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.
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
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!
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!
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.
Lea and Perrins Worcestershire.
Arctic Surf canned clams
Heinz tomato soup
Campbells mushroom soup
Frank's hot sauce
Sardines or Sprats from EU
Kikkoman soy sauce
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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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)
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!
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.)
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.
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
King Arthur All Purpose Flour
Bonne Maman preserves
Trader Joe's Katsup
Dannon naturals yoghurts (the little four pack... sweetened with real sugar instead of HFCS)
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)
Kozy Shack puddings (all flavours are good but the chocolate is ESPECIALLY nice)
Edys slow-churned icecream
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.
re: SeaSide Tomato
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.
pomi boxed strained and chopped tomatoes
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
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...
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.......
This was pretty easy since jfood wrote a computer shopping list program with his favorites:
Olde Cape Cod Honey French Lite dressing
Skippy PB (creamy)
IMUS Salsa (mild)
BB Low Sodium Tuna (white meat)
Tropicana No Pulp OJ
HN Hot Dogs
Bonne Something Strawberry jam (Jfood knows the label)
re: Jeff C.
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?
- 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).
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.
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!
Pepperidge Farms mini Brussels cookies
Melinda's hot sauces
teddy's peanutbutter - super crunchy
fage total 0% yogurt
kashi whole wheat puffs cereal
frey poupon dijon mustard
sargento light string cheese
Stonyfield Farm lowfat vanilla yogurt
tj's natural peanut butter (creamy, salted)
Grape Nuts (mix with the yogurt!)
Add me to the Bonne Maman list
Brownberry 100% whole wheat bread
any generic plastic wrap, but never Reynold's- it never sticks!
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. :-)
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!
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!
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....
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!
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 :-)
Haagen Dazs and Ciao Bella Ice Cream
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
Definitely the Sriracha or Sambal oelek
Pataks Curry Paste (like mild & Vindaloo best, but like them all)
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
Louisiana Gold Hot Sauce
Aidells Andouille Sausage
Italbrand / Scalfani San Marzano Tomatoes
Pomi Strained Tomatoes
Athenos Humus (spicy 3 pepper & Eggplant are my faves)
Frantoia Olive Oil
Barilla Plus Pasta
Think that's it for now, haha!! Probably forgot some stuff..... like Chocolate Haagen Dazs...... haha
re: Jeff C.
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.
re: Jeff C.
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!
re: Jeff C.
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!
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!
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.
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.
"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.
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
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)
Brianna's Homestyle poppyseed dressing
Trader Joe's whole wheat pasta
Lydia's tomato sauce
Daisy sour cream
Land O' Lakes butter (unsalted)
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.
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, ...
Twp products I tried only fairly recently: Oscar Mayer shaved smoked (not honey) ham, and Pillsbury Golden Layers buttermilk biscuits. Amazingly good.
-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!)
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!
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.
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.
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
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.)
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
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.
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.
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
Heinz Ketchup-Why do other companies even bother?
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!
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.
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! :)
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)
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.
Stacey's Pita Chips
La Tortilla Factory Tortillas
All Bran Extra Fiber
Heinz Vegetarian Beans
Double Rainbow Vanilla, Blueberry, Pumpkin Ice Creams
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
re: Lori SF
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.
Wolf Brand Chili needs no improvement, just Fritos and shredded cheddar or Nabisco Premium Saltines on the side.
*Carr's Ginger Lemon Cookies
*Carr's Water Crackers with Black Pepper
*Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar
*Tillamook Extra Sharp Vintage White cheddar
*Ben and Jerry's Mint Chocolate Cookie
(Hey, I like my dairy)
*Jujubes...even though I pulled out a filling with 'em once
*Red rope licorice
*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
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)
...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
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
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.
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
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!
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?
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!