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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - March 2014 [OLD]

Springing right along into March! There's more snow and rain storms ahead for many of us but hopefully spring will soon arrive with all of its sunshine, hopping rabbits and blooming flowers. No worries, there's still plenty to enjoy before then - Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's Day, among the usual everyday delights and celebrations.

What items have you tried recently and would you rate them a YAY or NAY?

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  1. YAY: Fresh Carrot Juice - I really enjoyed TJ's brand a lot because I find it a little sweeter than some other brands that I have tried. Very refreshing!

    SMALL YAY: Greek Yogurt Honey Flavored - I liked this flavor but do prefer the apricot mango just a little bit more.

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    1. re: littleflower

      I just tried the Carrot Juice because of you and it was delish - Thx

    2. Tom Yum soup has become a regular for me. Its broth/coconut milk base is actually flavored perfectly. It doesn't need any doctoring. If I have them around, I do add protein and veggies w/ TJ chicken cilantro wontons or shredded leftover chicken or seafood, and some sliced snow peas. WOW!

      Kai Soi- which I treat as a soup: Great but too sweet, so i add some strong chicken stock and 1-2 limes' juice, and the same add-ins as above.

      The only negative about these 2 products is that they are very high in sodium. around 1000 mg for the first one and 800 for the second. bummer.

      The Japanese Rice(frozen) makes a great companion to the above soups, particularly if you stuff it into Inari pockets (fried tofu).

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      1. re: opinionatedchef

        Is the Tom Yum soup frozen, fresh refrigerated, canned, a dried mix ???

          1. re: opinionatedchef

            There is coconut milk in the tom yum??

        1. re: opinionatedchef

          Tom yum or tom kha? Tom yum usually doesn't have coconut milk in it, no?

          1. re: opinionatedchef

            Must admit I just had the Tom Yum soup for lunch, and it was a MEH at best, actually closer to a NAY. The flavor wasn't bad, but it seriously lacked heat, and the very large amount of inedible lemongrass slivers made it a pain to eat. I'll not but it again. Although I like many of the TJ's soups (the canned lentil soup from Germany is a favorite), I've not found an Asian soup at TJ's that's ever decent...the pho is especially awful.

          2. It's an evil store. Evil, evil, evil.

            I *had* a small list of stuff I needed to get (Grade B maple syrup, applewood smoked bacon, #2 cone coffee filters, fresh haricot verts, and other regular grocery items).......

            .....and I walked out $85 poorer. EVIL, I tells ya! And it's all your fault! :-P

            YAY - 6 oz. baked pita chips with sea salt ($1.99). Which of course meant I needed to go back and get some of their roasted garlic hummus (also a YAY, but I think most people know that).

            The chips are not salty, which I was concerned about. They work perfectly with the hummus (just had a Scooby Snack). This will be a good snack at work. Wish I had picked up some more bags of the chips.

            Based on recos on the Feb 2014 thread, I also picked up the dukkah, the porcini & truffle triangoli (as well as the butternut squash triangoli), sweet canned corn, Greek honey yogurt, garlic-mustard aioli sauce, and crushed/no salt tomatoes - as well as the British English muffins to try out and compare against Thomas's and Bays. And some other things I'll Yay/Nay once I've tried them.

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            1. re: LindaWhit

              I tried the applewood smoked bacon again and LOVE it! Great price at $3.99, and it cooks up perfectly crisp which is how I like it on my microwave bacon dish. Delish!!

              1. re: littleflower

                Do you nuke the bacon at full power, or lower and slower?

                1. re: pugsam

                  Pugsam, I microwave it at full power. I put two slices in first for 2 min. then 30 seconds continuously until desired crispness. I like mine very crisp and take it out right before it starts to blacken. YUM!

              2. re: LindaWhit

                Lucky for you, $85 at Trader Joes goes a long way! Now if this was a Whole Foods thread and you said $85, I'd know that you probably only walked out with tomatoes, a lemon and maybe some rice or something.

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  this is off topic, but you are my favorite poster lindawhit!

                  1. re: kewpie

                    ME? I'm not sure what I did to deserve such accolades, but thanks, kewpie! :-)

                  2. re: LindaWhit

                    Those butternut squash triangoli are really good. Do them with browned butter & Sage with a grate of nutmeg.

                  3. Meh - Andouille chicken sausage, not bad just milder than I expected and not very smoky

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                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                      That Andouille chicken sausage works very nicely in a jambalaya.

                      1. re: AmyH

                        Thanks, I have some red peppers and that's what the rest of it is destined for. I just mixed it into scrambled eggs this morning.

                        1. re: AmyH

                          It's a Yea for me. That's how I use it, and in other New Orleans/Louisiana cooking. But since it's fairly mild (though still has some kick or it wouldn't be andouille), I sometimes eat it plain, and it's very tasty.

                      2. YAY - Salsa Autentica, thanks for all of the recommendations. I finally tried it tonight and it's very good, just as described.

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                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                              I just tried the Salsa Autentica (based on recommendations here) and the Salsa Verde and liked them both a lot.

                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                Is the Salsa Autentica in the refrigerated area? Or on the shelves? Thanks!