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Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 1st quarter 2012 [old]

greygarious Jan 1, 2012 10:11 AM

Starting anew in 2012.

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  1. clubtraderjoes Jan 1, 2012 11:44 AM

    Happy New Year everyone! For New Years breakfast we had a bunch of stuff but the star of the show was the Trader Joe's Multi Grain Croissant with Sunflower seeds, Flax seeds and Sesame Seeds. They are oven ready and don't need to be thawed. Not very traditional but great nonetheless. So a big Yea for them!

    Steve

    www.clubtraderjoes.com

    1. gingershelley Jan 1, 2012 12:48 PM

      Just finished our NY 'breakfast' of eggs benny with ham and spinach, and used TJ's hollandaise. SO good! easily warmed in the micro at 1/2 power, and a nice balanced lemony taste. I see no need to make home made sauce with that great product in the fridge now.
      The only down side is, I have the better part of a container in the fridge that is now going to temp me.... way to blow my NY resolutions on dieting!
      Happy New Year, fellow Chowhounds!

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        HeyImBack Jan 1, 2012 01:03 PM

        Yay:
        Trader Jacques' La Fondue. Pretty darn tasty for a microwave cheese fondue. The container says it's a product of France. I could definitely taste the white wine. I added some freshly ground black pepper, and served it w/ chunks of French bread, celery and apples. I'd definitely buy it again.

        Raisin rosemary crackers (I think that's the name - I already threw away the box). These are more like crunchy little toasts than crackers but terrific flavor straight out of the box, and a great accompaniment to goat cheese.

        Nay:
        Pistachio-crusted goat cheese. The Chevre is good quality; however, the pistachios are soggy and the strong cheese flavor completely overwhelms the nuts. I wouldn't buy this again.

        Blueberry scones. This is a frozen product. What's weird is that there are two sets of instructions. One side of the box says to let them sit out for 15-20 minutes, then bake; the actual "baking instructions" say to keep frozen and don't mention anything about sitting out on the counter first. They tasted good, but mine spread quite a bit and burned on the bottom.

        Black licorice candy - think Good & Plenty in the movie-theater size box. The ratio of candy coating to black licorice was completely off (too much candy coating).

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        1. re: HeyImBack
          Dommy Jan 1, 2012 04:35 PM

          I those rosemary crackers! Not salty so it doesn't, overpower cheesesmbutma touch sweet to bring out theIr flavor!

          For the party I hosted the pistachio goat cheese was a hit. But I totally agree with you...with the prackage nature of the item affecting it. Next time I'll get a log of their honey goat cheese & chop some pistachios myself...

          --Dommy!

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            Savour Jan 4, 2012 11:35 AM

            The rosemary raisin crackers are especially good with TJ's blue cheese pecan dip.

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              Dommy Jan 4, 2012 02:44 PM

              I'm always weary of those blue cheese dips... they tend to be all funk and none of the character of a really great blue cheese... how is that one?

              --Dommy!

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                Steevogrande Feb 6, 2012 09:53 AM

                That answer is simple- if you're in the food industry, you're not gonna adulterate good blue cheese for a dip ; that would be too expensive! As long as it is emitting lots of ammonia-like fumes, it's blue cheese. You're far better off getting a blue that you like and making your own dip.

                My rule for this is: Simple is best- 1/2 of your favorite blue cheese and 1/2 really good butter and cream it together like you're baking cookies. Then refrigerate it to firm it up. I learned this one from my French uncle.

                You wanna blow some minds? Get some good crusty rolls, like the kind you would use for a torta, warm 'em up and serve them alongside dinner with this stuff. The only trouble you'll have is getting your dinner guests to focus on the meal!

                1. re: Steevogrande
                  Dommy Feb 12, 2012 04:38 PM

                  Well, I actually did work in the food industry (food supply side) and know that great ingredients make even the most 'base' foods amazing. So if it is for a special occasion,,, why not. So for the Super Bowl I made a bacon/blue cheese dip using my absolute FAVORITE blue, Great Hill Blue, a raw, super creamy, complex blue cheese that was pricy... but so worth it!

                  http://www.flickr.com/photos/dommichu...

                  --Dommy!

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            littleflower Jan 2, 2012 05:27 AM

            After quite a few good reviews on the blueberry scones, we were going to pick them up to try them on the next TJ's run...I think we still will, but will be more careful on following the baking instructions and cooking time - thanks for the tip!

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              thursday Jan 10, 2012 09:33 AM

              I like the scones very much and didn't have any problems with baking. I did use the toaster oven, however, and kept a close eye on them because I wasn't sure if that would alter the time it took, so I don't remember exactly how long they were in for.

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              Jeri L Jan 3, 2012 08:22 PM

              +1 on the fondue. Probably won't buy again as it's too good! Four servings in our house. The two of us ate half on New Year's' Eve and the other half for breakfast the next morning. It reheated just fine in the original container.

            3. lynnlato Jan 1, 2012 01:12 PM

              Yay:

              Beer selection, cheeses, crackers of all sorts, protein bars, nuts, frozen breakfast and appetizer items, etc. Specific family faves include the multigrain french toast, kettle corn, rosemary raisin crackers, gorgonzola crackers, multigrain crackers, Red Seal Ale, hazelnuts,milk chocolate-dipped caramels, etc.

              NAY: Dried fruit, yogurt selections, wines, sushi, chicken salad and other fresh prepared foods, etc.

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              1. re: lynnlato
                clubtraderjoes Jan 2, 2012 09:16 AM

                @lynnlato I'm going to disagree with you on the yogurt and wines. Some of their yogurts are outstanding, especially some of the new Greek styled yogurts. Same with the over generalization of the wines, two buck chuck generally sucks! But there are many very good wines for the price and some outstanding ones like the 2009 Napa Valley Meritage.

                Steve

                www.clubtraderjoes.com

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                  littleflower Jan 2, 2012 10:01 AM

                  Steve and lynnlato, you both are correct to a certain degree - I have had hits and misses with TJ's yogurts...have yet to personally try their wine selection, but have heard good and bad reviews depending on the individual wine. Bottom line is this - TJ's is what it is, a fantastic store that has a lot of incredible products that you just can't find at that same quality elsewhere for the price but also a few that fall way short of our expections (even within the same product category)!

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                    Steevogrande Feb 6, 2012 10:04 AM

                    Ya know, 2BC isn't so great, but it IS drinkable (okay, some more than others, but none of it will make you go blind! :-)

                    That makes it a great candidate for a cooking wine so I can save the good stuff for my glass.

                    BTW- i'm really diggin' the 4-ounce yogurts that come in six-packs of different fruit flavors. The size is just right for the kids and the flavors aren't too polarizing- great for getting kids used to healthier alternatives to ice cream and other sweets for dessert.

                    Polarizing? Try getting your 4-year old to eat plain Greek yogurt- I don't care how much fresh fruit I mixed in, he wasn't buyin' it! His little tastebuds have to mature a bit before I pull that one again.

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                  HeyImBack Jan 2, 2012 11:14 AM

                  The use of the word "etc." in a "yays and nays" thread - where we are looking for specific product reviews - isn't helpful at all. I have no idea to which product(s) you are referring.

                  [ETA: This was meant as a reply to lynn's post above.]

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                    Cathy Jan 2, 2012 12:24 PM

                    Doesn't matter; each area of the country has differen/localt suppliers of dairy, bakery, floral, fresh vegetables and sandwiches.

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                      HeyImBack Jan 2, 2012 12:41 PM

                      It matters to me. Not all of the products are region-specific.

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                        clubtraderjoes Jan 3, 2012 07:24 AM

                        Not for yogurt. Milk and bread are regional.

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                  Kantarell Jan 2, 2012 10:49 AM

                  Yay: TJ plain kefir, 72% Belgian dark chocolate (made by Callebaut), Raisin Rosemary crisps (brilliiant with goat cheese as others have mentioned), Blenheim dried apricots, 6-pack of potato chips (SOME of us need help with portion control), everything pretzel crisps, rack of lamb, both frozen and heat-and-serve, nuts, Vienna and Bock beers, some of the wines, and more of the candies than I care to admit to.

                  Nay: much of the frozen prepared foods I've tried, coffee (canned can never be fresh enough) unannounced disappearance of stuff I like...

                  Trader Joe's has added a lot to the NYC food scene. When I first discovered the store while visiting in Tucson in the 90s I was blown away by the choice and quality. It's an interesting marketing model. It's not for everyone but the quality tends to be good and the prices better than most stores in the city. And it's funny how much nicer the cashiers in one neighborhood became when a TJs opened up!

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                    dratlover Jan 2, 2012 12:08 PM

                    I'd have to say nay to TJ's frozen chile rellenos. I bought 3 and ended up giving away the other two. I haven't heard back from them to hear if they liked them.

                    1. re: Kantarell
                      janethepain Jan 4, 2012 06:40 AM

                      I agree, for NYC, it's a godsend. I literally live on top of a large supermarket (with another across the street) but do all my grocery shopping at Trader Joe's, which is almost a mile away. For the quality compared to prices, you can't beat it. Trust me, you can buy much worse for more money.

                      And I always wondered how the cashiers were so cheery. Such a change from being scowled at by regular supermarket cashiers.

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                        Monica Jan 4, 2012 12:24 PM

                        I often go to the one in Edgewater and in Paramus in NJ as I live in NJ...the cashiers at these places are cheery in a very fake way. I hate it.

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                          GraydonCarter Jan 13, 2012 11:28 PM

                          I always laugh at the Walmart commercials that portray their employees as so friendly and helpful. . . Doesn't translate to New Jersey! Jersey girls just have too much attitude.

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                            MisterBill2 Jan 14, 2012 08:18 PM

                            In all the years we've had a Walmart near me (in Westchester County, NY), I have only had friendly and helpful service ONCE.

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                              tracylee Jan 19, 2012 03:30 PM

                              We have a few here in my area, and it always strikes me that those employees just radiate how much they HATE their jobs.

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                              Jerseygirl111 Jan 26, 2012 12:15 AM

                              Hey! What's your problem with New Jersey, bud???

                              Lol.

                              Jerseygirl111

                          2. re: janethepain
                            clubtraderjoes Jan 14, 2012 11:35 AM

                            This is funny. I grew up on the East Coast and I remember the same thing. Growling checkout cashiers, long lines and nobody to help you find anything. I moved to the Seattle area and there are hardly any lines, people almost always cheery and helpful so going to Trader Joe's just seems like the normal around here!

                            Steve

                            www.clubtraderjoes.com

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                              givemecarbs Jan 15, 2012 02:44 AM

                              Heh. I'm from Philly area but moved to NC for a coupla years. When I went home to visit I got cultural shock. I was like why is everyone so angry?

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                                truman Feb 10, 2012 07:32 AM

                                LOL, givemecarbs... I did something similar (Pittsburgh to NC) and had a similar reaction. When I moved from NC to south Jersey, I had finally acclimated to the friendly culture of NC - so I went through another round of culture shock - "why aren't these strangers being friendly??"

                        2. GraceW Jan 2, 2012 12:08 PM

                          Yay: Dozen sweet bites. I needed to take something to a NYE party--this was fast.

                          When I was at TJ people were going nutty for the checkerboard cake, which I have never been interested in... but the Macaron aux Framboises did look good. If anyone has had it, let me know.

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                            littleflower Jan 2, 2012 02:11 PM

                            Here we go...my first TJ's product review of 2012, and it gets a MEH - Movie Theater Popcorn. It was a new product at the front of the store and we got the last bag left. Movie Theater Popcorn is already popped in a bag and the problem that I had with this product is that it does not have what it promises on the package - it doesn't have a "buttery popcorn flavor" and overall doesn't taste like buttery movie theater popcorn.

                            Having said all of that though - when I opened up the bag the popcorn smelled heavenly. I tasted it and it really did taste as though it was freshly popped in oil (though not so much in flavor, just texture). In my honest opinion, TJ's would have been better off calling this product "Natural Flavored Popcorn". If you want a blank canvas in which to put your own favorite flavorings, this is definitely the popcorn for you, and a steal at $1.99 per bag.

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                            1. re: littleflower
                              Arthur Jan 23, 2012 12:19 PM

                              Just finished a bag of the Movie Theater Popcorn. Good texture, tastes surprisingly fresh for bagged popcorn, but WAY, WAY, WAY too off-the-charts salty. So it's a nay - won't buy again.

                            2. clubtraderjoes Jan 3, 2012 07:26 AM

                              Thumbs down on the Kettle Corn Cookies. Bland and uninspiring. Kids didn't like them either.

                              Steve

                              www.clubtraderjoes.com

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                                Ummm Jan 4, 2012 06:04 PM

                                clubtraderjoes - I read on your blog you liked the blueberry cream yogurt cup. I do too. But I don't seem to see it listed "active bacteria culture"? Do you know if it has it?

                                1. re: Ummm
                                  clubtraderjoes Jan 4, 2012 07:38 PM

                                  I love those yogurts too!

                                  I just checked the container (they are in stock here at Club Trader Joes HQ year round!) and they list not only active cultures, but FIVE different ones. So there!

                                  Steve

                                  www.clubtraderjoes.com

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                                    Ummm Jan 5, 2012 05:11 PM

                                    Excellent thank you! I need to stock up some...

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                                acgold7 Jan 3, 2012 11:27 PM

                                Formerly a Yea, now a Nay: Almond Clusters. Used to be mostly Roasted Almonds with just enough high-quality chocolate to hold the cluster together. Now is mostly low-quality, throat burningly sweet chocolate with just a couple of Almonds thrown in. Obviously they changed suppliers and/or formulas.

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                                  betterbeheaven Jan 3, 2012 11:33 PM

                                  Previously reviewed in the 4th Q 2011 thread, but the peppermint pretzel slims are dangerously addictive. And now $0.99 a bag in Berkeley, CA!

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                                    littleflower Jan 4, 2012 06:56 AM

                                    That is a steal at $0.99/bag, betterbeheaven! Aren't they absolutely addictive? I was SO disappointed when my local Trader Joe's here on the East Coast said they were not getting any more in a few weeks ago (they still have not - even after checking), but a few others on here were kind enough to let me know that Snack Factory's Pretzel Crisps are the original manufacturer. I found them at Whole Foods and Walgreens for $2.50 and $2.99, respectively.

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                                    elmom Jan 4, 2012 08:57 AM

                                    a super yay to the dark chocolates, filled with soft carmel and sea salt on top. really delish chocolate and the caramel is liquid enough not to damage dental work..

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                                      sciencediet Jan 4, 2012 10:25 AM

                                      Are these seasonal? And where in the store are they--over by the chocolate-covered nuts or somewhere else? I've looked but couldn't find them.

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                                        clubtraderjoes Jan 4, 2012 11:32 AM

                                        Yes, they are seasonal. If they are in the stores still they won't be for long.

                                        BTW, I thought they weren't all that great to real handmade salted caramels. Salt crystals were too big and the exterior was a little too hard, but what the hey! They are cheap and tasted pretty good!

                                        Steve

                                        www.clubtraderjoes.com

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                                          Arthur Jan 5, 2012 08:43 PM

                                          IMO those big salt crystals are what make them great. A great salty crunch in every bite.

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                                      chez cherie Jan 4, 2012 09:18 AM

                                      according to tj's themselves, here are the top items of 2011.
                                      http://www.traderjoes.com/onthecounte...

                                      1. Savour Jan 4, 2012 11:39 AM

                                        A big yay to the Speculoos cookie butter. I've also been loving the wild arugula (in bags) and the Sorrento salad -- both tend to stay very fresh (I usually shop in Pasadena, often at TJ#1, for reference). I made the frozen mini croissants on Christmas morning and they were, as always, great.

                                        Nay on the Frozen Masala Dosas with coconut chutney. Cooking instructions were off (burnt before the filling heated through) and they were too salty.

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                                        1. re: Savour
                                          clubtraderjoes Jan 4, 2012 11:49 AM

                                          I think the Speculoos cookie butter is the big surprise hit of the year. Just based on my web traffic, it is by far the most talked about product. Such and odd product, but so yummy!

                                          Steve

                                          www.clubtraderjoes.com

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                                            Savour Jan 4, 2012 12:12 PM

                                            I heard about it last year some time and brought a couple of jars back from Europe this summer. Great to have a local source!

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                                              lshopper Jan 12, 2012 06:03 PM

                                              I love the Speculoos as well, but can't seem to find a place for it other than eating it by the spoonful (which is yummy by itself!). saw your post on clubtraderjoes for recipe ideas (THANKS!), but still searching for something that will work for me. Any ideas out there?

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                                                coney with everything Jan 13, 2012 06:42 AM

                                                I spread it on waffles and graham crackers. I have a sleeve of Maria cookies that I plan to try with Speculoos spread

                                                Hmmm...they should have this as an ingredient on Chopped!

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                                                  greygarious Jan 13, 2012 08:01 AM

                                                  I just added to the old "Speculaas Butter?" thread on Home Cooking. I am using it in addition to/instead of the cream cheese in variations of the Oreo cookie truffle concept.

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                                                    lshopper Jan 13, 2012 08:53 AM

                                                    thanks all!! the ideas sound great! I'll check out the posts on home cooking. Appreciate the input!

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                                                      clubtraderjoes Jan 13, 2012 09:25 AM

                                                      There are a ton of recipes at the Bischoff site (same thing but French)

                                                      http://biscoffblog.com/recipes/

                                                      Steve

                                                      www.clubtraderjoes.com

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                                                        dtremit Mar 24, 2012 12:21 PM

                                                        Belgian, actually!

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                                                        Dommy Jan 13, 2012 05:33 PM

                                                        It would make a KILLER frosting as well! :) Look up Peanut Butter Frosting and then Sub the Speculoos...

                                                        --Dommy!

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                                                      littleflower Jan 4, 2012 02:49 PM

                                                      Savour, what is the Sorrento salad? If it is in the prepared foods section, does it have meat in it (I am not at all a vegetarian - would actually prefer if it did have meat in it for a more filling lunch)?

                                                      1. re: littleflower
                                                        clubtraderjoes Jan 4, 2012 02:54 PM

                                                        Sorrento salad mix is in the fridge section and it's just a mix of greens. YMMV depending where you are in the country.

                                                        Steve

                                                        www.clubtraderjoes.com

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                                                          littleflower Jan 4, 2012 03:38 PM

                                                          Ah okay...I was thinking it was a prepared salad item, which I love trying TJ's different varieties. Thanks!

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                                                            Dommy Jan 4, 2012 04:01 PM

                                                            In terms of prepared salads, my favorites are the Krab Louie (Which actually has a great quality Krab, Shrimp and hard boiled egg) and the Asian Crunch Slaw (The chicken in it is pretty decent).

                                                            --Dommy!

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                                                              littleflower Jan 4, 2012 04:47 PM

                                                              +1 on the Asian Crunch Slaw...yum!

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                                                              Ruth Lafler Mar 6, 2012 11:44 PM

                                                              I'm not much on prepared salads, but I was in a situation where I needed one and headed to a nearby TJs. I ended up with the roasted beet salad (both red and gold beets, packed separately so the red didn't bleed all over, plus chicken, goat cheese and a balsamic dressing. Got a YAY from me!

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                                                                Rilke Mar 7, 2012 06:14 AM

                                                                There is one salad I get every time I'm there: Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken. It has a lot of different stuff --- couscous, corn, pecans, asiago cheese, etc -- and this delicious thick basil dressing. I've tried a couple of the other salads (though not the mentioned beet one, as I'm not a beet fan) and have not been impressed.

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                                                                  clubtraderjoes Mar 8, 2012 07:44 AM

                                                                  Yes that's the one I was talking about! I loved that one!

                                                                  Steve

                                                                  www.clubtraderjoes.com

                                                        2. re: Savour
                                                          MisterBill2 Jan 9, 2012 08:19 PM

                                                          I saw that on the list and have to try to find it! Sadly the top 20 list claims it is out of stock :-(.

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                                                            clubtraderjoes Jan 13, 2012 09:31 AM

                                                            They had it back on the shelf here in the Seattle area!

                                                            Steve

                                                            www.clubtraderjoes.com

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                                                            Pia Jan 30, 2012 01:39 PM

                                                            I like the masala dosa, although I agree the cooking instructions are off. About a minute in the microwave followed by about 8 minutes per side on the stove top works for me.

                                                            The macaron aux framboises is good too -- sweet, creamy, but with a nice tart pop from the raspberries. Much better if you let it thaw all the way.

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                                                            noya Jan 4, 2012 12:30 PM

                                                            There is some brand new extra virgin olive oil at $14.99--bought some and will report back unless someone else has beat me to it...

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                                                              Dommy Jan 4, 2012 02:45 PM

                                                              Yes! Please report back... it's unfiltered and looks lovely!

                                                              --Dommy!

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                                                                ceekskat Jan 5, 2012 05:37 PM

                                                                Just bought today after reading here but dang that cap/ring is soldered good...will wait 'till dh gets home lest I break the bottle prying open myself.

                                                                And don't know if this is new or not but DH recently bought (accidentally) "TJ's 100% whole grain FIBER bread - Multigrain" and considering each slice contains 6g of fiber, it's not as dense as I expected...pretty good.

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                                                                  Firenzilla Jan 17, 2012 11:50 AM

                                                                  I bought that last week, I give it a "yea"! Nice fresh grassy and nutty flavor, I just like dipping bread in it... The flavor is strong, I tried pouring some on top of Lasagne and it was a bit overpowering.

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                                                                    ceekskat Jan 17, 2012 08:15 PM

                                                                    We liked it too but yes, a bit strong. Added a pinch of salt for eating with bread.

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                                                                      Dommy Jan 17, 2012 08:48 PM

                                                                      Wonderful!! I'll be sure to pick some up as I like a nice strong taste to use with my greens... :)

                                                                      --Dommy!

                                                                    2. re: noya
                                                                      clubtraderjoes Jan 18, 2012 10:09 AM

                                                                      I picked some up the other day too. It's a vintage olive oil, which means that it's from 2011 pressing of the olives. Unfiltered and very fresh and fruity but also has a bit of heat. Great for dressing salads and drizzling on pasta dishes. Not really for cooking.

                                                                      Steve

                                                                      www.clubtraderjoes.com

                                                                    3. clubtraderjoes Jan 4, 2012 02:56 PM

                                                                      OK, just had another best of the year type item. Run, don't walk and get yourself some of the Trader Joe's Movie Theater popcorn. I thought the Olive Oil was the bomb, but this is better! I hope they keep it around. Big Yea from me! Full report later this week...

                                                                      Steve

                                                                      www.clubtraderjoes.com

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                                                                        littleflower Jan 4, 2012 03:35 PM

                                                                        Interesting...I tried it as well and thought it was an all-around good product, and perhaps I just had a batch that slipped past quality control...but it did not have a "buttery movie theater" flavor that I was looking for. Did your batch have that good buttery flavor?

                                                                        I must admit though that even without that taste, it was strangely addictive. Not sure how TJ's did it, but amazingly enough it tasted so fresh as though it had JUST been popped in oil.

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                                                                          Arthur Jan 23, 2012 12:21 PM

                                                                          The bag I got was nothing short of disgustingly way-over-the-top salty. ctj, I don't usually buy bagged popcorn but purchased this in no small part because of your glowing review here. I was unhappily surprised, to say the least, especially after you gave a thumbs down to the far less oppressively salt-flecked chocolate-covered caramels.

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                                                                          Funkalicious Jan 4, 2012 03:10 PM

                                                                          I was listening to this radio show about GMO's (genetically modified food) http://justlabelit.org/diane-rehm-sho...

                                                                          I think the CEO from Stonyfield's said Trader Joe's entire store is GMO free. Does anyone know if that is true? I give TJ a call tomorrow.

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                                                                            clubtraderjoes Jan 4, 2012 03:57 PM

                                                                            I've read somewhere that there is so much GMO corn out there and there is no way to protect non-GMO corn from cross breeding in the open fields (the plant them right next to each other and use the seeds to replant) that something like 99% of the corn out there has to some degree genetically modified genes even the non-GMO corn. I'd have to do some research to cite a source so don't quote me on it. Same with wheat...

                                                                            Steve

                                                                            www.clubtraderjoes.com

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                                                                              mpjmph Jan 10, 2012 08:46 AM

                                                                              My understanding is that all TJ's branded products are GMO free, but some of the national brand products they sell are not.

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                                                                              ChandraNH Jan 4, 2012 03:24 PM

                                                                              Loved the chili spiced pineapple, only to learn today (from staff in store) that they discontinued it in November due to poor sales. Boo!

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                                                                                noya Jan 4, 2012 04:01 PM

                                                                                Chandra, you're on the wrong thread ;-)
                                                                                There is a TJ's discontinued items thread--search for it so you can commiserate about the pineapple!

                                                                              2. gmm Jan 4, 2012 05:02 PM

                                                                                Not sure how long it's been around, but I just tried the "Really Expensive" Lasagna Bolognese, and have to give it a nay. I dislike thick lasagna noodles, but these were so thin they were almost undetectable. The overall flavor was bland and there was too much of some kind of herb/spice flavor. TJ's Family Style Meat Lasagna is far better.

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                                                                                  LilMac Jan 5, 2012 10:59 AM

                                                                                  The garlic mustard aioli is addictive. I use it as a dip on everything...meat, veggies, chips. It is so good.

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                                                                                    brilynn79 Jan 24, 2012 03:30 AM

                                                                                    My husband loves this and eats a jar a weel. I personally, have never tried it.

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                                                                                    jumpingarcher Jan 5, 2012 11:37 AM

                                                                                    Huge yea - the milk chocolate salted caramel butter cookies!! Priced at $1.99 on sale, the expense is worth it!

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                                                                                      Arthur Jan 5, 2012 08:46 PM

                                                                                      Where are you located? I saw those cookies at my local store yesterday and they were $3.99.

                                                                                    2. Boston_Otter Jan 6, 2012 09:43 AM

                                                                                      Meh to the new Mini Chicken Tamalitos. They're a lot of hassle (you're supposed to put them in a dish with water, cover with wet paper towels, then wrap in plastic before microwaving -- and then unwrap each one from its corn husk) for little finger-sized tamales. Which would be okay if they were flavor bombs, but they're surprisingly bland. Go for the full-sized tamales; they're cheaper and tastier.

                                                                                      1. Johnresa Jan 6, 2012 12:03 PM

                                                                                        Yay for the goddess dressing, the frozen paneer tikka masala, the canned turkey chili, the pomegranate Hansen's soda, and the guiltless tortilla chips

                                                                                        NAY for the frozen palak (sp?) paneer....too bland

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                                                                                          Johnresa Jan 6, 2012 12:16 PM

                                                                                          Oh I did not like the lobster ravioli in the refrigerator case either.......flavor wasn't anything I want to taste again.

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                                                                                            NCVeggie Jan 9, 2012 08:23 PM

                                                                                            I felt the same way about the lobster ravioli the first time I had it, but I cooked the 2nd half of the package by lightly frying it in a skillet with a little butter (instead of boiling) until they got a bit crispy, added some parmesan & cracked pepper, and I enjoyed them much more that way. I guess butter & cheese will make most things taste better, though.

                                                                                            I believe that many people were disappointed & I haven't seen it at my local TJs in over a month, so I wonder if they got rid of it?

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                                                                                            Savour Jan 6, 2012 03:27 PM

                                                                                            The paneer tikka masala is pretty good though. Smallish portion, but comes with rice so good for a brown bag lunch.

                                                                                            I also have to give a big Yay to Trader Joe's Real Mayonnaise. It's my top choice now -- over Best Foods/Hellman's. Tastes like homemade.

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                                                                                              goodhealthgourmet Jan 14, 2012 05:28 PM

                                                                                              ooh, this is good to know. Mom goes through quite a bit of Hellman's, so i'll grab her a jar of the TJ's to try and see if she likes it even better.

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                                                                                              cgh Jan 21, 2012 06:29 PM

                                                                                              I agree with you on the goddess dressing. Tahini dressings are delicious but usually hard to find and need immediate refrigeration. The TJ version is inexpensive and good, and can be kept in the pantry until opened.

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                                                                                                woodleyparkhound Jan 22, 2012 11:43 AM

                                                                                                The goddess dressing is delicious, and is a literal dead ringer for Annie's (meaning they are both made by the same company) which costs twice as much.

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                                                                                              Fromageball Jan 6, 2012 12:30 PM

                                                                                              TJs here in MD finally got uncrystallized ginger back in stock. There was a problem with the distributor apparently, but it's back now. So yea to that!

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                                                                                                goodhealthgourmet Jan 14, 2012 05:35 PM

                                                                                                wasn't a distributor problem - the FDA put a hold on it because they claimed the naturally-occurring sulfites exceeded the maximum level permitted in foods for retail sale. guess they worked it out.

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                                                                                                  Klunco Feb 13, 2012 11:47 AM

                                                                                                  Oh my! Why did I not consult this thread yesterday. Emergency trip to TJ's today to stock up. Here's to hoping they are back in MA.

                                                                                                  Also triple-ginger thin cookies are great! Remind me of Moravian spice cookies.

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                                                                                                    goodhealthgourmet Feb 13, 2012 04:08 PM

                                                                                                    don't go running back for the ginger. they yanked it AGAIN. and my store told me it's not likely to ever come back unless they can find a new supplier.

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                                                                                                      Klunco Feb 13, 2012 07:15 PM

                                                                                                      Well boo to that. Thanks for the heads up.

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                                                                                                        GraceW Feb 13, 2012 09:08 PM

                                                                                                        You all maybe know this.. but Ginger Altoids at World Market are amazing ... if you need a relatively healthy ginger-fix on the go!

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                                                                                                          sr44 Feb 15, 2012 08:33 PM

                                                                                                          Trader Joe's used to carry them, but stopped. I thought they had disappeared completely. They are terrific.

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                                                                                                        Klunco Mar 19, 2012 05:36 PM

                                                                                                        A friend of mine just bought the uncrystallized candy ginger today in CT. Salesperson told him they should be rolling out to all TJs now!

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                                                                                                          buttertart Mar 20, 2012 04:37 PM

                                                                                                          Nowhere to be seen in the UWS NYC store a week or so ago, keeping an eye out.

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                                                                                                            goodhealthgourmet Mar 20, 2012 05:05 PM

                                                                                                            did you ask at the desk?

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                                                                                                            rizzo0904 Mar 23, 2012 10:50 AM

                                                                                                            saw it today in tyngsboro, ma

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                                                                                                      littleflower Jan 7, 2012 03:29 PM

                                                                                                      Yay to TJ's English Breakfast tea bags - a fairly large sized box of tea bags that I am 99% sure is made by Twinings Tea Company, and TJ's is selling them for the fantastic price of $1.99. I priced it at $3.99 at another store for the Twinings English Breakfast tea bags - a savings of $2.00! Really great quality tea!!

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                                                                                                        toopie28 Jan 9, 2012 12:50 PM

                                                                                                        Yea to the following:

                                                                                                        The milk chocolate salted caramel butter biccies - oh my. Won't be buying those again - too good and me with no discipline...
                                                                                                        Frozen Mandarin Orange Chicken - liked it.
                                                                                                        Dark Chocolate Almonds with Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar - very good and I'm not a dark choc fan.
                                                                                                        Someone asked about this - Macaron aux Framboises - I LOVED it. Very light and not too sweet.
                                                                                                        Rice Medley - quick easy and hearty.
                                                                                                        Individual Brie rounds - great for portion control.

                                                                                                        Nays:
                                                                                                        Any yogurt - just cuz I have never found a yogurt similar to Muller.
                                                                                                        Frozen spinach pie - too soggy for me.

                                                                                                        Toop.

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                                                                                                          Dommy Jan 9, 2012 01:48 PM

                                                                                                          I LOVE the rice medley... it's a lunch time stape and actually heats up nice and fuffy! :)

                                                                                                          --Dommy!

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                                                                                                            truman Jan 10, 2012 09:58 AM

                                                                                                            Yay on the rice medley too - the frozen 3-rice blend stuff. It's pricey but more interesting than the "Steamfresh" brown rice from the regular grocery store.

                                                                                                            Meh on the frozen mandarin chicken, though (turned out nice and crispy when baked instead of fried). The chicken itself was fine, but the sauce seemed cloyingly sweet. I think a dollop of hoisin sauce might have helped - alas, we were out.

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                                                                                                              Firenzilla Jan 17, 2012 11:54 AM

                                                                                                              +1 to the Dark Chocolate Almonds with Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar!

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                                                                                                                brilynn79 Jan 24, 2012 03:32 AM

                                                                                                                That Macroon aux Framboises was amazing! I loved that it was not too sweet!

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                                                                                                                NCVeggie Jan 9, 2012 08:10 PM

                                                                                                                I can live on TJ's frozen naan bread (garlic, of course) and that tomato & pepper soup that everyone seems to love. Also their green juice- the kind in the big bottle.

                                                                                                                I also enjoy most of the ravioli varieties in the refrigerated section, the sprouted tofu (which comes in 2 mini-sized packs for those cooking for one), the veggie soy chorizo is great for making tacos & chili, and most of their frozen veggies are somehow just way better than supermarket varieties- especially the broccoli & the "Soycuttash" (edamame, corn & red peppers).

                                                                                                                The frozen soy meatballs are pretty good, and the "Indian Fare" (shelf-stable packaged foods) can be an acceptable alternative to takeout- Dal Makhani is my favorite. The Masala Simmer Sauce is a great shortcut if you have a little more time to actually cook something (don't forget the naan!)

                                                                                                                I really like the flavor of their cornbread mix, but I always sift out the dried corn pieces- they don't cook properly & have always remained hard & chewy for me. The frozen pumpkin pie I got for Thanksgiving was very good, and a great deal at 5 bucks!

                                                                                                                Finally, I want to share my favorite busy (or lazy) weekday "recipe"- one package each of the Regular & "Reduced Guilt" mac & cheese, plus half a bag of frozen broccoli- just pull everything out of the packages, throw it in a casserole dish & heat, COVERED, in the oven until things are thawed, then pull it out of the oven for a sec, mix it all up & continue to bake UNCOVERED it until the cheese starts to brown around the edges = its 's easy, fairly quick, tasty & it makes 2 or 3 meals worth of food. Sometimes I add crushed red pepper flakes if I think abut it.

                                                                                                                Note: I suppose you could speed it up using a microwave, but I don't have one so that is another reason I love this combination so much!

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                                                                                                                  CurlieGlamourGirlie Jan 12, 2012 08:28 AM

                                                                                                                  I keep 3 packages of the reduced guilt mac and cheese in my freezer at all times. That's a great idea - I'd add some chicken to it as well.

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                                                                                                                    jujuthomas Feb 14, 2012 09:35 AM

                                                                                                                    I'm going to have to check that cornbread mix next time I go to TJs! My mother loves the tomato pepper soup - I always have to take a few boxes north with me when I visit her.

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                                                                                                                      Caitlin McGrath Mar 5, 2012 12:14 PM

                                                                                                                      If your mother lives outside TJ's territory, you might want to let her know that the roasted red pepper and tomato soup is made by Pacific Natural Foods, so she may be able to find it at a local market under its own label, depending on what's available where she lives.

                                                                                                                      http://www.pacificfoods.com/our-foods...

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                                                                                                                        jujuthomas Mar 11, 2012 09:36 AM

                                                                                                                        Thanks Caitlin, I'll let her know! :)

                                                                                                                  2. Boston_Otter Jan 10, 2012 09:50 AM

                                                                                                                    I recently tried TJ's potstickers for the first time, and YAY! They're better than local Chinese takeout, and crazy cheap. My cashier suggested I try them with their sweet chili sauce, and it's a great combo. If I'd discovered these in college I would've lived on them.

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                                                                                                                      gingershelley Jan 10, 2012 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                      +1 on the potstickers! Especially the shrimp ones (gyoza). I make a little asian dipping sauce, and this satisfies my craving for chinese take out at a much cheaper rate when I am buy myself for the evening:)
                                                                                                                      Now if my store would only get the Thom Ka frozen soup I hear they have some other places in the country, I'd be set.

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                                                                                                                        fershore Jan 15, 2012 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                        TJ's Gyoza dipping sauce goes perfectly with their potstickers. Delish!

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                                                                                                                        CurlieGlamourGirlie Jan 12, 2012 08:29 AM

                                                                                                                        Just out of curiosity - how are these different than the goyozas? Because I keep the veggie goyozas in stock at all times in my freezer.

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                                                                                                                          Boston_Otter Jan 12, 2012 11:11 AM

                                                                                                                          Gyoza are the same thing as potstickers -- two names for the same thing. But the ones at Trader Joes marked "gyoza" seem to be Thai-flavored.

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                                                                                                                            gingershelley Jan 13, 2012 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                            The shrimp ones taste like er, shrimp instead of just veggies; a little green onion, ginger and sesame oil detected. Gyoza is a chinese name for potstickers.

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                                                                                                                              Tripeler Jan 13, 2012 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                              Gyoza is actually the Japanese name for pot stickers.

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                                                                                                                            brilynn79 Jan 24, 2012 03:33 AM

                                                                                                                            I agree on the combo. I love those. Not as great in the microwave, but a quick bite at work.

                                                                                                                          3. woodleyparkhound Jan 12, 2012 11:27 AM

                                                                                                                            Yea:

                                                                                                                            Calfiornia slab apricots, Blenheim variety

                                                                                                                            Refrigerated lentil soup - rather bland, but very good after I threw in some cumin and cayenne. I added water as well, since it was insanely thick.

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                                                                                                                              opinionatedchef Feb 1, 2012 05:34 PM

                                                                                                                              YES, i added sun brand curry powder, tomato paste and water.

                                                                                                                            2. roxlet Jan 12, 2012 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                              Nay:
                                                                                                                              Cuban Black Bean soup. This is sold in a carton, and I had high hopes, but it had a weird texture -- it was completely smooth -- and the taste simply could not compensate for the unpleasant mouth-feel. I tossed the whole thing.

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                                                                                                                                gator28 Jan 12, 2012 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                I recently discovered the uncrystallized candied ginger, a big YAY for me. They are spicy and sweet and have this great lingering kick. Very satisfying.

                                                                                                                                Some of my other new favorites include:

                                                                                                                                - fresh chopped veggies (8 kinds I believe) in the round plastic container.

                                                                                                                                - dark chocolate pretzel slims - so addictive.

                                                                                                                                - black and green unsweetened tea in the huge jug - very refreshing

                                                                                                                                - multigrain bread in the purple package

                                                                                                                                - dijon mustard from france - spicy, love it

                                                                                                                                - brown rice pasta - not bad!

                                                                                                                                - dark chocolate lovers chocolate bar - mmm

                                                                                                                                - fruit fiber strips - tasty and have a nice chew

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                                                                                                                                  goodhealthgourmet Jan 14, 2012 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                                  fresh chopped veggies (8 kinds I believe) in the round plastic container.
                                                                                                                                  ~~~~~~~~
                                                                                                                                  it's called "8 Healthy Veggies" and it's a *fraction* of the price of the original/name brand product from Juice Evolution.

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                                                                                                                                  AsperGirl Jan 13, 2012 05:43 PM

                                                                                                                                  Nurmberger (Bavarian) Bratwurst, precooked in 8 oz packages for $2.99, imported from Germany

                                                                                                                                  It's actually authentic tasting Bratwurst, finely textured with the flavors of marjoram, mace, coriander, etc. I made a quick Bauernschmaus with sausages, sauerkraut, sweet onuon, an old apple, chicken broth & caraway seeds. It was a nice surprise. It's hard to get bratwurst that tastes like real German Bratwurst over here. I'm thinking of picking up a few extra packs and freezing them before the season is over and they disappear.

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                                                                                                                                    alkapal Jan 14, 2012 02:40 PM

                                                                                                                                    oooh, aspergirl, that's a good idea to use those two apples of mine that are no longer crisp to eat.

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                                                                                                                                      AsperGirl Jan 14, 2012 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                      Great! I would recommend adding smoked meat b/c the bratwurst was a little too mild to make the Bauernschmaus all that it could be. What I did was a meals-in-Minutes version. It's also better with white wime or beer, but I had neither on hand. I like to base it off Jacques Pépin's Choucroute Garni, when I have the time.

                                                                                                                                      http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/ch...

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                                                                                                                                        alkapal Jan 14, 2012 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                                        would you toss in some caraway seeds, too? maybe a few juniper berries?

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                                                                                                                                          AsperGirl Jan 14, 2012 07:00 PM

                                                                                                                                          Yes on both. JP's recipe uses both. It's very flavorful. You can use apples instead of the sugar. The purpose of both is to mellow the saurkraut

                                                                                                                                  2. alkapal Jan 14, 2012 02:39 PM

                                                                                                                                    NAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY on the palak paneer shelf-stable "food."

                                                                                                                                    goodness alive, i will spare you the graphic details. the texture of the paneer is mush. the palak is runny. the flavor is nondescript. the rest….i wouldn't recommend it to my worst neighbor.

                                                                                                                                    1. GraceW Jan 14, 2012 06:34 PM

                                                                                                                                      Does anyone know if TJ has Goji berries or the version of Fage with Goji berries.. I just had goji berries for the first time, and it was distinctly pleasant!

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                                                                                                                                        goodhealthgourmet Jan 14, 2012 06:48 PM

                                                                                                                                        i don't know about the yogurt, but they don't sell straight goji berries. they *do* have a trail mix that contains them - i think it's called Very Berry Antioxidant (or something like that). you'll see it in the same section with all the other bagged nuts, dried fruits & trail mixes.

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                                                                                                                                          jumpingarcher Jan 25, 2012 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                          I haven't seen goji berries on their own in TJ's - but if you're searching for them, definitely check out the asian food stores, especially chinese food stores. It'll most likely will be in the 'herbal' or 'supplement' section or 'dried' section - and it'll be much cheaper than any natural food store, which would be the other likely place to find them =)

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                                                                                                                                            elise h Jan 25, 2012 08:26 PM

                                                                                                                                            Costco in San Francisco has a fage variety pack of about 12 individual size servings. I believe one of the flavors included goji berries.

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                                                                                                                                              Bob W Jan 26, 2012 05:47 AM

                                                                                                                                              Yes, that Fage combo box contains 12 servings in four different flavors. Each of the flavors is a combination of two fruits, and one is strawberry-goji. I buy this regularly.

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                                                                                                                                                gnosh Jan 26, 2012 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                Unfortunately, that combo box includes the nonfat variety--I much prefer the 2% version.

                                                                                                                                          2. trolley Jan 16, 2012 05:22 PM

                                                                                                                                            YAY- Thai Kao Soi soup. I was surprised since i hated the panang red curry. somewhat spicy and the veggies aren't too soggy. will do in a pinch or craving thai food BUT it will never replace restaurant or homemade Thai.

                                                                                                                                            Nay- Panang Red curry. (can you tell i'm craving Thai?) soggy veggies and the curry was way too sweet with not enough spice to back it up. the rice microwaved nicely tho.

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                                                                                                                                              clubtraderjoes Jan 17, 2012 09:20 AM

                                                                                                                                              I might have to revisit the Thai Kao Soi soup (although it has seemed to disappear from our store) as I hear a lot of people liked it. I really liked the flavors, but the veggies were mushy and not firm. I followed the directions exactly! I knocked a couple of points off off because of the mushy vegetables.

                                                                                                                                              Steve

                                                                                                                                              www.clubtraderjoes.com

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                                                                                                                                                trolley Jan 17, 2012 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                the flavors were surprisingly good. a decent amount of spice and not too sweet unlike the panang curry. i did eat them side by side so my gage on measuring soggy vegetables are based on product vs. product. lets face it, they're frozen items and nothing will match the crunch of fresh vegetables sautéed into dishes. it's also difficult to reproduce decent Thai in their frozen incarnation but as far as frozen items go i think it's a win!

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                                                                                                                                                  trolley Jan 31, 2012 07:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                  i think i take back the yay on the Thai Kao Soi. I've now had two batches that were less than stellar. i believe i lucked out with the first two boxes. the flavors are still good but oh the mushy vegetables were hard to down. i also embellished a little with a squeeze of lime. to me lime is to southeast asian food as ketchup is to a mediocre burger and fries :)

                                                                                                                                              2. Monica Jan 17, 2012 09:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                I just tried their frozen sweet potato fries...yum yum good.

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                                                                                                                                                  Misha Jan 17, 2012 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I love their Curry Nan in the bakery section and their Tikki Masala sauce in a jar. I throw in some leftover cooked chicken and whatever veggies I have on hand and makes a wicked few meals.

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                                                                                                                                                    IndyGirl Feb 3, 2012 06:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                    oh, I forgot about these.... must stock up.

                                                                                                                                                  2. gmm Jan 20, 2012 03:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Love the refrigerated Bruschetta sauce. It's the one that comes in a red/white/green/black plastic tub. I like to serve it on bruschetta along with TJ's fresh mozzarella. They also recommend it with pasta, and I have friend who loves to just eat it straight out of the tub with a spoon.

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                                                                                                                                                      gator28 Jan 20, 2012 04:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                      +1 - That stuff is amazing!

                                                                                                                                                    2. goodhealthgourmet Jan 20, 2012 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                      don't know if it's new, but a definite yea from Mom & Sis on the frozen spinach & cheese pie - Fillo Factory brand.

                                                                                                                                                      and though none of these are new, they've recently both become addicted to the Dark Chocolate Mint Cremes, the Peanut Butter Goodies, the Cinnamon Roll Bread and the Highbrow Chocolate Chip cookies.

                                                                                                                                                      i always have to laugh at the contents of my shopping cart there - i stock up on things like this (which i can't and wouldn't eat) for the two of them, and all of the purchases i make for myself are things like produce, yogurt, organic chicken and tea bags :)

                                                                                                                                                      oh, and dog treats! the pup LOVES the Sweet Potato & Chicken biscuits, and the dried chicken breasts.

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                                                                                                                                                        EM23 Jan 21, 2012 12:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                        What is the country of origin for the dog treats GHG?

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                                                                                                                                                          goodhealthgourmet Jan 21, 2012 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                          both 100% Made in the USA - our girl doesn't get anything but.

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                                                                                                                                                            EM23 Jan 21, 2012 03:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Thanks! Going to pick some up this week for the spotted one.

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                                                                                                                                                          EM23 Feb 8, 2012 06:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Paws up for the dried chicken breasts - my dog loves them. Thanks GHG!

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                                                                                                                                                            goodhealthgourmet Feb 9, 2012 08:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                            so glad to hear it! we also love the Organic Chicken & Brown Rice Sticks.

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                                                                                                                                                              EM23 Feb 10, 2012 09:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Added to the list, thanks!

                                                                                                                                                              And a new treat for me - the triple ginger cookie thins. Really tasty w/a glass of milk.

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                                                                                                                                                                Rilke Feb 11, 2012 08:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                My mom dips them in her ginger peach tea. She is addicted.

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                                                                                                                                                                EM23 Mar 15, 2012 11:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                The dog sends lots of licks your way GHG - he loves these. Thanks for another great chowdoggy recommendation!

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                                                                                                                                                                  goodhealthgourmet Mar 15, 2012 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  aww, licks much appreciated! give him a scratch for me.

                                                                                                                                                                  if you want something different for him at some point, try the "Natural Dog Treats" in assorted flavors - similar box to the chicken & sweet potato. i know it doesn't scream "Made in the USA" on the front like the other one does, but i confirmed with TJ's corporate & the manufacturer that it is indeed a 100% US product :)

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                                                                                                                                                                    EM23 Mar 19, 2012 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    More licks and a paw shake for you GHG! My spotted one loves these treats as well. Thanks for the recommendation:-)

                                                                                                                                                          2. trolley Jan 21, 2012 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                            YAY! Whole wheat Petit Pain Pascal. don't know if this a regional item as it's found in the artisan bread section. you have to either toast it or put the loaf in the oven and eat it warm. i ate it with the new extra virgin olive oil and some balsamic. terrific!

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                                                                                                                                                              chinchi Jan 22, 2012 07:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Yes, my new obsession! And a great value at 99 cents. Unfortunately my TJ keeps running out of them by the time I stop in after work. I broke down and bought the full-size Pain Pascal last night...about $3.50 and much too big for two of us to devour at the peak of freshness, but filled the craving (and will for a few days!).

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                                                                                                                                                                Savour Jan 27, 2012 03:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I've been buying the full sized for years (the next best thing to Pain Poilane outside of Paris!), but I love the little ones. They tend not to be as done -- the crust is lighter, less chewy than on the big ones. Still great. Especially with a little Kerrygold butter. Or as fresh breadcrumbs in a casserole. Or with soup.

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                                                                                                                                                              Saluti Jan 21, 2012 06:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I just discovered the Kettle Corn Cookies. They are so good I could easily devour the entire tub. Actually, I did devour the entire tub.

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                                                                                                                                                                alkapal Jan 22, 2012 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                kettle corn cookie? uh oh, i did not need to hear that. now i'm going to look for them.

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                                                                                                                                                                jujuthomas Jan 22, 2012 11:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Yea to the Frozen danish pancakes (Aebleskivers)! A friend who was an exchange student in Denmark and has made her own served me these with REAL lingonberry jam and tea the other day. She loves them, and purchases several bags at a time. I had to go get myself a bag the next day... now to find lingonberry jam... :)

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                                                                                                                                                                  goodhealthgourmet Jan 22, 2012 12:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  now to find lingonberry jam... :)
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                                                                                                                                                                  IKEA

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                                                                                                                                                                    littleflower Jan 22, 2012 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Okay, now my mouth is drooling just THINKING about lingonberry jam...too bad that 1) TJ's buyers' lightbulb has yet to go off recognizing that if they sell the Danish Pancakes, that Lingonberry Jam would be a perfect accompanyment and 2) that I do not live within driving distance to IKEA.

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                                                                                                                                                                      goodhealthgourmet Jan 22, 2012 01:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      http://tiny.cc/5o2a5

                                                                                                                                                                      ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                        littleflower Jan 22, 2012 03:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Ah...lingonberry heaven! I wonder which brand is the best...

                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the tip, ghg!

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                                                                                                                                                                        chez cherie Jan 22, 2012 09:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        put the fleur de sel caramel sauce on them. trust me. not traditional. but you WILL thank me.

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                                                                                                                                                                          brilynn79 Jan 24, 2012 03:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          I love that fluer de sel caramel. Amazing on Honeycrisp apples or a spoon. Now I want to try it with the Danish pancakes.

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                                                                                                                                                                            jujuthomas Jan 24, 2012 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            oh, that sounds amazing!

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                                                                                                                                                                          jujuthomas Jan 22, 2012 05:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          my friend says you can also sometimes get it at TJ Maxx or Marshalls - REAL from a Danish company.

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                                                                                                                                                                            littleflower Jan 22, 2012 10:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Great to know - thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                              jujuthomas Jan 24, 2012 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              I found 1 jar of lingonberry jam today at Home Goods. $5.99 It's called Scandanavian delight. I'm all ready to enjoy my Aebleskivers the Danish way! ;-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                littleflower Jan 24, 2012 05:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                GREAT discovery there as well as good price, jjt! Thanks for letting us know!!

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                                                                                                                                                                          Dommy Jan 22, 2012 06:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          I used the for a work breakfast and people thought they were handmade! The secret is you HAVE to bake them... nice and crisp...

                                                                                                                                                                          For toppings, I LOVE the TJs jarred apple pie filling. Also if just with whipped cream, a few twists of their coffee/chocolate spice grinder is excellent!

                                                                                                                                                                          --Dommy!

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                                                                                                                                                                            thursday Jan 22, 2012 09:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            These are also very nice to have on hand if you have a toddler, btw - I keep a bag in the freezer and can pull out three and microwave them quickly if we're having a rushed morning and I need him to feed himself.

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                                                                                                                                                                              coney with everything Jan 23, 2012 05:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Tried these for the first time this weekend and they are good. No lingonberry jam, but cherry jam was a fine substitute!

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                                                                                                                                                                              betterbeheaven Jan 23, 2012 07:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Given the number of Speculoos lovers here, I'm surprised I haven't seen a review yet for the Belgian dark chocolate bar filled with Speculoos cookie spread. It's a small bar (1.58oz/45g) and priced at $.99. There are some other varieties, but I forget what they were.

                                                                                                                                                                              Anyway, I like the bar quite a lot. I only get a little bit of Speculoos flavor (which is fine by me), but the chocolate is very good. Smooth, medium dark...much better than the chocolate quality in those dark choc pecan/toffee and dark choc sea salt/caramel bars, which I find kinda waxy and greasy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                clubtraderjoes Jan 24, 2012 10:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                I bet given the success of the Speculoos that you'll see a bunch of new cookies and whatever with Speculoos in them. By far the most popular post on my blog!

                                                                                                                                                                                Steve

                                                                                                                                                                                www.clubtraderjoes.com

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                                                                                                                                                                                  chez cherie Jan 24, 2012 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  i heard a rumor (from a very good source..in a hawaiian shirt) that chocolate-dipped bistro biscuits (the tj speculoos cookie knock off) are on the way. hope it's dark chocolate!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    sciencediet Jan 24, 2012 04:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    oh wow. I'm rooting for dark chocolate too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      littleflower Jan 25, 2012 08:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      wishful thinking on our part...but hope they will carry them in both milk AND dark chocolate...we like one of each, so this would be ideal (I know, probably unlikely...)

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                                                                                                                                                                                  mtoo Jan 25, 2012 07:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I wrote a yay review for it the other day but the site wouldn't allow me to post it. Bought one at the urging of the checker and it was yummy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Savour Jan 27, 2012 03:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Was just going to review these. Definitely good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      rstuart Mar 1, 2012 02:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I read about those in Serious Eats.. wish I was making a trip down to somewhere with a TJ's sometimes soon :(((

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                                                                                                                                                                                      brilynn79 Jan 24, 2012 03:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I just tried the unsweetened freeze dried grapes. They are a great sweet crunch. I loved them, but since they are made from only 6 oz grapes at 1.99 an ounce they are a little too pricey for a regular snack.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        clubtraderjoes Jan 24, 2012 10:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Same here. I liked them but the price is too high for such a small amount of product!

                                                                                                                                                                                        Steve

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Briek Jan 27, 2012 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Agreed! I really enjoyed the freeze dried grapes - kind of tasted like candy. But I finished the bag in one sitting. You don't get a lot of bang for your buck with these.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Bob W Jan 24, 2012 02:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        NAY to the frozen pakoras. I'm generally a big fan of TJ's frozen Indian dishes, but these were about the worst I've had. They took MUCH longer to cook than what the package says, and were not worth the wait.

                                                                                                                                                                                        YAY for Nature's Path Organic Flax Plus Pumpkin Raisin Crunch cereal. Great taste and mix of textures. A real winner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          goodhealthgourmet Jan 25, 2012 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          yay. i knew you'd like the Flax Plus :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Bob W Jan 26, 2012 05:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            I am big on flax now for health reasons and this cereal has the added bonus of being really good!

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. buttertart Jan 24, 2012 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          The "prosciutto" I got recently (if there were a way to emphasize the quotation marks, I would) was smoked!!! That's not prosciutto by the usual definition. Yuck. Made in Germany, what's the matter, they didn't think it would sell labeled "Speck"?

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                                                                                                                                                                                            chez cherie Jan 25, 2012 03:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            bummer. they actually did carry speck fror a short time-so maybe they KNOW it won't sell under that name. too bad. i like speck. but i agree--speck ain't prosciutto. i distrust prosciutto from germany. also from wisconsin, which i have also seen at tj from time to time. for me, prosciutto comes from italy, preferably parma. and it isn't cheap.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              buttertart Jan 25, 2012 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Ideally yes, but there are some good ones made in the US they could be flogging.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart Jan 29, 2012 04:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                The "prosciutto" made a very nice carbonara, so not all was lost.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  alkapal Jan 31, 2012 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  that's how we used ours, as well. well, not carbonara, but in a pasta dish: thinly julienned prosciutto in a parmesan bechamel with fettuccine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Ummm Jan 24, 2012 05:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Not sure if these are new or not... they are new to me:

                                                                                                                                                                                            * spicy beef and broccoli (frozen, Asian style) - it is sweet and spicy. I like the sauce and the beef but the broccoli was mushy. Probably would be better if they eliminate the veggie, and so we can add fresh broccoli and stir fry it instead for some added crunchiness.

                                                                                                                                                                                            * dried lemon thick pasta - I like it! I like it with the Alfredo sauce with some chicken. Not a lot of sauce, but just enough to add some creaminess to the dish. I think we also tried the basil one but maybe because we used to wrong sauce with it, we could hardly taste the basil.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Briek Jan 27, 2012 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Yea to the Thai Shrimp Gyoza! They were delicious steamed and paired with TJ's Gyoza sauce. We bought them a few days ago and they're already gone.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Rilke Jan 27, 2012 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes! They steam perfectly and the sauce is great.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. clubtraderjoes Jan 27, 2012 03:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Just had the Dark Chocolate covered pretzel slims (which I predicted would show up!) and they are awesome! review in a day or two...

                                                                                                                                                                                                Steve

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  werewolf Jan 29, 2012 03:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  TJ Organic Cherry Tomatoes yea; TJ sugar plum tomatoes nea. Has anyone tried the expensive TJ "high lysine" tomatoes from Holland

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dommy Jan 29, 2012 04:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I wasn't too sold on the ones from Holland, but I really liked the Kumatos, the brown ones...

                                                                                                                                                                                                    --Dommy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      sasha1 Mar 1, 2012 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      A little late the the party but I love these too. I didn't think you could buy winter tomatoes worth a darn besides cherry tomatoes, but these are outstanding.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        goodhealthgourmet Mar 1, 2012 11:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        i've been using Kumatos on Mom's sandwiches, and she's a very happy camper. gotta love the TJ's price too - our local market (which, truth be told, gouges on pretty much everything) charges $5.99/lb for them!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        gmm Mar 6, 2012 03:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        +1 on the Kumatos. Way better than any grocery store tomatoes you can get this time of year. Normally I don't even buy tomatoes in the winter unless I need some for tacos or burgers, but these were good just sliced up with a little salt and olive oil.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Briek Jan 30, 2012 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Had a really bad bag of clementines from TJs recently. I'd say 90% of them were mealy and sour. I believe they were from Morocco. I know clementines are fickle little fruits - so I can't be too disappointed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      chez cherie Jan 30, 2012 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      but you can get a refund. just let them know next time you're in. their refund policy is simple--if you don't like it, we'll give you your money back.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        walker Jan 30, 2012 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I had to take back some organic blueberries (really sour) from Chile I believe .. somewhere south of US. They were very cheerful with refund .. checker said he'd had the same sour ones but ended up eating them, anyway.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't have very good luck with their produce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rilke Jan 30, 2012 02:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I am very careful about TJ's produce. Luckily there are a few markets nearby that sell beautiful produce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The TJ's produce I purchase on a regular basis: kale, grape tomatoes, bell peppers, romaine lettuce (three hearts in a bag), avocados, brussels sprouts (only on the stalk), and baby carrots. I will get raspberries only if they look really good, and strawberries only in season. I especially avoid the bagged salad mixes, blueberries, and all citrus.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            walker Jan 30, 2012 03:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love the avocados at Costco .. when they begin to get a tiny bit soft, I put them in fridge and they'll last longer that way.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              clubtraderjoes Jan 30, 2012 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Trader Joe's does a pretty good job about the basics. Lettuce, potatoes, apples, onions and such. Stuff that transports easily. Bananas have never been the freshest. Tomatoes are as good as most supermarkets, never as fresh as farmers markets. Citrus is usually really good. Carrots are great. Blueberries and Strawberries, but only in season.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Some of their salad mixes are good and others are half rotten when they show up in the store. I always look closely at the bag to make sure. I am always finding rotten oranges or whatever and giving them to a crew member...

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Steve
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                gingershelley Jan 30, 2012 06:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                +1

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  janethepain Jan 30, 2012 07:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Maybe it varies by state, but I don't trust TJ's for most produce (and I LOVE TJ's. I'm in NYC, btw). They're good for onions, potatoes, grape tomatoes, bagged salads, carrots, and mushrooms.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But I've found their fruit to be underripe constantly; never have I seen an avocado there that isn't rock hard (I always laugh when I see people buying the guacamole kit - I guess they're planning on making guac in two months). Their bagged apples can turn out to be super sour - I have such a bag in my fridge right now. For some reason, both times I've bought their cubed butternut squash, it's turned moldy before the expiration date. Their regular tomatoes are either busted up or not ripe.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                gingershelley Jan 30, 2012 06:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Walker and Chez Cherie...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Do you think ANY produce is going to taste really good if it is trucked, flown, and trucked again from Holland or Chile to your store?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I think you answered yourselves as to why your produce was not prime or sour, bland, etc. by stating how far it had traveled.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love TJ's, but these are the reasons these days, that make any produce awful, be it from Safeway (Von's), Albertson's, etc - I am on the West coast. If it's not very fresh or local, picked before it's prime and shipped unripe, what do you expect it to be like? I would posit a tiny shadow of it's possible self, and dissapointing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Please don't support that they bring that stuff to your market for sale by not buying it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  chez cherie Jan 30, 2012 08:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (i think you confused me with someone else, gingershelley--i was pointing out that tj has a great refund policy. i also prefer local produce...not sure where you go the idea that i support unnecessary food miles...)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gingershelley Jan 31, 2012 03:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chez Cherie, I don't know why this would happen, but the report you put up about sour produce is gone! After receiving your very reasonable message ( yes, I might have confused you with someone else, or mistaken your intent, or extra food miles):...).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What is weird is that I cannot now find your post about a refund here on the thread.... only an earlier post I remember about speck, and provenance of that. Strange!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In my book, you are on top of the story of produce; just this interaction has shown me your caring and thoughtfulness.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Right now, I am a little concerned that someone (" ') edited out a thought ful conversation about what is so in terms of where all that food comes from at TJ's, and how we feel about it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Blessings to you Chez C....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      goodhealthgourmet Jan 31, 2012 04:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What is weird is that I cannot now find your post about a refund here on the thread
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8259...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        chez cherie Jan 31, 2012 04:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i can see both my refund post (currently 10 above your query) and the one about speck (on jan 25).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          goodhealthgourmet Jan 31, 2012 04:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i think you meant to post that to gingershelley. this is all getting very confusing :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jujuthomas Jan 31, 2012 12:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have never had good luck with TJs produce, no matter the season. This time of year, I'm scouring any and every market for decent produce - I wish I lived somewhere I could get local all year round - right now I take it where I can find it and can't really worry about where it comes from.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    IndyGirl Feb 3, 2012 06:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The produce at the TJ's by me sucks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. GraceW Feb 1, 2012 05:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The website shows a pack of Valentines cookies--let me know if anyone tries them! Thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  noya Feb 3, 2012 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We liked the falafel chips. They're made of corn and chickpea flour, which is a nice change from just plain corn chips

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Arthur Feb 3, 2012 12:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I liked these, too. They have an unmistakably genuine falafel flavor. My only complaint is with the offensively wasteful packaging: Why on Earth was it necessary for them to place the chips inside a plastic bag that's inside a paper bag?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      noya Feb 3, 2012 02:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      agree re: the packaging. was wondering why they double bagged

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      chompy Feb 13, 2012 03:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I wasn't crazy about the falafel chips. Despite a long list of herbs and spices in the ingredients, they just didn't seem to have much flavor, and had a slightly cardboard-like texture. My kids loved 'em though, and they're not *too* junky. Maybe that's why I didn't like 'em ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        John Francis Feb 18, 2012 08:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Agreed about the falafel chips. TJ's frozen falafel is great stuff, always have some on hand, but the falafel chips aren't up to it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        While I'm at it, the Original Hummus Dip isn't what it was - too soupy and the flavor's a bit off. Maybe just a bad batch. The organic hummus is still fine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dommy Feb 18, 2012 05:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks for the warning about the Felafel chips... I'm still addicted to their curly lentil ones though...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My favorite humus' of theirs are the Mediterranean (Just like Sabra), their Olive (Even my olive hating hubs loves it) and for low fat, the eggplant (My work snack staple)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          --Dommy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          michelleats Feb 24, 2012 06:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I liked the falafel chips well enough to keep buying them, but I thought they were less flavorful than they could've been, as well. They tasted like a bland version of Indian sev.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jujuthomas Feb 3, 2012 01:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My mother loves the lentil crisps, which are a curly chip. I find them a little TOO crunchy, but every time I go to see my mother I have to take a couple bags. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dommy Feb 12, 2012 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes! I was addicted to those curly lentil chips for a whole summer a few years ago... LOL!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          --Dommy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. clubtraderjoes Feb 4, 2012 07:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dark Chocolate Hearts with rich truffle filling - Yea!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dark Chocolate Nutty bites - Love these... not too sweet!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Something else that was in the New section was frozen vegan Japanese style fried rice. Double Yum and all you vegans out there this is especially good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Steve

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          www.clubtraderjoes.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. goodhealthgourmet Feb 5, 2012 11:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            saw a couple of yeas for the Dark Chocolate Almonds with Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar so i thought i'd weigh in...split verdict in our house. Mom - craver of all things salty - loves them. i tried one an found the salt to be too assertive.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jeri L Feb 5, 2012 01:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Speculoos butter filled dark chocolate bar. As good as it sounds.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                brilynn79 Feb 6, 2012 06:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anybody tried the spotlight cheese, Chocolate Cheddar? I have it, but left it at work. I used to love drinking chocolate milk with cheddar cheese as an after school snack...wondering if it translates?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  brilynn79 Feb 7, 2012 08:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I liked it, but the cheddar wasn't as sharp as I had hoped. It was a fun purchase, but I would not buy again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jeri L Mar 3, 2012 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think it made a pretty good grilled cheese sandwich.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Steevogrande Feb 6, 2012 10:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NAY- Where did the Marcel & Henri pates go?? Did the New Yorkers hog them all?? (just kidding) I want my pate!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. kivarita Feb 6, 2012 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      YAY - Trader Ming's Chicken and Vegetable WonTon Soup. I was surprised how much I liked this. From the frozen section, you add water to the bowl and microwave. It's generous on the wontons and skimpy on the vegetables, but doctored up with a little soy sauce and sriracha, it makes a perfectly good lunch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        clubtraderjoes Feb 9, 2012 09:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just had this also and I thought it was quite good! A little soy sauce and it was almost perfect. Almost as good as fresh from a restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Steve

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          GourmetLight Feb 11, 2012 09:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hubby and I both love this soup, which is even better when you replace the required water with the TJ's chicken broth. Yum.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            trolley Feb 12, 2012 07:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm going to be the voice of dissent here on the Chicken and Vegetable won ton soup. While I liked the flavors and really dug the won tons it was like a salt lick to me. So i checked out the sodium content and holy cow! 1060mg per serving! i felt like the salt overpowered the other flavors that were pretty nice. i did end up fishing out the wontons and ate them with some Sriracha. i also think that i tend to eat on the low sodium side so perhaps if you're used to lots of salt then it'll probably be ok. so YAY if you eat tons of salt. NAY if you eat low sodium.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rilke Feb 13, 2012 06:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm avoiding this for this reason as well. I can't even imagine how high the sodium is when you replace the water with chicken broth as GourmetLight suggested, which I would also do with a product like this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                trolley Feb 13, 2012 10:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the cdc recommends 1500 mgs of salt if you're over 40 and around 2000-2500 any age under that. 1060mg is way too much for for one meal! if you eat out a lot i'm sure one can consume much more than the recommended. and of course, everything in moderation but when i eat at home i try to control my salt intake as much as possible and save the massive salt intake for dining out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rilke Feb 13, 2012 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I agree :) I just feel better when I limit my sodium intake. Too much makes me retain water like crazy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                opinionatedchef Feb 15, 2012 01:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i'd recommend the frozen chicken and cilantro dumplings, panfried and added to stock and veggies of your choice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  trolley Feb 15, 2012 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  great. i'll try those! i'm off to TJ's!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    opinionatedchef Feb 17, 2012 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i meant to say chicken and cilantro WONTONS, sorry.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jujuthomas Feb 14, 2012 09:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Got this yesterday, had a bowl for lunch today. Thanks for the recommendation! yes, as someone says below it's salty, but it was very filling for me!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Also purchased the Beef Pho bowl and the chicken with poblano sauce - both for DH for lunches. will let you know how/if he likes. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    walker Feb 14, 2012 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I had the won ton soup for dinner last night .. pretty good. After microwaving for 3 minutes, I threw in some fresh spinach leaves and zapped another 2 minutes (pkg said 4-5 minutes). I found I still needed more time so it was 7 minutes total.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Too bad about the high sodium content.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      jujuthomas Feb 18, 2012 08:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DH says NAY to the Beef Pho bowl. watery broth, meh noodles, etc etc.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        brilynn79 Feb 22, 2012 11:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ITA- horrible!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Querencia Feb 8, 2012 06:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I would not have thought that anything could make frozen fried fish (eg Gorton, VanDeCamp etc) really good but TJ's Sweet Chili Sauce (as a dip for the fish) definitely improves it. The combo like something in a decent Thai restaurant.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      coney with everything Feb 23, 2012 05:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you're looking to upgrade frozen fried fish, get the TJ breaded halibut. Spendy but they make an awesome fish sandwich!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        John Francis Feb 29, 2012 10:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Less expensive (it's pollock, not halibut) but very tasty: TJ's Battered Fish Nuggets. Pop 'em in the toaster oven.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. tazia Feb 9, 2012 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Super happy yay to the new Mandarin Orange Chickenless Morsels, at least based on trying it at the store. They fulfill this vegetarian's longing for orange chicken. I heard a number of meat eaters at the store actually exclaiming how good they were.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have a couple of bags, but haven't cooked them up yet, so I'm not sure how they'll turn out at home, but if it's anything like the sample, I can see it becoming a lazy dinner staple for us.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jmacd Feb 9, 2012 11:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bought a bag of this and can't wait to try it! like the concept of the chicken one, but i don't love dark meat. add some veggies and throw it over brown rice for a quick weeknight dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          truman Feb 10, 2012 07:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The ad implied that the sauce is the same as in the chicken version - if so, be prepared to doctor it or use less than the full packet. I thought the sauce needed hoisin to cut the sweetness. Just an FYI...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jmacd Feb 10, 2012 01:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            when i had the chicken one, i added a bunch of sriracha or other chili sauce so maybe the vinegar helps balance it out. i definitely think adding the veggies helps - it gives more texture and spreads out the sauce a bit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              michelley Feb 23, 2012 09:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I always mix vinegar and sambal olek into it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. clubtraderjoes Feb 9, 2012 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Two big thumbs up to the Japanese Style Fried Rice with Tofu and Edamame that recently hit the shelves. A must buy for all you Vegans out there and just a good all around dish that is simple to make!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              vttp926 Feb 13, 2012 07:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Meh to the savory thin mini edamame crackers. This was my 1st time having them and they were just ok. I don't think I will seek them out again. Probably a really good vehicle for a dip though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                chinchi Feb 15, 2012 08:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nay to the Reduced Guilt chicken with poblano sauce frozen entree. Watery, unappetizing sauce and paltry portion...though I realize it's low-cal/low-fat. Plus the microwave directions resulted in the entree leaking all over my microwave. I will not be repurchasing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  clubtraderjoes Feb 16, 2012 06:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I thought it was decent, but like you said paltry and slightly watery. I would have to eat 2 or three of them to fill me up. I thought the flavors were decent though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    opinionatedchef Feb 17, 2012 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    hysterical! i was coming on specIFically to warn people about this dish! i thought the barley part was really delicious but the chicken was awful- stringy/tough yech.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 good things though:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    --small dark choc bar w. speculoos filling

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    -- cilantro chicken wontons. for dinner, i browned all of them on two sides with a lid to weight them down/crisp them more and then a little water with lid- to steam 2 minutes. To this i added quick stir- fried TJ haricots vert and a quick curry sauce from tamari, rice wine vinegar and Sun brand Madras curry powder.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    butterfat Feb 17, 2012 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yay to the frozen Fettucini Alfredo and the Paneer Tikka Masala. Obviously they're nothing *spectacular*, but the flavors are as they should be and they both cook properly/easily and satisfied my pregnancy cravings, so that's a yay for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nay on the turkey meatloaf muffins with the mashed potatoes on top. I had the bright idea to try to feed these to my son for lunch and they were tricky to cook through in the microwave and he totally refused to eat it and I wasn't too happy about the look and smell of them, though that could be the pregnancy food aversion talking :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      John Francis Feb 18, 2012 08:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tried them last year. Put them in the toaster oven for the number of minutes but they were still cold at the center - didn't think to use the thermometer. The turkey meatloaf part of it isn't savory enough and the mashed potatoes felt more reconstituted than real.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dommy Feb 18, 2012 05:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yeah, both the mashed potatoes and the turkey puck's texture was WAY off.... too little spinach to make it even remotely healthful... Rather make my own turkey loaf and load it up with veggies and serve real mashed taters on the side...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        --Dommy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. greygarious Feb 17, 2012 06:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Meh to the Kettle Corn Cookies. In this case the total is less than the sum of its parts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yeas: 1)The 99-cent filled Belgian dark chocolate bars. I thought the chocolate overpowered the filling flavor in the speculoos filled one, preferred the one filled with chocolate buttercream. 2) Chocolate truffle-filled dark chocolate hearts. Big yea! 3) Chicken-apple sausage.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Caitlin McGrath Mar 5, 2012 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I find the chicken-apple sausage a bit on the sweet side vs. some other brands, but that's personal preference.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. trolley Feb 17, 2012 07:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A very big NAY to the canned vegetable red curry found in the new section. there's red and green and i only tried the red. it tastes like canned veggie soup married with curry that tastes like soap. no spice or heat. i wouldn't even take it camping. the only think i'm doing with it is taking it back to the store.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          trolley Feb 17, 2012 08:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          correction: it's Vegetable panang curry not red curry. whatever it is, it's just not very good. i really wonder how some of these foods get the green light because it's that bad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            clubtraderjoes Feb 18, 2012 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think you had a bad batch. While it wasn't my favorite, the Panang wasn't half bad. The Green Vegetable Curry was better. I thought both needed some meat like shrimp or chicken and maybe some basil thrown in...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              coney with everything Feb 23, 2012 05:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I had the canned green veg curry for meatless lunch yesterday and I thought it was pretty good. Very soupy, so if you think of it as soup rather than curry, it helps. But the flavor was quite good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              stgrove Feb 29, 2012 07:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If it's the vegetable panang curry in the yellow(?) microwavable can, I agree that it was really bad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            thursday Feb 18, 2012 11:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Has anyone tried the TJ's brand single malt whiskey imported from Ireland? I don't drink hard liquor much, but we usually have a bottle of Jameson on hand for St. Patrick's Day, and I'm curious as to how this compares...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              clubtraderjoes Feb 18, 2012 12:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We'll find out soon here in Washington state now they've liberalized liquor laws. It will be weird seeing liquor everywhere, including Trader Joe's!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                givemecarbs Feb 19, 2012 11:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm so jealous. We can't even get beer at our Penna TJ's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  trolley Feb 20, 2012 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  not to add fuel to your jealousy fire but...we drove thru Santa Fe, NM and i stopped by a TJ's to get some road snack after being in colorado for a few weeks. colorado is famous for not having a TJ's but anyway, in Santa Fe the liquor laws are so loose that they were doing demos of wine and champagne! crazy stuff! they were only handing out very small shots not enough to get anyone even slightly tipsy but it was being done and i was shocked and jealous!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    clubtraderjoes Feb 20, 2012 10:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We have pretty liberal wine and beer laws here, but never seen a sampling of wine at Traders. Also, being the Trader Joe's blogger that I am, I have been following the news on Trader Joe's and they are opening a store in Boulder this year. Colorado is such a good choice for them, I'm not sure what took them so long to get there! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/15/trader-joes-colorado-cali_n_1278742.html

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    www.clubtraderjoes.com

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      trolley Feb 20, 2012 11:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      yes, boulder is the perfect place for a TJ's. it's always been a rumor of strict liquor laws mixed with far away distribution centers that made colorado last on TJ's list of new stores. there's people who don't believe this but who knows. we spend a lot of time in colorado with the in laws in denver and friends in boulder. my husband went to college in boulder so we visit often to go see games and such. we have pretty liberal liquor laws in CA too but sampling wine was something i've never seen before. i asked the sample guy and all he said was 'welcome to santa fe! woo! now champagne, wine or both?' :D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        chez cherie Feb 20, 2012 01:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        CA law changed (i believe it was jan 2011) to make it ok to sample wines in a grocery store setting. sadly, this is not a tend i'm seeing in my local stores. i would be a much happier shopper if this were a common practice, but so far i havent seen a single instance. c'mon tj, set the trend!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Peachie Feb 21, 2012 03:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Steve, it's been crazy that it took TJ's so long to open up here in Colorado, especially since most people who go to Whole Foods, Sunflower and Vitamin Cottage are all carrying TJ's bags. And we can't figure out why the liquor laws are so tough here (only one location of a "warehouse/store" is allowed to sell liquor in Colorado) yet you'll find a marijuana shop on just about every street corner. Strange. Regardless, happy that TJ's is opening in Boulder in 2013.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          opinionatedchef Feb 21, 2012 11:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          yep, you're a lucky camper.now you can feel compassion for your liberal VT soul mates who still have no TrJ, or Whole Foods (for the reasons trolley cited, i would think.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        givemecarbs Feb 21, 2012 12:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        /whimper

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          celesul Mar 22, 2012 07:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          So, in Ohio TJ's frequently has wine samples, but they always cost 10 cents. I think Ohio state liquor laws require that alcohol tasting requires a nominal fee. And they always have cheese next to the wine, which does not require any payment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          On the other hand, in SoCal I don't think I've ever seen wine samples, even though the store I went to there was much larger than the one I went to in Ohio.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RedTop Feb 20, 2012 05:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Very quiet Sunday yesterday here at the manse. So DW & me decided to bake up a box of Trader Giotti's Family Size Lasagna. Quirky bake and serve directions, but nice taste. Serving size for three was perfect.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yea, to this product.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      opinionatedchef Feb 21, 2012 11:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      plse elaborate: ricotta, meat, herby or simple marinara? enough if these, or skimpy? frozen or deli section?thx.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        RedTop Feb 22, 2012 05:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Frozen. Two pound serving size. With Italian rolls from the neighborhood bakery, more than ample for three plates. Three cheeses: Ricotta, listed first, Partially Skimmed Mozzarella, later, than a third, Romano, pulling up the rear. Beef and Pork listed as the meat ingredients.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I put a bottle of my Italian Seasonings on the table in case I had to push the herb taste; but didn't need it. Would buy this product again. Nice "in a pinch" meal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      butterfat Feb 23, 2012 07:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yay on the jarred Peach Halves in white grape juice. My 3 year old loves these and they're definitely a step up from canned. Nice firm texture.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anyone have any ideas for something to do with all the leftover juice/syrup after we finish the peaches? There's a ton and it seems silly to throw it away . . .

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gmm Feb 23, 2012 04:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        butterfat - what's the price on the peaches? My dad buys the four-pack of jarred peaches at Costco to get his fruit fix during the winter months, and they run around $9. I haven't seen the peaches at TJ's, but I haven't been for a few weeks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          butterfat Feb 24, 2012 07:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They are a bit pricy IMO. I think they're about $3.69 for a jar that had maybe six large peach halves in it? They might have been more, I can double check. I'll have to look out for the Costco peaches--sounds like a potentially better deal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gmm Feb 24, 2012 04:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That is fairly pricey for the amount. If you have a Grocery Outlet in your area, they sometimes have the Del Monte jarred fruits. A couple days ago I picked up several 3-packs of pears in light syrup that were $2.97.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          givemecarbs Feb 24, 2012 11:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Butterfat I had some nice syrupy liquid leftover after poaching pears awhile back. I used some to make rum drinks, had some over ice cream, and then carefully melted some chocolate chips into the rest for a chocolate sundae. Next time I think I will use the liquid to poach more pears first.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            opinionatedchef Feb 24, 2012 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cook down(to concentrate/thicken it) and put over: cereal, oatmeal, ice cream, yoghurt, rice pudding, pancakes, TrJ Norwegian pancakes (puffs).
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cook down and combine with lemon and orange to make sugar syrup for sangria

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cook down and use for simple syrup in mixed vodka or rum drinks or smoothies or hot cocoa (made w/ unsweetened chocolate or cocoa).......

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ummm Feb 24, 2012 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Perhaps use the leftover juice in smoothies?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                sasha1 Mar 1, 2012 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                When I canned nectarines a couple of years ago, I found the syrup very refreshing when mixed w/club soda.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  debbypo Mar 18, 2012 07:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mix with seltzer for a great refreshing fruity drink

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bob W Mar 28, 2012 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mixing with seltzer/club soda sounds like a great idea -- make your own Italian soda. When I was a kid, I used to drink the syrup straight from the can.....oh who am I kidding, I still do it. 8>D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. clubtraderjoes Feb 24, 2012 07:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2010 Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. I really liked the 2009 Napa Valley Meritage and thought it was a steal at $12.99 and the same goes for this Pinot Noir. It's worth double the $13.99 they are asking for it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Steve

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  www.clubtraderjoes.com

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ALITIN Feb 24, 2012 11:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeh,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Lemon Gigerbread cookie Ice cream. Just the right amount of sweet and spice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. trolley Feb 24, 2012 06:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      YAY-Hot and sweet cherry peppers. perfect on sandwiches. i'm slightly addicted. i put a bunch on a slice of pizza then folded in half to enjoy! it was like a hot and sweet cherry pepper pizza sandwich.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        chez cherie Feb 24, 2012 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        using those peppers tonight. stirred together some hot and sweet mustard with some apricot jam for a sweet/sour glaze. chopped in some cherry peppers and spooned it atop browned chicken breasts. finished in the oven. served with the three rice blend and roasted brussels sprouts, red onion and cauliflower. YUM!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        these peppers would make a great appetizer, stuffed with goat chese or boursin. maybe wrapped in prosciutto?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          trolley Feb 24, 2012 08:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          chez chérie, i'm stuffed from dinner but you're making me want to eat your dinner! sounds great. i think i may need to copy you for tomorrow. love that the peppers have slight heat. a real change for me since i'm into overbearing heat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          yes, exactly my thought too on stuffing the peppers. they suggest blue cheese but i was thinking stilton. mmmm...boursin may be perfect too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            chez cherie Feb 25, 2012 01:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            it was delish! seasoned the bone-in chix breasts with salt, pepper and a few grinds of the tj's south african smoke spice mixture. wish i had one left over for lunch!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            trolley Mar 12, 2012 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            chez chérie, i want to share some bad news with you. those hot sweet cherry peppers were an opportunity buy. i went to go get another jar today and they were all gone. they're not replenishing so if they still have them on the shelf at your TJ's i suggest you get a few.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              chez cherie Mar 12, 2012 06:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              wow! at about the time you posted this, i was getting the same bad news from my local tj's! a quick couple phone calls, and i found 4 jars at another nearby 'joe's. raced over and snapped them up! hoarding---it's the ugly word/smart strategy at tj's!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (making that chicken again tomorrow...yum!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                trolley Mar 12, 2012 08:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                wow! total TJ synchronicity of the sad kind chez cherie. i'm glad you found a few jars. had mine call around to several TJ's and no luck in pasadena :( where are you? i may drive to east pasadena tomorrow...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  chez cherie Mar 12, 2012 09:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i got the last at arroyo parkway in pas. so pas and la canada are out, but i believe the new montrose store has some...good luck! (what are the chances that we are in the same area!??)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    trolley Mar 12, 2012 10:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    chez chérie! arroyo is MY TJ's!!! you must have bought the last ones!!! how crazy is that??

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      brilynn79 Mar 16, 2012 06:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      So glad you guys posted this. I am in love with those!!! I am in Indiana and bought 4 jars last night. They had lots, but I was afraid to buy more than that because I tend to burn our quickly. I just used last of my TJ hot pepper jelly and I am missing it:(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rilke Mar 16, 2012 07:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Where are these in the store?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          goodhealthgourmet Mar 16, 2012 07:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in my NJ store they're on an endcap with the new products. saw a bunch of jars yesterday...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            chez cherie Mar 16, 2012 08:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            grab 'em quick--they were on our new product shelf two weeks ago, and now they are gone for good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              goodhealthgourmet Mar 16, 2012 08:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              actually, i left 'em for someone else to snatch up - not my thing ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          trolley Mar 16, 2012 09:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          my post really belongs in the discontinued thread but thought i'd mention it here since there seemed to be interest...glad you got 4 jars. i went and bought pepperdews at whole foods. Not the same :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            shaebones Mar 16, 2012 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I asked about them @ my sotre in Mass. and they said that there is no intention to discontinue the cherry peppers. Hopefully that was just an ugly rumor.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              trolley Mar 16, 2012 02:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i hope it's an ugly rumor. i do!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                shaebones Mar 16, 2012 11:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So, called my local TJ's on Monday to ask if they had any cherry peppers on the shelf b/c I heard from a reliable sourse (CH) that they were being discontinued. He said they were on the shelf but assured me that as a new product it was NOT being D/C'd. Fast forward to Friday, went to TJ's. No cherry peppers. Went to the desk to inquire and the clerk broadly smiled. They stashed away 10 jars for me. The clerk on the phone Monday felt horrible that he misinformed me and stashed some away in hopes that I would inquire,. She explained that it was an opportunity item and a one time purchase...at least for now. GREAT customer service. :),

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rilke Mar 18, 2012 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wow, you lucky sonuva. They were nowhere to be found at my TJ's :( Want to mail me a jar? :D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    shaebones Mar 18, 2012 11:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    No way Jose!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. sat179 Feb 26, 2012 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've recently been in love with the refrigerated section.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Spinach and Kale Greek Yogurt dip - I don't think I'll ever go back to regular Spinach Dip.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Marsala Lentil Dip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Curried Chicken Salad

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            These three are staples in my house now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dommy Feb 26, 2012 05:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You know... I am totally sketchy on most of TJ's refrigerated prepared foods... but I love curry chicken salad and so on a whim I tried it... LOVE IT! It's a perfect snacky lunch along with Trader Joes Multi-Grain crisps (The little round rice crackers that come in a sleeve)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              --Dommy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Briek Feb 27, 2012 07:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I feel the same way about prepared foods Dommy... but I love the curry chicken salad too! It is really good. And they use good chicken in it, so I'm never worried about getting a bite of scary/fatty chicken.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  GraceW Feb 27, 2012 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A few years ago after being a vegan for 2 years, I started eating chicken again... UNTIL I purchased a TJs package of the plain chicken (I think it is in the prepared section, on the bottom) and after I bit into one of the pieces of chicken, all of this bloody gunk came out... I was so disgusted: I have never even spoken of this incident. I now never buy their prepared items anymore and it was so disgusting, I went straight back to being a vegetarian....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    trolley Feb 27, 2012 07:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    was it the 'just chicken' that comes in a plastic container found in the refrigerated section? talk about gristly mess. i was turned off to chicken for a while after my gristle incident. it wasn't just a chunk here and there either. it was massive.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GraceW Feb 27, 2012 07:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think it was 'just chicken'... but I am not sure because I avoid making eye-contact with that area of the prep foods section on the Now few times a year I do go. I actually used to shop there more. After being a vegan, I thought since it was 'simple' 'unaltered' yet prepared that this would be a good, safe food to reincorporate into my diet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      But after you have such a disgusting experience with a product it makes you really scared what other non-edible items might be lurking in items...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have been vegetarian ever since. So disgusted.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        trolley Feb 27, 2012 08:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i'm sorry GraceW. i'm always back and forth on the meat. TJ's need to rename 'just chicken' to 'just disgusting'. i feel your pain.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  butterfat Feb 28, 2012 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I tried your curried chicken salad and multi-grain crisps combo and it was totally solid. It was great because I was able to snack on it in the car right after finishing my shopping (I was famished). So nice to have a substantial savory snack on the go.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dommy Feb 28, 2012 10:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Glad you liked it! i got it because I was in the middle of a big project and I needed something mindless and delicious as I eat at my desk (Sorry I do the same thing at lunch on my desk (Sorry Pollan, some of us have to work to support our organic/local/whole food lifestyle... & make certain 'sacrifices' to get home in time to cook it all). It's also quite filling withouth having to eat the entire sleeve of crackers or whole tub of chicken salad....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    --Dommy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Savour Mar 6, 2012 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I like the chicken salad with apricots and rosemary. Haven't tried the curry one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    clubtraderjoes Feb 29, 2012 09:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There have been very few things in the salad/prepared food section that I like, but they seem to be stepping it up on the salads lately. Some salads were pretty crappy and didn't travel well, but I think they are working on their formulations to make them last longer on the shelf. Or they are shipping them faster. Whatever, I've had a couple of salads recently that weren't half bad. They had a Kale and Edamame salad that was decent and a Chicken Quinoa salad that I really enjoyed!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Steve

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    www.clubtraderjoes.com

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sasha1 Mar 6, 2012 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I didn't like this chicken salad - too sweet in my opinion.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rilke Feb 26, 2012 06:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That spinach and kale dip is off the charts. I hope people buy it and buy it, because I will be pretty unhappy if it doesn't stick around.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        toopie28 Feb 28, 2012 12:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        NAY - Lean Ground Beef (4% fat). I knew there was a reason I didn't buy ground meat from there and then I remembered when I prepared it again... tons of hard bits...bone? I dunno, but after the second crunch out it all went. Never again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        YEA - Pork Tenderloin - use it in crock pots - verrrry lean and tender. There's also one that comes with peppercorn/garlic I believe - very tender.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        YEA - Trader joe's brownie truffle baking mix - replaced the butter w/ nonfat yogurt (greek) - still good. Family couldn't believe I did not use any butter.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dommy Feb 28, 2012 10:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I LOVE the pork tenderlion. It's a great piece of meat to experiment with! I did one recently with a cherry glaze... NOM!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            clubtraderjoes Feb 29, 2012 09:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I really liked the peppercorn pork tenderloin and have bought it a couple of times. I throw it on the grill and it's really tender!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Steve

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        butterfat Feb 28, 2012 06:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        YAY--the "heirloom" navel oranges in a big (5 lb?) bag. I am in love with these--bright, sweet, tangy, juicy, and addictive. The bag I got a couple weeks ago was juicier and dreamier than the bag I got today, but today's bag is still better than any other oranges I've found this year. These oranges make me think of orange candy--they're just so aromatic and in your face orange-y. Amazing!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          buttertart Mar 5, 2012 02:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Those were wonderful last year, gotta get some this year. A tip of the hat to graygarious for pointing them out in the first place. The zest is fab in baked goods too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            buttertart Mar 12, 2012 04:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Got them -- and they're great.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              EM23 Mar 19, 2012 02:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks to everyone who has recommended these. They are easily the best store bought oranges that I have ever tasted.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                littleflower Mar 19, 2012 03:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I agree - big thank you for the Heirloom Navel Orange recommendations/yays. They truly are one of the best finds at Trader Joes - really, really full of sweet orange juicyness. Delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              littleflower Mar 5, 2012 04:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Absolutely DROOLING over your description of these. They sound so good that we will have to make an extra TJ's trip to try these this week! Thanks butterfat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rilke Mar 5, 2012 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for posting. I usually avoid TJ's citrus altogether, but you made these sound wonderful so I picked some up (trusting in the return policy). Pleasantly surprised! They are delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  goodhealthgourmet Mar 5, 2012 05:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i grabbed a couple of organic red grapefruits at my local TJ's the other day and they were surprisingly good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    chez cherie Mar 5, 2012 06:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cara caras have also been amazing. i'm not a big eater of oranges, but i have torn into a couple of these, besides using them for cooking and salads. speaking of citrus, there were some dehyrated tangerines on the new product shelf today (from korea, i think--bag no longer in the house, cuz it's trash nght!). they pack a lot of crunch and flavor, and would be great in a salad, or as a cupcake garnish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. GraceW Feb 28, 2012 08:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My friend brought me the Chocolate Bar with the Buttercream in it.. since I used to be a big buttercream fan. I tried one of the sections. TOO DELICIOUS. I made sure he ate the rest :o)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                YAY; if you like chocolate, you will like the Dark Chocolate bar with Buttercream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                NAY: Reduced Guilt popcorn. So bland. And if it is going to be THIS bland, then it better be fat-free.. it's not even fat-free. Not to be a healthsnob, but it has no taste... not eating it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  chompy Feb 29, 2012 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  YEA - Coconut cookie thins. Thin, crisp and very coconutty. I thought they would be bland but I was pleasantly surprised.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. alkapal Mar 1, 2012 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    very thin coconut cookies -- very much coconut extract prominent (vs. ground coconut) -- i love coconut, but would not buy these.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    choco almond butter spread tasted somewhat stale re almonds

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ~~~~~
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tasted at tasting station, arlington, va 3/1/12

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      EM23 Mar 26, 2012 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I agree about the coconut thins. They have a strong unnatural taste.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. gmm Mar 1, 2012 09:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yay to the refrigerated Salsa Especial and the Pico De Gallo. Both very fresh and the Salsa Especial is nicely spicy. Also love the TJ's Vintage Root Beer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        littleflower Mar 5, 2012 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        + 1 on TJ's root beer. I like it better than any other root beer out there on the market.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          chompy Mar 6, 2012 10:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Vintage Orange Cream soda is really, really good too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            clubtraderjoes Mar 6, 2012 12:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I tasted both the vintage cola and the vintage root beer and I think both are very good! Not as sweet as some and all cane sugar. So thumbs up on both!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Steve

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          RedTop Mar 2, 2012 05:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It would be great if, on or after March 31st someone could do a summary of this thread that listed the Top 10 Yea products and the Top 10 Nay products...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            goodhealthgourmet Mar 2, 2012 06:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            great idea. i nominate you ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              RedTop Mar 3, 2012 05:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Opened myself up to that. For sure!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              clubtraderjoes Mar 3, 2012 11:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How do you determine the top 10?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                goodhealthgourmet Mar 3, 2012 12:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i assume by number of yeas or nays received for each product.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  clubtraderjoes Mar 4, 2012 08:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think there must be 100 different products mentioned this Quarter. That's going to be a lot of work going through this list! Good Luck! Too bad we can't do surveys on Chowhound.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Steve

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    goodhealthgourmet Mar 4, 2012 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    no need to wish me luck - i'm not doing it! ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MsMonkey Mar 2, 2012 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm not sure if this is a new product but, huge NAY to the Soft Baked Snickerdoodles. The texture is really gummy and disgusting!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                trolley Mar 2, 2012 07:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                not a new product. it's been there for a while. i'm most certain it's made by Enjoy Life who make identical cookies along with other gluten free, nut free, egg free products. It's not for everyone but for those in the GF/allergy world these are decent and cost about a 1/4 less than they do as it does in their Enjoy Life label. it's the only cookie that my son can eat from a package at TJ's so i thank them everyday for having them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  trolley Mar 2, 2012 07:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BTW, the other cookie flavors like double chocolate made by Enjoy Life are much better than these. but keep in mind these are gluten free. i always find GF cookies sort of gummy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  elise h Mar 4, 2012 07:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I was a little skeptical about TJ prepared sandwiches in the refrigerated section. Surprise! TJ's tarragon chicken salad wrap is great! white chicken meat, celery, almonds, parsley, tarragon, romaine lettuce in a whole wheat tortilla. The flavor is on the mark. The lettuce is still crispy. The whole wheat tortilla is healthy. $4 for 2 smallish servings, each a whopping 340 calories (seems high!) What other TJ sandwiches do chowhounds love?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    clubtraderjoes Mar 4, 2012 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Has anyone else out there noticed that they have upgraded all the salads recently and they are much better than they were a few months ago? I've had a couple of really good ones recently.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Steve

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cathy Mar 4, 2012 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Each area of the country has different suppliers for the fresh items (sandwiches, produce, flowers, breads, dairy), so wherever you are must have changed...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      givemecarbs Mar 4, 2012 02:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That sounds yummy elise h. Was planning on heading to TJs later tonight to try to score some spring flowers. Last year at this time I scored a lovely little azalea which I eventually planted outside. With the winter we have had here in the NE that little sucker is still green!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. clubtraderjoes Mar 8, 2012 07:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Two big thumbs down to the Beef Tenderloin Stir Fry with Vegetables. More like Chinese beef stew with no vegetables! Yuck!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      One small thumbs up to the Chickenless Fried Tenders. Bake in the oven and they get pretty crunchy and has a good texture for being completely vegan!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Steve

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        PenskeFan Mar 8, 2012 08:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yay! - Shrimp Corn dogs Pretty good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nay - the spinach stuffed mushrooms. Mushy and yucky and not very good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Briek Mar 13, 2012 05:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We also really enjoyed the shrimp corn dogs. Something different for appetizer night! Very tasty and would buy again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          butterfat Mar 9, 2012 12:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm a nay on the Danish pancakes. I know some people are fans and I can see why, but to me they have an annoying/fake lemony flavor (and I like lemon) and I'm not into the doughiness. They're okay if I eat them with a ratio of 3 parts applesauce to 1 part pancake. Maybe if I had lingonberry jam I would enjoy them more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nay on the Pecan Praline granola--terrible, not crunchy, very little flavor of any kind. I started making my own granola after finishing this depressing bag, so that was actually a good outcome.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think I've mentioned these crackers before, but the Rosemary Raisin crisps and goat gouda cheese are delicious together. My 3 year old loves this combination as much as I do.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yay on the Cinnamon Roll Bread (I'm in Massachusetts, I don't think they have this everywhere). It's yummy on its own and makes delicious French toast (in a kind of trashy diner style). This bread is made from sourdough starter (at least according to the ingredient list) and I swear it just seems to have a more complex, appealing flavor than most sweet supermarket breads of this type.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            goodhealthgourmet Mar 9, 2012 01:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            they have the Cinnamon Roll Bread here in NJ - my mother & sister love it. in fact, when Mom was on major pain meds for several months and had no appetite, it was one of the only things i could get her to eat every day!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i got her the Rosemary Raisin Crisps and gave them to her with ham & smoked gouda, and she loved the combo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              trolley Mar 9, 2012 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ghg- why did i think you lived in LA? :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                goodhealthgourmet Mar 9, 2012 03:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                because i did! unfortunately had to move back East unexpectedly due to multiple family crises :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Briek Mar 13, 2012 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I agree on the Danish pancakes!! I was really looking forward to them, but I could not get past that lemon taste. We will not be buying again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              a *giant* HOORAY for the return of the uncrystallized dried ginger!!! i bought 5 bags this afternoon in case it disappears again :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                puzzler Mar 9, 2012 02:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Where are you located?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  goodhealthgourmet Mar 9, 2012 03:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Northern NJ.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart Mar 9, 2012 04:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Where do they shelve it? With the nuts and dried fruit, or?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      goodhealthgourmet Mar 9, 2012 05:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      yes - it's usually nestled somewhere among the dried fruit & trail mixes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart Mar 9, 2012 05:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Must have a look. Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gator28 Mar 13, 2012 01:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I must find this!! Contemplating a trip to TJ's after work just for these glorious little morsels...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ruth Lafler Mar 13, 2012 02:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What I really wish would come back is the baker's cut ginger. Cutting crystallized ginger is such a sticky messy job, and it was great to have it already in little chunks ready to toss into whatever strikes your fancy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      chez cherie Mar 13, 2012 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i miss it too. pretty sure these folks were the producers, so at least you can get it through them:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.gingerpeople.com/crystalli...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        goodhealthgourmet Mar 13, 2012 05:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        of course TJ's had a better price :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        but there's a decent deal on Amazon (better than the one you get if you follow the link on the GP site):
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.amazon.com/Ginger-People-B...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and Cost Plus World Market has them for $4.99/tin.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ruth Lafler Mar 13, 2012 11:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks for the Cost Plus World Market tip -- that's actually a few pennies cheaper than Amazon, and you don't have to buy $30 worth.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            goodhealthgourmet Mar 14, 2012 05:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            you're welcome. i love that store - i wish we had them here!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. greygarious Mar 13, 2012 07:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thumbs way up for two new items:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Crispy Jeju Mandarin Orange Slices (freeze-dried)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    toasted coconut Cookie Thins. Ultra-crispy with a strong coconut presence. These would also make a good crust for a cheesecake or no-bake pie calling for graham crackers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      littleflower Mar 19, 2012 08:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I agree with you on the cookie thins - The Meyer Lemon Cookie Thins (also new) are divine as well, and at least $.50 cheaper per box than the gourmet store down the street that sells the exact same product. The Meyer Lemon flavor comes through beautifully in a sweet way, and love the crunch from the crispy thinness of the cookie.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chris VR Mar 26, 2012 06:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Those crispy oranges don't wow me by themselves but as part of a salad: awesome!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          buttertart Mar 30, 2012 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What do they shelve them with? I can never find the really interesting dried fruit (in NYC).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chris VR Mar 31, 2012 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I saw it on an endcap with the new products. But I think I also saw it over by the nuts (in Boston area). Couldn't hurt to ask.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              buttertart Apr 1, 2012 07:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Will do!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ummm Apr 1, 2012 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I am in MN and I found mine in the 'new product' shelves (at end of aisle), but usually they are by the cereals / nuts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. masha bousha Mar 14, 2012 09:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I just discovered the butter wafer cookies. I am in love. They taste like a cross between a good waffle and a good ice cream cone. These will surely be something I'll buy again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. clubtraderjoes Mar 15, 2012 08:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Two thumbs up on the Jeju Freeze Dried Orange Slices! I didn't like the grapes and raspberries as much but the oranges work really well. Long review on the blog later.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Also I really liked the vegan Chickenless Crispy Tenders. Pretty damn good for vegan!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Steve

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ummm Mar 16, 2012 05:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just tried the Jeju freeze dried oranges. They're okay, we'll finish the bag. Not much taste at first but it tastes better after you chew a bit. I have tried the blueberries (didn't like them) and one other one I don't remember... maybe strawberry? Or Banana? Been a while...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              goodhealthgourmet Mar 16, 2012 06:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              was it the raspberries? my sister said they were sour and very seedy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ummm Mar 18, 2012 10:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I don't think it was raspberries since I liked that one okay. It may have been strawberries because I think I thought it tasted like those you found in some cereal that came with strawberries?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            butterfat Mar 15, 2012 08:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yay for the new Habanero Hot Sauce. It's a bright orange sauce in a small Tabasco type bottle (with the other sauces, not the salsas). It's actually got a pretty bright, fresh habanero flavor and a lot of heat. I bought it for DH and he approved.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yay for the Mult-grain British Muffins. I feel like I've been unimpressed with both the white and whole wheat versions in the past, but these were really great---nice nutty flavor and great hearty texture when toasted--and were perfect for some fried egg, american cheese, and sausage breakfast sandwiches. Yum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh edited to add that I find the Bunny Gummy Tummies very entertaining--so I guess that's a yay? I'm not sure that they're actually delicious, but they smell amazing, they have hilarious shapes and pretty colors, and the texture is compelling and addictive. I think the blackberry flavor (which I think is in the shape of a lamb) is my favorite.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nay on the Chocolate Peanut Butter eggs (box of 3 big eggs)--I forgot that I bought these last year and don't love them as much as Reese's PB eggs. The chocolate to peanut butter ratio is off (not enough peanut butter IMO).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Caitlin McGrath Mar 16, 2012 02:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm also a big fan of the multi-grain English muffins (but find it hilarious that they're labeled "British-Style English Muffins").

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                thursday Mar 17, 2012 06:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm a big nay for the English muffins - they have a very strange bitter aftertaste IMO. I couldn't even finish the bag; fed them to my unsuspecting toddler instead.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  butterfat Mar 18, 2012 06:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  do you mean the multigrain ones, thursday? I agree with you on the regular white flour ones, but I was pleasantly surprised by the multigrain variety.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    thursday Mar 18, 2012 07:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, the multigrain. Maybe there's rye flour or something in there? Such a weird aftertaste, like bad overly hoppy beer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      chez cherie Mar 19, 2012 09:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      there's rye flour and rye meal in the ingredient list.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        butterfat Mar 19, 2012 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        interesting, I'll have to see if I can taste it the next time I get some.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Arthur Mar 20, 2012 11:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've been eating those muffins for years and have never experienced any sort of bitter/weird/offending aftertaste.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          opinionatedchef Mar 20, 2012 09:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          maybe buckwheat flour; that has a very strong flavor.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          chompy Mar 20, 2012 12:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I can taste it too, although usually it doesn't bother me as much as it does Thursday.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Savour Mar 20, 2012 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I love them too. My go-to weekday breakfast is a Disraeli Gladstone muffin, toasted with whipped cream cheese (yay) and the wild smoked salmon (big yay). The muffins have a lot of protein, too -- 7 grams or so.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      melissabeth115 Mar 16, 2012 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New for Q1 and definite YAY: Fresh Mozzarella String Cheese. Found this when looking for the original TJ's string cheese that i usually buy. The fresh mozz ones are now on my regular shopping list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I shop at 6th ave/21st st location and here are my go-to's for items only available at TJ's:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FAVES: frozen chicken quesadillas (minute and a half in micro, then couple minutes on grill pan - perfect!) frozen turkey meatballs, tomatoless corn salsa (great on the frozen crabcakes), jalepeno cheese doodles, sweet/salty peanut trail mix, light kettle corn popcorn, frozen french onion soup, and lastly - PB granola bars (the ones in the orange box).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FAIL: frozen meatloaf potato muffins (should've known by the name of these that they'd be atrocious),

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        goodhealthgourmet Mar 16, 2012 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        my sis loves those frozen french onion soup crocks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rilke Mar 16, 2012 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I like those fresh mozzarella sticks too. Haven't had a standard string cheese since I found 'em.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Savour Mar 20, 2012 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I sometimes make a bastardized albondigas with the turkey meatballs,, organic, free range chicken broth (not low sodium) which is a big yay and by far my favorite commercial chicken broth (only the organic not low sodium version), a container of pico de gallo and a bunch of that tomato- less corn salsa.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              opinionatedchef Mar 20, 2012 09:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              that might also be good with their jars of salsa verde.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Savour Mar 22, 2012 12:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes, but be warned -- their salsa verde (though I love it and I do use it) is a salt bomb. I made a chicken chili using 3 jars of it (it was a recipe - not a very good one) and it was inedibly salty. When I checked the sodium content, I saw