occasions I go to TJ's, I come home with 5 or 6 bags.

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                                FO Foodie Mar 19, 2007 03:34 PM

                                My very favorite dessert from the frozen case - the Sticky Toffee Pudding cake! Last year it was available only over Christmas-New Year's so I've stocked up this year. Seven minutes in the oven and there's warm caramel sauce all over the cake. The sauce tastes very homemade. With some whipped cream on top, it's heaven on a plate....

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                                  EAH Mar 30, 2007 10:43 PM

                                  I love the Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake also.

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                                  212 Mar 18, 2007 11:12 PM

                                  I'll second the mini peanut butter cups and add the chocolate covered caramels!

                                  For baking:
                                  almond flour/powder - very hard to come by other than wholesale
                                  Pounder chocolate bars - very good quality chocolate
                                  Chopped and dry roasted pecans - ready to go for cookies, etc.
                                  Butter(especially Plugra), Heavy Cream, Eggs - can't beat the prices
                                  Vanilla extract and Vanilla Paste
                                  King Arthur Flour - can't find it cheaper

                                  I should get paid to promote all their baking ingredients.

                                  When we're too lazy to cook, love the creamy tomato soup.
                                  And finally their Hummus!

                                  TJ's if you're listening......Please bring back Nutella.

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                                    chelleyd01 Mar 19, 2007 03:23 PM

                                    TJ's in Beachwood, OH has nutella.

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                                      FlyerFan Mar 22, 2007 06:18 PM

                                      So do the TJ's in Columbus,OH and Dayton, OH

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                                    ricomon Mar 18, 2007 10:46 PM

                                    The mini peanut buttercups, good ol' 2-buck-chuck, blue corn tortilla chips, apple and chicken sausages are great for grilling, the list is endless....

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                                      bklynbiker Mar 18, 2007 10:42 PM

                                      again, anyone know whether the NYC store has the alsacian (ham and onion ) tart a few posters raved about? couldnt find last time there and staff didnt seem to know about it. Thanks!

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                                        fooddawg Mar 17, 2007 11:10 PM

                                        I second the jalepeno cornbread and must mention the bufula mozzarella made from buffalo milk. It's great!

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                                          paprkutr Mar 17, 2007 11:03 PM

                                          Just tried their truffle brownies mix, easy to make but much easier to eat, fudgy. All the nuts. The semi sweet chocolate chips are great and much cheaper than all the others. Try their chocolate dipped biscotti, really good. A lot of their fresh vegetables are really good and much cheaper.

                                          1. brekkie_fan Mar 17, 2007 10:57 PM

                                            I always get my energy bars there.
                                            Jarlsberg cheese, organic ginger limeade, banana crisps, artichoke hearts, tofutti cuties (my fiance always hogs them), truly handmade flour tortillas, snap pea crisps.
                                            The chicken egg rolls are surprisingly healthy too!
                                            Hummus is nice, and anything fizzy (French berry drink or Orangina) is always yum.
                                            And the peanut butter filled pretzels (with salt, without blows).

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                                              bearzie Mar 9, 2007 01:34 PM

                                              Trader Joe's in the Boston area now carries a thin crust frozen apple pie. I think it is from the Tarte d'Alsace company but it is under Trader Joe's label. They had samples in the Cambridge store last week and it was very good. The bottom crust is paper thin and there is no top crust.

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                                                macca Mar 10, 2007 07:20 AM

                                                I bought one of these today at the Burlington store. Had a great shopping morining today. First to TJ's. Heard good things about their soups, so i picked up the tomato and the ginger carrot. Fage yogurt, brown basmati rice, cereal, multigrain crackers. The eggs were only .99 a dozen. some frozen naan. Also picked up a box of the pad thai. Have not heard any reports, but thought I would give it a try. Another poster mentioned the cod sticks. My 5 yo nephew loves them, and so convenient to have in the freezer for a quick snack.
                                                Then off to Wilson Farms for my produce, butter and cheeses- and their wonderful burgers. Can't pass up their scones. And they also have large bottles of Lutenica ( pepper, carrot, garlic, vegetable spread). It is fantastic- a great low calorie topping for crackers, and a good way to get kids to eat vegatable.
                                                Home again, and will probably spend the rest of the weekend puttering in the kitchen with all my good stuff!

                                              2. savina Mar 9, 2007 01:20 PM

                                                The Indian Fare meals that come boxed with a pouch inside that gets heated up in boiling water. At $1.99 a pop, I'll never order Indian take-out again. The vegetables with paneer cheese is my favorite of the ones I've tried. I was lukewarm on the spicy chickpeas because the chickpeas didn't quite soften up enough, but I'll try cooking it longer next time to see if it helps. The frozen Garlic Naan bread is of course a must.

                                                I also love the frozen teaspoon-sized cubes of cilantro and basil. I hate throwing away half a bunch of herbs because all I needed was a small portion for a recipe. I much prefer this option to buying dried versions.

                                                Habanero pistachios for a spicy snack. I suck the habanero dust off the shells after I eat the nuts. Mmm.

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                                                  southendeater Mar 18, 2007 10:33 PM

                                                  I want to second the recommendation for the frozen Garlic Naan. The "fresh" naan loaves (kind of elongated, in aplastic bag with the breads) was the first naan I had at TJ's, and it was very mediocre - not especially naan-like.

                                                  The frozen Garlic Naan, especially if cooked in an oven on a pizza stone, is 98% as good as fresh naan at most Indian restaurants...esp. if you put a little butter on it. It has an uneven, circle-ish, hand-tossed shape and pleasing brown cooked spots. (There's plain frozen naan, too, also good).

                                                  If you like the Indian Fare meals, you MUST get the frozen naan to go with it.

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                                                  bklynbiker Mar 5, 2007 01:04 PM

                                                  OK i looked for the Tarte d'Alsace (ham and onion) -- does anyone know if the Manhattan outlet carries it? If so, where? They didnt seem to have in the frozen aisle(s) when I checked last week. Thanks!

                                                  1. NYChristopher Feb 27, 2007 09:39 PM

                                                    Gerolsteiner mineral water - no, not exclusively TJ's, but the best price around

                                                    French and Italian sodas - can't beat them for price and quality is VERY good (I particularly like the grapefruit soda)

                                                    Plain goat cheese log - I think I know who the source may be and if I'm right, this is 1.00-1.50 off; I buy several at a time

                                                    Stoned Wheat Crackers - I get my favorite cracker without having to look at Rachel Ray!

                                                    Organic milk - at 5.50 a gallon, it's priced competitively with the bodegas in my neighborhood (If I went to my regular market and got non-organic, I'd save $2, but that place is a haul for me to get to ... the trials of living in NYC)

                                                    Organic broths, vegetable and chicken for 1.79 per - no one comes close on price; if I wanted to upgrade to the stock of a competitor, I'd pay MORE than two bucks more

                                                    Sweet - they have some cranberry cookie that is off the HOOK!!!

                                                    Lemony-poppy scones (all scones, actually)

                                                    Frozen - I've been a tad disappointed, but friends like the rack of lamb (I like rack of lamb, but I don't see where this is all that)

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                                                      besmircher Feb 27, 2007 09:24 PM

                                                      potstickers! they come in shrimp and vegetable ( i think) and are great to keep in your freezer and just whip up for a quick snack.

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                                                        chaussonauxpommes Feb 27, 2007 09:21 PM

                                                        Wow! What fun it is to read these lists. I'm a Trader Joe's addict. I'll just add a few things that are my absolute favorites and staples in my kitchen and aren't yet on this list:
                                                        1) 99cent refrigerated bagged whole wheat pizza dough -- turns leftover veggies, meats and cheeses into a super easy, sorta healthy meal. I make these almost once a week.
                                                        2) Dark chocolate covered soy nuts -- these require no explanation.
                                                        3) TJ's brand all natural poultry. My budget can't yet afford to go all organic, but I appreciate having an option of affordable poultry with no hormones or antibiotics.
                                                        4) Small pork tenderloins. What a bargain. Roast it one night with cumin and other spices, use the leftovers the next night for fajitas. With one of this great little pieces of meat I have the protein portion of dinner for two for two nights for 5-6 bucks.

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                                                          mojoeater Feb 22, 2007 04:08 PM

                                                          I MISS TJ's! We moved fm LA a couple months ago and Trader Joe's is one of the things I miss the most. Here are a few favorites:

                                                          Just Grilled Chicken Strips - great for a quick dinner and no artificial colors or flavorings like the name brands in other stores.

                                                          Thai Green Curry in a jar - lemongrass, mmmm.
                                                          Cuban Black Beans
                                                          Mixed Olive Tapenade
                                                          Frozen mixed berries - can you say smoothie?
                                                          Gyozas - any kind from their freezer
                                                          Honey Moon Viognier
                                                          2 Buck Chuck

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                                                            lingmao Feb 22, 2007 03:58 PM

                                                            There is a jalepeno blue cornbread mix at TJs that is fantastic. Mind you, it's very sweet and cake-like, but it's spicy and delicious.

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                                                              Oh Robin Feb 22, 2007 03:53 PM

                                                              A few:

                                                              Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips
                                                              String Cheese (so milky and delish)
                                                              Bean Chips (yummy tortilla chips made with pintos... addictive)
                                                              Mini Bran Muffins
                                                              Great cheap olive oil
                                                              Buttery tub chocolate chip cookies
                                                              Chicken breakfast sausage (1 point per link Weight Watchers!)

                                                              I could go on forever...

                                                              (and my sister works there, makes it even worse)

                                                              1. onefineleo Feb 22, 2007 01:00 PM

                                                                I copied this from a very helpful post last year and I have since enjoyed many things and added some of my own:

                                                                TRADER JOE'S SHOPPING LIST:
                                                                Crackers and chips:
                                                                Stoned wheat thins
                                                                Parmesan pita toasts
                                                                Blue bag potato chips
                                                                Trader Giotto crostini (best crackers for cheese I have found)
                                                                Mini multi seed rice crackers
                                                                Snap Pea Crisps ( i am completely and helplessly addicted)

                                                                Frozen:
                                                                Stir fry snow pea mix
                                                                French green beans(HARICOTS VERTS- stir fry these; do not blanch))
                                                                Grilled corn
                                                                Mandarin orange chicken (in a pinch) ; Stir fry Citrus Chicken
                                                                Chicken spring rolls- both Coconut and Lemongrass types
                                                                Tamales- Grn chili and cheese, and Chicken, and Beef- all are excellent
                                                                Mini Beef Tacos ( i have detested all their other frozen mexican products- skimpy fillings and poorly flavored)
                                                                Mushroom Ravioli
                                                                Tr Joe’s Spinach Pie (not Filo Factory version)
                                                                TJ's eggplant parm in filo (good flavor but yes it is mushy)
                                                                Exotic mushrooms/shiitakes
                                                                Edamame
                                                                Artichoke hearts(nuke 2 min.; much better than in jar)
                                                                Tarte d'Alsace w/ gruyere and ham(what a tremendous product)
                                                                Turkey Stromboli
                                                                Calamari rings( good for quick protein/seafood addition to a soup or entree)
                                                                Indian(vaccuum packed in foil pouches in box):
                                                                Eggplant ; Dal ; etc.

                                                                Deli:
                                                                Niman bacon
                                                                Niman ham,corned beef
                                                                Cilantro lime noodle salad
                                                                Spinach, red chili, flour tortillas
                                                                Corn tortillas (much better/more flexible than Whole Foods)

                                                                Mexican layered dip
                                                                Hoomus 3 Layer
                                                                North Atlantic (navy label)smoked salmon
                                                                Grated parm in navy blue bag(watch out- this can go moldy)
                                                                Parm chunks
                                                                Aged Old amsterdam gouda w/ black rind
                                                                Goat cheese crumbles
                                                                Greek yoghurt w/ honey on the side
                                                                Greek tzatziki yoghurt sauce
                                                                Salmon caviar
                                                                Pate in mini loaf- shaped crock
                                                                Produce:
                                                                Clementines Box
                                                                Bags of Baby Spinach

                                                                Baked Goods:
                                                                All scones
                                                                Almond croissants
                                                                Triple ginger gingersnaps in tub

                                                                Dry Goods:
                                                                Brown Rice Medley -wonderful components for color and texture
                                                                Trotolle Pasta – great shape for catching sauce between its coils
                                                                All nuts/ roasted sunflower seeds
                                                                Thai chili lime cashews
                                                                Raspberry chocolate trail mix
                                                                Peanut Toffee- in black bags
                                                                Dark chocolate bars- the single source ,and the larger tr joes bittersweet and extra dark ones( i use all these for baking)
                                                                Coffee
                                                                Jasmine Green Tea bags
                                                                Calcium w Magnesium

                                                                Cans and Jars:
                                                                Artichoke Crowns Marinated
                                                                Canned hearts of palm( neat addition to salads; though some of theirs are too fibrous)
                                                                Thai Coconut, Mojito and Moroccan simmer sauces
                                                                Vodka marinara sauce
                                                                Salsa with corn and black beans
                                                                Salsa verde
                                                                Black truffle oil (better than the other cheap[less than $25] ones i've tried)
                                                                Black tea unsweetened, in jug (the bottled one is better but more exp.)

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                                                                  ginnyhw Feb 24, 2007 04:46 AM

                                                                  Let me add TJ's whole wheat blueberry waffles from the freezer section-
                                                                  the local vendor relocated and the Boston area TJ's just got these back in stock- yippee!
                                                                  It's not Saturday morning without TJ's waffles and maple syrups - we are trying their blueberry syrup and it's very nice

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                                                                    NYChristopher Feb 27, 2007 09:40 PM

                                                                    Niman's? You get NIMAN'S at your TJ's? Who says Boston doesn't have it over New York? ;-)

                                                                    Glad to hear about the truffle oil, too ... I'll have to give it a shot.

                                                                  2. don giovanni Feb 21, 2007 09:43 PM

                                                                    The big container of fresh basil for (I think) $3

                                                                    1. Lobstah Feb 21, 2007 09:38 PM

                                                                      Garlic Naan & Korma sauce!

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                                                                        bklynbiker Feb 21, 2007 09:33 PM

                                                                        Cod fingers -- like fish sticks, only good! Also salmon patties (not salmon cakes) - something like 3.99 for a pack of 5 and they're really excellent, especially on the grill in summer (or global warming NY winters). Ditto the french green beans, an especially excellent value, the white balsamic and the cheesecake. The mixed frozen tropical fruits have gone a long way toward enlivening my summer BBQs when blended with rum, also. On the flip side, among the very few disappointments were the crab cakes (mushy), a corn and red pepper salsa that was bizarrely sweet (sugar is a top ingredient) and some of the bread, which while very tasty, can tend to go moldy very fast (even before expiry date in some cases).

                                                                        1. Amanda Enclade Feb 20, 2007 11:44 AM

                                                                          chocolate chip cookies in the frozen section
                                                                          pie dough in the frige
                                                                          pizza dough in the fridge
                                                                          chinese chicken salad dressing
                                                                          crispy wontons in the chip area
                                                                          greek yogurt
                                                                          raw milk grana padana
                                                                          honeybush tea
                                                                          maple syrup
                                                                          canned corn
                                                                          organic baked beans
                                                                          champagne vinegar with citrus

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                                                                            sox.fan Feb 20, 2007 11:35 AM

                                                                            Just a few of our favorites:
                                                                            --NY Cheesecake (frozen)
                                                                            --DoubleDark coffee
                                                                            --TJ's brand Banana Nut Crunch cereal
                                                                            --frozen thin green beans, from France
                                                                            --Dunkers choc chip cookies
                                                                            --Kettle Ground Black Pepper chips
                                                                            --pineapple salsa
                                                                            --Soy Vey teriyaki sauce
                                                                            --French Onion soup (frozen)
                                                                            --******frozen minced garlic cubes and basil cubes!!!
                                                                            and always try what they are cooking up for more ideas.

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                                                                              Kaisgraham Jan 31, 2007 07:22 AM

                                                                              Last night we ate TJ lamb tenderloin. I marinated it all day in a paste of olive oil, minced garlic, fresh mint and fresh rosemary and then bbq'd it. Lovely.

                                                                              1. chelleyd01 Jan 29, 2007 05:01 PM

                                                                                So, I am about an hour from my TJ's but here is my list of faves to secure..
                                                                                The plain bagels and lemon tart from the baked goods.
                                                                                Steel cut oats
                                                                                Chocolate Hazelnut spread
                                                                                white balsamic vinegar
                                                                                basmati rice
                                                                                frozen roasted corn
                                                                                baby green beans
                                                                                spinach and artichoke dip
                                                                                french onion soup
                                                                                frozen steel cut oatmeal discs
                                                                                raw honey
                                                                                tiramisu gelato
                                                                                english toffee
                                                                                2 buck chuck
                                                                                cheeses (but gotta watch because they go bad FAST)
                                                                                red hawaiian sea salt
                                                                                soooooo many more!

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                                                                                  davidsigep Jan 29, 2007 12:42 PM

                                                                                  -Middle Eastern Flat Bread is amazing with hummus. Put it in toaster or on the stove burner briefly before eating. yummy

                                                                                  -Le Gateau desert - 3 layer moose (frozen). Quite tasty, but doesn't always seem to be in stock.

                                                                                  -Peanut Thai salad dressing. Sorry I'm not at home so don't have the bottle to look at, but it's in the refrigerated section by the salad usually. It's a spicy peanut salad dressing in a glass bottle... red-orange label, I believe. A little spicy and very good.

                                                                                  -Organic catsup. Nirvana in a bottle. I'd say about 50% of the time when I checkout with a bottle, the cashier will pick up the bottle, look me dead in the eyes and say, "OMG Isn't this the greatest catsup ever?!" It was kind of creepy the first time (before I tried it). Now, I understand, have happily joined their cult and welcome our new ketchup overlords.

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                                                                                    pamalamb Jan 31, 2007 07:06 AM

                                                                                    The Cilantro salad dressing, next to the Peanut Thai dressing in the refrigerated case, is excellent. I like to mix it with black beans, corn and salsa.

                                                                                    I love the gyoza, which have been discontinued by the manufacturer. TJs says they're looking for a replacement.

                                                                                    The veggie eggrolls are awesome. They bake up crispy in 20 minutes, and the veggie and tofu filling is tasty (and I don't like tofu!).

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                                                                                    Kaisgraham Jan 29, 2007 06:35 AM

                                                                                    My son in law who works for the Alaska Brewing Co in Juneau is a beer afficianado. He recommends the Belgian Wittekerke from TJ to all you beer lovers.

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                                                                                      piccola Jan 24, 2007 07:43 PM

                                                                                      I nominate the frozen naan, the frozen veggie dumplings, the freeze-dried fruit, the Greek yogurt and and the store-brand shredded wheat.

                                                                                      1. HPLsauce Jan 24, 2007 07:36 PM

                                                                                        Agree that the Tarte D' Alsace is nice. I am also partial to the frozen breaded "eggplant cutlets", the Spega yogurt, and the (refrigerated) grapefruit juice.

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                                                                                          Leslie Jan 24, 2007 03:41 PM

                                                                                          Just curious- those little pitas look so cute. What do you put in them? they are soooo small.

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                                                                                            NiKoLe1625 Jan 24, 2007 07:22 PM

                                                                                            i usually just put a spoonful of hummus or some taboule in them! also they are great with some peanut butter and jelly! they are perfect for a small snack! love them!

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                                                                                              jessicheese Jan 29, 2007 11:27 AM

                                                                                              I like to make mini pita pitas for partys

                                                                                            2. NiKoLe1625 Jan 24, 2007 03:09 PM

                                                                                              i love the green tea mochi! its SO good! also, a lot of their snacks like pita chips etc are really really good! also, the mini pitas are awesome!

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                                                                                                slynnkiino Jan 24, 2007 01:05 PM

                                                                                                I like the Tuscan Pane, too, toasted and buttered for breakfast.
                                                                                                I also like the chocolate-covered, peanut-butter-filled pretzels.

                                                                                                --Sarah
                                                                                                http://www.avenuefood.com

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                                                                                                  little audrey Mar 19, 2007 03:10 PM

                                                                                                  That Tuscan Pane is my favorite bread in the world, just straight up, nothing on it. MMMM

                                                                                                  Other TJ "legalized crack" items: chili dried mango, chocolate covered banana chips, dark chocolate Figments.

                                                                                                  Unfortunately, I haven't liked any of the frozen items I tried.

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                                                                                                    headbroad Mar 15, 2010 10:17 AM

                                                                                                    How much does the Tuscan Pane cost?

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                                                                                                      coney with everything Mar 16, 2010 06:01 AM

                                                                                                      Headbroad...you don't need to post the same question on every TJ thread :)

                                                                                                      IIRC it's about $3 a loaf, don't know exactly

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                                                                                                        greygarious Mar 20, 2010 07:09 PM

                                                                                                        Especially not on a 3 year old thread when there are current ones on the same topic!

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                                                                                                  RIChowderhead Jan 24, 2007 01:02 PM

                                                                                                  We love the Tuscan Pane. We also buy the David somebody-or-other frozen Chocolate Tort. It's a lowered fat type and is still very edible. And all we drink is TJ's French Roast.
                                                                                                  They also have a great Walnut/Cranberry Tart.

                                                                                                  They used to have a moderately hot Salsa, but they discontinued it. I think it was called Salsa Taquera. But it's not surprising. Finding truly hot salsa anywhere (in New England) is difficult.

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                                                                                                    themindmelder Jul 9, 2010 06:29 AM

                                                                                                    I like getting the TJs Garden Salsa in the fresh aisle near the salads, and adding a little hot sauce (or a lot!) to it. It tastes delicious, and that particular salsa has a shelf life of 3 or 4 months in the fridge.

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                                                                                                    FlavoursGal Jan 24, 2007 12:37 PM

                                                                                                    To the Owners of Trader Joe's:

                                                                                                    I know you must be reading this (!!!). Can you please tell us when you'll be opening in Canada, Toronto being your likely inaugural city?

                                                                                                    Some of us have actually been to your stores and love your products, while others of us continue to read and drool...

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                                                                                                      Steve Green Jul 16, 2007 01:30 PM

                                                                                                      You can correspond with TJ's directly on this, which should get you better results:
                                                                                                      http://www.traderjoes.com/contact_us_...

                                                                                                    2. LovesFoieGras Jan 24, 2007 12:33 PM

                                                                                                      I LOVE Traders......I have never bought anything there that I didnt like. Love the Blue Tortilla's, Mushroom Rav's and the Spinach/Artichoke Dip. They have the best deals on wine and always have my favorite Chianti....not to mention 2 Buck Chuck!!

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                                                                                                        themindmelder Jul 9, 2010 06:28 AM

                                                                                                        You can also make that Spinach/Artichoke Dip as directed, and then toss it with some TJ Bowtie pasta, and a little Parmesan Cheese....YUM!

                                                                                                      2. ciaogal Jan 24, 2007 06:51 AM

                                                                                                        Love the Trader Ming's Satay noodles ...and it is Vegan...no meat!
                                                                                                        It's a yummy quick snack.

                                                                                                        1. Mister Big Oct 21, 2006 02:50 AM

                                                                                                          Disagree entirely on TJ's frozen pizza. Their three cheese pizza is better than most parlor pizza in the DC area.

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