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What Are Your Favorite Grocery Store Items?

Jeff C. Dec 17, 2007 04:53 AM

Okay, there are only three rules here:
1. Food products only.
2. Items need to be the best of their kind.
3. Items need to be widely available.

My faves:
1. Colavita olive oil--as good as brands costing twice as much
2. Fage Total 0% yogurt--richer than other brand's full-fat yogurts; perfect with honey, fruit and/or chopped walnuts
3. Kashi Heart-to-Heart Oatmeal--the only instant oatmeal with the taste and texture of slow-cooked oats. (I esp. like the Golden Maple flavor.)
4. Dickinson Purely Fruit strawberry preserves--the name says it all

  1. jnk Dec 17, 2007 05:47 AM

    Hellman's Mayonaise. I've had homemade and most other brands, and nothing beats it for straight unadulterated mayo

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    1. re: jnk
      bitsubeats Dec 17, 2007 06:08 AM

      here here....that and kewpie mayo. I only use it for one thing: as a dipping condiment for dried squid

      I tried kraft mayo once and I coudn't stand it. In a taste test, hellman's wins hands down

      1. re: jnk
        Jeff C. Dec 17, 2007 07:21 AM

        Hellman's IS the best, IMO. Although southerners are sweet on Duke's.

        1. re: Jeff C.
          jim1126 Dec 17, 2007 07:56 AM

          Southerner here... Duke's doesn't even come close to Hellman's IMO.

          1. re: jim1126
            Jeff C. Dec 17, 2007 08:56 AM

            Me, too. And I agree

            1. re: Jeff C.
              laliz Aug 7, 2008 09:14 AM

              I agree, although it is Best Foods here

        2. re: jnk
          bushy Nov 2, 2008 10:39 AM

          Funny how we respond so well to the marketing. If you buy such cheap mayo as Banquet and Safeway store brand and other non-famous real mayo made with Saffola oil as is Hellmans etc. and do a blind taste test you will be amazed. Nobody ever can pick out the Best Foods or Hellmans! Why? because they really are the same stuff with different lables. Most of them are, just try it!

          1. re: bushy
            coll Nov 3, 2008 06:09 AM

            I totally do not agree, just try cooking with it and you will see the difference. My husband can even tell the difference between regular Hellmanns and low fat, which most people say taste the same (yeah I tried to trick him a few times). Some people are just more sensitive to flavors. But Hellmanns is definitely not the same stuff as different labels!

            1. re: coll
              alkapal Nov 10, 2008 05:18 AM

              def can tell difference between low fat and regular hellman's. "just say no" to guar gum!

            2. re: bushy
              FoodChic Nov 10, 2008 06:26 PM

              Clearly you are speak ing for yourself, bushy. I can taste the difference in all mayo, light, canola, Kraft, etc...Hellman's definitely is the best mayo period.

          2. jayt90 Dec 17, 2007 06:43 AM

            Trio (Nestle) gravy mix. I add 2T to my usual sauce thickener for its browning, and slight spiciness.
            Anchovies, and a bottle of thick Vietnamese fish sauce: one or the other for stew or soup, tho' a little goes a long way.
            Dijon mustard.
            Lea and Perrins Worcestershire.
            Herdez chipotle
            Arctic Surf canned clams
            Niblets corn
            Heinz tomato soup
            Campbells mushroom soup
            Frank's hot sauce
            Sardines or Sprats from EU
            Kikkoman soy sauce

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            1. re: jayt90
              sirregular Jan 20, 2008 08:04 AM

              Agreed on the Lea and Perrins... There is no other! :) I have to add Tone's Italian Seasoning. While it may be cheap, there's just no substitute for the way it tastes, with its addition of a few tiny pieces of rosemary mixed throughout. It's generally the base for any Italian meat seasoning that I make at home.

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              sophia519 Dec 17, 2007 07:43 AM

              Good topic, here's my list:
              1. I'm a big fan of the "Roland" brand products, so I have a bunch of those: albacore tuna. They have both water and oil varieties. All of the Roland products are fairly priced and seem better quality.
              2. Roland nicoise olives, as well as other varieties
              3. Roland jarred red peppers
              4. Roland arborio rice
              5. Roland capers, and anchovies
              6. Muir Glen canned tomatoes, especially the fire roasted. LOVE these!
              7. Dunkin Donuts coffee (for a very mild cup of coffee)
              8. Melitta coffee
              9. Barilla pasta and their new (I think) dried tortellini. I like Barilla's dried better than most other brands fresh, at half the price.
              10. Steamfresh frozen vegetables (the kind you cook in the bag, in the microwave), all varieties. If you need to use frozen vegetables, these are noticeably better.
              11. Herdez salsa
              12. Orville Redenbacker "Tender White" microwave popcorn
              13. Thomas Sourdough English Muffins. I usually hate the sourdough taste, but these are quite good.
              14. Progresso Tomato Rotini, and Macaroni and Bean soups
              15. Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia ice cream
              16. Hebrew National beef hot dogs
              17. Western French dressing, nostalgic for me
              18. Mezzetti's (?) banana peppers
              19. Georgia Peach juice (I forgot the brand, but I know it's in the organic section)
              20. 15 bean soup packet (don't know the brand)

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              1. re: sophia519
                Jeff C. Dec 17, 2007 07:53 AM

                Great list. Love the Roland red peppers. Do they make pesto, by chance? (I've never seen it, if so.)

                Oh, and Eight O'Clock brand coffee is my favorite--costs half as much as Starbucks, Peet's, etc., and tastes better.

                1. re: Jeff C.
                  pesto Dec 17, 2007 08:19 AM

                  Eight O'Clock is one of the best coffees! I absolutely agree. I am always complimented on my coffee and people are surprised when they hear what brand it is.

                  1. re: Jeff C.
                    sophia519 Dec 17, 2007 08:51 AM

                    I am not sure if they make pesto. I'll take a look the next time I am there. They should have all of the Roland stuff together, so I could simply fill up the cart in one place!

                    1. re: sophia519
                      coll Dec 23, 2007 12:35 PM

                      Yes they do, here is what it looks like

                      By the way, they don't make anything, they are importers.

                      They also sell quail eggs, cornichons, every Oriental sauce you every heard of, escargot, blue-green etc cherries for cocktails, lingonberries, truffles, pate; too bad their website is down. I go to a local small grocery just because they have extensive Roland products, although they keep moving them around!


                  2. re: sophia519
                    jim1126 Dec 17, 2007 07:59 AM

                    Muir Glen fire roasted tomatoes have replaced San Marzano in my kitchen. They're that good.

                    One recent discovery of my own... Sabrett spicy brown mustard. Heaven. Not too spicy; will never go back to yellow French's after using this.

                    1. re: jim1126
                      Jeff C. Dec 17, 2007 08:56 AM

                      I'm sure glad I posted this. You guys are reminding me of soooo many things I forgot to put on my original list. Muir Glen fire roasted tomatoes, for instance. Used the diced ones to make shrimp creole the other night. 'Twas dee-VINE. (They're great in chili, too.) (And ANY pasta dish, naturally.)

                      1. re: Jeff C.
                        madgreek Aug 7, 2008 07:44 AM

                        I just made a chicken paella with these yesterday. Played nice with the saffron, paprika and red/yellow bell peppers.

                      2. re: jim1126
                        SweetPea914 Dec 21, 2007 05:12 AM

                        I love their fire roasted tomatoes...I end up eating some straight from the can whenever I cook with them!

                      3. re: sophia519
                        amyzan Dec 21, 2007 04:07 AM

                        Sophia, is the peach juice After the Fall brand? Curious.

                        1. re: sophia519
                          eartha Dec 27, 2007 07:14 PM

                          sophia, I'm not familiar with Roland brand. I'm on the west coast and I don't know that name. Where do you live? Where are Roland brands located or what store carries them?

                          1. re: eartha
                            torty Dec 27, 2007 08:45 PM

                            In So Cal I see them at Smart & Final

                            1. re: eartha
                              sophia519 Jan 1, 2008 02:36 PM

                              I am afraid that I don't know which stores carry them. I live in WI and shop at a grocery store called "Woodman's." I've never looked for the brand in other states. You might check their website to see if there's any info.

                              1. re: sophia519
                                coll Jan 1, 2008 03:41 PM

                                Their website is back up

                          2. jmckee Dec 17, 2007 09:18 AM

                            DaVinci Brand Extra Virgin Olive Oil
                            All the Brianna's brand salad dressings

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                              poppy1 Dec 17, 2007 09:34 AM

                              Best refried (pinto) beans: La Costena
                              Supremo Chihuahua cheese - but sliced from the deli, not prepackaged
                              And ditto on Eight O'Clock coffee.

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                              1. re: poppy1
                                shaebones Dec 17, 2007 10:20 AM

                                I third the Roland brand jarred red peppers. There isn't a better brand out there.

                                1. re: poppy1
                                  kare_raisu Dec 19, 2007 09:58 PM

                                  BIG second on La Costena - Eat Nopal got me hooked on these. The black refritos are excellent too!

                                2. ccbweb Dec 17, 2007 10:59 AM

                                  Daisy Light Sour Cream

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                                  1. re: ccbweb
                                    Jeff C. Dec 17, 2007 11:30 AM

                                    I like Daisy sour cream as well, and another dairy fave is Land o' Lakes Fat Free Half & Half.

                                    1. re: ccbweb
                                      Kajikit Dec 17, 2007 11:39 AM

                                      I like Daisy Light because it doesn't have vegetable gum in it - just skim milk! It tastes just like their regular stuff...

                                      1. re: Kajikit
                                        ccbweb Dec 18, 2007 07:39 AM

                                        Exactly. We're continually blown away at everything that isn't in it. It's become as important in our fridge as Silk Soy Creamer and half and half for our coffee in the morning. (Ok, interesting sentence construction there....we don't put the sour cream in the coffee...)

                                        And, oh yeah, Silk Soy Creamer is another item.

                                        1. re: ccbweb
                                          adventuresinbaking Dec 20, 2007 08:42 AM

                                          Especially the hazelnut creamer, it's great.

                                    2. Gio Dec 17, 2007 11:17 AM

                                      OK I'll Play... here's a partial list::
                                      Ditto the Hellman's
                                      Gulden Spicy Brown Mustard
                                      Jack Daniels mustard - all styles
                                      Lee & Perrin Worcestershire
                                      McIlhenney Tabasco (sorry Eat Nopal)
                                      Golden Boy Cholula
                                      Green Mountain Gringo Medium Salsa
                                      Green Mountain Gringo Tortilla Strips
                                      Stoneybrook Plain No-fat Yogurt
                                      Cabot Ceddars - all styles, esp. extra sharp
                                      Cabot sweet and salted butter
                                      Kate's of Maine sweet butter
                                      Pastene Kitchen Ready Tomatoes
                                      Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
                                      Colavita Red Wine Vunegar
                                      Barilla Macaroni products
                                      Dragone Ricotta - in a pinch
                                      Swanson All Natural Low Sodium Chicken Broth
                                      Quaker Oats
                                      King Arthur All Purpose Flour
                                      Bonne Maman preserves
                                      Trader Joe's Katsup

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                                      1. re: Gio
                                        Pia Dec 19, 2007 06:01 AM

                                        Tillamook cheddar
                                        Annie's Organic red wine vinaigrette
                                        Kashi Heart to Heart (cereal)
                                        Quaker Oatmeal Squares (cereal)
                                        Nature Valley Roasted Almond Crunch bars
                                        Pepperidge Farm oatmeal bread

                                        1. re: Pia
                                          PDeveaux Dec 21, 2007 07:19 PM

                                          Tillamook cheddar is wonderful but I have to get my son and daughter-in-law in Portland, Oregon to ship it to me in Florida. None in the grocery stores.

                                          1. re: PDeveaux
                                            coney with everything Dec 22, 2007 03:59 AM

                                            Check Costco. Tillamook used to be one of the items we always brought back when visiting my family in Washington state, but now Costco has several varieties of it.

                                            LOL, Starbucks/Seattle's Best Coffee used to be on that list too!

                                            1. re: PDeveaux
                                              revsharkie Dec 22, 2007 04:07 PM

                                              I can get Tillamook extra sharp cheddar in the fancy cheese section at Hy-Vee out here in the Middle of Nowhere, Iowa.

                                              1. re: revsharkie
                                                amyzan Dec 24, 2007 07:00 AM

                                                Yeah, it's also available at Dillon's in the KC area. In fact, it's on sale for $3.99 per pound package at present, but the sharpest the Dillon's nearest me had was sharp. Still, at that price, I bought a pound.

                                              2. re: PDeveaux
                                                Vexorg Dec 24, 2007 01:55 PM

                                                Ditto on the Tillamook Cheddar. Fortunately, up here in the Pacific Northwest you can find it pretty much anywhere, but it sounds like it's not all that difficult to find elsewhere if you know where to look. Now if only I could find a steady source of New Mexico green chile...

                                                1. re: PDeveaux
                                                  salmonfiend Dec 30, 2007 06:21 PM

                                                  My Trader Joe's here in Indianapolis, IN has Tillamook cheddar. As a born and raised oregonian, I agree that Tillamook cheddar is a necessity!

                                            2. Kajikit Dec 17, 2007 11:45 AM

                                              Dannon naturals yoghurts (the little four pack... sweetened with real sugar instead of HFCS)
                                              Hellmans mayo
                                              French's spicy brown mustard
                                              Flatout Light Italian wraps
                                              Daisy light sour cream (no gunky vegetable gums...)
                                              Florida's Natural Orange Juice with pulp (tastes much nicer than Tropicana)
                                              Sunbutter crunchy
                                              Kozy Shack puddings (all flavours are good but the chocolate is ESPECIALLY nice)
                                              Edys slow-churned icecream

                                              1. jeni1002 Dec 17, 2007 11:59 AM

                                                Friendship cottage cheese

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                                                  piccola Dec 18, 2007 10:22 PM

                                                  I'm a big fan of the President's Choice brand - the Loblaws store brand in Canada. So far, I've only found a handful of products (out of hundreds) that I don't like. Hint: stay away from the ketchup.

                                                  I also like:

                                                  Astro's BioBest plain yogurt
                                                  Gardenburger's original veggie burger (tastes like veggies, not fake meat)
                                                  Newman's Own Light Sesame Ginger dressing
                                                  Vitasoy Light Original soymilk
                                                  Thomas's high-fibre English muffins
                                                  McCann's quick-cooking oats (much thicker and creamier than other brands)
                                                  Knorr's veggie stock powder

                                                  I'm sure there are more, but I can't think of them.

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                                                  1. re: piccola
                                                    BarmyFotheringayPhipps Dec 19, 2007 08:59 AM

                                                    The President's Choice Butter First oatmeal cookie is so good that I bring at least one bag home to Massachusetts every time I visit Toronto.

                                                    1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
                                                      piccola Dec 20, 2007 07:53 AM

                                                      Have you ever tried their Decadent chocolate chip cookies? (Yes, that is the name, not a randomly capitalized adjective.)

                                                      I haven't had them in a while, but I remember them being absolutely droolworthy. Huge chocolate chunks.

                                                      1. re: piccola
                                                        BarmyFotheringayPhipps Dec 20, 2007 07:59 AM

                                                        They're definitely tasty! Actually, the other things I always bring back from Toronto are Fudgee-Os, ketchup chips (very hard to find in Boston) and Shreddies.

                                                        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
                                                          SeaSide Tomato Dec 24, 2007 06:46 AM

                                                          Is it possible that this President's Choice brand used to be the house brand at the old Star Market (pre-Albertson's days)? I remember their products (like cookies ) and liked them alot! Are they available in US at all?

                                                          1. re: SeaSide Tomato
                                                            piccola Dec 24, 2007 10:04 AM

                                                            I've heard they're available at some groceries in the N/E US. But I've never seen them.

                                                            1. re: SeaSide Tomato
                                                              BarmyFotheringayPhipps Dec 24, 2007 11:36 AM

                                                              One and the same, but there is a much wider selection of PC products available in Canada than I ever saw at Star market back in the day.

                                                              1. re: SeaSide Tomato
                                                                Caitlin McGrath Dec 24, 2007 05:34 PM

                                                                It seems some local grocery chains in the Northeastern US used to carry PC as their house brand (I know D'Agostino's in NYC did around 8-10 years ago), but I have a feeling whoever distributes the brand isn't doing so in the US anymore. There are hounds dying for PC products on this side of the border, so if they were available here, I think the news would out.

                                                                1. re: Caitlin McGrath
                                                                  SeaSide Tomato Dec 26, 2007 02:21 PM

                                                                  Thanks folks!

                                                                2. re: SeaSide Tomato
                                                                  revsharkie Dec 28, 2007 05:29 AM

                                                                  I thought it was store brand at Fred Meyer.

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                                                          BBQ101 Dec 19, 2007 07:50 AM

                                                          Knorr Pesto is great for a packaged sauce.

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                                                          1. re: BBQ101
                                                            othervoice Dec 19, 2007 08:44 AM

                                                            Knorr Bernaise Sauce is another great packaged sauce mix. Add fresh mushrooms and a thinck steak and it's heaven.

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                                                            fara Dec 19, 2007 04:42 PM

                                                            pomi boxed strained and chopped tomatoes
                                                            edensoy original
                                                            imported parmigiano reggiano
                                                            whole foods ciabatta bread
                                                            applegate farms havarti cheese
                                                            celtic sea salt
                                                            annie's mac n'cheese
                                                            cafe goya and cafe bustelo
                                                            organic frozen whie corn
                                                            packaged baby spinach(for cooking) and packaged mache
                                                            le provence(?) unsalted butter
                                                            lest not to forget, stouffer's french bread pizza

                                                            1. ipsedixit Dec 19, 2007 09:29 PM

                                                              Heinz Ketchup

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                                                                Sourise Dec 19, 2007 10:17 PM

                                                                Popsecret "homestyle" popcorn
                                                                Newman's Own Orange Mango Tango
                                                                Health valley chicken nuggets
                                                                Brianna's Honey mustard salad dressing
                                                                Braeburn Apples... (does produce count?)
                                                                Annie's refried beans (as a side dish served with lots of fresh tomatoes tossed into it... perfect for lazy-night)

                                                                I'm always sad I can never find good baked goods at the supermarket. I've pretty much given up on ever eating bread again...

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                                                                1. re: Sourise
                                                                  Jeff C. Dec 20, 2007 04:27 AM

                                                                  Is Orange Mango Tango a juice blend or what? I don't think I've seen it here.

                                                                  1. re: Jeff C.
                                                                    Sourise Jan 2, 2008 02:21 PM

                                                                    It's not a blended drink or a smoothie or anything- it's pulp-free orange juice consistency, but with more exotic, sweet citrus flavors. For some reason, I only see it in Stop and Shop (and only on rare occasions- they seem to sell out fast).

                                                                    1. re: Sourise
                                                                      Jeff C. Jan 2, 2008 03:02 PM

                                                                      Checked the website--not available in the south. Sounds delish, though.

                                                                  2. re: Sourise
                                                                    janetofreno Dec 26, 2007 05:03 PM

                                                                    I LOVE Popsecret "homestyle" popcorn. For awhile it was really hard to find, but fortunately it seems to be making a comeback.....

                                                                    There is a certain fruitcake that Raley's (regional chain) carries at Christmas time. So sue me, but I love fruitcake. Especially that one. Its sold as "Fruit and Nut Cake" under the Raley's brand. Today I followed my annual tradition of going to the store and buying several at the post-Christmas "1/2 off" price.......

                                                                    1. re: janetofreno
                                                                      tastycakes Jan 2, 2008 02:38 PM

                                                                      popsecret homestyle is the BOMB!! tastes like the popcorn mom used to make with the air popper that has the little melting tray on top where you put the butter - so good.

                                                                      O organics plain popcorn is delicious too, liked it more than the butter version.

                                                                  3. jfood Dec 20, 2007 08:00 AM

                                                                    This was pretty easy since jfood wrote a computer shopping list program with his favorites:

                                                                    Olde Cape Cod Honey French Lite dressing
                                                                    Guldens mustard
                                                                    Skippy PB (creamy)
                                                                    IMUS Salsa (mild)
                                                                    BB Low Sodium Tuna (white meat)
                                                                    Rao's Marinara
                                                                    Tropicana No Pulp OJ
                                                                    HN Hot Dogs
                                                                    Kate's Butter
                                                                    Frosted Flakes
                                                                    Heinz ketchup
                                                                    Bonne Something Strawberry jam (Jfood knows the label)

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                                                                    1. re: jfood
                                                                      Gio Dec 20, 2007 08:04 AM

                                                                      Bonne Maman. It's on my list too!

                                                                      1. re: Gio
                                                                        jfood Dec 20, 2007 08:34 AM

                                                                        Correct. Thx. love the strawberry and cherry and have just begun the blueberry.

                                                                        1. re: jfood
                                                                          Gio Dec 20, 2007 08:39 AM

                                                                          They're all good as far as I'm concerned. When a jar is finished it's a perfect container for storing my own seasoning blends: Cajun, Creole, Chili powder, etc.

                                                                          1. re: Gio
                                                                            jfood Dec 20, 2007 08:44 AM

                                                                            Have patience Gio. jfood needs to work his way through lots of peanut butter to make that statement. He'll get there for all except Apricot. Just ain't happening.

                                                                          2. re: jfood
                                                                            Jeff C. Dec 20, 2007 09:14 AM

                                                                            Try the Orange marmalade. Excellent.

                                                                            1. re: Jeff C.
                                                                              jfood Dec 20, 2007 09:25 AM

                                                                              jfood is a street kid from NJ. so help please. what do you do with orange maralade. It was the jar at IHOP growing up that was always full.

                                                                              He can;t see it with PB, salted butter and a english muffin just does not feel right. Maybe a corn muffin, halfed, with butter and quick in a skillet, then the marmalade on top? A scone?

                                                                              1. re: jfood
                                                                                Gio Dec 20, 2007 09:27 AM

                                                                                All of the above. Gee, jfood.....no mustard, no apricots, now no orange marmalade. What next?

                                                                                1. re: Gio
                                                                                  jfood Dec 20, 2007 09:32 AM

                                                                                  - Number 2 on the list is gulden's. Mustard goes on hot dogs, not hamburgers. In fact he just had some mustard on his grilled chicken sandwich. :-))
                                                                                  - Apricot marmalade is for Ruggelah. Which reminds jfood to have mrs jfood make a batch this weekend. thx
                                                                                  3 - jfood has a half a dozen wonderful Florida Navels (red and orange) in the fridge for the next few nights. The season has officially begun. Orange marmalade just seems too sweet and goopy-ish (that's a technical term).

                                                                                  1. re: jfood
                                                                                    maria lorraine Dec 20, 2007 07:34 PM

                                                                                    I make an extremely tasty sauce with orange marmalade that I use on pork tenderloin and chicken especially...however, I have been known to dunk pieces into leftover sauce at the bottom of the pan after dinner:

                                                                                    ORANGE MARMALADE-CHIPOTLE SAUCE

                                                                                    3-2/3 c. beef stock
                                                                                    3-2/3 c. chicken stock

                                                                                    3 T. olive oil
                                                                                    ¼ c. finely chopped shallots
                                                                                    ½ cup orange marmalade
                                                                                    1 T. chipotle sauce (from canned chipotles)
                                                                                    1 T. water
                                                                                    2 t. cornstarch

                                                                                    Reduce stock to 2½ cups. (7-1/3 c. to 2 ½ c. – reduced to 1/3 of former volume).

                                                                                    Heat olive oil, add shallots and sauté till soft, about 4 minutes. Add reduced stock, marmalade and chipotles. Simmer till reduced to 2 cups, about 5 minutes. Whisk water and cornstarch together, then add to stock mixture. Stir until sauce boils and thickens, about 5 minutes.

                                                                                    I've made half this recipe many times.
                                                                                    Paraphrased recipe from Velvet Restaurant, NYC.

                                                                                    1. re: maria lorraine
                                                                                      jfood Dec 21, 2007 02:54 AM

                                                                                      Thanks ML that looks great. Was nervous about the portion size until jfood saw the 1/2 comment at the end. jfood is looking for a good pork tenderloin recipe to expand mrs jfood's horizons and this one, with the chipotles looks great.

                                                                                2. re: jfood
                                                                                  Jeff C. Dec 20, 2007 11:57 AM

                                                                                  Bonne Maman orange marmalade is awesome with scones. Whole wheat toast will do in pinch, too. (Serve with soft scrambled eggs.)

                                                                                  1. re: Jeff C.
                                                                                    torty Dec 20, 2007 02:20 PM

                                                                                    Along the eggy rheme I like sourdough baguette toasted, the orange marmalade and soft boiled egg

                                                                                  2. re: jfood
                                                                                    SweetPea914 Dec 21, 2007 05:17 AM

                                                                                    I'm not the biggest fan of marmalade, but have enjoyed it on occasion with scones, or on an english muffin, but always with tea. For some reason I think the orange flavor brings out the flavor of certain dark teas.

                                                                          3. BobB Dec 20, 2007 08:01 AM

                                                                            Hero preserves, especially apricot
                                                                            Spectrum canola mayonnaise, available at Whole Foods - and all you Hellman's fans really need to try this to find out what you're missing!
                                                                            Fig Newmans
                                                                            Pepperidge Farms mini Brussels cookies
                                                                            Barilla pasta
                                                                            Kerrygold butter
                                                                            Melinda's hot sauces

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                                                                              vballgal Dec 20, 2007 09:12 AM

                                                                              teddy's peanutbutter - super crunchy
                                                                              fage total 0% yogurt
                                                                              kashi whole wheat puffs cereal
                                                                              frey poupon dijon mustard
                                                                              sargento light string cheese

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                                                                                Cinnamom Dec 20, 2007 09:25 AM

                                                                                Stonyfield Farm lowfat vanilla yogurt
                                                                                tj's natural peanut butter (creamy, salted)
                                                                                DeCecco pasta
                                                                                Grape Nuts (mix with the yogurt!)
                                                                                Add me to the Bonne Maman list
                                                                                Brownberry 100% whole wheat bread
                                                                                Hellman's mayo
                                                                                any generic plastic wrap, but never Reynold's- it never sticks!

                                                                                1. poptart Dec 20, 2007 10:41 AM

                                                                                  Friendship cottage cheese (I love it...and can't stomach any other brand of cc, not sure why!)
                                                                                  Fage yogurt
                                                                                  Italian tuna canned in olive oil (Pastene)

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                                                                                  1. re: poptart
                                                                                    jfood Dec 20, 2007 11:06 AM

                                                                                    Jfood is very disappointed that you have no relatives on your list Pop Tart. :-))

                                                                                    1. re: jfood
                                                                                      poptart Dec 20, 2007 12:15 PM

                                                                                      Ah, I guess I forgot something didn't I? I always joke with my co-workers because I try to eat healthy (don't really like pre-fab food) but for some reason, I still like Poptarts to bring to work when I haven't had b'fast. I like the taste of the "natural" or "organic" ones best, I am sure that must make them MUCH more healthy than regular ones, haha! All that organic white flour and sugar. :-)

                                                                                      1. re: poptart
                                                                                        monalisawoman Dec 22, 2007 07:44 AM

                                                                                        i love pop-tarts, & wish that the whole grain wave would catch-up with them... so many other breakfast items are whole grain now, why not them?

                                                                                        1. re: monalisawoman
                                                                                          poptart Dec 23, 2007 07:14 PM

                                                                                          Amen! A good whole grain poptart could be quite something, with a better fruit filling, all the better! I'd definitely eat them more often if there were such a thing.

                                                                                          1. re: poptart
                                                                                            smarsh Jan 20, 2008 07:52 AM

                                                                                            ask and you shall receive: http://www2.kelloggs.com/Product/Prod...

                                                                                            1. re: smarsh
                                                                                              poptart Jan 21, 2008 02:03 PM

                                                                                              Whoa! That's amazing.
                                                                                              Too bad they still have all the other crap in them (artificial color, etc etc). I've been getting the "organic" brands at Trader Joes and Whole Foods which are not bad, but not sure how "whole grain" they are.

                                                                                              Still.....I am going to try these, dyes, preservatives etc and all! Thanks for the heads up!

                                                                                    2. re: poptart
                                                                                      vballgal Dec 20, 2007 04:58 PM

                                                                                      how could i forget friendship cottage cheese?! totally agree with you...definitely a staple and the only cottage cheese i buy!

                                                                                      1. re: vballgal
                                                                                        poptart Dec 20, 2007 07:34 PM

                                                                                        Friendship definitely is great. I have never found anything that compares...and also, I am not too crazy about their lowfat version.

                                                                                        Have you tried their other type, I think it's a spread or something? I was curious as to whether it was any good or not.

                                                                                        1. re: poptart
                                                                                          vballgal Dec 22, 2007 11:43 AM

                                                                                          i haven't tried anything but their cottage cheese...i didn't even know they made other products. i'll definitely keep my eye out, though...it's like a spread for bread, bagels, etc?

                                                                                          1. re: vballgal
                                                                                            poptart Dec 22, 2007 12:21 PM

                                                                                            This stuff is called "whipped" cottage cheese, a friend told me she spreads it on a bagel. I haven't tried it yet but I plan to. Unfortunately right now I am planning to go off dairy if I can in the new year for a couple of weeks to see if it helps with my allergies. Their cottage cheese is one of the things I will miss most!

                                                                                            1. re: vballgal
                                                                                              jeni1002 Dec 22, 2007 12:28 PM

                                                                                              Poptart - did you have their farmer's cheese in mind? I buy it pretty often and I am definitely pleased with it - it has a creamy consistency, and not as much liquid as the cottage cheese. I use it as a crepe filling, in lasagnas, and a few other recipes. The farmer's cheese where I come from is a lot more sour and creamier (fewer curds), but this has been an acceptable alternative. BTW, does anyone know of any other farmer's cheese brand? (even WF uses Friendship.....)

                                                                                              Looking at their Web site, I am not sure if they produce any kind of spreadable cheese, just cottage cheese, sour cream, farmer's cheese, yogurt and buttermilk. I haven't tried their yogurt, but I would be curious to find out more....

                                                                                              1. re: jeni1002
                                                                                                poptart Dec 23, 2007 07:17 PM

                                                                                                Actually, their "whipped" cottage cheese is labeled that way, and in the same kind of cottage cheese containers. I have only seen it at Whole Foods, not the other grocery stores that sell Friendship.

                                                                                                Thanks for mentioning the farmer's cheese....it's been years since I've tried it and that would be nice on a bagel I am sure! Going to get some soon!

                                                                                                1. re: poptart
                                                                                                  vballgal Dec 24, 2007 04:30 AM

                                                                                                  just went to whole foods for the first time in a while and i saw the friendship whipped cottage cheese so i gave it a try and i liked it a lot! i've eaten it spread on half of a bagel as well as just on it's own....it seems just like very very small curd cottage cheese without much liquid, a texture that i liked. anyway, i reccommend giving it a try! thanks for heads up :-)

                                                                                      2. k
                                                                                        kobetobiko Dec 20, 2007 05:23 PM

                                                                                        Haagen Dazs and Ciao Bella Ice Cream
                                                                                        Heniz Ketcup
                                                                                        Sriracha or Sambal Omlek
                                                                                        Nathan's Beef Frank
                                                                                        Kikkoman Soy Sauce ( i usually a very specific type, but can do with the normal one for cooking)
                                                                                        I will still buy Kraft's Chedder Cheese if I have a sudden crave for good old American grilled cheese sandwich

                                                                                        1. chefschickie Dec 20, 2007 05:59 PM

                                                                                          Definitely the Sriracha or Sambal oelek
                                                                                          Coconut milk
                                                                                          Pataks Curry Paste (like mild & Vindaloo best, but like them all)
                                                                                          KerryGold Butter
                                                                                          Fage 0%
                                                                                          Daisy Sour Cream
                                                                                          Newmans Own Whole Wheat
                                                                                          Kikkoman Soy Sauce
                                                                                          Jack Daniels Mustard
                                                                                          Bulls Eye BBQ Sauce
                                                                                          Claussens Kosher Pickles
                                                                                          Tostitos Medium Picante Salsa
                                                                                          Ritter Sport / Milka Chocolate
                                                                                          Twinings Lady Grey Tea
                                                                                          Bon Maman Cherry and Black Berry
                                                                                          Skippy Natural
                                                                                          Louisiana Gold Hot Sauce
                                                                                          Tabasco Chipotle
                                                                                          Aidells Andouille Sausage
                                                                                          Italbrand / Scalfani San Marzano Tomatoes
                                                                                          Pomi Strained Tomatoes
                                                                                          Athenos Humus (spicy 3 pepper & Eggplant are my faves)
                                                                                          Kashi Bars
                                                                                          Frantoia Olive Oil
                                                                                          Barilla Plus Pasta
                                                                                          Mimi's Ravioli

                                                                                          Think that's it for now, haha!! Probably forgot some stuff..... like Chocolate Haagen Dazs...... haha

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                                                                                          1. re: chefschickie
                                                                                            Jeff C. Dec 21, 2007 04:41 AM

                                                                                            Like Haagen Daza MAYAN Chocolate, by chance??? I sautee ripe banana slices in equal parts butter and brown sugar and add a splash of dark rum at the end. Then serve over a nice big scoop of the above. (Whipped cream optional.)

                                                                                            It is one SEX-Y dessert! (Trust me.)

                                                                                            1. re: Jeff C.
                                                                                              dolores Dec 22, 2007 03:03 AM

                                                                                              Oh yes, bananas foster over Haagen Daz, yum. I like vanilla, though.

                                                                                              Jif peanut butter. I did my own taste test with Jif, Skippy, and Peter Pan -- Jif won, and then I had to eat all the peanut butter!

                                                                                              Cafe Bustelo dried coffee -- the best to use in baking, the coffee is super strong.

                                                                                              Oh, and McVitie's Chocolate Hob Nob cookies. I used to order them online, now they're available in the international food section of the supermarket. They are addictive.

                                                                                              1. re: dolores
                                                                                                chefschickie Dec 22, 2007 08:37 AM

                                                                                                Oh I forgot!!! McVities Digestive cookies, made with whole meal, sooooo good!!!!

                                                                                          2. j
                                                                                            jeanmarieok Dec 21, 2007 03:59 AM

                                                                                            Chipotle Tabasco - I put it on EVERYTHING
                                                                                            pappadew peppers - they are delicious - sweet and spicy
                                                                                            Kerrygold butter
                                                                                            Boar's Head imported swiss cheese

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                                                                                            1. re: jeanmarieok
                                                                                              mollyomormon Dec 22, 2007 05:24 PM

                                                                                              I looove that Chipotle tabasco!

                                                                                            2. b
                                                                                              bnemes3343 Dec 21, 2007 04:03 AM

                                                                                              Empire kosher chicken

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                                                                                              1. re: bnemes3343
                                                                                                Jeff C. Dec 21, 2007 01:20 PM

                                                                                                Blue Diamond Jalapeno Smokehouse almonds--best (and healthiest) snack food ever!

                                                                                                1. re: Jeff C.
                                                                                                  Isabella Dec 21, 2007 10:25 PM

                                                                                                  Blue Diamond Wasabi Soy Almonds-- add those to the list!

                                                                                                  Good Lawd, JC, your Haagen Daaz creation may just make me fall in love! Wowza!

                                                                                                  1. re: Isabella
                                                                                                    Jeff C. Dec 23, 2007 12:13 PM

                                                                                                    Iz so good...and a helluva lot more festive than fruitcake.

                                                                                                    1. re: Isabella
                                                                                                      Jeff C. Jan 2, 2008 03:22 PM

                                                                                                      Just tried the Wasibi Soy almonds, Isabella. They are way fine! (Just the right amount of wasabi "kick," too.)

                                                                                                      1. re: Jeff C.
                                                                                                        chocolatstiletto Jan 3, 2008 04:32 PM

                                                                                                        they are seriously addicting- have you tried the thai chili and lime ones yet? or the maui onion? (not AS huge a fan of the latter, but the tins of wasabi and thai are getting a too little rattly and empty sounding...)

                                                                                                        1. re: chocolatstiletto
                                                                                                          Jeff C. Jan 3, 2008 10:02 PM

                                                                                                          Haven't tried the Maui Onion almonds yet. Thought the chili-lime ones were chalky and bland. I like the Jalapeno Smokehouse variety the best and the Wasabi-Soy second. Both are positively addictive-not to mention much better for you than a bag of potato chips!

                                                                                                          1. re: Jeff C.
                                                                                                            chocolatstiletto Jan 7, 2008 05:56 AM

                                                                                                            Like I said, I'm not as fond of the maui onion ones or the chili lime ones, although perhaps that's because I'm also addicted to the Trader Joe's cashews and peanuts with the same (except sublime) flavoring, and wish that TJ made an almond version...I'll need to look for the jalapeno ones, thanks!

                                                                                                            1. re: Jeff C.
                                                                                                              Isabella Jan 9, 2008 12:55 AM

                                                                                                              I have no problem eating stinky foods, but the Maui Onion just stayed with me too long. I could smell it the rest of the day. I figured my massage clients probably didn't appreciate that! And it had a bit of artificial flavor or chemical flavor.

                                                                                                              Yeah, JeffC, looks like we both enjoy the same kinda zing! Often these nuts were all I ate in school. Great protein & great zing . . . just what I needed!
                                                                                                              Interestingly enough, I just found a secret stash of them . . . about 10 tubes!

                                                                                                              I had to hide them from my SO, because he was eating 2 packs a day.
                                                                                                              A pack a day was my lunch!

                                                                                                      2. re: Jeff C.
                                                                                                        chefschickie Dec 22, 2007 08:39 AM

                                                                                                        oh, just realized isabella just posted them also, the soy wasabi ones are sooo good!
                                                                                                        and jeff, the ice cream dessert sounds soooo good, def gonna try that one!

                                                                                                        1. re: Jeff C.
                                                                                                          chocolatstiletto Jan 25, 2008 08:05 PM

                                                                                                          have to admit I finally tried them and while they're still pretty decent, I thought the smoky flavor tasted the same chemical flavor as pretentious fake meat. and I say that as a chick who hasn't eaten bacon in over a year. More jalapeno, less flaky coating?

                                                                                                      3. PDeveaux Dec 21, 2007 07:22 PM

                                                                                                        Kraft Real Mayo
                                                                                                        Simply Orange orange juice
                                                                                                        Guldens Spicy Brown Mustard
                                                                                                        Pepperidge Farm cookies

                                                                                                        1. k
                                                                                                          KevinB Dec 22, 2007 12:55 AM

                                                                                                          Well, since no one else has said it: HP Sauce. I can't envision eating eggs without it, and it dresses up so many other dishes. I think I use it more often that I use salt!

                                                                                                          1. monalisawoman Dec 22, 2007 03:17 AM

                                                                                                            casa mia marinated artichoke hearts
                                                                                                            100% whole wheat Wheat Thins
                                                                                                            Utz potato chips
                                                                                                            St. Dalfour Thick apricot (or peach) Preserves
                                                                                                            Peanut butter bumpers

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                                                                                                            1. re: monalisawoman
                                                                                                              Cinnamom Dec 22, 2007 05:26 AM

                                                                                                              I love those artichokes!!! All the other marinated ones out there are just gross. But these are the best.

                                                                                                              1. re: monalisawoman
                                                                                                                Gio Dec 22, 2007 09:28 AM

                                                                                                                Ohhhhyeeesss.... The St. Dalfour Preserves are delicious.. Apricot and Peach are what we love too. I've used both for glazes, as a base for chutney, and as a sauce for ice cream.

                                                                                                              2. revsharkie Dec 22, 2007 04:13 PM

                                                                                                                Kitchen Bouquet seasoning sauce and Lawry's Seasoned Salt.
                                                                                                                Blue Bunny light "superfruit" yogurt, especially the blackcurrant variety. (My local grocery stopped carrying it; I suspect I'm one of only two or three people in town who knows what blackcurrants even are.)
                                                                                                                Cookie's Bar "B" "Q" Sauce, made right here in Sac County.
                                                                                                                Beaver cream style horseradish--although one of those little round jars doesn't last very long at my house.

                                                                                                                1. c
                                                                                                                  crt Dec 22, 2007 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                  Sometimes rules are made to be broken. So my favorite item is whatever is the last item I choose. Because, of course, it means I'll soon be out of the grocery store and on my way home to enjoy one or more of the items I purchased while there.

                                                                                                                  I hate your rule number two as I hate all the 'best of' questionaires here at CH as everybody's idea of what that will be will vary and differ. My view there is no 'best of' there's only what I/you prefer.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: crt
                                                                                                                    Gio Dec 22, 2007 04:46 PM

                                                                                                                    "I hate your rule number two as I hate all the 'best of' questionaires here at CH as everybody's idea of what that will be will vary and differ. My view there is no 'best of' there's only what I/you prefer"

                                                                                                                    While I don't exactly *hate* rule #2.. I understand that everyone's taste is different, and everyone's "best" will be different than other people's. Vive le difference.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Gio
                                                                                                                      MysticYoYo Dec 22, 2007 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                      Kraft Real Mayo - much smoother than Hellman's, which tastes very "eggy" to me. I was vegan for awhile and after I went back to vegetarianism I tasted some Hellman's and it was like eating egg salad. Still, those are the only two brands I will eat.
                                                                                                                      Kimlan soy sauce
                                                                                                                      Most Knorr mixes (avoids thinking about the sodium)

                                                                                                                      edited to add:
                                                                                                                      Lousiana Brand Hot Sauce
                                                                                                                      Morningstar Farm Burgers
                                                                                                                      Fantastic Foods Tabouli Mix
                                                                                                                      Fantastic Foods Tofu Scramble
                                                                                                                      Fantastic Foods Falafel Mix

                                                                                                                  2. lynnlato Dec 22, 2007 05:16 PM

                                                                                                                    Unequivocally, Jiffy peanutbutter. It IS the perfect food product.

                                                                                                                    Hellman's (Duke's is gnarly)
                                                                                                                    Nature's Own 100% whole wheat
                                                                                                                    Bone Suckin' Sauce bbq sauce (hot)
                                                                                                                    Heintz Ketchup
                                                                                                                    Brianna's Homestyle poppyseed dressing
                                                                                                                    Trader Joe's whole wheat pasta
                                                                                                                    Lydia's tomato sauce
                                                                                                                    Daisy sour cream
                                                                                                                    Land O' Lakes butter (unsalted)
                                                                                                                    Coke Zero

                                                                                                                    1. mollyomormon Dec 22, 2007 05:25 PM

                                                                                                                      I don't see that anyone has yet mentioned the Wasa flatbread. I'm a big fan.

                                                                                                                      1. c
                                                                                                                        churchka Dec 22, 2007 08:09 PM

                                                                                                                        Heinz Ketchup!!!

                                                                                                                        If not organic local dairy, then Land O' Lakes

                                                                                                                        Or tofutti dairy free sour cream from the hubby.

                                                                                                                        McCormick's Taco Seasoning

                                                                                                                        Kashi Pizzas

                                                                                                                        And Heinz Ketchup!!!

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                                                                                                                        1. re: churchka
                                                                                                                          dolores Dec 23, 2007 03:39 AM

                                                                                                                          Yes, Heinz ketchup -- there 'is' no other major brand, right???

                                                                                                                          And Jif peanut butter!!! -- it 'can' be the sole source of protein in one's diet, right???

                                                                                                                          1. re: dolores
                                                                                                                            fara Dec 23, 2007 12:12 PM

                                                                                                                            and if you don't want HCFS, Heinz organic is really good. tastes better to me even.

                                                                                                                            1. re: dolores
                                                                                                                              KevinB Jan 20, 2008 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                              Malcolm Gladwell of the New Yorker (one of my favourite writers, BTW), did a piece on the unique taste of Heinz ketchup, and how, though other companies try hard, they can't match the taste and texture. I quite agree; most other attempts are pretty watery.

                                                                                                                              Of course, that reminds me of a famous commercial: a dollop of Heinz and a competitor are put on a board, which is then tilted up for "The Great Ketchup Race". After 20 seconds of silence, during which the competitor's ketchup separates, and sickly pink water starts to run the down the board, the voice-over announces "Heinz loses". Cracked me up every time I saw it.

                                                                                                                          2. Sam Fujisaka Dec 23, 2007 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                            I live in Cali,Colombia, where my grocery store items are good and safe fruits, vegetbles, grains, meats, and diary. I make everything from scratch, don't eat processed or fast foods. I'm not some self-rightous food freak: we just don't have tempting fast or processed foods (no Campbell's cream of mushroom no Taco Hell no Cheese Cake Factory). The junk foods are so junk they make US junk foods look like a trip to the health food store.

                                                                                                                            Now and then I briefly work in the US and try to stay in suite hotels. In that case its off to Safeway to buy: cheddar and Monterey jack (at home I have a stash of Oaxaca, pec-reg from Italy, others), cheap corn and flour tortillas (have to make em at home), sauerkraut, cranapple juice, frozen orange juice, CalRose rice, Tabasco, bagels, English muffins, cheap instant ramen, inexpensive keilbasa and sausages, peanut butter, inexpensive but good wines, a can of Chef Boyardee ravioli, and a bottle of Jim Beam.

                                                                                                                            Before I return home, the trip to the grocery store is for: nori, aburage, corn husks (for tamales), Maseca, dried Mexican chilis, Koda Brothers or Kokuho rice, Japanese pickled vegetables, dried mushrooms, Hondashi, wasabi powder, couscous, canned waterchestnuts and bamboo shoots, anchovies, canned eel, different Japanese and Chineese dried noodles, white peppercorns, ...

                                                                                                                            1. m
                                                                                                                              mpalmer6c Dec 23, 2007 10:23 PM

                                                                                                                              Twp products I tried only fairly recently: Oscar Mayer shaved smoked (not honey) ham, and Pillsbury Golden Layers buttermilk biscuits. Amazingly good.

                                                                                                                              1. b
                                                                                                                                burritobelle Dec 25, 2007 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                                -Tillamook Sour Cream (The BEST! Even the "light" is super thick and creamy)
                                                                                                                                -Safeway brand raviolis - portabella or asparagus (the best frozen ravioli Ive found)
                                                                                                                                -Trader Joe's paparadelle (not many brands make this -- the pasta is silky and delicious)
                                                                                                                                -organic milk (don't have a cow -- must have the milk)
                                                                                                                                -Snyder's sourdough pretzels (the big, fat, hard ones - that was kind of dirty!)

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                                                                                                                                  chefschickie Dec 26, 2007 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                                  haha, funny..... sorry got my mind way in the gutter......

                                                                                                                                  1. re: burritobelle
                                                                                                                                    PDeveaux Jan 5, 2008 11:16 PM

                                                                                                                                    I totally did not know that Tillamook also makes sour cream.

                                                                                                                                  2. susancinsf Dec 26, 2007 01:10 PM

                                                                                                                                    The Dickinson blackberry Purely Fruit is pretty good too!

                                                                                                                                    and yes, ditto on Fage.

                                                                                                                                    1. val ann c Dec 26, 2007 07:39 PM

                                                                                                                                      Teddy peanut butter
                                                                                                                                      Muir Glen canned tomatoes - all varieties!
                                                                                                                                      King Oscar brisling sardines in olive oil
                                                                                                                                      Ling Ling frozen spring rolls -- tasty and convenient, made in usa and all natural. http://www.ling-ling.com/all_natural/...
                                                                                                                                      Sunshine Burgers (veggie-rice burgers)

                                                                                                                                      1. f
                                                                                                                                        foodiemommy Dec 27, 2007 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                                        Eagle Brand Condensed Milk. Great in recipes, coffee, or right from the can.
                                                                                                                                        Activia yogurt, especially the vanilla and raspberry flavours. Great mouth feel. I guess that's because there's cream in it!

                                                                                                                                        1. a
                                                                                                                                          acme Dec 27, 2007 05:48 PM

                                                                                                                                          8th Continent Vanilla Soy Milk, and not the low fat one.
                                                                                                                                          Nutella - but only from the ethnic store because it seems to taste better. Oops, I don't think this one counts...
                                                                                                                                          T. Marzetti Classic Ranch Salad Dressing.

                                                                                                                                          1. a
                                                                                                                                            anchovy Dec 30, 2007 03:18 PM

                                                                                                                                            Rienzi - canned tomato products - love the richer red color and fresh flavor

                                                                                                                                            1. m
                                                                                                                                              Marsha Jan 9, 2008 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                              Ak-mak whole wheat crackers with sesame seeds. Good stuff. I get mine at Trader Joe's, but it's available elsewhere.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: Marsha
                                                                                                                                                amyzan Jan 9, 2008 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                I love them! They have a nice mild flavor, a little sweet, and also suited to savory items because of the sesame seeds. Ak-mak aren't totally bland the way a lot of crackers taste. I've even eaten 'em plain with a little good butter when I'm low on snack items. Unfortunately, Whole Foods jacked the price up, and there's no TJs around here.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: amyzan
                                                                                                                                                  Jeff C. Jan 28, 2008 03:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Just finished my first box of Ak-Maks. Good with cheddar. Great with peanut butter. What other combinations should I try?

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Jeff C.
                                                                                                                                                    amyzan Jan 28, 2008 04:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Hmm, lately it's been radishes with sweet butter or cream cheese and a little sea salt. I also like avocado slices with sea salt and pepper, or pears with blue cheese and spiced walnuts.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: amyzan
                                                                                                                                                      Jeff C. Jan 29, 2008 05:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                      I'm not a big fan of radishes, but everything else sounds delicious.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Jeff C.
                                                                                                                                                        amyzan Jan 29, 2008 07:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Radishes are better when it's mild where they're grown, less likely to be bitter. So, this is a good time of year for them, but yeah, they're an acquired taste. I slice them thinly and pair them with something creamy to round out the flavor.

                                                                                                                                              2. ArikaDawn Jan 9, 2008 04:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                I have lots of favorite things I get nearly everytime I go to the grocery, but currently I am obsessing over a few in particular.
                                                                                                                                                - Pacific Foods Curried Red Lentil Soup; organic, low-fat, low-cal, and is a great base for doctoring. I often add to it chicken, roasted red peppers, corn, and most recently a handful of spinach. Super easy, healthy, and tasty.
                                                                                                                                                - Soy Delicious Peppermint Carob non-dairy frozen dessert
                                                                                                                                                - Stoneyfield Farms Non-fat frozen vanilla yogurt ( a scoop of this w/a scoop peppermint carob = Divine!)
                                                                                                                                                - Mr. Krispers Rice Chips in any flavor; gluten free, low-fat, low-cal
                                                                                                                                                - Country Bob's
                                                                                                                                                - Kraft Light Italian Dressing; a perfect marinade for meat
                                                                                                                                                - Reduced Fat Jif creamy PB
                                                                                                                                                - Mt. Olive Sweet and Hot Salad Pepper Rings
                                                                                                                                                - Simply Apple apple juice

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: ArikaDawn
                                                                                                                                                  goodhealthgourmet Jan 20, 2008 03:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Mr. Krispers are ridiculous...so deliciously addictive!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ArikaDawn
                                                                                                                                                    alkapal Jan 28, 2008 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                    i just tried simply apple. simply fan-tastic!

                                                                                                                                                  2. Jeff C. Jan 17, 2008 05:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Just tried Hunt's new fire-roasted diced tomatoes--they must be feeling the heat from Muir Glen and others. Def. better than their regular ones, but still taste tinny to me.

                                                                                                                                                    Oh, and before I forget again: Give it up for plain old Cheerios, everybody. (Best and most versatile cold cereal ever.)

                                                                                                                                                    1. Daisy L Jan 17, 2008 02:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Great fun reading the lists.

                                                                                                                                                      Stadium Mustard -- http://www.stadiummustard.com/
                                                                                                                                                      Cholula hot sauce -- http://www.cholula.com/
                                                                                                                                                      Heinz Chili Sauce
                                                                                                                                                      Rotel - Diced Tomatos and green chilis
                                                                                                                                                      Quaker Oats
                                                                                                                                                      Fage Yogurt
                                                                                                                                                      Kozy Shack rice pudding
                                                                                                                                                      Gourmet Gardens Basil - relatively new item, not sure if it is a fad or not... but it will maintained stocked for now.

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                                                                                                                                                        burritobelle Jan 17, 2008 06:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Yes on the Ak Maks! They are the best crackers.

                                                                                                                                                        1. choctastic Jan 18, 2008 07:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                          I love eating the Nestle Chocolatier chips out of the bag. Best chocolate chips for eating out of the bag that I've ever had.

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                                                                                                                                                            ArikaDawn Jan 18, 2008 11:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                            This is why I love CH. Not only are there people who don't hesitate to admit to eating chocolate chips out of the bag, but they do it enough to have a basis for comparison =)
                                                                                                                                                            When in need of a sugar shock I have been known to snack on a 50/50 mix of dried cranberries and Ghiradelli white chocolate chips. Thank goodnes baking season is over and I no longer have these on hand.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ArikaDawn
                                                                                                                                                              choctastic Jan 19, 2008 09:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                              I like the Ghiradelli chips, but man, those Chocolatier ones are so creamy and good they blow everything else in the supermarket out of the water for me. Guittard used to be my favorite before I discovered the Chocolatier ones.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: choctastic
                                                                                                                                                                choctastic Jan 22, 2008 08:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Just noticed I am eating the 53% Chocolatier chips. Haven't tried the other one (35%?). FYI

                                                                                                                                                          2. Nuray Jan 19, 2008 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Liberte - Plain yoghurt - 2.5% i think - my absolute favourite yogurt in this country
                                                                                                                                                            Kashi Go Lean Cereal
                                                                                                                                                            Vermonth Butter & Co Creme Fraiche
                                                                                                                                                            D L Jardine's Jalapeno Mustard (I used to get it when I travelled to Texas, can't find it in NYC)
                                                                                                                                                            Applegate Farms Herbed or Black Pepper Turkey Breast

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                                                                                                                                                              chocchipcookie Jan 19, 2008 11:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Heinz Ketchup-Why do other companies even bother?
                                                                                                                                                              Ritz Crackers
                                                                                                                                                              Jiff PB
                                                                                                                                                              Stouffers French Bread pizzas-A guilty pleasure
                                                                                                                                                              Hellmans Mayo- I Like the chunkiness of it-tried Dukes once and went back
                                                                                                                                                              Pomi tomatoes for homemade pizza sauce
                                                                                                                                                              McCormick season-all-love it sprinkled on barley cooked ground beef!
                                                                                                                                                              Muir Glen fire roasted tomatoes
                                                                                                                                                              Hagaan Daz Mayan Chocolate Icecream-I keep it hidden

                                                                                                                                                              I haven't tried those Chocolatier chips yet-they will be on the next grocery list!

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: chocchipcookie
                                                                                                                                                                madgreek Mar 28, 2008 09:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Haagen Dazs Mayan Chocolate? I've never seen it, and it's not shown on their website. What gives? I've been looking for a chocolate ice cream with some spice...

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: madgreek
                                                                                                                                                                  chocchipcookie Mar 28, 2008 10:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  I just looked at mine in the freezer and it is labled as a "feature flavor".Whatever that means. We have had it here in SC for at least a year. I hope they don't discontinue it. I will go mad-it has a nice subtle cinnamoney- deep chocolate taste.

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Nuray
                                                                                                                                                                alkapal Jan 28, 2008 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                kashi go lean honey almond and flax cereal is outstandingly good!

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: alkapal
                                                                                                                                                                  goodhealthgourmet Jan 28, 2008 02:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  i've never had the kashi, but if you want an outstanding, healthy cold cereal with flax, try nature's path pumpkin flax plus granola. it's terrific.

                                                                                                                                                                  man i miss cereal. it's the biggest gluten-free sacrifice for me.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal Jan 29, 2008 04:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    kashi go lean crunch honey almond and flax cereal:

                                                                                                                                                                    Kashi Seven Whole Grain and Sesame® Blend (Whole: Hard Red Winter Wheat, Long Grain Brown Rice, Oats, Triticale, Barley, Rye, Buckwheat, Sesame Seeds), Evaporated Cane Juice Crystals, Soy Protein Concentrate, Brown Rice Syrup, Chicory Root Fiber, Almonds, Whole Oats, Whole Flaxseed, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Honey, Salt, Natural Flavor, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Vitamin E) for Freshness.

                                                                                                                                                                    Nature's Path Pumpkin FlaxPlus Granola:

                                                                                                                                                                    Organic oats, organic evaporated cane juice, organic Crispy Rice (Organic brown rice flour, organic evaporated cane juice, organic molasses, sea salt), organic canola oil, organic pumpkin seeds, organic flax seeds, organic oat syrup solids, organic ground cinnamon.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                                                                                                                                      lgss Mar 27, 2008 04:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      We like the Nature's Path Mesa Sunrise (it's made in a facility with wheat so not for you if you're extremely sensitive, but is marketed as gf).

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: lgss
                                                                                                                                                                        goodhealthgourmet Sep 22, 2008 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        lgss, i have no idea if you'll ever see this because it's such an old thread, but i just had to say THANK YOU for the recommendation! i *finally* got around to picking up a box of the cereal last week, and it's terrific. i've eaten it for breakfast every day. the fact that i can actually enjoy cold cereal [besides my homemade granola] again is HUGE for me. i owe you for this! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                  TomDel Jan 19, 2008 11:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Here are some of my favorites – some local, some not. I’ve tried not to repeat products mentioned by other posters. Sorry if I bent the rules a bit.

                                                                                                                                                                  • National Products
                                                                                                                                                                  o McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning (I use it on everything)
                                                                                                                                                                  o McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal
                                                                                                                                                                  o Dunkin Donuts Coffee
                                                                                                                                                                  o Tomolives (any brand) – pickled small green cherry tomatoes (great in a martini)
                                                                                                                                                                  o Locatelli Romano cheese
                                                                                                                                                                  o Jif peanut butter on Ritz crackers
                                                                                                                                                                  o Entenmann baked goods
                                                                                                                                                                  o Bauchant brandy and orange liqueur (better than Grand Marnier)

                                                                                                                                                                  • Local (Central NJ / Eastern PA)
                                                                                                                                                                  o Landis frozen shaved sirloin steak (they make a great Philly style cheese steak)
                                                                                                                                                                  o Loffler’s kielbasa, bologna, natural casing hot dogs and summer sausage
                                                                                                                                                                  o Case’s mild pork roll
                                                                                                                                                                  o Hatfield Country Links breakfast sausage
                                                                                                                                                                  o Habbersett Scrapple
                                                                                                                                                                  o Tastykakes’ Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes (with a glass of cold milk)
                                                                                                                                                                  o Flying Fish brewery’s Belgian Abbey Dubbel style beer
                                                                                                                                                                  o Turkey Hill decaffeinated diet iced tea
                                                                                                                                                                  o Hoboken bread (ideally from Marie's bakery in Hoboken, NJ)

                                                                                                                                                                  1. Lori SF Jan 19, 2008 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Kozy Shack Rice Pudding, I can eat an entire tub..at least its less fat than ice cream.

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Lori SF
                                                                                                                                                                      ArikaDawn Jan 19, 2008 05:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      The tapioca is good as well.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ArikaDawn
                                                                                                                                                                        Lori SF Jan 19, 2008 05:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        and the banana pudding too, just harder to find. I like the tapioca with a sprinklle of cinnamon.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ArikaDawn
                                                                                                                                                                          Emme Jan 20, 2008 10:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Yes it is... but Trader Joe's tapioca is even better...

                                                                                                                                                                          I like the Kozy Shack regular rice pudding and the European style... both yummy comfort foods.

                                                                                                                                                                          Some others...
                                                                                                                                                                          Stacey's Pita Chips
                                                                                                                                                                          La Tortilla Factory Tortillas
                                                                                                                                                                          All Bran Extra Fiber
                                                                                                                                                                          Heinz Vegetarian Beans
                                                                                                                                                                          Double Rainbow Vanilla, Blueberry, Pumpkin Ice Creams
                                                                                                                                                                          Vienna Fingers
                                                                                                                                                                          Total Yogurt
                                                                                                                                                                          Milton's Extra Fiber Bread
                                                                                                                                                                          Michael Angelo's Manicotti
                                                                                                                                                                          MorningStar Vegetarian Riblets (they're really sweet, but there's something about them I really like)
                                                                                                                                                                          Haagen-Dazs Sticky Toffee Ice Cream
                                                                                                                                                                          Entenmann's Popems

                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Lori SF
                                                                                                                                                                          Lori SF Jan 21, 2008 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          I also find Loacker Lemon Cookies Wafer addicting.

                                                                                                                                                                          I make my own salad dressings depending on the salad but I just LOVE Brianna's The New American for chopped salads or crunchy romaine lettus with hearts of palm, celery and chopped turkey or tuna with chopped red cabbage and carrots. This is the dressing for the classic and other chopped salads.

                                                                                                                                                                        3. marthasway Jan 20, 2008 12:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Wolf Brand Chili needs no improvement, just Fritos and shredded cheddar or Nabisco Premium Saltines on the side.

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                                                                                                                                                                            girlwonder88 Jan 26, 2008 11:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            *Carr's Ginger Lemon Cookies
                                                                                                                                                                            *Crunchy Jif
                                                                                                                                                                            *Carr's Water Crackers with Black Pepper
                                                                                                                                                                            *Dubliner Cheese
                                                                                                                                                                            *Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar
                                                                                                                                                                            *Tillamook Extra Sharp Vintage White cheddar
                                                                                                                                                                            *Ben and Jerry's Mint Chocolate Cookie
                                                                                                                                                                            *Kerrygold butter
                                                                                                                                                                            (Hey, I like my dairy)
                                                                                                                                                                            *Jujubes...even though I pulled out a filling with 'em once
                                                                                                                                                                            *Red rope licorice
                                                                                                                                                                            *Fage yogurt
                                                                                                                                                                            *TJ's mint chocolate cookie joys, edamame beans (which they don't carry any more), greek yogurt (a lot cheaper than Fage and almost as good), dried fruits and nuts
                                                                                                                                                                            *TLC crackers, by Kashi
                                                                                                                                                                            *Kashi Go LEan Crunch cereal

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: girlwonder88
                                                                                                                                                                              poptart Jan 28, 2008 03:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Oh yes, Dubliner cheese is good stuff!

                                                                                                                                                                            2. Caroline1 Jan 27, 2008 03:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              From my local supermarkets...

                                                                                                                                                                              Morton's Coarse Kosher Salt
                                                                                                                                                                              Maldon Sea Salt
                                                                                                                                                                              Inglehoffer's Original Stone Ground Mustard
                                                                                                                                                                              Maille Old Style Whole Grain Dijon Mustard
                                                                                                                                                                              Shirakiku Shiro Miso
                                                                                                                                                                              Kikkoman Soy Sauce
                                                                                                                                                                              LouAna Peanut Oil
                                                                                                                                                                              Colavita Olive Oil
                                                                                                                                                                              Horizon Organic yogurt, milk, eggs
                                                                                                                                                                              Taco Bell Fat Free Refried Beans
                                                                                                                                                                              Hatch Chopped Green Chiles
                                                                                                                                                                              Old El Paso Enchilada Sauce
                                                                                                                                                                              Tobasco Green Pepper
                                                                                                                                                                              Herdez Salsa Casera (makes great huevos rancheros)
                                                                                                                                                                              Kadoya Sesame Oil
                                                                                                                                                                              Cock brand Special Fish Sauce
                                                                                                                                                                              Starkist Water Pack Solid White Albacore Tuna
                                                                                                                                                                              Kellog's All Bran
                                                                                                                                                                              Kellog's Special K
                                                                                                                                                                              Quaker Instant Oats (individual packs)
                                                                                                                                                                              Wassa Light Rye
                                                                                                                                                                              Marie Callender's Garlic and Butter Croutons (for snacking!)
                                                                                                                                                                              Jif Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter
                                                                                                                                                                              Noni's Original Biscotti
                                                                                                                                                                              Orvil Reddenbacker's Smart Pop popcorn
                                                                                                                                                                              Lawler's (frozen) Cheesecake Miniatures
                                                                                                                                                                              Nonesuch Mincemeat (great ice cream topping!)
                                                                                                                                                                              Great Value Frozen Asparagus Spears (in the steamer tray)
                                                                                                                                                                              Athens Phyllo

                                                                                                                                                                              ...among other things...

                                                                                                                                                                              Edit: Where I shop: Walmart, Sam's, Central Market, Albertson's, and a supermarket I don't know the name of because it's written in Vietnamese

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                                                                                                                                                                                teacat38 Jan 29, 2008 06:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                1. /lambda/ extra virgin olive oil
                                                                                                                                                                                2. saporina balsamic jelly
                                                                                                                                                                                3. zabar's goose foie gras with truffles
                                                                                                                                                                                4. taylor's of harrogate assam tea
                                                                                                                                                                                5. mcevoy lemon curd
                                                                                                                                                                                6. barilla linguini
                                                                                                                                                                                7. kikkoman soy sauce

                                                                                                                                                                                1. choctastic Jan 29, 2008 09:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Hershey's Cacao Reserve 35% milk chocolate bars, especially the little mini bars. Absolutely my favorite milk chocolate right now. I like them more than my Sharffenberger milk chocolate bars.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    laliz Aug 7, 2008 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    I just love reading these lists; you know who has the same tastes as yourself just by reading. And I NEVER needed to learn about that white chocolate chip/dried cranberry idea. Can't wait to try that.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Knorr Chicken with Tomato Broth Bouillon (caldo de pollo con tomate)
                                                                                                                                                                                    Best Foods Mayonnaise
                                                                                                                                                                                    Old Fashioned Quaker Oats
                                                                                                                                                                                    KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce (original)
                                                                                                                                                                                    La Costena Black Beans and Black Refried Beans
                                                                                                                                                                                    Honey Crisp Apples
                                                                                                                                                                                    Anderson's Split Pea Soup
                                                                                                                                                                                    Diet Coke

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. bushy Nov 2, 2008 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Any REAL Mayonaise as it is all the same!
                                                                                                                                                                                      La Costena Refried beans! (were made in MX. now being made in AZ. no good now)
                                                                                                                                                                                      Can still find the MX. made in stores. Look at back of can. GREAT, gonna miss them.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Woody's Cooking Sauce- BBQ Concentrate (smokey)
                                                                                                                                                                                      Kozlowski Farms Mango Appricot Roasted Chipotle & or Rasberry Chipolte Grill sauce.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Most other Kozlowski products, vinegars etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Most pasta sauces by Mezzetta Napa Valley Bistro, great value too & gourmet.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Most Mezzetta products such as roasted red peppers, olives etc. etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Greatest hot sauce is Hellfire and Damnation. Really chunky, hot and flavorfull enough to use as a dip if you can handle it!
                                                                                                                                                                                      Twist and Shout Haberano sauce from Mezzetta, very cheap and great too!
                                                                                                                                                                                      Most all of the Briannas salad dressings! quality ingredients, no Krafty crapy.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Hatch chilis from N.M. All good, sauces too.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Incredibly good E.V.O.O from Safeway, yes Safeway is Tony Tantillo's It is like $11 for 750ml and is frequently 2-4-1 so only $5.50! Stock up. Did you know that in Greece the average person uses 26 Litres of Olive Oil a year? Try this Oil and you may too.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Maranatha Peanut butter. Organic & no stir too. Fantastic. Also have Almond butter, but is really expensive unless you find it at Costco.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Speaking of Costco they have this Albacore Tuna, I think an 8 pack for like $10 or so. Best Albacore yet. Also great rain forest coffee, cheap. Not to mention the Salmon Burgers, wild and frozen for you.
                                                                                                                                                                                      I better stop as I must go eat!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        silvergirl Nov 3, 2008 06:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Haagen Dazs Fleur de Sel

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                                                                                                                                                                                          rHairing Nov 10, 2008 06:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          For me..

                                                                                                                                                                                          Triple ginger ginger snaps Trader Joes
                                                                                                                                                                                          That chicken salad they make from the rotisserie chicken at Costco.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Barilla black and gren olive pasta sauce

                                                                                                                                                                                          And can I get a shout out for big bag o unpopped popcorn at any grocery store that you can stick in a pan with canola oil and pop?

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. alkapal Nov 11, 2008 04:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            don't recall if i've mentioned the "simply apple" juice and the other "simply" juices -- not from concentrate. the apple is fantastic. and i just saw an add for a new orange-mango. yeah!

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