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littleflower Aug 31, 2013 09:42 PM

Where did the summer go - fall is just about here! Soon Trader Joe's will slowly be trickling out their chosen foods for the fall season.

What items have you tried from TJ's recently - let us know whether you rate them with a Yay/Meh/or Nay!

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    littleflower Aug 31, 2013 09:49 PM

    YAY: Rice Orzo Pilaf Mix - think Rice a Roni times 100 in taste! I really enjoyed this - the best part was the seasoning that was added in. The seasoning added a ton of flavor to the rice and orzo, and I wanted to practically scrape the dish clean. It was a quick side dish and was a needed addition to the rotisserie chicken I was having for dinner.

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      Rilke Sep 1, 2013 08:27 AM

      Is this in a shelf stable box a la Rice-a-Roni?

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        littleflower Sep 1, 2013 09:25 PM

        John is right...it comes in a box just like Rice a Roni does, and it's shelf stable/in the grocery section. Very tasty and very quick to prepare!

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        John Francis Sep 1, 2013 12:21 PM

        I've tried that and liked it too. Yes, Rilke, it comes in a box in the grocery section.

        http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-fl...

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          valerie Sep 10, 2013 07:26 PM

          We love this in my house!

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            RetiredChef Sep 23, 2013 12:00 PM

            Well I will have to buck the trend here. Just yesterday I sung the praises of TJ's Kimchee Rice and then later that evening I was having dinner with some friends at their house. We were served this side (unknown it was TJ's when everyone but the person who prepared the meal tried it) it did not go over well. It seemed greasy and strange tasting, although I liked the nuttiness of the toasted orzo everything else was pretty meh. Although we all ate some, only one person finished their portion but refused seconds of it. Later on the hostess/cook admitted that she didn't like it and was disappointed because she had gotten it from TJ's. Everyone else chimed in it was less than a stellar product. To each his own I guess.

          2. mcel215 Sep 1, 2013 04:52 AM

            A big "yay" for me, that is now out of stock. ):

            Kimchee fried rice, product of Korea.

            I finally tried the Cheddar and Horseradish potato chips, and they are spicy but good. A modified "yay", from me though, I think the flavors conflict with each other and would just like the horseradish flavor.

            I think this was mentioned in the previous thread, but a big "yay", for the dark chocolate peanut butter cups. So glad I can buy the small pack at my store. :) I'd eat the whole tub of the large if not.... sigh.

            www.saffron215.blogspot.com

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              nimeye Sep 11, 2013 09:24 AM

              Is the kimchee fried rice just out of stock at your store is it discontinued?

              I love that stuff!

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                mcel215 Sep 11, 2013 09:49 AM

                Hi nim,

                It was temporarily out of stock, but last Saturday they got a shipment in. By luck, I had called and asked them to put 3 bags aside for me, until I got there. They did and I am glad I asked, because when I got there, there weren't any bags left in the freezer section.

                I love it too!

                www.saffron215.blogspot.com

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              walker Sep 1, 2013 08:21 AM

              I finally found a store that had the green figs .. I thought they had no flavor compared to good black figs.

              I continue to love the Thomcord grapes; I wonder why stores other than TJ don't carry them.

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                4Snisl Sep 1, 2013 03:51 PM

                Thanks to all who have recommended the Thomcord grapes! Used them to make grape rosemary focaccia this weekend, and love that I don't have to remove Concord grape seeds before topping the dough. Makes the recipe much less labor intensive!

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                  RussTheRaccoon Sep 4, 2013 07:34 PM

                  Another YAY! for the Thomcords; I picked some up this morning thanks to all the recommendations here and they definitely get the thumbs up.

                  According to Wikipedia, the variety was only released to growers ten years ago and just started being planted outside of California five years ago so the supply is probably small. TJ's must have contracted with a grower or wholesaler.

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                    Pat Hammond Sep 7, 2013 05:10 PM

                    I'm so glad to still have chance to say "thank you", too. In all, I've probably bought 7 or so containers of those grapes. Eaten out of hand, they're sweet and delicious, but my favorite use for them is frozen. They freeze like a dream and are even sweeter. I like to toss a handful, still frozen, on my morning oatmeal. I still have two unopened containers in the freezer and will be rationing them before too long.

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                    LaLa Sep 16, 2013 09:16 AM

                    I agree the black figs were much better than the green

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                    ohmyyum Sep 2, 2013 11:41 AM

                    Yay! Healthy 8 veggie mix. They were sampling a salad featuring the healthy 8, sesame soy ginger vinaigrette, and sesame honey cashews. It was a great crunchy combination of flavors, although I probably would have used less dressing. I had never bought the healthy 8 because it contains raw green bell peppers, which I dislike, but they were not overpowering in the mix. This veggie mix would also be great added to a coleslaw for a change of pace!

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                      breadwinner Sep 3, 2013 08:21 PM

                      Ooh, how were the sesame honey cashews? I've been wanting to try but its about 7 or 8 dollars a bag at my store.

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                        RussTheRaccoon Sep 4, 2013 07:38 PM

                        YAY! for the sesame honey cashews. I buy a bag every so often and happened to get some today. The bag tends to go fast. Adding them to a salad like that sounds like a great idea.

                        They are $6.99 for a one pound bag here, same as the regular cashews, but I noticed they were also taxed as a candy rather than tax-free like the regular cashews.

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                          ohmyyum Sep 5, 2013 05:11 PM

                          Another yay for the sesame honey cashews! They are quite sweet, but you can definitely taste the sesame and it nicely complements the natural sweetness of cashews. I actually think it is a pretty decent price ($6.99/16oz) because each cashew is very liberally encrusted in sesame seeds. They also sell honey sesame almonds for $5.99, but in my opinion, the cashews are so much better and absolutely worth an extra dollar!

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                            marcreichman Sep 7, 2013 11:38 AM

                            Third yay. those things are crack. The subtle cocoa flavor is really excellent.

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                              pugsam Sep 10, 2013 07:43 PM

                              Meh from here, for the sesame honey cashews. Got some today, based on the good words here. But ours tasted flat. All of the flavors - sesame, honey, and cashew - were bland. Doesn't seem like a staleness issue.....the freshness date was sometime in 2014.

                          2. breadwinner Sep 3, 2013 08:19 PM

                            YAY: Refrigerated Limeade ($2 for 32 oz)
                            Utterly refreshing! Especially with these last sweltering days of summer. Wonderful with Vikingsfjord vodka too. It does have added sugar, but it's subtly sweet instead of cloying.

                            YAY: Puffins Multigrain ($4)
                            Crisp with just a slight sweetness. I can taste the different whole grain flours. Really tasty with TJ's original soy milk (refrigerated). Wish I tried this a long time ago.

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                              littleflower Sep 7, 2013 06:24 PM

                              Thanks for suggesting the Refrigerated Limeade, breadwinner - I have tried the Original Lemonade that is refrigerated but have yet to try the limeade. It would be a nice change of pace from all the lemonade I have been drinking lately.

                            2. Savour Sep 4, 2013 09:21 AM

                              Yay to the Camembert Cheese in wedges. Usually you only find camembert in mini rounds, and I like the wedges better. I like camembert better than brie too - more flavor, and good textural variation you see in a good camembert.

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                                HeyImBack Sep 7, 2013 10:29 AM

                                Meh:
                                Lamb vindaloo. While this had good, authentic flavors, it was too spicy for me (and I love spicy).

                                I've bought TJ's butter chicken and loved it, although it's not at all spicy. Which of their other Indian dishes can you recommend, that are somewhat spicy (but not as spicy as the lamb vindaloo)?

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                                  sciencediet Sep 7, 2013 12:07 PM

                                  I like the chicken tikka masala, also not spicy. The lamb was too much for me too.

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                                    kt1969 Sep 7, 2013 12:48 PM

                                    The Paneer Tikka Masala is very yummy also.

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                                      williej Sep 7, 2013 05:13 PM

                                      Nay to Trader Joe's. Way over-rated

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                                        John Francis Sep 8, 2013 02:45 AM

                                        Why do you think so? Lots of people don't, as these threads show. Are we all wrong?

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                                          Tripeler Sep 8, 2013 06:54 AM

                                          It is fair to ignore this post until willliej discloses further details about this assertion.

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                                        pugsam Sep 8, 2013 09:07 AM

                                        We like the Vindaloo's kick!

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                                          Bob W Sep 9, 2013 07:32 AM

                                          I'm a fan of the Vindaloo too! More generally, I think the frozen TJ's Indian entrees across the board are the best of the ethnic lines. The Italian stuff is pretty good. The Chinese and Mexican are pretty bad.

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                                            littleflower Sep 9, 2013 09:08 AM

                                            Agreed on TJ's Indian entrees (although I am not brave enough to try the Vindaloo based on heat level - I'm sticking to the Chicken Tikka Masala!), and I would be curious to see if the Mandarin Orange Chicken is still the number one selling product this year. I tried it and was not too impressed by it, and have heard similar reviews on here that the quality of it seemed to have gone done recently.

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                                              alliegator Sep 9, 2013 09:58 AM

                                              A rare TJ's Indian NAY for me was Butter Chicken. Bland.

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                                                mcel215 Sep 9, 2013 03:44 PM

                                                Oh really? I thought it was as good as the other Indian meals there, if not even better.

                                                www.saffron215.blogspot.com

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                                                  opinionatedchef Sep 21, 2013 05:13 PM

                                                  if your store carries fresh, not frozen, butter chicken, i was VERY impressed w/ ours; like it as much as the frozen tika masala which is my one dependable frozen meat entree.

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                                                Sharuf Sep 9, 2013 09:34 AM

                                                Vindaloo is the mainstay of my regular TJ rotation. Love it! Add a veggie or salad and it's a meal for me.

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                                                  janethepain Sep 10, 2013 04:46 PM

                                                  Hear, hear! Vindaloo is supposed to be a spicy dish, so cheers to Trader Joe's for some authenticity. I was pleasantly surprised by the seasoning and spicing balance, especially for a packaged dish.

                                                  On the other hand, tikka masala is not supposed to be spicy. It's like ordering pad thai spicy.

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                                                    littleflower Sep 12, 2013 03:07 PM

                                                    I am glad that TJ's offers a various levels of heat with their Indian dinner selection. I love lamb and would like to try the Vindaloo but unfortnately overly spicy hot foods are a no no for me. Sticking with the Tikka Masala.

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                                                    RussTheRaccoon Sep 12, 2013 01:56 PM

                                                    I tried the lamb vindaloo today because everyone here recommended it. It is very good, though of course the texture of the rice is not as good as fresh rice.

                                                    It's not just spicy, it's got a little capsaicin burn so I can see how some people wouldn't like it.

                                                    My only real complaint is it is a rather small portion and it would take some vegetables and naan to round it out into a meal. It would be nice if the lamb were more tender but it's no different than what is usually served in restaurants. Still a Yay!

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                                                    roxlet Sep 28, 2013 12:10 PM

                                                    YAY for the Lamb Vindaloo. I LOVE spicy food, and this was tongue-tinglingly fantastic. Pretty diet friendly too. I also like that it has only one serving per package, so when it's done, you're done. No temptation to go back for a little more.

                                                  4. biondanonima Sep 8, 2013 12:54 PM

                                                    Just an FYI to any NYC based hounds - I saw the soft and juicy dried mandarins at the UWS store today for the first time. Go get them!

                                                    1. linguafood Sep 8, 2013 01:30 PM

                                                      YAY/MEH..... the refrigerated hollandaise. It's great if you're in a pinch, since you only briefly have to nuke it -- but having made my own just a couple weeks ago in a blender (which took all of 5 min), it's not as good. Duh.

                                                      I bet if you doctored it up with a little more lemon, it would be fine.

                                                      Again, as a shortcut, it's perfectly fine.

                                                      YAY -- was very lucky with a recent avocado purchase. It wasn't ripe when I bought it, but a day later it was *perfect*.

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                                                        Steve Green Sep 9, 2013 01:15 AM

                                                        To me, the refrigerated hollandaise is too lemon-y, but not butter-y enough. i wonder if it could be doctored up with more butter.

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                                                          linguafood Sep 9, 2013 09:46 AM

                                                          That's funny!

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                                                          fldhkybnva Sep 23, 2013 02:09 PM

                                                          Blender Hollaindaise? Do enlighten me (you might have already but I don't seem to have it saved)? I've been wanting to try Hollaindaise but don't want to bother with a double boiler.

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                                                            linguafood Sep 23, 2013 02:13 PM

                                                            I don't remember where exactly I saw it, but if you google blender hollandaise, 2 min or 1 min Hollandaise, I bet you'll get lucky.

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                                                              coney with everything Sep 24, 2013 05:10 AM

                                                              On Martha Stewart's Cooking School (PBS), she showed blender hollandaise
                                                              http://www.pbs.org/food/features/mart...

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                                                                fldhkybnva Sep 24, 2013 05:30 AM

                                                                Thanks

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                                                            chinchi Sep 8, 2013 11:29 PM

                                                            Repeat YAY and special thanks to a Chowhound member's suggestion (I couldn't find the thread where the suggestion was originally made): Cheese Tortellini with Red Pesto single serve frozen entree. I've bought this meal numerous times for a quick and easy lunch/dinner. Another board member mentioned taking the frozen meal on road trips/picnics and eating the tortellini room temp after the meal defrosts. A genius idea I would not have thought of. I brought the package with me on a recent flight and the idea worked great! Made for a tasty and convenient pasta salad on the go.

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                                                              beachgallisa Sep 9, 2013 04:59 AM

                                                              Yay to the frozen grass fed angus rib eye steak. Tender and very delicious! Yum!

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                                                                fldhkybnva Sep 23, 2013 02:10 PM

                                                                Good to know they carry grass fed meat, I'll have to see if it's at my store.

                                                              2. valleychip Sep 10, 2013 05:44 PM

                                                                Nay
                                                                cheddar & horseradish chips. Flavor balance is out of whack, too little cheese & too much horseradish for me.

                                                                genova pesto. This was bland to me.

                                                                shortbread with chocolate topping. This was underwhelming, cookie was ok with a crunchy buttery flavor but the chocolate topping just tasted like palm oil with a watered down hint of chocolate.

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                                                                  Will Owen Sep 16, 2013 05:15 PM

                                                                  Did you get the pesto in a jar, or the refrigerated tub? The former is totally blah, the latter (to my taste) not bad at all, though less good for lunch the next day. If I have the ambition I'll press a couple of cloves of garlic into it, but then I like my pesto inauthentically garlicky.

                                                                  I don't know why they even carry the stuff in the jar, and the TJ employees I've mentioned this to can't figure it out either.

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                                                                    valleychip Sep 27, 2013 11:01 PM

                                                                    It was the one in the refrigerated tub. I don't know, I guess I was expecting more of a basil flavor but it was just not there for me.

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                                                                    zitronenmadchen Sep 27, 2013 06:41 PM

                                                                    I just tried the horseradish and cheddar chips. They were very unevenly flavored. One chip was so horseradishy that it made my nose run, anotheronly tasted like cheese.

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                                                                    valerie Sep 10, 2013 07:29 PM

                                                                    Yay: I recently tried the jarred marinated mushrooms with garlic. They are packed in water rather than oil, so very diet-friendly. Love them in salads.

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                                                                      fldhkybnva Sep 23, 2013 02:11 PM

                                                                      Quite addicting. I think I ate an entire jar at once. I stopped myself from the 2nd jar because of the sodium content but because they are so good and I wanted some later I decided that most of the salt is probably left in the liquid...right? I'm sure a ha a few lbs of water to show for it, but they are really good and I like that they are more garlicky and vinegary than oily.

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                                                                        pugsam Sep 23, 2013 02:42 PM

                                                                        "......I like that they are more garlicky and vinegary than oily."

                                                                        Seconded!

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                                                                          valerie Sep 23, 2013 05:45 PM

                                                                          I have been known to stand there with a fork stabbing the mushrooms and eating them straight from the jar! I try to stop myself at half a jar, mostly so that I can save some for my salads!

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                                                                            cayjohan Sep 23, 2013 07:42 PM

                                                                            I am having the same problem with those mushrooms.

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                                                                              GraceW Sep 23, 2013 08:51 PM

                                                                              I just picture myself turning into the spherical-blue girl in Willy Wonka--due to the sodium--and that makes me stop. Immediately.

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                                                                                fldhkybnva Sep 24, 2013 05:26 AM

                                                                                It's in the water..that's what I tell myself, it works :) I also give the shrooms a nice towel pat to feel even more ok with it :0

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                                                                                fldhkybnva Sep 24, 2013 05:29 AM

                                                                                I left them off my list for this month but who am I kidding, they have been added follower by "x #." I should probably limit it to 2 as 1 will be consumed in the car and the other, well gotta have an appetizer right? Also if you love these, please try the fresh at Whole Foods. I actually only buy those rarely because otherwise my bank account would be empty.

                                                                          2. AmyH Sep 11, 2013 08:33 AM

                                                                            Big Yay combo: the fig butter swirled into a dish of the European style plain non-fat yogurt. Yum!

                                                                            I don't like yogurts with flavors already added because I find them to be much too sweet. So I've started buying a big container of plain non-fat yogurt (I like the European style), portioning out a bit, and adding things to it. That way I can control how much gets added. The cherry preserves were excellent, as was maple syrup. But the fig butter really was incredible.

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                                                                              modthyrth Sep 12, 2013 10:23 PM

                                                                              I have the same problem with most yogurts. I only wish I could try this with the discontinued apricot sauce TJ's used to carry!

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                                                                                AmyH Sep 13, 2013 04:44 AM

                                                                                I'll bet that would have been delicious.

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                                                                              pugsam Sep 11, 2013 08:50 AM

                                                                              Meh - chicken chile verde burritos (frozen). We like Mexican stuff, but hadn't tried these in a long time. Had forgotten how unexciting they are......until this re-taste.

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                                                                                Bob W Sep 11, 2013 09:17 AM

                                                                                I think I tried those too. BO-ring! "Trader Jose" needs to pick up his game.

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                                                                                  littleflower Sep 12, 2013 03:03 PM

                                                                                  Thought the same about the regular chicken burritos (red sauce). They were okay but not noteworthy. Bought them once and have not repurchased since.

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                                                                                  pugsam Sep 11, 2013 09:27 AM

                                                                                  Is there any TJ's Mexican stuff that deserves a big Yay?

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                                                                                    mcel215 Sep 11, 2013 09:51 AM

                                                                                    I really like the Chicken Quesadilla in the frozen food section.

                                                                                    www.saffron215.blogspot.com

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                                                                                      Val Sep 11, 2013 11:38 AM

                                                                                      We like the tamales (frozen section).

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                                                                                        kimeats Sep 12, 2013 06:52 AM

                                                                                        i love the corn and black bean enchiladas and the regular cheese enchiladas (in the green container) as well as those little chicken tacos and taquitos they have near the appetizers.

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                                                                                          opinionatedchef Sep 21, 2013 05:17 PM

                                                                                          yesyesyes, and the tamales are better than any fresh ones we have in boston (imo) except one place.

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                                                                                          Will Owen Sep 16, 2013 05:20 PM

                                                                                          I'm a sucker for the green chile/cheese tamales - all the tamales, actually, but Mrs. O isn't eating animals anymore.

                                                                                          I like most of the enchiladas I've had, too. I always liked to have the cheese ones with chili, and after having tasted their vegetarian chili and found it remarkably good, I think we'll have to revisit that combo.

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                                                                                            Bloombee Sep 17, 2013 10:36 AM

                                                                                            Also a big fan of the green chile and cheese tamales and I quite like the black bean and corn enchiladas

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                                                                                          schrutefarms Sep 11, 2013 10:25 AM

                                                                                          I'm not sure who recommended this...but a HUGE GIANT YAY to the Belgium chocolate pudding. Holy crap is that stuff good. It's very very rich, though- you might want to have a large cold glass of something next to you. Only bad thing is now I'm going to buy it all the time :(

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                                                                                            John Francis Sep 11, 2013 10:39 AM

                                                                                            I've been promoting that for a while. Sometimes I just have a spoonful for an afternoon pick-me-up.

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                                                                                              opinionatedchef Sep 21, 2013 05:24 PM

                                                                                              i don't know if it's true, but as i have watched many men throughout my life, i have come to believe that they may have a better ability(than women) to discipline themelves w/ food. Your note reminds me of that belief. How i wish i had that strength.

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                                                                                              ohmyyum Sep 11, 2013 01:40 PM

                                                                                              I think several of us have recommended it! I've been having it for a snack with strawberries almost every day recently (I'm trying to gain a few pounds so it's perfect). I love the thick, silky texture, and the deep chocolate flavor. So good! Glad you liked it as well!

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                                                                                                tokyo Sep 15, 2013 05:16 AM

                                                                                                Is it in the regfrigerated section, premade?

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                                                                                                  John Francis Sep 15, 2013 06:12 AM

                                                                                                  Yes, it's a small transparent tub. In the local TJ's it's in the refrigerated section with salads, premade sandwiches, and microwave meals.

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                                                                                                    kt1969 Sep 16, 2013 10:21 AM

                                                                                                    In my TJs it's with the dairy.

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                                                                                                  pugsam Sep 15, 2013 06:37 AM

                                                                                                  The chocolate flavor and richness is fine, but it's borderline too buttery/greasy.

                                                                                                  That may be just our idiosyncrasy, because we don't go for much buttery/greasy element in most things.

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                                                                                                    John Francis Sep 15, 2013 10:49 AM

                                                                                                    Neither of the above for me, but it differs from other premade puddings because it uses eggs rather than cornstarch or tapioca starch and hydrogenated oil as a thickener. Also, it doesn't use cocoa powder but chocolate, including the cocoa butter. That's bound to affect the texture.

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                                                                                                    meatn3 Sep 15, 2013 08:22 AM

                                                                                                    After I ate an entire container in one sitting I refuse to buy it any more! I just can't be trusted with the stuff and I usually am not much of a sweets eater.

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                                                                                                      wonderwoman Sep 18, 2013 04:31 PM

                                                                                                      bought a container after reading all the comments. loved the texture and richness, but sad to say, a bit too sweet for my taste.

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                                                                                                        roxlet Sep 28, 2013 06:17 AM

                                                                                                        It wasn't in my TJ's -- at least I couldn't find it. It's not in any of the refrigerated sections. I wanted to buy this for my son, who is a total chocoholic, but no luck...

                                                                                                      2. cayjohan Sep 11, 2013 03:21 PM

                                                                                                        New to me, and an enthusiastic YAY: the 1000 Day Gouda. Why I have not purchased this before, I do not know. I feel a cheese bender coming on.

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                                                                                                          John Francis Sep 12, 2013 02:22 AM

                                                                                                          Yea - sliced smoked gouda. Great sandwich makings.

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                                                                                                            Jim M Sep 15, 2013 11:22 AM

                                                                                                            That stuff makes an excellent grilled cheese sandwich.

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                                                                                                              cayjohan Sep 16, 2013 08:29 PM

                                                                                                              We just had a snack of the 1000 Day Gouda melted on top of toast. Breaks just a bit, but the flavor is wonderful. I have a new must-have for cheeses in this.

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                                                                                                          pugsam Sep 11, 2013 03:34 PM

                                                                                                          Yay! for the Coastal English Cheddar. Bold flavor and proper texture, well-aged and tasty at a reasonable price.

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                                                                                                            zitronenmadchen Sep 12, 2013 12:41 PM

                                                                                                            I love that cheese!

                                                                                                          2. AmyH Sep 12, 2013 04:54 PM

                                                                                                            The frozen Masala Veggie Burgers make an excellent side dish for their frozen Indian entrees. Like eating the filling from a samosa.

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                                                                                                              JulesNoctambule Sep 20, 2013 04:32 PM

                                                                                                              I like to make a sauce from yogurt and garam masala, then fold the masala burgers in a piece of naan, drizzle over the sauce, and eat.

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                                                                                                                AmyH Sep 23, 2013 09:30 AM

                                                                                                                That sounds great! I wonder if a bit of tamarind or major grey's chutney would be tasty in there as well?

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                                                                                                                  meatn3 Oct 5, 2013 11:46 AM

                                                                                                                  I always eat them with some Major Grey's on the side!

                                                                                                            2. tokyo Sep 15, 2013 05:22 AM

                                                                                                              NAY to the Kona coffee dipped shortbread cookies. I was expecting a coffee FLAVORED shortbread cookie, like the ones they sell on Kauai. Instead, these have a gritty texture, like someone spilled coffee grounds in the batter, with no discernible coffee flavor. The shortbread itself is dry and crumbly. :( So much for trying to recreate Hawaiian memories- I should have known better! ;)

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                                                                                                                Bob W Sep 15, 2013 05:22 PM

                                                                                                                Totally agree -- one of the worst products I've ever bought at TJs. Overly sweet and gritty. A total mess.

                                                                                                              2. meatn3 Sep 15, 2013 08:26 AM

                                                                                                                TJ's now has a dry onion soup packet. I used it to make the classic dip with sour cream. It was really good! Has an itty bitty bit of heat and a touch less of the beefy aspect of Lipton's rendition.

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                                                                                                                  ohmyyum Sep 15, 2013 02:23 PM

                                                                                                                  I brought some of the dip made with Greek yogurt to a small get together and it was a huge hit. I have never tried the Lipton's version so I can't compare but this one was very onion-y.

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                                                                                                                  toopie28 Sep 15, 2013 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                  NAY - TJ's Sliced Provolone Cheese - once again, 2 days after opening they are all moldy - will be bringing this back this time.

                                                                                                                  I used to buy it all the time and the same thing happened. The best before dates are weeks out. Yuck. It's actually stinking up my fridge despite being double wrapped - anyone know if I can just take a picture of the thing and get a refund that way?

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                                                                                                                    Rilke Sep 15, 2013 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                    Throw away the cheese and take back your receipt.

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                                                                                                                      RussTheRaccoon Sep 16, 2013 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                      Wrap it up good and stick it in the freezer. You want them to see and smell that nasty mess!

                                                                                                                    2. biondanonima Sep 15, 2013 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                      MEH - Burrata. For an American product made with cow's milk, it's not bad, but it's definitely not a substitute for a quality Italian product made with buffalo's milk. Also, the interior part tastes more like extra creamy cottage cheese than real burrata. Still, if it's all you can get, it's not bad, and the price can't be beat.

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                                                                                                                        alkapal Sep 17, 2013 04:45 AM

                                                                                                                        for some reason, i thought it was made with buffalo milk, but if it is just cow's milk….nahhh.

                                                                                                                      2. roxlet Sep 15, 2013 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                        Big nay for the Paula Red apples in Eastchester. They looked like they would be nice fall apples -- crisp and tart, but they were mealy with a slightly sweet taste. They made a pretty good apple sauce, but were definitely not good for eating out of hand.

                                                                                                                        Also nay for the purple plums. They were hard when I bought they on Thursday, and still like rocks today, on Sunday. Very disappointing.

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                                                                                                                          buzzardbreath Sep 15, 2013 05:39 PM

                                                                                                                          YAY for seasonal juice blends! I bought some Dixie Peach Nectar this summer and it is fantastic (I stocked up with half a dozen bottles). I used it to make a batch of Peach Pie "moonshine" (peach cocktail in a jar), and it received rave reviews. Now I am waiting for the apple cider to come in. Has anyone seen apple cider at TJ's? Just wondering as the nearest TJ's is 3 hours' drive away from me.

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                                                                                                                            ohmyyum Sep 15, 2013 07:14 PM

                                                                                                                            I overheard an employee tell a customer that the spiced cider was now "orderable." Not sure when that means it will be in, but it might be worth giving your TJs a call!

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                                                                                                                              buzzardbreath Sep 16, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                              Thanks! I will do that. I'd like to get my "apple pie in a jar" made so it will be nice and smooth by November. :-)

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                                                                                                                                pugsam Sep 16, 2013 11:35 AM

                                                                                                                                Share a recipe for that?

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                                                                                                                                  buzzardbreath Sep 16, 2013 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                                  It is basically a spiced apple liqueur/cocktail made with grain alcohol or inexpensive blended whiskey, depending on your preference. There are an abundance of versions, but the recipe I use with grain alcohol is called Dave's Apple Pie Moonshine from goodoleways.com website, and the whiskey version is called Apple Pie Boilo, the website for that one escapes my memory just now. (Your favorite search engine will be able to find it.) Not considered the classiest of beverages perhaps but definitely very tasty and you can put your own twist on it easily. :-)

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                                                                                                                                    pugsam Sep 16, 2013 12:35 PM

                                                                                                                                    Yum, and Thanks!

                                                                                                                                    According to Wikipedia, "Boilo is a traditional Yuletide or Holiday drink in the Coal Region of northeastern and east central Pennsylvania."

                                                                                                                                    Is that where you got into it?

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                                                                                                                                      buzzardbreath Sep 16, 2013 12:59 PM

                                                                                                                                      No, I'm from the West Coast and I admit I got interested in making it because a friend far from her home state of Minnesota was feeling homesick for some Apple Pie Boilo (her family makes it frequently as a tailgate party beverage in Autumn and Winter), so I made a batch for her. When I found out how simple and tasty it can be, it became a fun and novel gift and party drink that I can make in large quantities, jar it up, and have sitting on the shelf to use on a whim. :-)

                                                                                                                          2. meatn3 Sep 15, 2013 05:46 PM

                                                                                                                            I'd like to chime in about the Dijon mustard.

                                                                                                                            It has a bit of a kick! I don't care for it as a Dijon. But it is good used when I might choose a brown spicy mustard.

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                                                                                                                              chez cherie Sep 16, 2013 12:12 PM

                                                                                                                              meatn3--i agree that the Dijon when just opened is feisty. I wonder if you have noticed that once the jar has been opened, some mustard used, and stored in fridge, it mellows significantly in a matter of weeks. Sometimes when I want that kick, I buy a new jar, even though I have one already, because I find the difference so striking.

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                                                                                                                                Will Owen Sep 16, 2013 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                My late father-in-law was a mustard connoisseur - for a while he was the Western US importer of Pommery mustards - and he insisted that mustard needed to be as fresh as possible to have that sharp kick you're complaining about. That (plus the good cheap wines) was what sold him on Trader Joe's; he discovered that they would order the mustard from the Dijon factory only enough at a time so it would be as fresh as possible, which is why they sometimes run out. After he learned that he never bought any other Dijon.

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                                                                                                                                  cayjohan Sep 16, 2013 08:08 PM

                                                                                                                                  Trader Joe's Dijon mustard has grown on me like crazy. The first time I bought it, I thought I was engaging in trench warfare, but the really big, big pungent kick has really won me over. It's my favorite mustard for homemade mayonnaise by far.

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                                                                                                                                    GraceW Sep 16, 2013 08:50 PM

                                                                                                                                    Is this the Whole Grain Dijon or the one with White Wine?

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                                                                                                                                      cayjohan Sep 16, 2013 08:56 PM

                                                                                                                                      The one with White Wine.

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                                                                                                                                    meatn3 Sep 18, 2013 08:42 AM

                                                                                                                                    Interesting! I guess I've never had such fresh Dijon. I do like the TJ variety. The kick just caught me by surprise the first few times I used it since my tongue was expecting a different experience. There are some applications where I do want the mellower flavor. Luckily there's always room for one more condiment!

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                                                                                                                                      alkapal Sep 18, 2013 08:12 PM

                                                                                                                                      look for it this holiday season -- the four pack of flavored french mustards. very nice to have and to gift. i hope they have them this year. a great value.

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                                                                                                                                        Savour Sep 19, 2013 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                        That was pretty spectacular, with my favorite being the tomato mustard. It's amazing on turkey sandwiches, in salad dressing, etc.

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                                                                                                                                          cayjohan Sep 19, 2013 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                                          Oh, dang...just when I was getting the proliferation of mustards in my fridge under control! <grin> Do you recall the varieties? The tomato mustard that Savour mentioned sounds enticing.

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                                                                                                                                            Savour Sep 19, 2013 12:02 PM

                                                                                                                                            There was also a blackcurrant, a basil and a wine mustard.

                                                                                                                                            You can see the set here: http://www.amazon.com/Trader-Joes-Mus... (There seems to be a thriving market on Amazon for wildly overpriced aftermarket Trader Joe's items)'

                                                                                                                                            Chowhounders speculated that the mustards were in fact made by the French company Fallot.

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                                                                                                                                              cayjohan Sep 19, 2013 12:14 PM

                                                                                                                                              Thank you! This is going on the look-for list. The black currant mustard sounds like something I'd drool over, too. But: WOW, the price differential! 25 bucks versus 5.99? I'm thinking I'll cool my heels and watch for it to pop up at TJ's.

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                                                                                                                                                linguafood Sep 19, 2013 12:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                I found the blackcurrant mustard to be very sweet, so it might work better in a reduction -- say, for a venison loin or duck breast -- than in a vinaigrette (for which I use most of my mustards).

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                                                                                                                                                  Savour Sep 19, 2013 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                  If there's a flavor that particularly appeals, look for that flavor from Edmond Fallot. Those mustards are $5.00 a jar instead of $6 for 4.

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                                                                                                                                                    alkapal Sep 20, 2013 02:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                    black currant i used on a grilled ham sandwich, but probably cut with some mayo. i think my fave of all was the provencal version -- but they were all good. i wonder if they'll do different flavors this year…

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                                                                                                                                            opinionatedchef Sep 21, 2013 05:32 PM

                                                                                                                                            great story and th you!

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                                                                                                                                            meatn3 Sep 18, 2013 08:39 AM

                                                                                                                                            Mine has been open for a while but hasn't significantly mellowed...

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                                                                                                                                              chez cherie Sep 18, 2013 06:06 PM

                                                                                                                                              have you tried their sweet and hot mustard? might like that one better-i LOVE it in glazes, marinades and vinaigrettes. might be a bit milder?

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                                                                                                                                                alkapal Sep 18, 2013 08:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                how do you compare it with other sweet and hot mustards? i love this honeycup mustard, but it is a wee bit pricey (unless you get it on sale) http://mybrands.com/Brands/Honeycup/H...

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                                                                                                                                          valerie Sep 16, 2013 06:46 PM

                                                                                                                                          Yay: I recently tried, and liked, the Pizza Veggie Burgers. My normal veggie burger of choice is the original Gardenburger, but I really like these too. My kids even like these and my picky 7 year old son took one to school for lunch today (at his own request) and he actually ate it!

                                                                                                                                          1. Monica Sep 18, 2013 07:07 AM

                                                                                                                                            I tried their cookie dough they sell in their freezer section..I baked like 4 in my toaster oven last night. Loved them! Chewy, moist and butterly...yumm..

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                                                                                                                                              givemecarbs Sep 18, 2013 08:35 PM

                                                                                                                                              Oh good! I keep looking for that cookie dough. Maybe it's back in my store as well. Incredibly convenient to have around. Makes the whole house smell wonderful. Fun to doctor up too.

                                                                                                                                            2. pamf Sep 18, 2013 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                                              YAY - Dark Chocolate Nutty Bits

                                                                                                                                              Don't think I have seen these mentioned here before.

                                                                                                                                              They are bite-size (maybe two-bite) squares of mixed nuts held together with a little sweet glaze, but not enough candy to be considered a brittle or praline, and then half dipped in rich 60% dark chocolate. The package also promises a "hint of Fleur de Sel", but I would like a little more salt in these.

                                                                                                                                              Overall a very tasty little treat. SO brought these home and I have to remember save some to share.

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                                                                                                                                                alkapal Sep 18, 2013 08:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                those sound dangerously addictive.

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                                                                                                                                                pugsam Sep 18, 2013 05:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                A shout-out YAY! for one of those overlooked little things.....TJ's semi-sweet chocolate chips.

                                                                                                                                                We think they're much better than the national brands (Hersheys and Nestle), and at a very reasonable price.

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                                                                                                                                                  Monica Sep 19, 2013 06:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                  I think that's number one reason why most people shop at TJ. Better quality and better prices than most national brands.

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                                                                                                                                                    BigWoodenSpoon Sep 19, 2013 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Be on the look out for Chocolate Chunks as well as Peanut Butter Chips this "Holiday" season.

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                                                                                                                                                      GraceW Sep 19, 2013 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                      My goodness! Do you work there? How do you know such secrets?

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                                                                                                                                                        BigWoodenSpoon Sep 19, 2013 04:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Yup! 8 years at my local store. The things in the "Holiday Guide" this year are very exciting : )

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                                                                                                                                                          buzzardbreath Sep 19, 2013 04:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Thank you for the "secret"! "-) If the Chunks and the Peanut Butter Chips are as good as the Chocolate Chips, I will probably buy out the shelf. LOL ;-) I am starting my shopping list now! The best TJ's nearest to me is 3 hours away but I stock up when I get there so the trip is worth it. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                            GraceW Sep 19, 2013 06:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Yes, thanks for sharing! Hopefully the chunks taste as good as Enjoy Life chunks and hopefully they are more affordable.. even if they are not vegan.

                                                                                                                                                  2. Monica Sep 19, 2013 09:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                    TJ had thinly sliced beef...which I used to make Korean style bul go gi. It was good...but at $7.99 per lb, i wonder if it was a good value.

                                                                                                                                                    1. Will Owen Sep 19, 2013 01:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I want to thank those addicts who convinced me to try the Kimchi Rice. I had gotten a brief taste from the demo person one day, but it took serving this up with a nice mushroom/tofu stir-fry one night to cause Mr. and Mrs. O to look at each other in shock and say, "HOLY S**T, this is GOOD!!"

                                                                                                                                                      Mrs. O is dining with her girlfriends tonight, so I will see how well it goes with a lamb chop …

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                                                                                                                                                        pugsam Sep 19, 2013 01:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                        The Mrs. made a Korean beef stir fry the other night, using this as an add-in.

                                                                                                                                                        It rocked the house.

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                                                                                                                                                          Dommy Sep 20, 2013 10:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I love this idea... maybe with Tofu for us...

                                                                                                                                                          --Dommy!

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                                                                                                                                                          RetiredChef Sep 22, 2013 05:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I am one of the freaks that have been disappointed with TJ's prepared products, I think they have gone down hill over the past 10+ years BUT I will agree with you on the Kimchi Rice, this stuff is excellent.

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                                                                                                                                                          rynnyb Sep 20, 2013 10:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                          YAY:
                                                                                                                                                          soft-baked snickerdoodles
                                                                                                                                                          pumpkin ice cream – this is going to make a great affogato
                                                                                                                                                          pumpkin macarons – not cheap, but pleasantly surprised by the nice balance of almond/pumpkin.

                                                                                                                                                          has anyone tried the other pumpkin things? I spotted pumpkin pie, cheesecake, and rooibos.

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                                                                                                                                                            Monica Sep 20, 2013 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                            I wasn't a big fan of their pumpkin ice cream when I tried it last year. I love their macarons though.

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                                                                                                                                                              mcel215 Sep 20, 2013 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I loved the pumpkin ice cream last year..... funny how different people love or dislike the same item. :)

                                                                                                                                                              www.saffron215.blogspot.com

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                                                                                                                                                                RussTheRaccoon Sep 22, 2013 01:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I had mixed feelings about it but I'm not that big on pumpkin in general and am satisfied for a year with one slice of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving.

                                                                                                                                                                I did try the ice cream last year just because of the controversy that you are referring to but it tasted more like cloves or pumpkin pie spice than actual pumpkin to me. I enjoyed it, but it took a couple of weeks to eat it all and by the time I got to the bottom, I wasn't enjoying it so much and like the one slice of pie, one pint was enough to satisfy me for a year.

                                                                                                                                                                Probably I'll be tempted at some point this fall and get another pint anyway!

                                                                                                                                                                If you do like the pumpkin ice cream, try the mango sorbet with powdered cardamom sprinkled on it after an Indian meal.

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                                                                                                                                                              JulesNoctambule Sep 20, 2013 04:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Last year's pumpkin cheesecake lacked the distinct pumpkin flavour I hoped it would have. Not bad, but not impressive either.

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                                                                                                                                                                littleflower Sep 21, 2013 11:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Jules, I agree with your assessment on the pumpkin cheesecake - if you like pumpkin but don't want to be overwhelmed by it, then this one's for you. I personally really liked the mild pumpkin flavor it has - also agree with mcel215 about people's differing viewpts. on the same item!! :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                elise h Sep 20, 2013 08:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                New product-pumpkin croissants in the frozen section!

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                                                                                                                                                                  emily Sep 21, 2013 01:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Pumpkin croissants?! Must try...

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                                                                                                                                                                    chez cherie Sep 21, 2013 02:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    they have pumpkin seeds on the outside, but sadly, not very much pumpkin filling at all. disappointed--we'll stick the the fab plain and the uber-dangerous pain au chocolate.

                                                                                                                                                              3. GraceW Sep 20, 2013 10:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                NAY--Gluten Free Joe's O's. They sampled these in the store; granted I never liked Oreos to start, but they tasted like chalk-dust to me. I didn't even eat the second half.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Harts52 Sep 21, 2013 06:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Big NAY on the Fornari Potato Gnocchi. Comes in a plastic packet that stores on the shelf. Very quick and my grandsons love it sauteed in garlic butter with parm, but all that proves is their tastebuds need some work. This is the most revolting product I've ever purchased from TJ's. In the first place, they aren't gnocchi-shaped, they are miniature golf ball-shaped. They are gooey, chewy and disgusting and no, I didn't overcook them. I followed the directions to a T the first time (boil for 2 minutes after they float) and shortened the time by 30 seconds the next time. Still goo glue.

                                                                                                                                                                  They do have one very redeeming quality. IF you are trying to lose weight and IF you are seriously craving some Italian pasta-y goodness, this is definitely for you. After a couple bites, you'll be put off Italian for a while.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Rilke Sep 22, 2013 08:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Those were the first item I ever returned to TJ's -- years and years ago. I can't believe they are still there. I had purchased four packages and took three back; they credited me for the fourth as well. Really gross.

                                                                                                                                                                    My mom wouldn't even try them. She said frozen or fresh are the only acceptable forms of gnocchi. Right, as usual, Mom.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Cathy Sep 21, 2013 06:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Walked into the original (Pasadena) TJs at 8 a.m. and they were stocking the pumpkin spice coffee, which was sold out quickly the last few years; got three cans. Also grabbed the last box of pumpkin bar mix. Brussel sprout stalks are back, still only $2.99.

                                                                                                                                                                    All yays.

                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                      littleflower Sep 21, 2013 11:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      I like to mix the Pumpkin Spice with the French Roast - 1:1 ratio is perfect!

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                                                                                                                                                                        buzzardbreath Sep 22, 2013 04:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        That sounds delicious! I will have to try that. Pumpkin Spice Coffee is now on the shopping list with French Roast. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                      littleflower Sep 21, 2013 11:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Just a heads up everyone - if you like the Yellowfin Tuna in Olive Oil and you still see it on the shelves, you may want to grab a couple of extra. I am crushed that they have now discontinued it (I called and confirmed it with the store manager when I did not see a shelf space anymore for it).

                                                                                                                                                                      The manager said that they are working on replacing it with another similar canned tuna, but who knows if it is going to be as good of quality as the Yellowfin was?

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                                                                                                                                                                        RussTheRaccoon Sep 22, 2013 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        TJ's is changing to a different tuna source because of environmental concerns. The method the current supplier uses is very destructive to other species.

                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.traderjoes.com/about/custo...

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                                                                                                                                                                          littleflower Sep 22, 2013 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks RTR - now just crossing my fingers that it is as delicious as the one they pulled off the shelf! Good for TJ's though for trying to making the switch to more sustainable seafood.

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                                                                                                                                                                          John Francis Sep 22, 2013 03:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          I noticed that there was no yellowfin yesterday. Hope they find another source soon and that it's still as tasty as it has been.

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                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Oct 13, 2013 01:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Littleflower, your secret is out, I'm officially hooked on TJs. Another win/win 100% TJs combination - yellowfin tuna in olive oil, drained and mixed with Goddess dressing and Feta in brine! Thanks for the recommendation, the tuna is a nice treat.

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                                                                                                                                                                            pugsam Sep 22, 2013 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Yay! for TJ's Organic Sweetened Condensed Milk. One or two spoons of the stuff (to your taste) transforms ordinary java into a mellow Vietnamese coffee. And, compared to the ordinary supermarket versions in cans, this squeeze bottle is much more convenient and less messy.

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                                                                                                                                                                              cayjohan Sep 22, 2013 04:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Where in the store is that merchandised? I'm generally a hyper-efficient shopper who doesn't browse much, so I often miss things :(. A squeeze bottle of condensed milk sounds wonderful - although we love condensed milk in coffee as a dessert, I just hate chasing a can around the fridge. Sounds like a good solution.

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                                                                                                                                                                                pugsam Sep 22, 2013 05:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                I don't remember which section, but here's a photo I harvested from the internet: http://eatventures.files.wordpress.co...

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                                                                                                                                                                                  cayjohan Sep 22, 2013 07:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you! Nice to have a visual to look for.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  coney with everything Sep 23, 2013 05:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I think it's with the baking supplies, at least I've seen it there in the TJ's by me

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                                                                                                                                                                                    AmyH Sep 23, 2013 09:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    That's where I've seen it, too. Near the shelf-stable whipping cream.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      opinionatedchef Sep 23, 2013 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      shelf stable whipping cream, really? never heard of it! is it any good? long list of many- syllable ingreds?

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                                                                                                                                                                                        coney with everything Sep 24, 2013 05:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Not as good as fresh (duh) but it'll do in a pinch

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                                                                                                                                                                                          AmyH Sep 24, 2013 11:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          It works very well and I don't think it has a lot of other stuff in it. It's in that cardboard type box like their soups, but smaller.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Savour Sep 24, 2013 12:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            It's prettty common in Europe -- esp. Italy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              ccbweb Sep 28, 2013 01:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              It's brilliant and there's nothing funky in it. Cream and carrageenan.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                alkapal Oct 5, 2013 11:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                carageenan? why?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  EM23 Oct 6, 2013 07:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, now that’s an ingredient that I look to avoid. Good to know!

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                                                                                                                                                                                            carolinadawg Sep 26, 2013 08:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            TJ's here in Charlotte, NC only carry it during the "holiday season"...approximately Oct. - Feb. I'm looking forward to stocking up soon!

                                                                                                                                                                                            As an fyi, other grocery chains sell a non-organic, Nestle product in a squeeze bottle.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. cayjohan Sep 23, 2013 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Big YAY to the TJ's "Reduced Guilt" Spinach and Kale Greek Yogurt Dip. (n.b., I do not usually buy things to assuage my guilt, but this sounded good.) I generally make "dippy" things at home, but have *zero* time these days and this hit the spot. I wasn't particularly wild about the ingredient list (but nor was it egregious), as I tend to avoid gums, but the flavor made me happy enough to polish off 3/4 of a 16 oz. container in the past 24 hours. Nice texture, too, with the water chestnuts. Would definitely buy again.

                                                                                                                                                                                          YAY to all you TJ folks who have been singing the praises of the marinated mushrooms with garlic. You are all right.

                                                                                                                                                                                          I don't know as to the pesto Gouda we just purchased...I am not sure yet. We get in cheese ruts around here, and have been loving the 1000 Day Gouda, so I grabbed some of the pesto Gouda for variety. It's...odd. I think, perhaps, that I just might not like anything in my cheese than cheese. The pesto flavor is not really pronounced, and it doesn't seem to complement the Gouda flavor. Still, it's not *bad*. I guess, then, I should say my response is a MEH, although that's a slight overstatement.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. fldhkybnva Sep 23, 2013 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            As a renewed TJs fan, I'll join the game - I haven't tried much but...

                                                                                                                                                                                            Yay's:
                                                                                                                                                                                            Seaweed snacks
                                                                                                                                                                                            Garlic marinated mushrooms
                                                                                                                                                                                            Sardines in water
                                                                                                                                                                                            Canned no salt added plum tomatoes
                                                                                                                                                                                            Salute 21 seasoning - double Yay, this stuff is great
                                                                                                                                                                                            Full size turkey tenderloins
                                                                                                                                                                                            Pure cranberry juice

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                                                                                                                                                                                              littleflower Sep 23, 2013 06:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Yay fldhky...glad to see your renewed interest in TJ's!! Please do keep the yay/nays coming! I have yet to try the turkey tenderloins but these sound like they could be a quick meal idea soon...thanks for letting us know about it. Oh, and the apple/cranberry juice is excellent, too!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva Sep 24, 2013 05:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                I've become obsessed, I think I read all the Yay/Nay threads from 2013 last night. It's helpful since I find it hard to even browse in that store. Last week I nearly cried when I couldn't find the spices, then even when I asked and she pointed them out, I didn't realize until "oh the tiny shelf facing catty-corner in the middle of nowhere :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                I live on the cranberry juice because I love tart, bitter things and its great in water but also helps me regulate my water retaining issues...so I can eat more of the salty mushrooms haha

                                                                                                                                                                                                The only other place with turkey tenders which aren't enhanced with brine is wegmans and occasionally but the former splits them into skinny strips and the latter is twice as expensive. I definitely recommend them but I admit I quite enjoy turkey and chicken breasts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                My next trip is Friday so I'm sure I'll find way too much to buy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  ohmyyum Sep 24, 2013 02:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lol fldhky, you can't possibly mean you read through ~1600 posts last night.....?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva Sep 24, 2013 02:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've been known to be a fast reader. I usually read the man posts and if it seems like an extended discussion is occurring I move on. It was a pretty quick read, sort of like a romance novel :) There was also some insomnia involved so I was trying to pass the time somehow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    SO: ...or, she's just obsessed

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      littleflower Sep 26, 2013 05:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, I can believe it...from what I recall about fldhky from the time awhile back that I was on the home cooking board she is super intelligent and truly has a passion for good food, recipes, and quality products. We're lucky to have her share her knowledge here on this board now!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Sep 26, 2013 11:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Littleflower, thank you for the kind words. I hope my reading comprehension translates into some good buys tomorrow and a weekend of good eats. SO is gone for most of the weekend so it's just me, cooking will be my entertainment.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          ohmyyum Sep 27, 2013 07:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Please post about your "haul!"

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. cayjohan Sep 23, 2013 07:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh. My. An emphatic NAY on Trader Joe's Organic Mayonnaise. Leftover grilled chicken was destined for chicken salad tonight, and we decided to crack open the TJ's mayo we picked up yesterday. I'd seen some good reviews, was happy to see no canola oil (my palate and canola do not get along), and it was in a glass jar (another of my own "things"). Decided to taste before mixing into the chicken - so glad I did. I found it horrid, with a bitter aftertaste that lingered a long time. Did I get a bad jar? I've never returned anything to TJ's, but this one is going back-back-back. Yecccch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  littleflower Sep 23, 2013 09:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I can speak for the taste of TJ's Real Mayonnaise and say it's the best store bought mayonnaise that I have tried. I even like it a little better than Hellmann's (ingredients are a little more natural). I can't remember if it has canola oil in it though - I want to say that it does not but cannot confirm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I would call the store manager up and share your experience with the Organic Mayo and I am sure they will either let you exchange it for another kind or will give you your money back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Edit - As soon as I posted this I reread your entry and I think the Real Mayonnaise is in a plastic not a glass jar, so this may be a deal breaker for you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Savour Sep 24, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    At my store (Southern California) the Real Mayonnaise comes in a glass jar. I double checked, because there were some questions about this. It does have canola oil, but I don't usually like canola either, and I do like this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Rice Bran Oil is now my go to neutral cooking oil. So YAY to the Rice Bran Oil.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      cayjohan Sep 26, 2013 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      To littleflower and Savour: I think perhaps regionality of packaging and my own confusion was responsible for my mayo yech. I'd read reviews of the TJ's mayo, and found some enthusing about the glass jar packaging. In making my selection, I went with the organic, as that was the one in the glass jar in my market (Twin Cities, MN); the Real Mayonnaise was in a quart plastic jar, while the organic was in a pint glass jar. Glass v. plastic is not *really* a deal-breaker for me, but rather a preference - and pint-sized glass jars get a lot of storage play around here. The organic mayo is soybean oil; since I am generally a Hellman's gal, I went with that. (Didn't think to check the label on the Real quart; thanks for the heads-up on the canola, which can really ruin things for me.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sigh. Perhaps I am becoming just too enamored of my own mayo (I use grapeseed oil), but it's nice to have a jar of store-bought around for the odd small usage and the keeping quality. On the strength of your recommendations, and Savour's as a fellow canola-averse, I think I'll give the TJ's Real a whirl and see what I see. Thank you!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    wonderwoman Sep 26, 2013 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    very surprised to hear this. i've been using this because it comes in a pint (i live alone and don't use a lot of mayo) and it's glass, and i've always loved it. wonder if you got a bad batch?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      cayjohan Sep 26, 2013 02:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      That's what I was thinking (bad batch/jar), as this was beyond any just-don't-care-for-it-ness. So perhaps I jumped the gun on the blanket NAY, but am pretty sure I won't be buying it again. It rather surprised me, as I generally have found my Trader Joe's purchases to be (mostly) satisfactory at worst. Just brought this up with my husband (who also hated it), and he mentioned that the jar didn't "pop" when he opened it, so...might be a one-off bad experience. I'll certainly mention that fact to the store manager when we return it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Briek Sep 27, 2013 09:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        This is a little off topic.. but I recently made a homemade batch of mayo (my usual recipe that I've made a lot of times), and it tasted extremely bitter. I was suprised by this having made it so many times. I had to toss the entire batch, which was a sad sight. After some further research (aka googling), I found that olive oil (which is a component in my homemade mayo) becomes bitter if over-emulsified. I'm wondering if the organic mayo had any olive oil that became a victim of too much processing. End of story!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          littleflower Sep 30, 2013 05:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's actually good information to know - I had never heard of that before. Thank you for sharing with us, Briek! I would love to make my own homemade mayo someday but that is just one project that I have yet to tackle.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            linguafood Oct 1, 2013 08:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            It takes all of 5 minutes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Briek Oct 7, 2013 09:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Homemade mayo is delicious and super easy. I usually use a mix of walnut and olive oils and make it in the food processor. I might try walnut and grape seed next. That looks like a popular alternative to olive. I love the rich nut flavor that the walnut oil adds.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              alkapal Oct 5, 2013 11:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              i heard of that problem with over-emulsification of olive oil. i believe it was maria lorraine who posted about it on another thread.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                cayjohan Oct 5, 2013 12:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's true, in my book. I never use olive oil in my homemade mayo. Because of the bitterness issue. The TJ's said soybean oil (not my favorite either, but will capitulate), but I think it was just a bad experience. Grapeseed oil has been my favorite for homemade. No bitter flavor forward, and works nicely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                ETA: does TJ's sell grape seed oil? I haven't looked.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  chinchi Oct 5, 2013 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes, I purchase my grape seed oil from TJs

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    walker Oct 5, 2013 01:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I, too, like using grapeseed oil. I bought the rice bran oil at TJ and have only used it once, for pop corn .. great. Would it work in mayo, too?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal Oct 6, 2013 04:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    yes, tj's has grapeseed oil. it is my regular non-olive cooking oil. i think i'm going to try the rice bran oil next time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cayjohan Oct 7, 2013 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for the double recs on the TJ's grape seed oil. I've been buying the Grapeola grape seed oil and haven't been disappointed, but am always looking for oils that make us happy. Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've never used rice bran oil. Anyone care to give a yay or nay for the TJ's, as I think it's going on the list.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Savour Oct 7, 2013 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've been using it as my "neutral oil" since I hate the taste of canola and sunflower always seems to go rancid quickly. The rice bran has been great - i'm on my second bottle.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          buzzardbreath Sep 24, 2013 08:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          HUGE YAY for sure on the New Mexico Pinon Coffee. It is really smooth and has a smokiness to it and a nut-like flavor similar to hazelnut. Brings back memories of camping and campfires. Absolutely super with a splash of cream and a touch of sugar or honey. I hope this one is not a seasonal and hope it is still on the shelf when I go to TJ's in a couple of weeks. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. fldhkybnva Sep 24, 2013 09:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I know it's pretty darn easy to make at home but any thoughts on the bruschetta - the jar version, not the fresh refrigerated version.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              nikkihwood Sep 24, 2013 09:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              We like it - it's not too oily, and it's great for those occasions when you do not want to chop stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Briek Sep 27, 2013 09:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                We also like it. I agree that it's not too oily. Perfect for an easy appetizer. (We also like the one made with artichokes).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Harts52 Sep 24, 2013 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Did I say YAY for the organic coconut oil yet? It's very nice, although it does have a bit of a coconut flavor so it is not something you'd want to use for some things. I used it for scrambled eggs and they tasted just awful. I read somewhere that it could be used for a cream substitute in coffee and I drink my coffee black but thought I'd give it a whirl. I whizz it into my coffee with a stick blender and it imparts a very subtle coconut aroma (more aroma than taste) and it tends to make the coffee a little more mellow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva Sep 24, 2013 11:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I read about the spray earlier is that the one you're using? Since it tastes like coconut, I assume it's unrefined?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Harts52 Sep 24, 2013 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Not the spray. Here's a pic. Doesn't say anything about being refined on the label so...?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Savour Sep 24, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I use it as skin cream.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Harts52 Sep 24, 2013 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've read about this (just googling "coconut oil uses" gives tons of ideas. Question....if you use it at night, does it leave an oily residue on bedding?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Sep 24, 2013 01:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I use it for my hair and I think with skin it seem greasy but soaks in though I'm not sure how long that takes. Whenever I use it on my hair, I get many comments "oh wow you smell great, what is that?" I hesitate to say that I dipped into the kitchen cooking oil jar lol

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          geminigirl Sep 24, 2013 03:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Curious, do you use after wash, before blow dry, air dry, before bed, extra....I may dip into my jar this evening:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Sep 24, 2013 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I usually put it on before bed and wear a cap or something to keep the heat in then wash in the morning. I have very dry hair and have been known to just lather it on when the mood fits but it's pretty heavy stuff so I think a deep conditioning works better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mods it's semi-related and quick, here's a link http://www.howdoesshe.com/coconut-oil...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Savour Sep 24, 2013 04:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not any more than a regular moisturizer. And it tastes great. Have also used as a nursing cream instead of lanolin - 100% food safe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And it tastes good, too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Sep 24, 2013 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Good to know. I have a jar at home but since I use it for cooking and hair/skin it'll probably need to be replaced soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      AmyH Sep 24, 2013 01:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It definitely has a pronounced coconut flavor. OK in curries and I like it in cornbread, but I don't use it for much else. I probably won't buy it again when I'm done with my jar.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Sep 24, 2013 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I only use it for Asian-style dishes and popcorn, hair/skin, otherwise uh well it tastes like coconut which I don't want to taste 90% of the time. I've had my jar forever even as I use it for bathroom purposes as well that's how infrequently I use it in the kitchen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          coney with everything Sep 25, 2013 05:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've used it as a substitute for shortening in banana bread and it works quite well

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Harts52 Sep 25, 2013 05:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If the recipe calls for oil rather than shortening, would you bring it to the point where it's pourable? I get a laugh when I walk in my kitchen and see it is solid white or clear as a bell....as good as any other indicator that I might want a jacket when leaving the house!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Sep 25, 2013 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yea just heat or really when you mix it with anything it starts to melt. In summer in our house it's only semi solid.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Violatp Sep 26, 2013 02:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's fantastic in smoothies. I scoop out a tablespoon or so, zap it so it melts, and pour into the blender slowly while it's on. It imparts the best mouthfeel!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Would be especially amazing if you're making a tropical smoothie. Think pineapple, mango, banana, coconut. Wow!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Gio Sep 24, 2013 11:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yay X 2, but they're not new. Someone or two recommended the "Napa Cabbage Kimchi" and/or the "Southern Greens Blend" and we absolutely Loved both items. Both are preservative free so that's a positive plus. Both will be on our shopping list from now on. So, Thanks whoever mentioned these!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Sep 24, 2013 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love kimchi and am planning to try this out but it's gonna be hard to beat the stuff from H Mart but as I've learned before, I'll withhold judgment until I try it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gio Sep 24, 2013 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You won't find TJ's kimchi as spicy as you might like. There is a heat kick-back but not a pronounced amount of heat. Still we liked it in a recipe that was a quick braise with collard greens from this month's COTM. Then there's always T J's Sriracha or other hot sauce that I thought I'd have to use but didn't need to.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Monica Sep 24, 2013 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I was surprised to find that the kimchi they were selling was imported from Korea and not made here in US.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gio Sep 24, 2013 12:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm surprised to see you say that and I thought I read the package well. There's a new package in the fridge. I'll have to check. Thanks Monica!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. AmyH Sep 24, 2013 11:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The pumpkin stuff is back and there's more than ever!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Last night I picked up some of the pumpkin waffle/pancake mix, a box of pumpkin soup, a box of pumpkin cranberry scone mix, and some pumpkin toaster pastries. They also had pumpkin bar mix, pumpkin butter, pumpkin greek yogurt (which I tried last year and didn't like at all), "pumpkin walks into a bar", and I think some other things as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yay to the pumpkin toaster pastries! Nice pumpkin flavor with, in my opinion, just the right amount of filling and no overwhelming spices.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Savour Sep 24, 2013 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I would say a "meh" to the Pumpkin Bread Pudding (frozen section.) A little too sweet and not spicy enough for me, but it might just be that I don't like pumpkin as much as I think I do.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  AmyH Sep 24, 2013 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I didn't even see that. I was too dazzled by the huge shelf display of boxes, jars and cans. Thanks for the meh warning on the bread pudding. I probably would have bought it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  JulesNoctambule Sep 28, 2013 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The pumpkin version of the '...walks into a bar' bars is really good! I just finished one; lots of spices and pronounced pumpkin-y flavour with a hint of apple.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I also saw a pumpkin version of the frozen croissants, which I might pick up on my next trip (if they're still there).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal Oct 5, 2013 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i thought the pumpkin walks into a bar was gummy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Harts52 Sep 24, 2013 03:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  YAY for TJ Taco Shells - the best ever!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. coney with everything Sep 25, 2013 05:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A yay in our household for the Carolina Gold BBQ sauce. Don't care if it's authentic or not :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Sep 25, 2013 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What's the sweetness factor? I love a mustardy vinegary bbq sauce but many are still pretty sweet

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        coney with everything Sep 26, 2013 04:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I can't say in comparison to other mustard-based sauce, this is the first one I think I've ever bought. But I think it's pretty balanced.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. fldhkybnva Sep 27, 2013 05:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Here are my Yays and Nays for the week -

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nay:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wasabi Seaweed snacks - the regular are addicting, but the wasabi hit when you bite into these is not very enjoyable

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Undecided:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      St. Andre - it's pretty mild to me but I'm sure it'll go to good use
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kimchi - pretty good, similar to other jarred versions I've tried, it's great to pick up a quick batch though I do prefer the "homemade" at H Mart, don't worry it won't go to waste in my pickled-anything loving hands

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yays:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Caramelized onion cheese - super Yay this is great and nothing like that Yancey's cheese I've been eating which tastes like onion dip more than just pure caramelized onions

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Almond meal - super low price, I know I can make it at home but this is so much easier

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      California Estate Olive Oil - I was afraid to challenge my favorite California Olive Ranch Olive Oil but this stuff is fantastic!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Frozen artichokes - they were missing last week, but are back so I couldn't resist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I did spot a small shelf of pumpkin products creeping in but didn't take too close of a look. I have a tub of the Mediterranean hummus in the fridge from last week which I'm finally going to open tomorrow or honestly probably tonight for a snack so I'll report back on that soon but I've heard nothing but good things.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        littleflower Sep 30, 2013 05:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LOVE the frozen artichokes - excellent quality and we have used this quite often.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Sep 30, 2013 05:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm glad that they were actually not discontinued as I was told the week before. Just defrost and drain?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            littleflower Sep 30, 2013 10:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Isn't it great how easy they are to prepare? Yes, I just run them under water inside of a colander and drain. I then usually add a little extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, and S&P for a quick fresh side dish. Yum!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        chinchi Sep 28, 2013 09:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I recently moved to Davis from Los Angeles and was relieved to know there's a Trader Joes is in town. I've already noted regional differences. The biggest is the absence of my favorite bread, the Petit Pain Pascal. Instead, there is a whole wheat loaf dubbed the Petit Pain Pauline. The Pascal is an emphatic yay, but the Pauline is a meh. The bread is tougher, not just more dense or chewy. An inferior replacement.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gnomatic Sep 28, 2013 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I don't think that's a regional difference. The pain pascal disappeared earlier this year and was replaced by the pain pauline.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Maybe it's due to the acquisition of bay bread (rumored to be the source for the pain pascal) by Starbucks?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            chinchi Sep 28, 2013 05:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I was buying the Pain Pascal up until a few weeks ago in LA. Unless the change was very recent, perhaps a different baker took up operations in select areas.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Savour Sep 29, 2013 01:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I feel like I saw the Pascal yesterday in LA...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                chez cherie Sep 29, 2013 05:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i bought some pascal today in so ca.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. fldhkybnva Sep 28, 2013 11:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow, how did I forget to comment on that Dijon mustard! Oh my oh my, I love this stuff. I've just been nibbling on it with snacks, but it'll be in the star in some dish tomorrow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cayjohan Sep 28, 2013 12:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That is my absolute go-to mustard for homemade mayonnaise. It often shows up in vinaigrette and in chicken salad around here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. AmyH Sep 28, 2013 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yay: pumpkin biscotti. Nice flavor.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              littleflower Sep 30, 2013 05:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pumpkin biscotti??? I loved both almond and the chocolate biscotti so this is a must try for me. Thanks for the review on them, AmyH.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                AmyH Oct 1, 2013 07:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I hope you like them as much as I do, little flower! They are in a plastic tub like the chocolate hazelnut ones.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MirandaWright Sep 28, 2013 01:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              YAY: Five Seed Almond Bars. Loved these - very chewy, great flavor from the molasses and spices.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              YAY: Cranberry & Pumpkin Seed Pita Chips. My four year old picked these out and I was not expecting to like them as much as I did. They've got great sweet/salty thing going on.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                chinchi Sep 28, 2013 05:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for the heads up about the pita chips...they sound tasty!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. fldhkybnva Sep 28, 2013 05:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have to thank you all for your information on the return policy. I just happened upon my first experience with poor produce at TJs. I opened a bag of baby zucchini to find not one, but three rotting completely through. I was going to try to salvage and use the others but the grime all over was probably not a good sign of something OK to eat. Anyway, I took a picture but when I called they were so apologetic and told me to come in as soon as possible, receipt or not.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  littleflower Sep 30, 2013 05:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Just one of the many reasons why TJ's is where we get the majority of our groceries from! Love their no-hassle return policy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva Sep 30, 2013 05:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm tempted to also use it for a wedge of cheese which is just not getting along with me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. GraceW Sep 29, 2013 09:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  YAY--Trader Joe's salad with beets and chicken--God knows I wouldn't eat that chicken after the 'Just chicken' from TJ almost killed me once. But I liked the 2 types of beets (that were even separated from each other) and the 2 tiny tomatoes and the feta--since I have cheese pretty much never. It was a good combo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  YAY--Greeting Cards--I always stock-up on random ones.. Birthday, Anniversary, Thank-You, etc. I keep the pile in my desk-drawer at work.. so just in case I find out it is someone's birthday.. then it looks like I was prepared.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yay--Pumpkin Butter--I know this seems obvious.. but I don't like pumpkin.. so you might still try it if you don't like it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yay/nay--Petite Peas--I have forgotten to buy these for a long time now, but I used to keep them in my freezer to snack on... for some reason they don't taste as good or as petite (sorry, I know that sounds dumb, but when the adjective is in the title.. and they used to be small.. you would expect them to be that way).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nay--Cranberry butter--I LOVE cranberries.. so I was surprised that I didn't like this. I think it was either too sweet or too fake tasting. I don't know.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NAY--Angel food cake--Tasted like peppers? The package was cold.. so I am wondering if it was next to a shipment of peppers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Of course, I bough the garlic marinated mushrooms. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    John Francis Sep 29, 2013 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The frozen Petite Peas are still small and tasty here in Brooklyn. Maybe they were once even smaller and tastier, I wouldn't know.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      littleflower Sep 30, 2013 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You always have such great input to give, Grace! Absolutely agree on the greeting cards, and I will have to think about trying the pumpkin butter now because I like the flavor of pumpkin but do not want to be overwhelmed by it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Sep 30, 2013 05:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I would never think to even look for greeting cards, good idea. They can be an arm and a leg.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          GraceW Sep 30, 2013 08:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I detest the typical cards that yield eye-rolls due to ultra-sweet messages or greetings.. the cards at Trader Joe's are usually multi-purpose with greetings that never overwhelm the senses. For $1, they can be given to anyone and come across as 'nice.'--My personal favorite are the blank cards which work always and often include some seasonal varieties.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          *NEW CARD*--I did note also they already have an open-window type card.. where you can slip in a family-picture. I considered buying it. Then I remembered I am a household of one... but that would be something to get if you are only sending a few holiday cards and have children, dogs, cats, or some other creature that smiles.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          littleflower Oct 1, 2013 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Grace I think you were the one who started the extremely popular TJ's holiday items thread last year...any plans to begin a similar thread for this holiday season? :-) I know I am thinking ahead, but TJ's does start trickling out some holiday items (mainly Thanksgiving but occasionally a Christmas/Hannaukah one thrown in early for good measure) beginning this month.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            GraceW Oct 1, 2013 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks, Littleflower! I just posted one.. thanks for reminding me, and I am glad it was useful for others too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            TJ Seasonal/Holiday items 2013--
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918828

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              littleflower Oct 1, 2013 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Your thread last year was enormously useful for deciding which holiday items to try out! We're all set now...can't wait for the holiday roll-out to begin.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pwmfan Sep 29, 2013 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Trader Giotto's Italian Breadsticks with Olive Oil. If you like crunchy boxed breadsticks (and I do), you'll like these. Very tender crunch and no flavorings, which makes them ideal for savory or sweet dipping.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            coney with everything Sep 30, 2013 05:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            +1 on the breadsticks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              littleflower Sep 30, 2013 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ooh I haven't seen these before - these must be new! Where are they located in your store?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                coney with everything Oct 1, 2013 04:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I found them on the "new product" endcap

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bax Oct 1, 2013 08:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  At my store they were with the crackers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. linguafood Sep 29, 2013 11:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                YAY -- TJ's soft 10 grain bread. I'm not much of a bread eater (particularly pre-sliced, soft sammich bread), but my man is.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We used to get the whole grain or multi grain or whatevs it's called at Wegmans, but found it to be too sweet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This has no sweetness to it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. roxlet Sep 30, 2013 06:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yay to Half Baked rolls. These were surprisingly delicious -- nice and crusty with a good taste. I would definitely get these again, and I want to try the Half Baked baguettes now as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    littleflower Sep 30, 2013 10:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hi roxlet glad you found us here on this board! I have yet to try the half baked baguettes but thanks to your post about the half baked rolls, I now have them on what is quickly becoming a fast growing list of "must haves" from TJ's that I need to try! :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      roxlet Oct 1, 2013 06:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, I've been here for a while, but mainly lurking. My husband is not a big TJ's fan, so I don't shop there that much. However, my son is a big fan of what I'll call frozen snacks, but which are dinner for most people. He's a 17 year-old athlete, so he can eat quite a bit. Here are some more Yays of things he really likes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yay-arancini bites
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yay -Samosas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yay - some other kind of Indian turnover thingy whose name escapes me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And the one Yay from my husband (prior to the half-baked rolls) is the giant stuffed olives. They are the best martini olives ever. You get a cocktail and a snack all in one, lol!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cookfood Sep 30, 2013 06:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    had a few girlfriends and babies over for brunch this weekend-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    it was very trader joes themed haha. it was just so easy,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    but the croissants (almond, chocolate and pumpkin) got RAVE reviews. They were delicious I must say-take them out of the freezer let them proof, throw them in the oven....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    warm flaky tender. yum. these little treats might become friends with my freezer (not my waistline thought).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      littleflower Sep 30, 2013 10:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cookfood glad to hear they got such rave reviews - they always get such high praise here on this board!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        opinionatedchef Oct 5, 2013 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i too love the croissants.just remember, if they are in your frzr maybe 4-6 mos, they won't rise like they're supposed to.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          AmyH Oct 6, 2013 05:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You're not kidding, opinionatedchef! I just made some this morning from old and new boxes of chocolate ones (alongside some pumpkin and almond). I was surprised at just how little the old ones rose. The photos show the dramatic difference.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Monica Oct 7, 2013 09:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Are these in freezer section? the croissants i mean

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            AmyH Oct 7, 2013 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, they're in the freezer section. Just put them on a parchment lined baking sheet on the counter overnight so they thaw and rise, then bake in the morning.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Monica Oct 7, 2013 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              will this try weekend, thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          littleflower Sep 30, 2013 10:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Just started a new thread for October - let's continue the discussion over here!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918730

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            pugsam Oct 6, 2013 05:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yay! for TJ's Moisturizing Cream Shave, for men and women. Smoothes and soothes the sensitive epidermis.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Monica Oct 7, 2013 09:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That doesn't sound so appetizing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sdimon Oct 13, 2013 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the pumpkin pie ice cream with candied pecans and whip cream is amazing!

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