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TXMandy Feb 19, 2013 09:15 PM

What are your top five products from Trader Joe's that you try to always have in your kitchen? Here's mine:

1. Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
2. Frozen Turkey Meatballs
3. Frozen Eggplant Cutlets
4. Blueberry Pomegranate Sherbet
5. Tomato Basil Marinara

It's hard to stop at five, but there it is. What's yours?

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    John Francis RE: TXMandy Feb 20, 2013 06:14 AM

    The ones I always keep on hand, in no particular order:

    Vegetable masala burgers
    TJ's hashbrowns (the patties)
    Trader Giotto's imported olive oil
    Jasmine brown rice
    Belgian chocolate pudding

    I like many of TJ's prepared foods but get them now and again, not every time.

    1. AmyH RE: TXMandy Feb 20, 2013 08:15 AM

      1. Habanero hot sauce
      2. frozen hash brown patties
      3. chocolate stuffed french toast (for my son)
      4. breakfast burritos (for my son)
      5. frozen chocolate covered banana slices (for me!)

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        AmyH RE: AmyH Feb 27, 2013 07:42 AM

        When I went to TJ's last night the chocolate stuffed french toast was gone. I asked the guy stocking the freezer if it was just out of stock but he said he thought it was discontinued because it was not very popular and not a big seller. Needless to say my son was not happy.

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          littleflower RE: AmyH Mar 1, 2013 06:57 PM

          Sorry to hear that, and can relate - if TJ's ever pulled their Multigrain French Toast from the shelves I would be hurting. BTW - I know it's probably a far cry from the chocolate stuffed one, but if your son hasn't yet tried the multigrain kind it is quick to prepare and delicious.

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            AmyH RE: littleflower Mar 2, 2013 09:17 AM

            Thanks. Yes, we've had the multigrain ones and enjoy them. I think I may still have a couple in the freezer. He preferred the chocolate stuffed ones, but will have to settle for the multigrain now.

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        Dee S RE: TXMandy Feb 20, 2013 08:46 AM

        Chocolate covered peanut butter filled pretzels (this could be the entire list....just these!!!)
        Frozen Haricort Verts
        Frozen Roasted Corn
        Ultimate Chocolate Ice Cream
        Coffee Ice Cream

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          sciencediet RE: TXMandy Feb 20, 2013 09:00 AM


          Dark chocolate peanut butter cups
          Frozen chickenless tenders
          Chicken cilantro wontons
          Frozen turkey meatballs
          Soy yogurts (saves me having to go to Whole Foods)

          1. boogiebaby RE: TXMandy Feb 20, 2013 01:44 PM

            Spicy Egg White Salad
            Pizza Parlano (always have a couple of these on hand for the kids)
            Organic Apple Slices (great for lunchboxes and lazy snacking)
            Frozen turkey meatballs
            Frozen indian meals

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              kcshigekawa RE: TXMandy Feb 20, 2013 01:48 PM

              Only three that I always have:

              1. Dijon Mustard
              2. Brown rice/wild rice/radish seed mix
              3. frozen little green beans

              I tend to get more than one of each when I go, as TJ's is on the other side of town, and outside of my regular flight path...

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                alliaphagist RE: TXMandy Feb 20, 2013 01:59 PM

                1. Frozen tamales
                2. Hummus...kalamata olive and roasted garlic are my favorites
                3. Frozen vegetable pad thai
                4. Unsalted organic white corn tortilla chips
                5. Dried mango, the sweetened and sulfured version

                1. trolley RE: TXMandy Feb 20, 2013 03:00 PM

                  Organic pastas
                  Organic unsalted butter
                  Organic lowfat yogurt-vanilla bean
                  Uncured black forest ham
                  cheese sticks

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                    gator28 RE: TXMandy Feb 20, 2013 04:49 PM

                    1) Steamed lentils (hot or cold)
                    2) Frozen brown rice
                    3) Dr. Praeger's veggie burgers
                    4) Frozen edamame
                    5) Canned black beans

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                      Mellicita RE: TXMandy Feb 20, 2013 09:15 PM

                      I'm pretty new to Trader Joes... but these are my favs so far.

                      1. Champagne pear gorgonzola vinaigarette
                      2. New Zealand White Cheddar cheese (I've had comparable cheese from Whole foods, but the price on this is amazing!)
                      3. Honey goat cheese - again awesome price!
                      4. Frozen paneer masala
                      5. Greek honey vanilla yogurt - this was the full fat, calorie heavy, heavenly tasting stuff!

                      Surprisingly, I didnt really care for the Mandarin Orange Chicken that is their #1 best seller.

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                        chinchi RE: TXMandy Feb 20, 2013 10:09 PM

                        Picking only 5 favorites is tough! The following items are in my cart on a weekly basis:

                        1. Polenta Provencal (frozen)
                        2. Spinach Pizza (frozen)
                        3. Parmesan and Arugula Ravioli (fridge)
                        4. Petit Pain Pascal (fresh baked goods)
                        5. Organic creamy tomato soup (boxed shelf stable soup)

                        1. Sloth RE: TXMandy Feb 21, 2013 11:28 AM

                          I would cry if these five were discontinued

                          1. This Blueberry Walks Into A Bar (cereal bars)
                          2. Frozen turkey meatballs
                          3. Dark chocolate covered almonds with sea salt
                          4. No salt added canned white meat tuna (water and olive oil)
                          5. Frozen arugula pizza

                          1. emily RE: TXMandy Feb 21, 2013 12:11 PM

                            Tarte d'Alsace
                            Frozen croissants (though I don't eat them that much)
                            Orange Blossom Honey hand soap

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                            1. re: emily
                              emily RE: emily Apr 25, 2013 06:08 AM

                              Going to add the Almond Windmill Cookies and Peanut Butter Cups to my list.

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                                Rilke RE: emily Apr 25, 2013 06:19 AM

                                The dark chocolate peanut butter cups are just dangerous, especially since they aren't wrapped in foil. Less work to eat, less evidence being left behind.

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                                  emily RE: Rilke Apr 25, 2013 06:23 AM

                                  I'll take either the milk or the dark! They are dangerous and so much better than Reese's.

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                                    Caitlin McGrath RE: Rilke Apr 25, 2013 01:37 PM

                                    The only time I buy the dark chocolate peanut butter cups is at holiday time, when they sell a small bag of foil-wrapped ones at the register. Buying a whole tub of them (or the dark-chocolate-covered candied ginger) would be a very bad idea!

                                    1. re: Rilke
                                      NuMystic RE: Rilke Apr 25, 2013 03:16 PM

                                      Rilke, I cannot even bring these into my home for exactly the reasons that you stated.

                                      Minis are a double threat as their diminutive size seems to mysteriously encourage shoveling by the handful.

                                      I must disagree entirely on one count though. There is ample evidence left behind.. on my waistline! ;)

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                                      cheesecake17 RE: emily Apr 25, 2013 04:04 PM

                                      Those almond cookies are addicting!

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                                        wonderwoman RE: emily Apr 25, 2013 06:30 PM

                                        for me it's the belgian butter waffle cookies. once i open a box, i'm a goner.

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                                          GraceW RE: wonderwoman Apr 26, 2013 05:33 AM

                                          This is helpful. I also use these threads to know "what not to buy"--anything that is too good, that has the potential to be gone in 1 day for someone else, is not what I want to be spending money on.

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                                            wonderwoman RE: GraceW Apr 26, 2013 05:43 AM

                                            a day!? surely you jest...

                                            that reminds me of a late friend who laughed when someone told her they couldn't finish a single dove bar. my friend said, "are you kidding. i can (and have) eaten a whole box!"

                                      2. re: emily
                                        emily RE: emily May 6, 2013 03:24 PM

                                        Also adding the frozen Korean kalbi to my list. Makes a very easy and tasty dinner on the grill.

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                                          SilverlakeGirl RE: emily Jun 30, 2013 05:31 PM

                                          I've been interested in that product.

                                          Can it be prepared other than on a grill [which is not available to me now].

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                                            emily RE: SilverlakeGirl Jul 1, 2013 06:13 AM

                                            It can probably be seared in a pan.

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                                              AmyH RE: SilverlakeGirl Jul 1, 2013 06:35 AM

                                              The package gives instructions for both grilling and pan searing. I've tried both ways and they come out fine either way. Delicious and easy!

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                                          arjunsr RE: TXMandy Feb 21, 2013 01:33 PM

                                          my favorites are:
                                          habenero hot sauce
                                          frozen macaroni and cheese
                                          orange chicken
                                          crushed garlic
                                          2 buck chuck

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                                            chowing kat RE: TXMandy Feb 21, 2013 02:35 PM

                                            1. Frozen single serve quiche - all 3 flavors
                                            2. Force Primeval Bars
                                            3. Tapioca pudding in the dairy case
                                            4. Dried slab apricots
                                            And my newest love:
                                            5. Crunchy Cookie Butter - better than Nutella on toasted Force Primeval Bars!!!!!

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                                              Violatp RE: TXMandy Feb 21, 2013 02:39 PM

                                              - also the coconut oil (can't bring myself to buy it elsewhere now)
                                              - the haricot verts
                                              - coconut water (Zico tetra packs, cheaper than anywhere else)
                                              - Kerrygold butter
                                              - raw shredded parmesan cheese

                                              The coconut oil is the only one that I always, always have. I buy backups so as not to caught without.

                                              The other four are strong in the rotation and are multiple repeat purchases.

                                              1. Boston_Otter RE: TXMandy Feb 21, 2013 06:13 PM

                                                1. Veggie Corn Dogs
                                                2. Pork potstickers
                                                3. Frozen tamales
                                                4. frozen roasted corn
                                                5. Soyrizo veggie chorizo

                                                1. goodhealthgourmet RE: TXMandy Feb 21, 2013 06:34 PM

                                                  Dijon mustard
                                                  Raw crunchy almond butter (when they actually have it in stock)
                                                  Pound Plus dark chocolate bars
                                                  No-salt-added canned seafood (tuna, salmon & sardines)
                                                  Uncrystallized candied ginger

                                                  I can easily live without anything else from there...though my kitties would be very unhappy without the canned "Tuna for cats" and the holistic natural cat treats.

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                                                    Njchicaa RE: goodhealthgourmet Feb 23, 2013 04:23 AM

                                                    My cats love it too! It's the only TJ cat food they'll eat and they go nuts for it.

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                                                      goodhealthgourmet RE: Njchicaa Feb 23, 2013 09:57 AM

                                                      I only give it to them once or twice a week - too much tuna tends to make them want nothing else.

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                                                        Mellicita RE: goodhealthgourmet Feb 28, 2013 11:25 PM


                                                        My cat would like to add his 2 paws up for the canned Tuna for Cats!

                                                      2. re: Njchicaa
                                                        fldhkybnva RE: Njchicaa Aug 21, 2013 04:01 PM

                                                        I rarely go to TJs but this tuna alone would be reason to go, I have a kitten who adores tuna!

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                                                          brendajotb RE: fldhkybnva Aug 21, 2013 05:10 PM

                                                          Funny--my cat begs for my leffover TJ's bran flakes!!

                                                      3. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                        goodhealthgourmet RE: goodhealthgourmet Feb 23, 2013 10:00 AM

                                                        I just realized I forgot the organic boneless chicken and the California estate EVOO. If I really had to stick to 5 items I guess those would replace the ginger & chocolate on my list.

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                                                        shoo bee doo RE: TXMandy Feb 21, 2013 07:37 PM

                                                        Kerrygold unsalted butter
                                                        Pita crackers
                                                        French vanilla ice cream
                                                        Zita coconut water
                                                        Irish breakfast tea

                                                        Yesterday I bought the frozen turkey meatballs recommended here. I have not yet tried them. What do most of you do with them?

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                                                          TXMandy RE: shoo bee doo Feb 21, 2013 08:09 PM

                                                          I've used them in spaghetti with marinara, slow cooker meatballs that involve canned cranberry sauce a chili sauce and also baked, cut, put on TJ's Indian flatbread, topped with TJ's tzaziki cucumber sauce. Yum...

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                                                            littleflower RE: shoo bee doo Feb 23, 2013 01:30 AM

                                                            +1 for the Kerrygold Unsalted Butter

                                                            Frozen Turkey Meatballs are actually pretty tasty all by themselves...although we usually use them as an appetizer by combining roughly 1/2 TJ's bbq sauce + 1/2 TJ's Grape Jelly and just about a teaspoon of honey to round it out. Extremely easy and tasty appetizer that can be done in 5 min. tops.

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                                                            justalex RE: TXMandy Feb 21, 2013 07:50 PM

                                                            1. Tarte d'Alsace
                                                            2. Paneer Tikka Masala
                                                            3. Garlic Naan
                                                            4. Frozen chocolate croissants
                                                            5. TJ's Hot Fresh Salsa

                                                            1. olyolyy RE: TXMandy Feb 21, 2013 08:20 PM

                                                              1. Fresh Ground Turkey - for meatballs or turkey burgers. Though I recently learned unsavory information about the meats they carry.
                                                              2. Mini Red and Orange Bell Peppers - perfect size for the two everyday recipes I use peppers in and snacking.
                                                              3. Colby Longhorn Cheese or California Mild Cheddar. Two basic cheeses I always have on hand.
                                                              4. Organic Wood Fired Cheese Pizza - Not the best pizza I've ever tasted, but if I'm exhausted and hungry this is the best. I also once topped it with the fried eggplant cutlets and dipped it in the arabiatta sauce and it was reminiscent of a dirty slice of NY pizza.
                                                              5. Chocolate Macaroon Cake - not always in my kitchen, but when I want to grab something sweet from trader joes I usually go for this or the chocolate ganache cake.

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                                                                littleflower RE: olyolyy Feb 23, 2013 11:04 AM

                                                                olyolyy...we frequently use TJ's fresh thin cut boneless pork loin chops - part of me would like to be more informed on the "unsavory information" and the other part is thinking ignorance perhaps may be bliss on TJ's fresh meats!

                                                                Anything to be really concerned about?

                                                                1. re: littleflower
                                                                  olyolyy RE: littleflower Feb 24, 2013 01:35 PM


                                                                  depends on your stance regarding antibiotics in meat

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                                                                    goodhealthgourmet RE: olyolyy Feb 24, 2013 03:15 PM

                                                                    If you stick with their organic meats, antibiotics aren't a concern. (Unfortunately I know they don't carry organic pork.)

                                                              2. EM23 RE: TXMandy Feb 22, 2013 12:41 PM

                                                                1. Applewood smoked bacon
                                                                2. The individually packaged organic chicken breasts
                                                                3. California Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil
                                                                4. Kerrygold butter – can’t beat that price
                                                                5. Heirloom oranges (seasonal)

                                                                The dog would like to vote as well, if you don’t mind:
                                                                1. TJ’s Organic chicken and brown rice stick treats
                                                                2. TJ’s Organic chicken and brown rice stick treats
                                                                3. TJ’s Organic chicken and brown rice stick treats
                                                                4. TJ’s Organic chicken and brown rice stick treats
                                                                5. Applewood smoked bacon

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                                                                1. re: EM23
                                                                  goodhealthgourmet RE: EM23 Feb 22, 2013 12:52 PM

                                                                  Smart dog :) If you haven't already, try the Natural Dog Treats and the Chicken Breast Strips - they might knock the sticks out of a couple of spots.

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                                                                    EM23 RE: goodhealthgourmet Feb 22, 2013 01:19 PM

                                                                    The dog sends licks your way GHG - he has not forgotten that you were the person who recommended those treats in the first place:)
                                                                    He does love the chicken breast strips too, but TJ's has been out of them on my last few visits. Out of curiosity, how do you store them?
                                                                    I'll have to pick up the Natural treats next time for the spotted one. Thanks!

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                                                                      goodhealthgourmet RE: EM23 Feb 22, 2013 04:04 PM

                                                                      Aww, thanks for the licks. Give him a good belly scratch for me :)

                                                                      The chicken breasts fare best in a heavy-duty ziploc bag.

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                                                                    TXMandy RE: EM23 Feb 22, 2013 05:07 PM

                                                                    I will have to give the Organic chicken and brown rice stick treats a go next time! Our libby loves the TJ's "greenies".

                                                                    1. re: EM23
                                                                      firecooked RE: EM23 Feb 24, 2013 05:21 PM

                                                                      If we had to add my dog to the list it would be the 6 lbs of hamburger a week I buy him!

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                                                                        EM23 RE: EM23 Jun 28, 2013 01:39 PM

                                                                        I am replacing the currently out of season heirloom oranges with...mascarpone! Geez that stuff is so good. I served it with some local strawberries and there was great applause all around (in my head.)
                                                                        The dogs Top 5 remains unchanged.

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                                                                          SilverlakeGirl RE: EM23 Jun 30, 2013 05:35 PM

                                                                          I went on a kick with their excellent Mascarpone. It was a "dish" they were demoing:

                                                                          A thin delicate lemon wafer [above their ice cream aisle]
                                                                          Spread generously with the mascarpone
                                                                          Three perfect fresh raspberries from their produce section

                                                                          Really lovely and simple.

                                                                          1. re: SilverlakeGirl
                                                                            EM23 RE: SilverlakeGirl Jun 30, 2013 07:31 PM

                                                                            That sounds great, Girl! I was there today and bought another container, so dessert tonight was roasted peach slices with a dollop of mascarpone...damn those fresh in-season fruits!

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                                                                              SilverlakeGirl RE: EM23 Jun 30, 2013 08:45 PM


                                                                      2. gmm RE: TXMandy Feb 22, 2013 12:57 PM

                                                                        Dorot frozen crushed garlic
                                                                        Joes' Diner mac and cheese
                                                                        Frozen almond croissants
                                                                        Tarte d'Alsace
                                                                        Tomato and roasted red pepper soup (carton)

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                                                                          TXMandy RE: gmm Feb 22, 2013 05:06 PM

                                                                          gmm, I just picked up the Dorot frozen crushed garlic and basil last week. Although I haven't used the garlic yet, the basil went in my lasagna and was a winner. I think these little gems are going to be my best buds now.

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                                                                            gmm RE: TXMandy Feb 23, 2013 03:53 AM

                                                                            The garlic is hands down my favorite TJ's item. With fresh garlic, I always use just a couple cloves and the rest ends up getting thrown out after a while. The Dorot garlic doesn't have a weird taste like the shelf-stable jarred chopped or crushed garlic you find elsewhere. I wish they carried the ginger as well.

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                                                                              littleflower RE: gmm Feb 23, 2013 10:59 AM

                                                                              gmm, in regards to the Dorot frozen crushed garlic, is it recommended to first defrost the amount of cubes you want to use before starting a dish? For example, right now when I want to make homemade garlic bread and do not have on hand fresh garlic, normally I would use a little of the crushed garlic out of the jar ... so any tips on how to use the dorot garlic for garlic bread?

                                                                              1. re: littleflower
                                                                                gmm RE: littleflower Feb 23, 2013 08:13 PM

                                                                                I defrost it before mixing it with butter for garlic bread, but for anything that involves cooking, I just throw it in frozen. I really doesn't take long for it to melt down. Or if you really don't want to wait, you can nuke it for a few seconds in the microwave. Just make sure to cover it and don't walk away unless you want to clean up exploded garlic.

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                                                                                  littleflower RE: gmm Feb 24, 2013 03:17 PM

                                                                                  thanks for the tips!! will have to add this one to a near future TJ's shopping trip!

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                                                                                    cheesecake17 RE: gmm Apr 23, 2013 04:19 PM

                                                                                    For garlic bread, I usually mash it for a minute in a bowl before I add the other ingredients. It softens pretty quickly.
                                                                                    I usually use the garlic and basil cubes for garlic bread

                                                                                2. re: gmm
                                                                                  NuMystic RE: gmm Feb 24, 2013 09:58 PM

                                                                                  Always had the same issue of throwing away most of a head of garlic, in addition to the frozen chopped which I also buy, another fantastic tip I picked up from Cook's Illustrated is:

                                                                                  Buy and freeze the peeled whole cloves of garlic which are also available at TJ's in the fresh produce section.

                                                                                  When needed just pop out a single clove! Great for crushed, roasted, sliced and any other application that pre-chopped isn't ideal.

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                                                                                    gingershelley RE: NuMystic Mar 6, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                                    LOVE TJ's packaged garlic cloves in the veggie section! Nice tip to freeze some if they are getting old.... tho I find since they are in those small pillow-packs, they stay fresh for six weeks or so - and I usually use em' up by then.

                                                                              2. re: gmm
                                                                                Violatp RE: gmm Feb 23, 2013 04:29 AM

                                                                                That frozen mac and cheese could easily stand up against most restaurant mac & cheeses.

                                                                                I wouldn't hesitate at all to buy, say, 6 packages, empty them out into a casserole dish, maybe a sprinkle of panko, and pass it off as homemade.

                                                                                None. :-)

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                                                                                Jelly71 RE: TXMandy Feb 22, 2013 04:14 PM

                                                                                1.) precooked applewood smoked bacon
                                                                                2.) Joe's Diner frozen mac and cheese
                                                                                3.) spicy egg white salad
                                                                                4.) frozen chili relleno
                                                                                5.) white corn tortilla chips

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                                                                                1. re: Jelly71
                                                                                  TXMandy RE: Jelly71 Feb 22, 2013 05:04 PM

                                                                                  I've been scoping out the frozen chili relleno for a while now Jelly. I'll have to pick one up next time I'm at TJ's!

                                                                                2. GraceW RE: TXMandy Feb 22, 2013 05:56 PM

                                                                                  1. Garlic marinated mushrooms in a jar
                                                                                  2. Garlic marinated mushrooms in a jar
                                                                                  3. Garlic marinated mushrooms in a jar
                                                                                  4. Garlic marinated mushrooms in a jar
                                                                                  5. Garlic marinated mushrooms in a jar.

                                                                                  I enjoy trying new items and have tried many items at TJs (I go there and purchase more than just mushrooms). However, these mushrooms are amazing. Even the cashiers never recognize them. Therefore, I give them all 5 votes to spread the deliciousness to others.

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                                                                                    TXMandy RE: GraceW Feb 22, 2013 06:42 PM

                                                                                    I MUST pick these up now. I've never noticed them before. Thanks Grace!

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                                                                                      Dee S RE: GraceW Feb 25, 2013 03:00 PM

                                                                                      Yeah, they're good too. I use them in a pasta salad with smoked gouda, smoked turkey and three cheese tortellini. I use a balsamic dressing. It's great!

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                                                                                        Bob W RE: GraceW May 28, 2013 10:17 AM

                                                                                        I have a jar of those at home. Will try tonight!

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                                                                                        FataMagistra RE: TXMandy Feb 22, 2013 06:07 PM

                                                                                        1. Dijon mustard (as others have said)
                                                                                        2. Tarte d'Alsace (also as others have said)
                                                                                        3. Social Snackers crackers
                                                                                        4. Honey goat cheese log (think one other person mentioned this)
                                                                                        5. TJ's 100% Greek kalamata olive oil

                                                                                        (and if I can sneak in a "guilty treat" for #6, it would be the frozen orange chicken :)

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                                                                                          littleflower RE: TXMandy Feb 23, 2013 01:44 AM

                                                                                          1. Sparkling French Berry Lemonade tied with Villa Italia Blood Orange Soda - both in beautiful glass bottles - great for entertaining!
                                                                                          2. Maple Pecan Granola "Just the Clusters" Cereal + TJ's Lowfat Vanilla Yogurt Cup + TJ's Frozen Strawberries (defrosted) for a quick yogurt breakfast parfait (sorry I know that is technically 3 but couldn't help myself!)
                                                                                          3. Frozen Mashed Potatoes - for those very rushed weeknights or midnight craving for mashed potatoes - these actually are quite good!!!
                                                                                          4. Boneless Skinless Sardines in Olive Oil imported from Morocco - outstanding!!!
                                                                                          5. Mango and Cream Bars -frozen - imported from Australia - reminds me of a tropical twist to an orange creamsicle.

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                                                                                            ohmyyum RE: littleflower Feb 23, 2013 07:47 AM

                                                                                            Haha I think you are trying to cheat with 1&2!

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                                                                                              littleflower RE: ohmyyum Feb 23, 2013 10:53 AM

                                                                                              0:-) (halo above my head)...

                                                                                            2. re: littleflower
                                                                                              littleflower RE: littleflower Feb 25, 2013 06:27 AM

                                                                                              I just can't resist throwing in my Top Seasonal TJ's Products:

                                                                                              HOLIDAY: Peppermint Pretzel Slims
                                                                                              WINTER: Sky Valley Navel Oranges
                                                                                              SPRING: Peaches (late spring extending into summer)
                                                                                              SUMMER: Original Lemonade in a carton - refrigerated section next to orange juice.
                                                                                              FALL: Pumpkin Cream Cheese

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                                                                                              jerdberg RE: TXMandy Feb 23, 2013 01:47 AM

                                                                                              I can't go into Trader Joes because I always come out with a container of chocolate covered candied ginger which I eat in one sitting.

                                                                                              1. Njchicaa RE: TXMandy Feb 23, 2013 04:27 AM

                                                                                                1) TJ Extra Virgin olive oil
                                                                                                2) TJ Frozen hash brown patties
                                                                                                3) Dorot frozen basil cubes
                                                                                                4) TJ mild fresh salsa
                                                                                                5) TJ basmati rice blend

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                                                                                                  HillJ RE: TXMandy Feb 23, 2013 04:28 AM

                                                                                                  Raisin rosemary crackers
                                                                                                  Edamame hummus
                                                                                                  Prepared bag of fresh green lentils
                                                                                                  Australian black licorice
                                                                                                  Any of the "Moon" wines

                                                                                                  1. six dower RE: TXMandy Feb 23, 2013 11:52 AM

                                                                                                    Frozen Very Cherry Blend
                                                                                                    UnSweetened Almond Milk
                                                                                                    Skinny Kettle Corn
                                                                                                    Frozen Kale
                                                                                                    Pumpernickel Pretzels

                                                                                                    Coconut Body Cream

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                                                                                                      IndyGirl RE: six dower Apr 10, 2013 06:57 PM

                                                                                                      YES on the coconut body cream. This is an amazing product and it's so cheap at TJs. I bought ten containers for myself and ten more for my sister who doesn't live near a TJs. I'm terrified that it will be discontinued!

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                                                                                                        GraceW RE: IndyGirl Apr 11, 2013 03:28 AM

                                                                                                        Oh man, I wanted to try that... discontinued. :(

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                                                                                                          IndyGirl RE: GraceW Apr 11, 2013 02:53 PM

                                                                                                          WHAT?!?!? No!!!! It' can't be!!

                                                                                                        2. re: IndyGirl
                                                                                                          emily RE: IndyGirl Apr 15, 2013 07:46 PM

                                                                                                          I ended up throwing mine away. I liked it at first, but after the smell faded, I was left with an odd "dusty" scent on my skin that I didn't like.

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                                                                                                            IndyGirl RE: emily Apr 15, 2013 08:32 PM

                                                                                                            I'll try to convince myself that I overestimated its wonderfulness, then.

                                                                                                      2. Steve Green RE: TXMandy Feb 23, 2013 08:27 PM

                                                                                                        shelf-stable tomato and roasted red pepper soup
                                                                                                        Pound Plus dark chocolate bars
                                                                                                        organic rice milk
                                                                                                        frozen Chicken Tikka Masala
                                                                                                        frozen individual-serving steel-cut oats

                                                                                                        1. LizHemrich23 RE: TXMandy Feb 23, 2013 08:47 PM

                                                                                                          1. Chinese Chicken Salad (reduced fat) - i'm addicted, i swear!
                                                                                                          2. Salsa Autentica
                                                                                                          3. Ranchero Egg White Salad
                                                                                                          4. Black Bean & Cheese Enchiladas
                                                                                                          5. Dark Chocolate Lover's Chocolate (85% cocoa)

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                                                                                                            Mellicita RE: LizHemrich23 Feb 23, 2013 10:50 PM

                                                                                                            The Ranchero Egg White Salad seems to be getting a lot of votes! I'm definitely going to try it next time... I've eyed it the few times I've been in the store!

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                                                                                                            acgold7 RE: TXMandy Feb 23, 2013 09:43 PM

                                                                                                            I can't believe no one has yet mentioned the canned corn in the yellow labels. Blows away any canned or even frozen corn ever made, and frankly is better (crisper, sweeter, "cornier") than most fresh corn I've ever had. We serve it in our restaurant and most people think it's fresh and wonder how we get fresh corn in the winter... except for those who buy it regularly from TJ's and recognize it instantly and give us a little wink as soon as they taste it and say thanks.... We special order six cases a week.

                                                                                                            I probably shouldn't have said anything because now everyone is going to buy it and I won't be able to get it anymore....

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                                                                                                              TXMandy RE: acgold7 Feb 23, 2013 09:46 PM

                                                                                                              I agree about the corn completely! The first time I picked up a can, I didn't expect anything special, but it delicious and surprisingly fresh tasting. Thanks for the reminder!

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                                                                                                                linguafood RE: acgold7 Feb 24, 2013 10:23 PM

                                                                                                                I've mentioned it on the monthly TJ thread, but yeah -- that canned corn is da shizzle.

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                                                                                                                  gingershelley RE: linguafood Mar 6, 2013 11:33 AM

                                                                                                                  Wow, I have to try this now - I never buy canned veggies. I like the roasted frozen corn alot, and now will have to buy this canned stuff too!

                                                                                                                  1. re: gingershelley
                                                                                                                    linguafood RE: gingershelley Mar 6, 2013 11:49 AM

                                                                                                                    It's great. I love corn a lot, but don't have it too often since it's practically pure sugar, except for when it's in season....

                                                                                                                    But this is da shizzle. One can is perfect for 2 as a small side.

                                                                                                                    1. re: linguafood
                                                                                                                      lemarais RE: linguafood Mar 6, 2013 12:16 PM

                                                                                                                      The frozen roasted corn is much better, just as easy to prepare, and no BPA. issues.

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                                                                                                                        linguafood RE: lemarais Mar 6, 2013 12:23 PM


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                                                                                                                          ohmyyum RE: lemarais Mar 6, 2013 12:26 PM

                                                                                                                          I love the frozen roasted corn because it has a ton of flavor with no added salt or seasoning. Also love that it's not canned.

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                                                                                                                            NuMystic RE: lemarais Mar 6, 2013 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                            I have to completely disagree on the frozen roasted being superior to the TJ's canned. I've bought both and the frozen roasted is not even in the same league when it comes to the fresh just shucked flavor and texture the canned variety offers.

                                                                                                                            The canned can be a complete stand-in for fresh in certain recipes that the frozen never could be.

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                                                                                                                              lemarais RE: NuMystic Mar 6, 2013 02:02 PM

                                                                                                                              Each to his own. The canned corn is fully cooked. Frozen is uncooked. You might want to try the plain frozen corn at TJ's. Frozen veggies without anything added are very close to the fresh product these days. The stuff is picked and then flash frozen within a very short period after picking.

                                                                                                                              The canned stuff most assuredly has added salt, it's likely that's why you favor it so much. Salt adds flavor. Not to mention the BPA issues these days with canned foods.

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                                                                                                                                NuMystic RE: lemarais Mar 6, 2013 02:20 PM

                                                                                                                                Huh? I'm responding to comments about the *roasted* frozen corn which by definition is not uncooked. I do a lot of raw food cuisine and I've yet to see a prepping method that blackens corn without cooking. :)

                                                                                                                                No need to sell me on frozen vs canned vs fresh in general. Other than this corn and beans I don't use any canned products at all, and very little frozen as well. I know all about the production methods and how particular veggies like frozen peas can even rival fresh on occasion.

                                                                                                                                That's entirely besides the point with regards to my preference between these two specific TJ's products for different uses.

                                                                                                                                Salt has absolutely nothing to do with how fresh this specific canned corn tastes, it's one of the most popularly recommended Trader Joe products here on Chow for a reason, and it's the first canned corn I've ever found worth using. It's plump, sweet without added sugar and literally CRISP, something I've never seen in another canned variety of corn.

                                                                                                                                It's good enough to serve as a corn salsa when fresh isn't in season, not something I can say of any frozen corn I've ever tried.

                                                                                                                                The roasted corn is a fine product as well but there are uses for this specific canned corn that it could never stand in for.

                                                                                                                                And finally, the Trader Joe's canned corn is BPA free:

                                                                                                                                1. re: NuMystic
                                                                                                                                  ohmyyum RE: NuMystic Mar 6, 2013 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                                  How were they able to get that information from TJs? I asked once several months ago and was told that BPA-free cans was something the company was moving towards but had not yet accomplished, and that some of the products were BPA-free and some weren't. No specifics were given, so it was pretty useless information. I asked again several days ago (after first reading acgold's review) and was given the same exact answer, more or less, with no specifics.

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                                                                                                                                    NuMystic RE: ohmyyum Mar 6, 2013 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                    From this list which was updated last month:

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                                                                                                                                      ohmyyum RE: NuMystic Mar 6, 2013 05:37 PM

                                                                                                                                      Yes, I was just wondering how/where inspiration green had gotten that information! To be fair, I never emailed TJs directly, but I asked up at the customer service desk and you'd think they would or should have received the same information (in the list you linked above) from their manufacturers or the corporate office. I would have been willing to try the corn sooner based on previous yays!

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                                                                                                                                        NuMystic RE: ohmyyum Mar 6, 2013 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                        They correspond directly with the manufacturers and distributors and update the list with whatever the lastest information is.

                                                                                                                                2. re: lemarais
                                                                                                                                  linguafood RE: lemarais Mar 6, 2013 02:57 PM

                                                                                                                                  The canned corn is NOT cooked, whereas the fire-roasted (sic!) *clearly* has been. Not that I've tried the frozen. But to say it's uncooked is ludicrous.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: linguafood
                                                                                                                                    NuMystic RE: linguafood Mar 6, 2013 03:04 PM

                                                                                                                                    Actually lingua, while you're 100% right about the silly notion that frozen roasted(!) corn is raw, the canned corn is definitely not raw.

                                                                                                                                    A food has to be heated to well above cooking temps to be canned and shelf stable.

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                                                                                                                                      linguafood RE: NuMystic Mar 6, 2013 03:20 PM

                                                                                                                                      Ah, ok. Good thing then that I tend to (re)heat it fairly gently with a tbsp of water before I add a nice pat of butter and extra salt :-D

                                                                                                                                      Either way, I love it.

                                                                                                                                3. re: NuMystic
                                                                                                                                  ohmyyum RE: NuMystic Mar 6, 2013 03:25 PM

                                                                                                                                  NuMystic, you've convinced me to give the canned a try. Despite the added sodium.

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                                                                                                                                    NuMystic RE: ohmyyum Mar 6, 2013 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                                    Look forward to hearing what you think!

                                                                                                                                    As far as sodium, remember that the vast majority listed on the label is in the liquid. So most is going in the sink if you're draining, and even more if rinsing.

                                                                                                                                    This is true of all canned in liquid items unless it states "drained" in the serving size on the nutrition info label.

                                                                                                                                    Depending on the use I usually only use a tsp or two of the liquid at most.

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                                                                                                                                      ohmyyum RE: NuMystic Mar 6, 2013 05:39 PM

                                                                                                                                      Yes, I usually drain and rinse canned beans, but I rather like corn liquid (I don't know if that's weird or not?) and would be less inclined to drain that. Especially if its going into a soup or chowder. :)

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                                                                                                                                        NuMystic RE: ohmyyum Mar 6, 2013 05:52 PM

                                                                                                                                        I've seen lots of recipes that call for the use of the liquid so you're certainly not alone. :)

                                                                                                                            2. re: gingershelley
                                                                                                                              LizGW RE: gingershelley Mar 27, 2013 06:22 PM

                                                                                                                              I put the frozen roasted corn in my chili. It is fabulous.

                                                                                                                          2. re: acgold7
                                                                                                                            cheri RE: acgold7 Apr 7, 2013 11:59 PM

                                                                                                                            Is this corn labeled as being organic or GMO free? If not, it is likely a GMO product as 95% of corn grown in the US is GMO (genetically modified), and has all kinds of health concerns associated with its consumption.

                                                                                                                            Please, someone tell me if it is GMO free, because based on your descriptions, I'd like to try it (if GMO free).

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                                                                                                                              NuMystic RE: cheri Apr 8, 2013 03:15 AM

                                                                                                                              Cheri, according to the Trader Joe's website they do not allow GMO ingredients in their private label products and this corn is definitely a Trader Joe's labeled item:


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                                                                                                                                jocandle RE: NuMystic about 14 hours ago

                                                                                                                                There is some speculation to that: http://foodbabe.com/2013/08/07/what-i...

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                                                                                                                            CindyOhCindy RE: TXMandy Feb 24, 2013 12:29 AM

                                                                                                                            Frozen Langostinos
                                                                                                                            Chicken Sausage (Jalapeno)
                                                                                                                            Organic Microgreens
                                                                                                                            Green Tea mints
                                                                                                                            Sprouted Wheat Muffins

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                                                                                                                              1MunchieMonster RE: TXMandy Feb 24, 2013 01:19 AM

                                                                                                                              My list is kind of boring but they're good staples:

                                                                                                                              1. President's reserve extra virgin olive oil
                                                                                                                              2. Rice milk (64 oz container)
                                                                                                                              3. Frosted mini wheats (the TJ's brand of course)
                                                                                                                              4. Hi Fiber cereal
                                                                                                                              5. Frozen spinach (no pesticide, not organic)

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                                                                                                                                dgusanz RE: TXMandy Feb 24, 2013 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                                Fresh shelled peas (seasonal)
                                                                                                                                Spicy Smoky Peach Salsa
                                                                                                                                Fresh Haricots verts
                                                                                                                                Speculos (cookie butter) - but rarely buy because it disappears sooo quickly.
                                                                                                                                Candles (tapers) - good quality and great price.

                                                                                                                                And - thanks to the posters here - lots of new things to try!

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                                                                                                                                  gbtbag RE: TXMandy Feb 24, 2013 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                  My new favorite is the blended Gruyere and Cheddar cheese. It's stupendous.

                                                                                                                                  Aside from that my faves are:

                                                                                                                                  2. Bruschetta (in the cold cabinet, not the jars.)
                                                                                                                                  3. Roasted unsalted almonds
                                                                                                                                  4. Olive hummus
                                                                                                                                  5. Pomegranate non-fat Greek yogurt

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                                                                                                                                    snusan RE: TXMandy Feb 24, 2013 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                    1. Trader Jose's Salsa Authentica

                                                                                                                                    2. TJ's 70% Dark Chocolate Bar --Pound +

                                                                                                                                    3. Steel Cut Oats sold in the paper container (not the Irish brand sold in metal can)

                                                                                                                                    4. TJ's Cinnamon Graham Crackers

                                                                                                                                    5. Hazelnuts--difficult to find anywhere else and can't beat the price

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                                                                                                                                      JTilCT RE: TXMandy Feb 24, 2013 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                                      1. frozen Multi-grain waffles
                                                                                                                                      2. Morningstar Farms breakfast sausage (cheaper than in other grocery stores)
                                                                                                                                      3. maple syrup (used to buy the Canadian B but have been buying the Vermont in the plastic jug since it came out)
                                                                                                                                      4. California Estate extra virgin olive oil
                                                                                                                                      5. cat food
                                                                                                                                      Can't stop at 5!
                                                                                                                                      6. chicken patties from refrigerated section
                                                                                                                                      7. corn puffs (like fake Pirates Booty)
                                                                                                                                      8. mild salsa from the refrigerated section, not jarred
                                                                                                                                      9. frozen edamame
                                                                                                                                      oh there's so much more...

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                                                                                                                                        ohmyyum RE: JTilCT Feb 24, 2013 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                        Re #6, are those the newer-ish roasted chicken patties? I've eyed them several times but I was worried the texture would be weird. I will have to give them a whirl!

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                                                                                                                                          Mellicita RE: ohmyyum Feb 28, 2013 11:21 PM

                                                                                                                                          If we are referred to the little precooked patties, 2 to a package..... ts ground chicken meat.... so expect the texture to be different from a grilled filet. Its like a chicken "burger". I enjoyed them, and the price is half of Whole Foods equivalent.

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                                                                                                                                        trvlcrzy RE: TXMandy Feb 24, 2013 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                                        Spanish Extra Virgin Olive Oil
                                                                                                                                        European Style Whole Milk Yogurt
                                                                                                                                        Ovoline mozzarella balls
                                                                                                                                        TJ aged cheddar cheese
                                                                                                                                        Soy marinated cod fillets

                                                                                                                                        And of course to top the list: frozen plain croissants and frozen chocolate croissants! Just like in France, hands down..and the price is right too!

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                                                                                                                                          Joltingjoey RE: TXMandy Feb 24, 2013 02:42 PM

                                                                                                                                          Good thread. I plan to use it when I put together my next shopping list. Here are just a few of our faves that have become staples:

                                                                                                                                          1 California estate olive oil (this was top-rated in Consumer Reports last year)
                                                                                                                                          2. habanero sauce
                                                                                                                                          3. Israeli feta (like it better than the Greek, and it's cheaper)
                                                                                                                                          4. organic concord grape jelly
                                                                                                                                          5. European style plain nonfat yogurt

                                                                                                                                          1. juliejulez RE: TXMandy Feb 24, 2013 05:13 PM

                                                                                                                                            I haven't lived near a Trader Joe's since last spring, but they're building a couple here (Yay!). But, these were my former top 5... a friend of mine is in a city where they have a Trader Joe's and she's going to bring some of this stuff back for me to hold me over until they open here...and now thanks to this thread I have a whole bunch of other stuff to try once they open here!

                                                                                                                                            1. Tomato paste in a tube.. $1 last I checked
                                                                                                                                            2. Whole grain pastas in a bag
                                                                                                                                            3. Cheese sticks
                                                                                                                                            4. Guilt-Free frozen meals (like the baked ziti)
                                                                                                                                            5. SPICY ITALIAN CHICKEN SAUSAGE (I miss these the most)

                                                                                                                                            Also some other runners up that don't quite fit into my healthier lifestyle now, but are still good, include the boxed white cheddar mac n cheese, and the breaded chicken tenders. Oh and the frozen mini pizzas that come in a package of 4... I forget what they're called. They also carried an Oregon Pinot Noir I really liked, Firesteed.

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                                                                                                                                              bear RE: juliejulez Mar 28, 2013 03:02 PM

                                                                                                                                              Sadly I think they discontinued the tomato paste in the tube. Sigh.

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                                                                                                                                                NuMystic RE: bear Mar 31, 2013 12:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                Think you're right about the Tomato Paste Bear. After seeing mention of it here I asked at my store and the first person had never heard of it, and the second remembered it but said they hadn't seen it in months. :(

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                                                                                                                                                  Pwmfan RE: NuMystic May 8, 2013 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I just had a delightful momentI. Scanning the first lines of the posts I've already read, "Tomato Paste Bear" caught my eye. For a brief moment I had a vision of tomato paste in one of those plastic squeeze honey bear bottles. I was crushed when I opened the post and saw you wre replying to Bear and that, if it has indeed returned, the tomato paste is still in the same old boring tube!

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                                                                                                                                                    bear RE: Pwmfan May 8, 2013 05:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Ha! I would so buy that!

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                                                                                                                                                  boogiebaby RE: bear May 7, 2013 01:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I just bought 2 tubes this past weekend. Definitely not discontinued.

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                                                                                                                                                    NuMystic RE: boogiebaby May 7, 2013 03:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                    In what part of the country BoogieBaby… has been no sight of it at my location here in NY for over 6 months.

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                                                                                                                                                      sdiddy RE: boogiebaby May 8, 2013 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                      whats so great about it and what do you guys use it for?

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                                                                                                                                                        bear RE: sdiddy May 8, 2013 05:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                        It's great to be able to add a dollop of tomato paste to a sauce or soup to add a depth of flavor without having to open a can and deal with (or more likely throw out) the leftovers. It lasts forever in the fridge. The tubes are readily available in most grocery stores, but are often pretty pricey. TJ's, as usual, had a high quality product at a very reasonable price.

                                                                                                                                                        boobiebaby, maybe there's hope here in Mass! I'll check next time I'm in the store. and post back.

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                                                                                                                                                          bear RE: bear May 9, 2013 02:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Well, I checked at the Arlington MA store this afternoon and the clerk said it was definitely discontinued.

                                                                                                                                                3. greygarious RE: TXMandy Feb 24, 2013 06:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                  12-Grain Crackers
                                                                                                                                                  Brown Jasmine Rice
                                                                                                                                                  English Cheddar with Caramelized Onions
                                                                                                                                                  Frozen Soycotash
                                                                                                                                                  Frozen Almond Croissants

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                                                                                                                                                    turtlegirlx07 RE: TXMandy Feb 24, 2013 10:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Field fresh chopped salad
                                                                                                                                                    Roasted tomato and red pepper soup
                                                                                                                                                    Spicy chunky guacamole
                                                                                                                                                    Caramelized onion and feta pizza
                                                                                                                                                    Pie crust

                                                                                                                                                    1. linguafood RE: TXMandy Feb 24, 2013 10:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                      1. The imported fresh buffalo mozzarella -- incredibly creamy and flavorful, worth the price tag
                                                                                                                                                      2. The canned corn -- sweet, crisp, crunchy... almost like fresh
                                                                                                                                                      3. Sweet & Spicy Pecans. Bought them once, can't get them again. I'd inhale them before they got past the doorstep :-)
                                                                                                                                                      4. Most of their cheeses.
                                                                                                                                                      5. The frozen lemon bars. Wow.

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                                                                                                                                                        NuMystic RE: linguafood Feb 24, 2013 10:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Those lemon bars really are something special for those that want a treat that is TRULY (pucker your mouth) lemony. Worth noting that you really do have to follow the defrosting guidelines. Right from the icebox they're not nearly as good as when they've had 10-20 minutes to thaw.

                                                                                                                                                      2. NuMystic RE: TXMandy Feb 24, 2013 10:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                        My top 5 that haven't already been mentioned repeatedly:

                                                                                                                                                        1. Fire Roasted Salsa (no salt added variety NOT double roasted kind)

                                                                                                                                                        2. Aloo Chaat Kati Pouches - basically samosa hot pockets

                                                                                                                                                        3. Dukkah - brilliant seed/nut/spice blend in a jar

                                                                                                                                                        4. Frozen Org. Chopped Spinach - surprisingly good enough to simply sauté with garlic, oil and salt all on it's own.

                                                                                                                                                        5. White Balsamic

                                                                                                                                                        Honorable Mention:

                                                                                                                                                        6. Chili Lime Nuts - Goes way beyond what you'd expect from the name. This isn't just tart and spicy (though it's certainly both). What they left out of the name is THAI. This is a mix imported from Thailand and there are dried Kaffir Lime Leaves mixed in the bag! So basically this is a spicy nut mix that tastes like Tom Yum soup, and is unlike any western nut mix you've ever tasted. Fair warning though, it IS hot and not for tender palates.

                                                                                                                                                        Now the above are staples we ALWAYS have in the house.

                                                                                                                                                        Excluded from consideration simply because these are so good than we don't (for health's sake) even buy them anymore because they'll be devoured in less than 24 hours:

                                                                                                                                                        - Dark Chocolate Chunk and Almond Cookies
                                                                                                                                                        - Chocolatey Coated Chocolate Chip Dunkers
                                                                                                                                                        - Dark Chocolate Almond Bark Thins
                                                                                                                                                        - Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

                                                                                                                                                        No, no chocolate problem here, nope. Not. At. All.

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                                                                                                                                                          Boston_Otter RE: NuMystic Feb 25, 2013 05:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                          The Fire Roasted Salsa's terrific, but my favorite is the Garlic Chipotle Salsa... one of my favorite salsas anywhere, easily.

                                                                                                                                                          The Chili Lime Nuts used to actually be called Tom Yum Nuts. Glad they're back! I'll grab some ASAP!

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                                                                                                                                                            Dax RE: Boston_Otter Jul 1, 2013 11:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Are the chili lime nuts different from the thai or chili lime cashews? Because I did not like them and wish I could take them back but we don't have a TJ's around us (my mom bought them for me at my request). Maybe I can use them in a mix.

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                                                                                                                                                              GraceW RE: Dax Jul 1, 2013 11:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Those chili lime cashews were not good to me. I also wished I could return them.

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                                                                                                                                                                Rilke RE: Dax Jul 1, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Interesting, my brother loves them . . . he is a spicy food fanatic though.

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                                                                                                                                                                  GraceW RE: Rilke Jul 1, 2013 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Me too--I love the spicy mango and many TJ spicy foods, but the 'lime' flavor tastes fake to me.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Rilke RE: GraceW Jul 1, 2013 01:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Can you make any recommendations for my brother? He is one of those men who lives with women and therefore expects them to do all the grocery shopping :-P AFAIK he has never tried anything he found too spicy/hot to eat.

                                                                                                                                                                    I am going to get him a box of the frozen Lamb Vindaloo next time I go . . . anything else? :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                      AmyH RE: Rilke Jul 1, 2013 02:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Get him a bottle of their habanero hot sauce. That stuff is wicked!

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                                                                                                                                                                        GraceW RE: Rilke Jul 1, 2013 02:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        I used to buy the Horseradish at TJoes and mix it with ketchup and use that any time I needed ketchup. I do like the Spicy Mango, but I went through it too quickly so I stopped buying it. Same with the Original (not lite/baked) Hawaiian BBQ chips--too good. Also, I tend to like kimchi from HMart more because I think it tastes like a better combo of spices. Most groceries (although not Trader Joes) have Lee Kim Kee sauces, and I like many of their sauces.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Rilke
                                                                                                                                                                      Dax RE: Rilke Jul 1, 2013 05:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      But they are not spicy, they just taste a bit fake to me.

                                                                                                                                                                2. re: NuMystic
                                                                                                                                                                  ohmyyum RE: NuMystic Feb 25, 2013 07:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  NuMystic, what do you do with your dukkah?

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                                                                                                                                                                    dgusanz RE: ohmyyum Feb 25, 2013 07:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    I know you asked someone else but...
                                                                                                                                                                    In New Zealand it is very popular and prevalent. They serve it with bread and olive oil. First you dip the bread in olive oil and then sprinkle on (or dip into - but if you dip it starts getting pasty) the Dukkah

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                                                                                                                                                                      ohmyyum RE: dgusanz Feb 25, 2013 08:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for your reply! I've had it sprinkled on ciabatta drizzled with CA Estate EVOO and it was great but I was wondering what other uses there were for it. I trunk it might be good on a pasta dish..?

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                                                                                                                                                                      NuMystic RE: ohmyyum Feb 25, 2013 08:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Well as dgusanz mentioned it's great as a bread and oil dip. (go ahead and dip, just not in the container itself, transfer what you'll use to a small bowl)

                                                                                                                                                                      I've also enjoyed it as a salad sprinkle, and just last night I used it to crust cauliflower before roasting and it was superb!

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                                                                                                                                                                        ohmyyum RE: NuMystic Feb 25, 2013 08:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        That sounds great-- I can see how it would complement the 'nuttiness' of roasted cauliflower!

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                                                                                                                                                                      elise h RE: NuMystic Feb 25, 2013 07:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      how does the white balsamic taste compared to the regular balsamic?

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                                                                                                                                                                        NuMystic RE: elise h Feb 25, 2013 09:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Less syrupy, bit less sweet, and has a clean finish. Great when you want Balsamic flavor but don't want to darken the food you're seasoning. (pasta/grain salad or light colored soups for example)

                                                                                                                                                                        Also a nice alternative to plain white vinegar or rice vinegar in a recipe when you want to add a bit more depth of character.

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                                                                                                                                                                      lemarais RE: TXMandy Feb 25, 2013 04:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      The Blood Orange Italian Soda (not too sweet!)
                                                                                                                                                                      1lb. Pistachios in Shell ($5.99) Good price, great product
                                                                                                                                                                      The Dry Salami with wine (Wrapped in paper) (a Volpi product)
                                                                                                                                                                      Gravenstein Applesauce (the Best in a jar anywhere)
                                                                                                                                                                      Coffee Filters (best price anywhere!)

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                                                                                                                                                                        juliejulez RE: lemarais Feb 25, 2013 05:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Oh I forgot about the salami. However, it is not a Trader Joe's exclusive. My regular grocery store has it, and I've bought it at World Market also.

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                                                                                                                                                                          lemarais RE: juliejulez Feb 25, 2013 05:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Yes, but TJ's price is about half what I've seen the salami for at other stores.

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                                                                                                                                                                            juliejulez RE: lemarais Feb 25, 2013 07:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            That is very true :)

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                                                                                                                                                                        nosey RE: TXMandy Feb 25, 2013 06:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        1) soycatash ( I sautee it in a bit of butter with a couple of dashes of Crystal Hot sauce)
                                                                                                                                                                        2)goat cheese brie
                                                                                                                                                                        3)honey roasted peanuts
                                                                                                                                                                        4) Charlee Bears for the dogs
                                                                                                                                                                        5) wasabi mayo

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                                                                                                                                                                          brilynn79 RE: TXMandy Feb 26, 2013 07:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
                                                                                                                                                                          Organic Pop Corn
                                                                                                                                                                          Ezekiel Sesame Sprouted Bread
                                                                                                                                                                          Organic Baby Spinach
                                                                                                                                                                          something from the new product end cap

                                                                                                                                                                          1. alarash RE: TXMandy Feb 26, 2013 10:48 PM


                                                                                                                                                                            I just went to TJ's and bought some of the highly recommended items on this thread which I had never tried (canned corn, tarte alsace, turkey meat balls, new zealand white cheddar).

                                                                                                                                                                            My only question is, what in the world do I do with this ORGANIC VIRGIN COCONUT OIL?

                                                                                                                                                                            Since so many people recommend it so highly, I would really appreciate some guidance from y'all.


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                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood RE: alarash Feb 26, 2013 10:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              This would be a great time to pop some corn!

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                                                                                                                                                                                TXMandy RE: alarash Feb 26, 2013 11:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Throw the cooking to the wind my friend! Take it out of the sack/cabinet and spread it on your entire body from head to toe! Seriously!!!! After a shower is the best, but if not, you will be fine. Lay in bed and tell us how you feel tomorrow :) While you're at it... Throw some Turkey Meatballs in the oven!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  NuMystic RE: alarash Feb 27, 2013 04:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  My most common use for virgin coco is in place of most other oils and shortening for stovetop cooking replacing crisco, canola, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                  There are an abundance of exotic recipes you can find with a bit of google-fu including loads of stuff from the raw food / paleo world like:


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                                                                                                                                                                                    Boston_Otter RE: alarash Feb 27, 2013 06:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    You can use the coconut oil in place of any cooking oil, though be aware that it gives things a very light coconut flavor, so I don't use it for things like eggs.

                                                                                                                                                                                    It's really terrific as a butter replacement; spread on toast, it melts almost instantly and is really tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                    As others mentioned, it's also a great moisturizer.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Virgin Coconut Oil has all sorts of health claims attached to it -- some more wacky than others -- but it's definitely a great oil to have around and use, and the TJ's stuff is great quality and a much lower price than any competitors I've seen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      trolley RE: Boston_Otter Feb 27, 2013 09:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      be careful what you use the oil on. somethings come out fantastic. i love brushing the waffle iron with it or making pancakes. i also used it for a biryani with chicken and raisins and that came out great. so i used it on a chicken stir fry with soy sauce and the oil imparted a weird flavor. none of us went for seconds and the leftovers ended up in the trash :( it's certainly not for everything.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      ohmyyum RE: alarash Feb 27, 2013 03:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I sub it for half the butter when baking cookies and it imparts a subtle coconut flavor without the texture of shredded coconut that some people so dislike.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I also used it to pan-fry some pecan crusted rainbow trout filets and it was fabulous.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I've also lightly brushed some kabocha squash with coconut oil before oven-roasting and it complemented the sweetness of the squash well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Val RE: alarash Mar 6, 2013 01:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I use it only for skin moisturizer...lovely aroma, no chemicals.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          OI88888 RE: alarash Mar 27, 2013 03:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Lots of Thai dishes, etc. BUT the absolute best use is as a facial moisturizer. I kid you not, especially good for preventing/reducing deep wrinkles. And so much cheaper than "actual" face creams. Google it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                            andbowen RE: alarash May 7, 2013 07:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Use coconut oil to replace all of the butter/oil when making banana bread. You might have to adjust the cooking time slightly, but it is so amazingly delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                            It's also great for sautéing chicken, kale, or summer squash with onions. And last but not least, use sparingly to smooth frizzy hair.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              coney with everything RE: andbowen May 9, 2013 04:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              what a great idea for banana bread! I have two near-death bananas on my counter and a jar of the coconut oil...

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                                                                                                                                                                                              dgthree RE: alarash May 9, 2013 01:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I mostly use it as a moisturizer, either on its own or mixed in with other oils, butters & beeswax to make lotion bars or lip balm.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Read a recipe that it's a key ingredient in homemade magic shell topping, which I've not tried, but I have melted it with chocolate chips in place of shortening for coating holiday treats.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                TXMandy RE: dgthree May 9, 2013 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                I mostly use it it a moisturizer or for other beauty products as well. This is my next one to try Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub http://www.theidearoom.net/2013/05/co...

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                                                                                                                                                                                              KrumTx RE: TXMandy Feb 27, 2013 04:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Frozen cod
                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Multigrain savory crackers
                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Frozen garlic naan
                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Brie - all kinds to date - never tried one I didn't like
                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Dark chocolate almonds

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                                                                                                                                                                                                IndyGirl RE: KrumTx Apr 10, 2013 06:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                oh god yes, the garlic naan is such a winner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bob W RE: KrumTx May 28, 2013 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  +1 for the garlic naan. My whole family loves it, and my boy has, shall we say, a very limited palate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Boston_Otter RE: TXMandy Feb 27, 2013 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Can't believe I forgot the frozen rice. That stuff is so handy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    wonderwoman RE: TXMandy Mar 1, 2013 12:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    light coconut milk
                                                                                                                                                                                                    extra virgin olive oil
                                                                                                                                                                                                    pound plus dark chocolate
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ww tuscan pane
                                                                                                                                                                                                    unexpected cheddar

                                                                                                                                                                                                    and the two i don't dare keep in the house:

                                                                                                                                                                                                    mediterranean hummus
                                                                                                                                                                                                    applewood smoke bacon

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      littleflower RE: wonderwoman Mar 1, 2013 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I would cry if TJ's stopped selling their regular Tuscan Pane bread and Applegate Farms Roasted Turkey Breast. We moved to a pretty baren area in regards to stores that carry natural/organic foods (TJ's, The Fresh Market, and one health foods store) so we go through at least a loaf of that bread - makes THE BEST toast for sandwiches- and three-four packages of the AF turkey breast per week!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rilke RE: littleflower Mar 3, 2013 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pretty sure the Tuscan Pane will be around as long as Trader Joe's is.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          EM23 RE: littleflower Mar 7, 2013 09:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I bought a loaf yesterday after reading your comment. I just had my first slice and it is very good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            littleflower RE: EM23 Mar 7, 2013 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yay - glad you enjoyed it! In addition to making good toast, we use it to make paninis, too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              EM23 RE: littleflower Mar 7, 2013 10:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I shall put it to the test in as many ways as I can think of, Littleflower:) I started off easy today with butter and lingonberry jam, and it proved itself to be a worthy vehicle.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              I think a BLT may be in our near future.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks for the delicious rec!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        chris1621 RE: TXMandy Mar 1, 2013 02:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Five of my favorites:

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Shaved Grana Padano Parmesan Cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Mandarin Orange Chicken
                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. English cheddar with caramelized onions
                                                                                                                                                                                                        4. Gnocchi alla Sorrentina
                                                                                                                                                                                                        5. Walks into a Bar cereal bars (Fig & Strawberry)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          lemarais RE: TXMandy Mar 2, 2013 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          GRAVENSTEIN APPLESAUCE!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The best applesauce available anywhere!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            NuMystic RE: lemarais Mar 2, 2013 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Did well but was beaten by TreeTop no sugar added in the Serious Eats taste test:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              lemarais RE: NuMystic Mar 2, 2013 02:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Never seen TreeTop here in the Northeast, but Vermont Organic is #2? Awful stuff. Tastes like the baby food that they say applesauce shouldn't taste like! So much for this poll. I'll stick with my TJ's Gravenstein!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Val RE: TXMandy Mar 6, 2013 01:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hummus (organic or roasted garlic)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            frozen tamales
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Joe's Diner frozen mac & cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sprouted 7 Grain bread (pink wrapper)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Organic Green Tea bags

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              sidwich RE: TXMandy Mar 6, 2013 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Stuff I can't live without:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ezekial sprouted tortillas
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Organic tomatillo salsa
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Frozen tilapia filets

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Not quite life or death, but still used all the time:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yogurt cilantro dip
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Giant blocks of dark chocolate (seriously, the most useful thing ever if you need a hostess gift at the last minute)

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Can't keep it in the house anymore because it's so good:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dark chocolate covered almonds with salt

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. mcf RE: TXMandy Mar 7, 2013 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hands down, number one is:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Organic, pre brined whole chicken, SO GOOD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sweet and Spicy pecans (eat in car)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Uncured, thick sliced W(Wellshire Farms) bacon (not TJ's labeled tasteless bacon)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dark chocolate pb cups
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Uncured pastrami

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lori D RE: TXMandy Mar 7, 2013 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. 21 flavor seasoning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Sesame seed cashews
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Thai lime cashews
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4. Grapeseed oil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5. Organic carrots

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't always have the cashews at home; mostly because they get eaten very quickly once I open the package. The Thai lime nuts were mentioned earlier; the sesame seed ones are also excellent.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pwmfan RE: TXMandy Mar 15, 2013 06:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Movie Theater Popcorn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Silver Dollar Pancakes (freezer)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Mac and Cheese (freezer)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Grade B Maple Syrup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5. Bacon Wrapped Scallops (seasonal)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      littleflower RE: Pwmfan Mar 15, 2013 05:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I haven't heard any reviews on those silver dollar pancakes...I'd be interested in giving them a try.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pwmfan RE: littleflower Mar 15, 2013 07:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you're looking for light and crispy pancakes, you'll be disappointed. These are pretty heavy little rascals, almost doughy, with a nice flavor. I warm them in a dry skillet and drizzle them with the above-mentioned syrup. I've also enjoyed them with lemon curd and creme fraiche.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          littleflower RE: Pwmfan Mar 15, 2013 07:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thank you so much for the detailed description - very helpful! Since we were looking for more of a light/crispy pancake instead of a heavier one, I think we'll pass on these.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DelishDi RE: TXMandy Mar 15, 2013 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      No particular order:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Joe's O's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Tomato and roasted red pepper soup (carton)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Corn tortillas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4. Frozen palak paneer (my daughter loves these!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5. Rice medley/Israeli couscous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Okay that's really six, but ... !!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        OI88888 RE: TXMandy Mar 27, 2013 03:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (1) Milk thistle supplements. Good price for supplements to help promote liver health - a must, considering all the great inexpensive wine available at TJ's.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (2) Dark chocolate almond bark - or new, thin almond bark. Deelicious at a great price. (I'd rather go straight choc & nuts for my dessert as opposed to the stuff involving flour, etc.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (3) Frozen "Reduced-Guilt" Mac & Cheese. Heat in microwave, then sprinkle lightly with TJ panko bread crumbs and finish in oven.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (4) Any of the prepared guacamoles - my new fave is Chunky Spicy Autentico.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (5) Tarte de Alsace

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bonus: 2 items not specific to Tj, but gourmet and incredily priced: (a) Caved-aged Gruyere cheese (let it get to room temp and then eat by itself or w/an inexpensive baguette or TJ's fab priced water crackers (b) Kerrygold butter. You just can't find a better price for this world-renowned butter.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          OI88888 RE: TXMandy Mar 27, 2013 03:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not a huge meatball fan, but bought the mini turkey ones. Tried them in a mushroom sauce, but, meh. How do others use them?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            littleflower RE: OI88888 Mar 28, 2013 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We prepare them one of two ways, either bbq sauce/grape jelly meatballs in the crockpot for an appetizer or for a main dish they are great paired with marinara (either homemade or TJ's Organic Tomato Basil Marinara) and spaghetti.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Caitlin McGrath RE: TXMandy Mar 27, 2013 08:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            California Estate extra virgin olive oil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Organic fair trade 72% chocolate bars
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Frozen artichoke hearts (based on price)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Whole-grain English muffins
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Uncrystallized candied ginger (don't always have - like a bit too much for that! - but is in top 5 faves)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Caitlin McGrath RE: Caitlin McGrath Apr 7, 2013 07:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oy, how could I have forgotten Dijon mustard? Cheap, and nice and hot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. SavoryTv RE: TXMandy Apr 3, 2013 01:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1) Tarte d'Alsace - frozen section, a ham, Gruyere, and caramelized onion tart that blows any pizza out the window :)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2) Kale and spinach dip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3) Almost all of their packaged salads, because I am terribly lazy when it comes to lunch. The bistro is my favorite.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4) Marcona almonds, but they have been missing lately, perhaps dc'd?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              5) California Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ohmyyum RE: SavoryTv Apr 3, 2013 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The skin on Marcona almonds have been discontinued, but the rosemary marconas are still in my store.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  alarash RE: ohmyyum Apr 3, 2013 10:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh my what sad news, as the skin on marconas are my favorite! And usually slightly cheaper, too. But at least they will continue stocking the rosemary variety(?)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    SavoryTv RE: ohmyyum Apr 3, 2013 05:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sad news indeed! I will look for the rosemary almonds, although I hate the idea of masking the true Marcona flavor, I love it on its own. Thanks for the update.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  pickledtink RE: TXMandy Apr 5, 2013 09:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Edamame rice crackers. Pure deliciousness!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Their hummus, particularly their Roasted red pepper, Spicy Cilantro and Edamame varieties (that counts as one right?)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Lentil soup with ancient grains
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4. Low-sodium hearty vegetable broth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5. Sunflower seed butter

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bear RE: pickledtink Apr 6, 2013 05:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hey, pickled, is the veggie broth canned and with the soups? Sounds good. I tend to have a heavy hand with the salt and using commercial veggie broth or Better than Bouillon can put it over the top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It'd be nice to have a low-sodium item to keep on hand when I don't have time to make my own.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bear RE: bear Apr 6, 2013 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Just picked up a carton with the other broths by the soup. Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mellicita RE: bear Apr 9, 2013 12:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Slightly off topic from Trader Joes... but Kitchen Basics brand makes an unsalted vegetable stock that you might like.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        240mg sodium per 8 oz.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ingredients: Vegetable stocks (Onion, Celery, Carrot, Mushrooms, Red pepper), Tomato paste

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bear RE: Mellicita Apr 9, 2013 04:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks, Mel. I do like their chicken broth, so I should give the veggie a try as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Val RE: bear Apr 10, 2013 06:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I also like Kitchen Basics...they sell an adorable SMALL size container of their chicken and veggie broths too if you can find them....PERFECT if you cook for only one or two people! I can find the small sizes at my Fresh Market and Publix used to sell them but stopped.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              coney with everything RE: Val Apr 11, 2013 04:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WF has small sized Pacific broths. I usually use Penzey's soup bases but sometimes the cup of broth is easier

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Val RE: coney with everything Apr 11, 2013 10:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thank you, coney, good information!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  bear RE: Val May 9, 2013 02:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Val, I picked up a couple of tiny Kitchen Basics containers the other day. Perfect for when I don't want to use my homemade broth but want to add some extra flavor. Thanks! They are pretty cute.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Val RE: bear May 11, 2013 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bear, glad you found them, they are so handy and I like adding it to my own sometimes too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sweethooch RE: TXMandy Apr 6, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    orange muscat champagne vinegar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    vacuum packed roasted beets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pound plus dark choc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    10-minute farro
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    chicken potstickers

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      EM23 RE: sweethooch Apr 7, 2013 08:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Where are the beets? I don't recall ever seeing them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sweethooch RE: EM23 Apr 7, 2013 08:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        At my store, the beets are between the bagged lettuces and the pre-made salads, next to the lentils, with other convenience-prepped veggies (diced butternut squash, etc.) In a cardboard sleeve that's maybe a light bluish-gray color.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          EM23 RE: sweethooch Apr 8, 2013 06:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks Sweethooch:)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What are you using the orange champagne vinegar on?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sweethooch RE: EM23 Apr 9, 2013 05:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The orange vinegar is my go-to salad dressing acid. Because it's much less tart than most vinegars, you can use a much lower ratio of oil (IMHO). I use not much more than 1:1 oil and vinegar (usually walnut or grapeseed), some dijon, usually died thyme, S&P. My fave is arugula, the aforementioned beets, goat cheese, avocado, and something crunchy on top (pine nuts, almonds, or croutons). It's also good on green salads with fruit (e.g. apple, pear, or dried montmorency cherries, which almost made my Top 5). Or sprinkled on green veg (it's asparagus season!) or on salmon (hmmm, haven't done that in a long while).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      adventuresinbaking RE: TXMandy Apr 7, 2013 07:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the cowboy caviar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the Japanese fried rice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dark chocolate cherry soy ice cream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and "the best" trail mix

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (If you can't tell I'm vegan. I love stopping at Trader joes when I'm on my way back to the small town I'm from for quick easy food.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Ruth Lafler RE: TXMandy Apr 9, 2013 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Pita bites crackers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Organic sour cream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Dark chocolate covered raisins
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        4. Grade B maple syrup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        5. Chocolate chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. masha bousha RE: TXMandy Apr 12, 2013 04:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Excellent post (and a great read!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Triple Layer Hummus (blows the doors off of Sabra that you can get in a regular grocery store)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Pita crackers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Sublime Ice Cream Sammies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4. Stilton cheese with apricots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          5. risotto with mushrooms

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          special note, I love that you can make your own 6 pack of beer and that they have some microbrews under $8 for a 6 pack. (they mostly seem local to New England and my local store is in CT) Good, cheap beer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mollyschmolly RE: TXMandy Apr 12, 2013 06:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Dark Chocolate Chunk Espresso Cookies: discontinued, but fondly remembered.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Spa Face Wash with Tea Tree Oil: it's the only product that keeps my face clear of acne. So refreshing to use!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup: best non-homemade soup EVER. It's tomato soup for grownups.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4. All-Natural Fruit Jellies: The perfect blend of sweet but tart, chewy but firm. Candy bliss.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            5. Triple Creme Brie with Wild Mushrooms: I hate to use the new trendy word "umami", but this it IT.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              goodhealthgourmet RE: mollyschmolly Apr 23, 2013 08:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Spa Face Wash with Tea Tree Oil: it's the only product that keeps my face clear of acne.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tea tree oil is a powerful antiseptic and probably the best non-chemical acne fighter. Have you tried their tea tree oil facial pads? I keep a pack of them in my gym bag to use after workouts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cheesecake17 RE: goodhealthgourmet Apr 23, 2013 04:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I use the tea tree face pads. Love them. My face really feel "clean"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. westsidegal RE: TXMandy Apr 15, 2013 08:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              organic washed cut up kale in the refrigerated section
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the TJ's super firm high protein tofu (that stays in cubes when stir fried)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the organic dark chocolate bars in the purple wrappers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the decaf organic french roast coffee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the alcohol free cookbook vanilla (for making smoothies)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                IndyGirl RE: westsidegal Apr 15, 2013 08:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That tofu really is good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                sdiddy RE: TXMandy Apr 22, 2013 04:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LOL 186 replies....people are so passionate about TJ. Im definitely one of them...like an excited kid when I score great items there!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love seeing how every persons list is completely different.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My list:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. All 4 hot sauces (habanero, chili, jalapeno, and the NEW sriracha!). These are a GREAT and much healthier substitute than most hot sauces and even great on the occasional del taco splurge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Mini cilantro chicken wontons - A great quick snack when you want to just have a few bites around 3pm or late evening. Nuke them and use TJ great gyoza sauce and sweet hot mustard MMMM!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Whole grain dijon mustard - Probably the best bottled mustard ever. I use it on chicken and fish with a little yogurt on the side too. OMG amazing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4. Raw Trek Mix Nuts - individually packaged, love this. Super healthy, not roasted, not salted, and I eat 1-2 packs every day and keep them in my car, office, and home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5. Pistachio dark chocolate toffee. Oh dear god is all I can say.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Honorable mentions to the amazing gluten free cranberry granola, middle eastern flatbread (makes amazing flatbread pizza!), flax and cinnamon instant oatmeal, organic coconut oil, raw unsalted almond butter, moisturizing cream and coconut body butter, and TJ all purpose cleaner!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ruth Lafler RE: sdiddy Apr 22, 2013 05:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh yes, those little cilantro chicken wontons are good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood RE: sdiddy Apr 22, 2013 10:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Those pistachio dark chocolate toffees (caramels?) are evil. I only ever buy them to bring over to friends or when we are hosting something.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I was invited to hang out at a buddy's place a couple nights ago and brought those over -- the guys just inhaled them :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Val RE: sdiddy Apr 23, 2013 08:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *definitely* gonna check out the hot sauces...thanks for the tip...it is hard to find a good one without tons of sodium...and will certainly take a look at the cilantro wontons.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mellicita RE: sdiddy Apr 25, 2013 04:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh darn... i should have bought the whole grain mustard then! I eyed it, but wasnt sure. Thanks for the recommendation, I'll get it next time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sdiddy RE: Mellicita Apr 25, 2013 05:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          classic mistake - first rule of thumb at TJ....just BUY it everything cost $2.99!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. tracylee RE: TXMandy Apr 26, 2013 02:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1.Garlic Naan (bakery aisle - never tried the frozen)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2.Kerrygold Irish Butter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3.Prosciutto Perline Pasta
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        4.Cambozola cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        5.Dorot crushed garlic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        OK, so they're not all TJ branded, but those that aren't either aren't available elsewhere in town, or they cost an arm and a leg. These are all things I have on hand at all times!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bob W RE: tracylee May 28, 2013 10:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Try the frozen naan!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            NuMystic RE: Bob W May 29, 2013 03:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We found the frozen pasty and would never buy it again. Stick to the fresh! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              AmyH RE: NuMystic May 29, 2013 05:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The frozen garlic naan has significantly more garlic on it than the fresh. So it may depend on how much you love garlic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dough-wise, I actually found the fresh to be a bit more pasty than the frozen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                NuMystic RE: AmyH May 29, 2013 05:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Absolutely LOVE garlic so that was definitely not a factor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Was 100% about the doughy taste and texture.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Suppose it could have been a bad batch, but it was such a horrible experience that I'm not going to give it another shot. We actually threw out what was remaining in the freezer. I'd rather eat Indian off wonder bread than what we had. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mind you this is coming from a couple that eats Indian cuisine constantly. We also don't think much of the frozen chana masala, madras lentils, or palak paneer despite them being incredibly popular in these threads, so it may simply be a matter of wildly different personal expectations when it comes to Indian food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So far the only TJ's Indian thing we've liked enough to buy regularly are the relatively new Kati Rolls.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  AmyH RE: NuMystic May 29, 2013 06:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I haven't seen the Kati Rolls. What's in them?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NuMystic RE: AmyH May 29, 2013 07:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The "Aloo Chaat Kati Pouches" are bascially samosa hot pockets. Filled with Potato, Chickpeas, and masala seasoning. Taste mostly of tamarind. Also contain coriander so cilantro-phobes steer clear.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They come with microwave crisping sleeves which I toss and heat in the oven or toaster oven, so I can't speak to how they are prepared that way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you overcook the pastry goes from flaky to tough pretty quick, so I usually test early by cutting them diagonally and put them back if the center is still cold.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Especially nice with a sweet chutney.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Only criticism is the seasoning can be a bit inconsistent. Some are heavier on the tamarind than others. On those occasions the chutney goes from a nice option to a necessity, but once the sweetness balances the sour notes they're still very enjoyable. (a preserve like fig, mango, or apricot can stand in if sweet chutney isn't on hand)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      AmyH RE: NuMystic May 29, 2013 07:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, OK. I think I've tried those and liked them. Just didn't recognize the name.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    hyde RE: NuMystic Feb 18, 2014 10:03 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bob W RE: NuMystic May 29, 2013 07:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I will try the fresh but in our house having stuff like this in the freezer is a big plus! Also, never noticed it being pasty, I heat it up in the toaster oven and if anything it comes out too crispy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We also think TJ's frozen indian entrees are some of their better ethnic offerings in general. The other asian entrees are pretty weak. Italian is ok.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    AmyH RE: Bob W May 29, 2013 07:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Because of the very short outdates on their fresh bakery products, I bought the fresh ones and immediately froze them. One round in the toaster and they were like fresh baked. Delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tracylee RE: AmyH May 29, 2013 10:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I buy a couple of packages of the fresh garlic naan at a time and keep them in the bottom bin of the fridge. I throw them in the toaster oven while dinner's cooking, and they work out perfectly! I had some last night to sop up garlic butter from steamed manila clams.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kennyangel007 RE: tracylee Feb 9, 2014 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I just tried the naan from Trader Joes and it was horrifying. Not only was it nothing like real naan... it was downright doughy and disgusting. Whole foods brand "naan" is much better even though it really more of a pita or flatbread.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                annathebee RE: TXMandy May 6, 2013 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Five Spice Asian Chicken and Asian Noodle Salad (Easily my #1)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Goat Cheese Pizza (fridge)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Pork Potstickers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4. Habanero Lime Salsa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5. Dark Chocolate Cocoa Nibs

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TXMandy RE: annathebee May 6, 2013 03:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm going to have to pick up the Asian Noodle Salad next time Annathebee. I saw it over the weekend and it looked great.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Val RE: TXMandy May 7, 2013 06:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TXMandy, where is this noodle salad? In the refrigerated prepared salad case? thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TXMandy RE: Val May 7, 2013 09:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes Val, in the prepared salad case.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      annathebee RE: TXMandy May 20, 2013 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Do it! It is the best. I tried the Thai Noodle Salad and didn't like it nearly as much. The Five Spice Asian Noodle Salad tastes as good as anything at my favorite Vietnamese restaurant. I think it is the fresh mint and basil that really make it so mouthwatering :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. MsDiPesto RE: TXMandy May 7, 2013 07:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As of May '13:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Any of the indian frozen items.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Garden Patch veg juice (not the low sodium version)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. TJ's Vintage Cheddar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Eggs, Hard Boiled and cage free fresh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5. Butter Lettuce

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      littleflower RE: MsDiPesto May 7, 2013 08:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Interesting that you wrote "as of May '13"...personally, my top 5 has already changed since February. A few new products have pushed a couple of old ones out of my top 5.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Does anyone else think that we should create a TJ's Top 5 list twice a year? One for January-June and one for July-December, or is that too duplicative? This post has led to us buying and really enjoying a lot of TJ's products that we never would have tried out before. Just tossing it out there, perhaps TXMandy can create another Top 5 post for the last half of the year if most are in agreement.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TXMandy RE: littleflower May 7, 2013 09:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I agree littleflower. While I still love my original top 5 products, there are 2 or 3 that could easily be replaced now. Included would be the amazing yellowfin tuna in olive oil! I think you might be on to something for a twice a year update.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      andbowen RE: TXMandy May 7, 2013 07:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm relatively new to TJ's, but we already have our things we can't live without. No one mentioned the green tea mochi or the cocoa truffles?! Surely I must have missed a post somewhere.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My 5:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Green tea mochi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Wasabi cheese - I didn't see it last time I was there... Please tell me it's not
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Cocoa truffles (seasonal)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4. Mandarin chicken
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5. Roasted red and yellow peppers in a jar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My 3 year old's favs:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. "This _ walked into a bar"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Probiotic yogurt smoothies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Cookie butter (as a special treat)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4. Cornichons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5. Coconut chips

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sdiddy RE: TXMandy May 8, 2013 05:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        because of this thread i tried the turkey meatballs and they ROCKED MY WORLD. Just bought 2 more bags. pan seared and a little greek yogurt on the side with some hot sauce....im in heaven. wish they were natural turkey though, free range, etc.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          TXMandy RE: sdiddy May 8, 2013 05:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          So glad to hear you loved them sdiddy! When there was a post about them being maybe discontinued or having a supply issue (turned out to be false, thank God), I immediately ran out and grabbed four bags! I've used them with the usual spaghetti, in the slow cooker with a cranberry sauce/chili sauce glaze and my favorite is on grilled flat bread with the cucumber tzatziki sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Querencia RE: TXMandy May 8, 2013 05:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1) Frozen red raspberries (I eat them on cereal all year). 2) Truffle Brownie Mix. 3) Frozen broccoli flowerets. 3) Low-sodium Marinara Sauce, the best single low-salt product I know of anywhere, very flavorful but unbelievably low in Na. 4) Frozen Apple Blossoms. 5) Latin Style Black Bean Soup (in carton).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sdiddy RE: TXMandy May 8, 2013 05:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i guess you should have planned for this and made the thread "Your top 10 TJ products"!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              TXMandy RE: sdiddy May 8, 2013 06:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm going to take Littleflowers suggestion and start a twice a year thread in June sdiddy! We all have our favorites, and 10 would have turned into 20, lol! The beauty of TJ's is new products all the time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sdiddy RE: TXMandy May 8, 2013 06:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just finished dinner which included the amazing TJ tater tots! Takes me back to elementary school.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                TXMandy RE: sdiddy May 8, 2013 07:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That makes me smile :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                jules_00 RE: TXMandy May 11, 2013 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Got to love TJ's, my top 5 not in any order:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Frozen Chocolate Croissants (know one mentioned yet?)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                thaw the night before, pop in oven - yummo!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Chocolate Covered Potato Chips - yes, they have them there..weird but sinfully good

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Chile mango
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                one of my favs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4. Smores Ice Cream Sandwiches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                these are a family favorite

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5. Vanilla Almond Cereal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tasty, and healthy

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  littleflower RE: jules_00 May 11, 2013 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Maple Pecan Just the Clusters Granola/cereal is a real winner, too. It has been our go-to for cereal for over a year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Jay F RE: TXMandy May 11, 2013 11:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  English Breakfast tea bags. 48 for $1.99. They make the BEST iced tea.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bear RE: TXMandy May 11, 2013 11:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, boy, I just bought the pecan pralines as a shortcut to make a praline cheesecake. Big mistake. They are delicious! I'm not a big sugary-sweet fan, but the buttery taste is pretty seductive.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      schrutefarms RE: bear Jun 25, 2013 10:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I had to stop buying those. Too dangerous.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Diana1968 RE: TXMandy May 11, 2013 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tj honey full fat Greek yogurt-amazing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pita crackers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cinnamon almonds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Frozen garlic naan bread
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pumpernickel pretzels

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        foodslut RE: TXMandy May 16, 2013 11:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Frozen haricots verts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. European style yogurt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. in-season fresh blueberries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        4. Organic milk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        5. Frozen chicken thighs

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          littleflower RE: foodslut May 16, 2013 05:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Any particular reason why you like TJ's frozen chicken thighs over other store brands? I usually cook with the white meat chicken, but want to try branching out by cooking chicken thighs as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            foodslut RE: littleflower May 20, 2013 10:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I like them since they're flash frozen and packed in a bag as separate pieces, so I can take out what I need without needing to defrost the whole bag. They taste good, are fantastic in a pinch, and reasonably priced for boneless and skinless... Thighs are fantastic in curries/stews--way better than white meat, in my opinion.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          CarrotTea RE: TXMandy May 16, 2013 06:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Just 5? Impossible:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (In no particular order)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. S'mores Frozen Sandwiches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Pre-cooked Lentils
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Mar Poix Mix
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4. Chicken Tikki Masala and Frozen Garlic Naan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          5. Chicken Bouillon (comes in small packets like ketchup)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Why stop now?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          6. Low Sugar Apricot Preserves
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          7. English Cheddar w/Carmalized Onions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          8. Organic All Purpose Flour (better and so much cheaper)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          9. Frozen French Onion Soup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          10. Trader Joe Joes Candy Cane (Seasonal)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Special mention to the Peppermint Bar of Soap!!! LOVE! But I know it isn't TJ, but I've never found it anywhere else. LOVE.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            schrutefarms RE: TXMandy May 28, 2013 08:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hmmm...limited to only 5 is difficult. I'll try...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cilantro and Green Onion Yogurt Dip.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Soft and Juicy Dried Mandarins
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fresh Tangerine Juice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Frozen Fire-Roasted Onions /Peppers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Frozen Roasted Corn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think a separate list needs to be made for candy...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Caramel and Black Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Bar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chocolate Covered Bing Cherries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pecan Pralines
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Milk Chocolate peanut Butter Cups
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chocolate Covered Potato Chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            These are NOT always in my cupboard, but when I do buy candy, it's probably one of these.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cheesecake17 RE: TXMandy May 28, 2013 12:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Narrowed it down to 5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Frozen artichokes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Tomato basil marinara
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Polenta (in a tube)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                NuMystic RE: cheesecake17 May 29, 2013 03:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That's only 3! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cheesecake17 RE: NuMystic Jun 25, 2013 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4. Frozen organic peas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5. Shredded Brussels

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                easily amused RE: TXMandy May 31, 2013 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Top 5 ( For the moment)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * Cotswold cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * Hollandaise sauce ( Refrig section)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * Tarte d'Alsace
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * Joe Diner Frozen Mac & Cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * Speculoos

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  schrutefarms RE: easily amused May 31, 2013 04:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Is that the Cotswold with the chives?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  brendajotb RE: TXMandy Jun 23, 2013 06:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1, crabmeat stuffed flounder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Edamame hummus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. cheddar horseradish potato chips
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4. pizza parlano
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5. the dark chocolate lover's chocolate bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. mcf RE: TXMandy Jun 23, 2013 06:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'll add their new, frozen NZ grass fed steaks at a cost about $8 a lb less than I find OZ gf beef elsewhere. It's not as good as OBE beef, but of the two steaks I bought, ribeye and strip loin, the ribeye was extremely tender (but very, very thin, just over 1/2", and the strip loin close to an inch. Strip loin was tastier, for some reason, but much less tender.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sdiddy RE: TXMandy Jun 25, 2013 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Because of this forum I'm now oficially HOOKED on the frozen turkey meatballs. On my fourth bag lol. 2 of them heated on cast iron yum

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        littleflower RE: sdiddy Jun 26, 2013 12:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sdiddy, if you're hooked on the frozen turkey meatballs then definitely give TJ's frozen turkey burgers a try. These are fantastic and have gotten rave reviews from those who have tried them. They come four to a box for an incredible price - I think just 2.99.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ohmyyum RE: littleflower Jun 26, 2013 06:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Agreed, and the only ingredients are: turkey, salt, rosemary extract. No soy or fillers! They grill up very well too, and were a huge hit at my last cookout. Many of the meat eaters chose them over the grass-fed angus and Kobe-style burgers we also had available.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            NuMystic RE: ohmyyum Jun 27, 2013 12:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Being that I've never seen rosemary *extract* in a recipe or product before, a quick Google turned up the interesting fact that it's primarily used as a natural preservative in meat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I would have guessed it was there simply as a seasoning but it seems rosemary extract prevents rancidity in omega 3 oils and reduces carcinogens that are created when meat is cooked.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Color me fascinated.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              littleflower RE: NuMystic Jun 28, 2013 12:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wow, how interesting! I guess that's why the flavor of rosemary is hard to detect in the turkey burgers - thanks for the info, NuMystic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. zitronenmadchen RE: TXMandy Jun 28, 2013 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. The pound plus dark chocolate blocks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Almond Meal (probably always in the kitchen because it's so hard to use up)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Dried Montmerency cherries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        4. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        5. English Cheddar

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          NuMystic RE: zitronenmadchen Jun 28, 2013 12:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What are you using the Almond Meal for? I'm always after new uses for it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            zitronenmadchen RE: NuMystic Jun 29, 2013 07:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lately I've started using the almond meal in place of walnuts in Italian style walnut sauce, and in Sicilian tomato and almond pesto.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              NuMystic RE: zitronenmadchen Jun 30, 2013 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wonderful ideas, and both things I've never used it for. Thanks for sharing!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          heatcrave RE: TXMandy Jun 28, 2013 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1) Frozen Chicken Potstickers- saute/steam a couple and add a salad and dinner is good to go!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2) Frozen Confetti Rice- so delish and aromatic, a little greasy, but a great treat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3) Coffee Ice Cream- BEST all around ice cream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4) Honey Yogurt, full fat- so lusious and creamy, really worth it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          5) Dark chocolate bar with toffee and pecans- so great

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I also buy a lot of the staples there, sugar, flour, oil, etc and have enjoyed most of the soups/stocks in a box.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. SilverlakeGirl RE: TXMandy Jun 30, 2013 05:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tarte d'Alsace
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mac & Cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Panang Curry [made in Thailand]
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Minced Onions & Garlic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tikka Masala
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Frozen Fettucini Alfredo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pita Crackers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Frozen Breaded Chicken Breasts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That's 5, right? I could go on for 30 or 40. My favs I buy infrequently so as not to over indulge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My list of favorite discontinued items is at least as long, maybe longer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              twinkie RE: TXMandy Jul 1, 2013 11:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Chocolatey Cat Cookies for People
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Bagged and cut kale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Greek Style nonfat yogurt tubs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Hold the Cone (I think chocolate is my fav, but vanilla is also delicious)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Frozen mango chunks (blend this with yogurt and stevia and it's like mango froyo)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hard to pick just 5, but these are the ones I use most often. Going to have to go thru this thread again and write a shopping list. Great ideas here and some great finds! Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                FitMom4Life RE: TXMandy Feb 18, 2014 07:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You know I just tried that marinara sauce this past weekend and I was really disappointed. It was very thin and not much flavor. One of the only things I have ever been disappointed with from TJ's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  schrutefarms RE: FitMom4Life Feb 18, 2014 08:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I really love the vodka sauce--maybe give that a whirl next time!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NuMystic RE: FitMom4Life Feb 18, 2014 02:40 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Which one did you not like? (they have quite a few)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My current favorite is the Roasted Garlic Marinara, but enjoy the Organic Tomato Basil Marinara as well. Neither is thin or lacking in flavor. I still prefer Newman's Own Sockarooni but these two are more often in my pantry due to price/convenience.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you tried the non-organic Marinara you should know that many of these have entirely different recipes so don't assume the only difference is organic vs commercial tomatoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They source their pasta sauces from multiple manufacturers which is why you see so many different size and shape jars. (though the jars which are the same size/shape are likely from the same producer)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FitMom4Life RE: NuMystic Feb 18, 2014 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think it was the Tomato Basil version. It really was very thin and not very good. I love PNO Sockerooni!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: FitMom4Life Feb 18, 2014 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You might try the organic version I think that's the one that many seem to like.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          NuMystic RE: FitMom4Life Feb 18, 2014 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If it wasn't the organic then I'd recommend giving that one and the roasted garlic marinara's a try. They're not as thick as PNO of course (which is one of the thickest store bought I know of) but they're definitely tasty. The organic Tomato Basil is thicker than the Roasted Garlic Marinara if I recall, though I enjoyed the flavor of the latter enough to forgive it that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You're not alone in that complaint about the thinness by the way, at least one store bought taste test article I read had the same to say

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Attaching pics of the Reg, Org., and Roasted Garlic Marinaras. It's the last two that I'm recommending.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Traditional Marinara:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tomato Basil Marinara:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Roasted Garlic Marinara (looks like the same manufacturer as the above Tomato/Basil):

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Organic Tomato Basil Marinara:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sdiddy RE: NuMystic Feb 18, 2014 04:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            personally i love their "Pizza Sauce". the one with the black lid near the hummus. not in a jar or canned...in the plastic tupperware thing. i slap that on their whole wheat medditeranean flatbread with some lowfat shredded mozz and some basil and garlic and throw it on my pizza stone at 500 deg and that bad boy gets crispy and MONEY after 10-12 min! WHOO!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FitMom4Life RE: sdiddy Feb 18, 2014 09:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh the pizza sauce is absolutely a favorite of mine. And my mom's as well. I always have 2 or 3 jars of it on hand!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      amishangst RE: TXMandy Feb 18, 2014 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Multi-packs of the mango and peach yogurt (so thick and creamy it's like dessert)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. The shelf-stable Indian meals (especially the madras lentils and jaipur vegetables - I've seen the lentils elsewhere, but this version is better and these are way cheaper than the similar items at my regular grocery)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Breakfast trek mix
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4. Vegan fruit jelly candy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5. Cheese - specifically the goat milk cheddar and 1000 day aged gouda

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Honorable Mention: Spinach and Kale Yogurt dip and sweet potato tortilla chips - I do get them almost every time, but am quite frankly slightly burned out on them at the moment due to such frequent purchase

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        onawing RE: TXMandy Feb 20, 2014 03:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Coconut-Shea body cream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lemon Curd (which is the same thing as Wolferman's. Theirs is $11, TJ - $3)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jar of Masala cooking sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lava cakes - can't beat it at $3. / pkg.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And Delice de Bourgogne cheese - OMG!-) A creamy, buttery brie + mild blue cheese flavor. Do not eat the rind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. TXMandy RE: TXMandy Feb 20, 2014 08:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Let's continue the discussion here for 2014 with updated tastes and products. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/963582

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