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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).

      6 Replies
      1. re: opinionatedchef

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

        1. re: josephnl

          frozen,

          Tom Yam, sorry.

          1. re: opinionatedchef

            There is coconut milk in the tom yum??

            1. re: linguafood

              yes, coconut milk in tom yam.

        2. 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.

                    1. re: MissBubbles

                      Yes, I thought those were delish.

                  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

                          BEST SALSA!

                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                            One of our faves

                            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!

                                1. re: Val

                                  On the shelves, above the chips.

                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                    thanks very much!

                              2. Yay: the Pretzel Thins are really good. Like a cross between a pretzel and a chip. I got the plain ones, but they also have an everything version.

                                Also, my son says the chicken noodle soup in the box is pretty good. He thought it was better than canned.

                                7 Replies
                                1. re: AmyH

                                  The chicken soup in the box (NOT canned) is the only kind we keep on hand. Needs a dash or two of salt added to taste- the chicken pieces are good quality white meat chicken. Just noticed today that they also have a boxed beef and barley soup, I wonder if it's as good as the chicken noodle...

                                  1. re: littleflower

                                    Is that different from the chicken broth in the box? The free-range CB is a standby, not the low sodium version which is flavorless and a waste. But if there's also a chicken soup with chicken pieces in a box, I've never seen it at my local TJ's. I'll ask about it.

                                    1. re: John Francis

                                      Yes, this is a chicken noodle soup with pieces of chicken, noodles, carrots, etc.

                                  2. re: AmyH

                                    I can't get pretzel thins. My cat won't let me be if she notices that I am eating them.

                                    1. re: AmyH

                                      Those pretzel thins are amazing!! I love the everything flavor and how you get so many per serving!

                                      1. re: Ttrockwood

                                        I'm going to have to try the everything flavor. I really love the plain ones.

                                        1. re: AmyH

                                          I actually just had some with hummus (delicious combo) for a snack!

                                    2. I was at the Burlington, Ma., store last night and wondered if anyone can help me with an answer.

                                      They were sampling a Chicken Broccoli Slaw Salad and I didn't pay attention to the product much, so I don't know what they used as the dressing.

                                      I know it was the broccoli slaw, cubed, cooked chicken and a dressing. I am guessing if I say it was Tahitian.

                                      I was telling a friend about it and she wants to make it. Anyone else try it and see the ingredients they used? tnx.

                                      A yay to Reduced Guilt Potato Chips. They taste just like Cape Cod chips. If you like a thicker chip, you'll like this product.

                                      And another yay for the Duo Quinoa mélange. It's a nice side dish and very easy to prepare in he microwave.

                                      Oh and an FYI: I was looking for some popping corn and they told me it has been back ordered because there is a nationwide shortage of popcorn.

                                      www.saffron215.blogspot.com

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                                      1. re: mcel215

                                        I think they sell broccoli slaw and the dressing might have been the Green Goddess Tahini dressing.

                                        1. re: mcel215

                                          http://www.fooducate.com/app#page=pro...

                                          1. re: emily

                                            Thanks to both of you. I know each item is sold separately and while I can most liked find the broccoli slaw and the chicken, it's the dressing that I need to ask about.

                                            I think I'll give them a call. :) Thanks though!

                                            www.saffron215.blogspot.com

                                            1. re: mcel215

                                              Well, if it's the product I linked to (which is a favorite of mine), the salad and dressing come packaged together and here are the ingredients for the dressing:
                                              sweet & spicy vinaigrette: mayonnaise (expeller pressed canola oil, whole eggs, filtered water, honey, distilled vinegar, sea salt, mustard [distilled vinegar, water, mustard seed, salt], lemon juice concentrate), invert syrup [water, cane sugar, cream of tartar], water, cider vinegar, salt, cane sugar, stabilizer [modified cornstarch, cellulose gel and gum, xanthan gum], cultured dextrose [for added freshness], chili powder, cayenne pepper.

                                              Doesn't sound like the dressing is sold separately, but maybe you tried a different product.

                                              ETA - TJs does sell a separate "broccoli slaw" so I'm guessing that's what you had and they added a TJ's dressing to it.

                                              1. re: emily

                                                "broccoli slaw" + Green Goddess or maybe that awful hummus dressing

                                                1. re: emily

                                                  Emily,
                                                  I called the store and they told me it was:

                                                  Frozen, pre-cooked chicken strips (cubed)
                                                  Broccoli slaw, sold in refrigerated produce section
                                                  Peanut dressing, sold in the refrigerated section.

                                                  Thanks though! :)

                                                  www.saffron215.blogspot.com

                                            2. re: mcel215

                                              I'm thinking they were sampling the prepared salad that emily linked: Trader Joe's Broccoli Slaw & Kale Salad with White Chicken Meat. One of my favorites!

                                              You can always confirm with the crew member/cook on your next trip. They are usually happy to help!

                                              1. re: chinchi

                                                Thats the one thing I can say for sure about TJs, the people working there are quite helpful. I was lost in the wine section of TJs in SF, and a woman working there gave us some suggestions that my wife and I really loved.

                                              2. re: mcel215

                                                whole foods has plenty of popcorn available in their bulk food section.

                                                1. re: westsidegal

                                                  That's also where I buy popcorn and it doesn't seem to be running out.

                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                    Earth Fare has the organic as well, but I hope TJ gets it stocked back again, more convenient location for me.

                                                2. re: mcel215

                                                  I just bought some organic popcorn kernels in the bulk bins at Whole Foods. Great price at around 1.50/pound. In fact, I popped some up tonight as a snack. Delicious!

                                                  1. re: mcel215

                                                    "There is a nationwide shortage of popcorn" -- okay, that made me laugh. Nice try, Trader Joe's employees, but so much easier to get away with if your customers never, ever shop anywhere else. At our TJ's they just said, "We're out, don't know when we're getting it back". That was months ago.

                                                  2. I'm way more excited than I should be that I went to Trader Joe's for the first time in almost 2 years today. They finally opened about 2 weeks ago, and I was going to wait awhile but my friend and I decided to go on a whim. It was pretty much a shit show, and we had to park 2 blocks away, but I was happy to see some old favorites. It was so crowded I didn't really get a chance to peruse, and they were out of some items, but considering I spent $43, I still did OK. I bought some old favorites and some items I had read about on here, so here's what I got:

                                                    Tomato Basil Marinara
                                                    Whole Wheat Fusilli Pasta (old favorite)
                                                    Fussili, orzo, and orechiette pasta. (I remembered after I got home that I didn't like the orechiette that much, sticks together)
                                                    Rice multi-grain blend with veggies (never had but my mom said it's good and it's easy to heat up in single servings)
                                                    Poutine (never had)
                                                    Tarte D'Alsace (never had, read rave reviews here!)
                                                    Malange a Trois Pepper Blend (never had)
                                                    Breaded chicken tenderloins (used to be a staple in my diet haha!)
                                                    Chicken Tikka Masala (mixed reviews here, we'll see how it is)
                                                    10oz bag of sliced mushrooms
                                                    Chicken & Turkey Pesto Sausage (never had, but they were out of my beloved spicy italian chicken sausage so I thought I'd try this)
                                                    Pizza dough
                                                    Monterey Jack cheese sticks (old favorite)

                                                    I'm hoping next time I go it'll be during a quieter time so I can peruse things like the salsas, and see if they have some other old favorites.

                                                    Also, my friend bought the cookie butter. I am very glad that I did not buy my own jar. It was amazing.

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                                                    1. re: juliejulez

                                                      About the Tomato Basil Marinara: I bought it after seeing this post. OMG where's the basil? It is so heavily oregano that it's almost inedible, although I'm going to try to pass it off tonight on top of homemade pizza with LOTS of cheese, and some pesto sauce I just made. Oh well.

                                                      1. re: coll

                                                        We really like the Traditional Marinara in our house. I add fresh basil usually.

                                                        1. re: coll

                                                          Coll, I am guessing that you are not referring to the ORGANIC basil tomato marinara. It tastes very much like fresh basil and I don't notice the oregano. Not sure why they have so many different similar kinds of pasta sauce.

                                                          1. re: RussTheRaccoon

                                                            Ah, you are right! Anyway I blended some pesto and ricotta and spread it on the crust under the sauce and mozz and it was fine.

                                                          2. re: coll

                                                            I'm a huge fan of TJ's vodka sauce.

                                                        2. NAY- Chicken Shumai. weird rubbery texture to the chicken filling. WIll not buy again

                                                          YAY- CHicken cilantro Wontons. Much preferred for our dumpling fix

                                                          Just picked up a package of black garlic on my weekly TJ's shopping trip. This is a new item to me. We love all things garlic and I knew I had recently been reading about black garlic. Haven't used it yet, and now that I have it home I'm not sure what to do with it. I was thinking about just slicing it on pizza? Or adding to vinaigrette? ANyone have experience with this product? Would love any suggestions about best uses.

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                                                          1. re: greeneggsnham

                                                            I wasn't a fan of the black garlic but I know some are. I've read it's really good in a vinaigrette.

                                                            1. re: greeneggsnham

                                                              We bought a package of the black garlic recently. Mixed it with mushrooms, some herbs and shallots and threw it all on top of some pasta. It was pretty good but it didn't have a very strong garlic flavor to us. It was more like the fermented black beans we use in Chinese cooking. But we did like it in combination with mushrooms.

                                                              1. re: greeneggsnham

                                                                I think your ideas are perfect. I always describe it as tasting like balsamic vngr. good on the side w/ a roast too.

                                                                1. re: greeneggsnham

                                                                  Ditto Nay Chicken ShuMai - we tossed after 2 bites but the Pork Shu Mai is a YAY!

                                                                2. Yay
                                                                  1) Organic Polenta
                                                                  2) Unpasteurized Orange Juice
                                                                  3) Raw Milk Parmesan Cheese
                                                                  4) Any Raw Milk Cheese
                                                                  5) Organic Relish
                                                                  6) Frozen food Pad See Ew
                                                                  7) Unfiltered Olive Oil
                                                                  8) Organic Corn Chip Dippers - OMG they are so good!

                                                                  Nay - Anything made with Canola Oil

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                                                                  1. re: chezron

                                                                    the pad see ew is wide rice noodles and beef? they handle being frozen o.k.? would you let me know what the sodium is on that if you have a pkg, ch? thank you.

                                                                    1. re: opinionatedchef

                                                                      If its the same pack I have its just the frozen wide noodles, sauce, and 3 little packets of carrots, tofu and I want to say its either water spinach or mustard greens - some dark green leafy but stem-y asian vegetable.

                                                                      Personally even though I like tofu I wasn't a fan of the flavor of that Tofu and the last two times the green was way too fibrous to truly enjoy, very stringy, and after chewing it awhile I just didn't want to chew it anymore. I've taken to stir-frying some fake crab along with a few extra mushrooms, the noodles sauce and carrots and enjoying it like that. I know, slightly wasteful.

                                                                      1. re: Ariadanz

                                                                        I love the Chinese Broccoli in the Pad See Ew.

                                                                        Do you know what is IN Fake Krab? The pulverized, rubbery remains of a bunch of random fish and a bunch of chemicals, plus MSG, injection-molded into a crab leg shape and dyed red. "Alaska Pollock, Water, Egg Whites, Wheat Starch, Sugar, Corn Starch, Sorbitol, Contains 2% or Less of the Following: King Crab Meat, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Extracts of Crab, Oyster, Scallop, Lobster and Fish (Salmon, Anchovy, Bonito, Cutlasfish), Refined Fish Oil (Adds a Trivial Amount of Fat) (Anchovy, Sardine), Rice Wine (Rice, Water, Koji, Yeast, Salt), Sea Salt, Modified Tapioca Starch, Carrageenan, Yam Flour, Hydrolyzed Soy, Corn, and Wheat Proteins, Potassium Chloride, Disodium Inosinate and Guanylate, Sodium Pyrophosphate, Carmine, Paprika."

                                                                        It is basically fish garbage, colored and flavored, with MSG and other chemicals added.

                                                                        1. re: chezron

                                                                          I don't like krab, but it's really no worse than crab. Do you know what crabs eat?

                                                                          1. re: chezron

                                                                            Lately the packs I've gotten the green was all fibrous stems, no nice tender leaves unlike previous packs. So while I enjoy the taste, I simply can't get it to go away when I'm chewing it (think celery strings).

                                                                            As for the Krab - Yep, quite aware what's in it. But regretfully the budget isn't letting us buy very much if any real fish, let alone real crab, and frankly meat's looking pretty scarce here also. When it goes on sale I pick up a pack or two because it keeps awhile in the fridge, tastes ok, and unlike many pre-packaged foods doesn't seem to trigger my migraines despite the msg etc. And frankly it scares me a lot less then pretty much all ground beef except for the ground fresh daily in store kind I can't afford.

                                                                            1. re: Ariadanz

                                                                              Yes, I would agree with you on that. I won't eat beef anymore. I definitely wouldn't even consider eating the kind of pre-ground mass-produced beef that comes from the grocery store. Prion disease, deadly bacteria, etc.

                                                                        2. re: opinionatedchef

                                                                          It is wide rice noodles and tofu, and vegetables with a soy-based sauce. I usually have some homemade grass-fed beef bone broth and tallow I use instead of the sauce. The sodium listed on the package is 390 with 5 servings. No way do you get 5 servings! I DO add sliced beef sometimes.

                                                                      2. I, too, asked about the popping corn and received a similar response.

                                                                        1. I, too, asked about the popping corn and received a similar response.(this is in reply to mce|215, but looks like it is going to respond to the original post ; I intermittently encounter this problem).

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                                                                          1. re: Pwmfan

                                                                            Thanks Pwanfan!

                                                                            www.saffron215.blogspot.com

                                                                            1. re: Pwmfan

                                                                              I have been asking about popcorn for about six weeks now but the employees at my TJ's are completely clueless and either don't know where it is supposed to be or say it's out of stock.

                                                                              Today I was trying to find the little Japanese rice crackers and couldn't even make her understand what they are. Described all the shapes, the packaging, the seaweed wrapped ones, etc. She had no idea what I was talking about.

                                                                              1. re: Pwmfan

                                                                                As an aside about TJ's popping corn, I've had the microwave bags torch the inside of a microwave (following the package directions), and the loose kernels catch fire on a stove top (in a different kitchen, mind you).

                                                                                They would recall these items if this was a common thing, but I do take pause when I read discussion over TJ's popping corn.

                                                                              2. YAY - roasted garlic salsa, another salsa win! I'll be keeping a jar of this salsa and the autentica stocked at all times.

                                                                                1. Meh/Nay: The Irish Bangers. Just not a lot of flavor, and the flavor they have was a bit plasticky.

                                                                                  I'm usually a big yay on the raw bratwurst (formerly Hofbrau Brats) but the last few batches I've bought have been gristly.

                                                                                  Yay: Frozen Grass Fed Steak.

                                                                                  1. i snagged the last packet of pork belly on Sunday at my TJs (they said the warehouse was out too - horrors!). i'd heard others here complain that it didn't have much flavor, but i made a glaze of gochujang, blood orange juice, dark soy, brown sugar, lime juice and granulated garlic, and it was just delicious. i'd like it fattier, actually, but it was still really good and i'll get it again (assuming they'll be getting more!).

                                                                                     
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                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                      Woo hoo! Very nice photo there, Maria Carmen.

                                                                                      1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                        Wow -- looks excellent! I got a package of that pork belly, too, and might make some before my gig tonight :-)

                                                                                        Is the HUGE photo a new thing on CH?

                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                          Yup. Just implemented last night. Just noted it on the latest WFD thread as well.

                                                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/967551

                                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                            Weird.

                                                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                                                              yeah, I actually think it's a bit much....

                                                                                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                I wholeheartedly agree, very big though it is a lovely picture

                                                                                        2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                          Wow...gorgeous plating.

                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                            GREAT PHOTO!...and the recipe to go along with that.........??????

                                                                                            1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                              thanks! i just winged it. mixed the ingredients above together, a little of each, and then brushed the belly after it was cooked but still hot. think i stuck it back under broiler after glazing.

                                                                                          2. YAY - TJ's breaded frozen cod filets. Made several last night, along with a homemade tartar sauce (mayo, pickle relish, salt, pepper, pinch of dried thyme).

                                                                                            They were crispy-crunchy on the outside, a mild-flavored fish on the inside. I like the coating, as it's type of battered fried fish vs. a breadcrumb type of coating.

                                                                                            Served it with rice & peas alongside, and it satisfied a childhood memory.

                                                                                            Will I have them regularly? No. But it makes for an easy, quick dinner when my brain refuses to come up with something to eat.

                                                                                             
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                                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                              looks like the proper fish for a Lenten fish sandwich!

                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                Try the breaded frozen cod filets (or any similar) with TJ;s Sweet Chili Sauce as a dip. It makes any old fish stick taste like something good at a Thai restaurant. When you look for it, it comes in a slender bottle and costs $1.29.

                                                                                                1. re: Querencia

                                                                                                  Ahhh, that sounds very good! I saw the Sweet Chili Sauce on the shelves; have to see what I have in my cabinets and fridge - I *may* have already purchased this item.

                                                                                                  1. re: Querencia

                                                                                                    That sweet chili sauce is also excellent with the frozen mini chicken tikka samosas.

                                                                                                2. NAY: Dark Chocolate Honey Mints. I love dark chocolate, but these unfortunately have an extremely bitter finish that just doesn't work for me. I really like the mint part, and of course I'm going to eat the whole bag, but I won't be buying again.

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                                                                                                  1. re: aching

                                                                                                    Have you tried the dark chocolate covered ginger or pomegranate seeds?

                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                      No, I haven't - but I love ginger, so I should!

                                                                                                      1. re: aching

                                                                                                        It's insanely addicting and I don't even really like chocolate :)

                                                                                                        1. re: aching

                                                                                                          The dk choco ginger is really amazing- i have a chunk or two as dessert most evenings!

                                                                                                          1. re: aching

                                                                                                            The ginger is insanely good

                                                                                                            1. re: Kalivs

                                                                                                              They were out when I looked for it this weekend - damn!

                                                                                                          2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                            +1 for the chocolate covered pomegranate seeds!

                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                              I love candied ginger and dark chocolate both, so I got the dark chocolate-covered ginger the other day, but they are meh for me. The chocolate is dry and chalky and not particularly flavorful and the ginger tastes like stale powdered ginger.

                                                                                                              I have had fresh chocolate-covered ginger from a chocolate shop and enjoyed it, but the TJ's version just seemed cheap and stale to me.

                                                                                                              It would be easy to just coat the candied ginger in melted Pound Plus chocolate and that would probably be much better, though a lot more trouble.

                                                                                                            2. re: aching

                                                                                                              I love the honey mints!

                                                                                                              1. re: RussTheRaccoon

                                                                                                                Do you taste the bitterness I'm talking about?

                                                                                                                1. re: aching

                                                                                                                  The chocolate coating is unsweetened. I like it, and think it's a nice foil to the sweetness of the honey, but it's definitely a distinctive taste.

                                                                                                                  1. re: aching

                                                                                                                    Yes, but I like bitter chocolate and the honey is too sweet anyway, so together they make my mouth happy! I would like it even if there were no peppermint. I can understand you not liking it, though.

                                                                                                              2. YAY! - Butternut Squash Triangolini. I made a sherry-cream sauce to go with with a pinch of minced fresh rosemary.

                                                                                                                Pasta is firm with a nice bite; well filled with the butternut squash filling.

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                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                  I really liked the truffle porcini triangolini, too. The truffle wasn't overpowering, which I feared.

                                                                                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                    I got a package of that as well, lingua! LOL

                                                                                                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                      Good call!

                                                                                                                2. I echo LindaWhit's wise words "It's an evil store. Evil, evil, evil." I seriously can't believe that just months ago I thought this store was useless. I bought a few new items today that I'm excited to try including frozen stir fry veggie mix, Irish Porter cheese, sliced Fontina cheese, Cruciferous shredded veggie mix. But, for now...

                                                                                                                  YAY - Albacore tuna packed in water with no salt added. I eat tuna daily (yes, I know my brain is turning into a heavy metal wasteland) and love the Whole Foods no salt added variety but it has mysteriously disappeared. Similar to the canned wild salmon, the tuna seems to be the same product as sold at Whole Foods.

                                                                                                                  I still couldn't find that darn herb butter, but forgot to ask.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                    If you want a truly evil cheese, try the English cheddar with caramelized onions. Extremely evil...and unfortunately it tends to evaporate in the frig and thus disappears very quickly!

                                                                                                                    1. re: josephnl

                                                                                                                      That cheese is downright satanic!! Almost as demonic as the Cotswold with chives.

                                                                                                                      1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                        I live Cotswold, soooo good in eggs.

                                                                                                                      2. re: josephnl

                                                                                                                        I've tried it and it's too sweet for me but I am in love with a different version sold at Wegmans.

                                                                                                                      3. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                        Because of raving here, I found the herb butter and tried it but the texture is funny. It tastes ok on roasted potatoes but I doubt I'll buy it again.

                                                                                                                        1. re: walker

                                                                                                                          I got the garlic herb butter and used it to make garlic bread. We thought it was very tasty and much better than that fake stuff they use on the grocery store garlic bread. Once it's melted the texture isn't an issue.

                                                                                                                          1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                            I finally figured out the garlic herb butter mystery. I couldn't find it in my store because apparently it's a special-order only item. I thought I'd let others know in case they are looking for it as well.

                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                              I hope you asked them to order it for you!

                                                                                                                          2. re: walker

                                                                                                                            is it made in ireland (i.e., made by kerrygold)?

                                                                                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                              It's not the kerrygold herb butter. I asked on a prior thread.

                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                OK, just wondering. that kerrygold stuff is good, so i just wondered. it is pricey, though.

                                                                                                                        2. NAY - sliced Fontina

                                                                                                                          It might be a MEH, but I definitely wouldn't buy it again. It'd probably be great used in a larger dish for its melting properties but for me it's too mild.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                            I agree.

                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                              just curious- have you had other fontina that was not meh? for ex., Val d'aosta has a brown thin wax coating...

                                                                                                                              1. re: opinionatedchef

                                                                                                                                Yea, love Fontina Val d'Aosta. For some reason I had hopes the slices would be similar but given my craving now I plan to pick some up this morning.

                                                                                                                                1. re: opinionatedchef

                                                                                                                                  We like the standard domestic Fontina just fine for melting over things.

                                                                                                                              2. Yays:
                                                                                                                                Savory baked tofu in the refrigerated section (its TJs branded Wildwood Savory Baked SprouTofu). Makes for good mock tuna salad and is great with broccoli and sriracha (had that for breakfast today).

                                                                                                                                Red wine vinegar. Nothing special but never any sediment which I appreciate.

                                                                                                                                Broccoli and cheddar quiche (frozen). This is a staple in my house. I usually serve it with a side of broccoli - which I know is odd, but it works for me :)

                                                                                                                                Up in the air:
                                                                                                                                Cuban black bean soup (tetra pack on the shelf). Truthfully, I think this is a bit of a ripoff. The taste is good, but salty. It's very thin for a bean soup. I add TWO cans of beans to make this a soup soup instead of beany broth. Handy when I get a cold though.

                                                                                                                                1. New to me: The Chocolate Dilemma cheesecake sampler in the freezer section. Not too rich, not too sweet. And, thankfully, the slices are not too large. I'm not a big cheesecake fan, but liked the chocolate samplers. The plain cheesecake slices in the sampler were just OK -- good thing most of the slices have chocolate.

                                                                                                                                  1. Funny enough, TJ's pre-made sandwiches never really get a lot of love. I really like the Cuban wrap. Lots of ham and pork and pickles and cheese, with a really good mustard sauce to dip.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                      My husband and sons love the Cuban wrap, too. I really like the falafel wrap, but then I read the calorie count (multiply by 2 because you're supposed to get 2 servings out of that) so I very rarely buy it anymore. There's a wrap with grilled salmon that I thought was ok, too.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                        I was really disappointed in the falafal wrap. The tortilla and the falafel were both dry, it didn't hold together well, and something in there (the dipping sauce maybe?) was a little too spicy for me.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: HeyImBack

                                                                                                                                          If they're made regionally, and I suspect they are, maybe ours were made in different places. That, or our own tastes, might explain the difference

                                                                                                                                    2. Just saw the Tunisian EVOO on TJ's website "new product list". If anyone tries this, please report back. I think I'm willing to pay $9.99 for the tin alone lol. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                      1. re: TXMandy

                                                                                                                                        The 1960s just called, and they want their can of olive oil back.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                          Where's Goldie Hawn to say "Sock it to me!"? :-) Very "Laugh In" lettering.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                            I think the 1960s also came and took her back...

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                              She looked a bit Jokerish on the Oscars last week. Stretched a *wee* bit too tight...

                                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                the plumping was a lot worse than the stretching!

                                                                                                                                        2. re: TXMandy

                                                                                                                                          Loved as I HOPED It would be a good replacement for Zoe's which is WAY more than $10 a similar sized tin!

                                                                                                                                          Not a good sub for Zoes, which is very buttery and great to toss roasted veggies in. However, it has a nice strong green flavor with DEEP pepper in it. It even made me sneeze!!!

                                                                                                                                          It might a bit too sharp/acid for some. But I dressed a wonderful cucumber salad in it and it was just PERFECT match. This WILL get used this spring! :D

                                                                                                                                          --Dommy!

                                                                                                                                        3. NAY- pulling the Red Fox cheese. That stuff was addictive.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: MissBubbles

                                                                                                                                            They have the sister cheese of Red Fox, Red Leicester with chilis and peppers. It's definitely not as good but you might like it.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                              I really like the Red Leicester with chilis - kind of a pimento cheese in solid form.

                                                                                                                                          2. yay - gave the Sky Valley oranges another chance, and really loved them this time. sweet but not too, very juicy.

                                                                                                                                            yay - marinated mushrooms. totally live up to the hype. and at 180 calories for the entire jar - lunch!

                                                                                                                                            yay - chocolate cheddar! really different, interesting, tasty - love the salty/sweet combo. not something i'd buy every time, but will definitely buy again.

                                                                                                                                            meh - smoked trout, the stuff in the package, not canned. too salty, and that's saying a lot for me.

                                                                                                                                            nay - marinated Ciliegine mozzarella - very bland. i'd rather have plain old fresh mozz any time, as it amounted to the same thing.

                                                                                                                                            i also picked up some more pork belly. and ready-to-eat corned beef, but haven't tried it yet.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                              180 calories for the jar? oh boy, is that what your jar says? Please tell me it's a typo "80 calories?"

                                                                                                                                              I'd love to know what you think of the corned beef. I saw it this past week but passed, but will likely be back in the store in the next 5 days.

                                                                                                                                              If you like the chocolate Cheddar you might try the Irish Porter - I tried it last week and it's very good, the Porter adds a nice chocolate hit.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                fidhkybnva: do those mushrooms contain oil?
                                                                                                                                                one tablespoon of oil is about 130 calories.
                                                                                                                                                if the mushrooms contain 1 1/2 Tbl of oil, you're already up to 200 kcal or so. . . .

                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                  oops, sorry for the freakout - typo - 80 CALORIES for the WHOLE JAR!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                    Phew! I thought I double checked that they were oil free. I am not a fan of many things marinated in oil and assumed I would have noticed that. I had to stop buying them, I couldn't justify the mushroom budget to my wallet.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                      I totally eat a jar at a time!! And also had to cut back so i don't get them as often

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                                                                        Agreed. I eat a jar at a time; it's like a side-dish for me. I just dump them in a bowl. I only get them for a treat.

                                                                                                                                                        Also: years ago it used to list oil in the ingredients, but I am more confident in the nutrition facts are correct (or close) given that oil is no longer listed.

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                    I bought the chocolate cheddar for some friends who were visiting from the Midwest, and she still jokes about it. Sounds like a good idea, tastes OK for a second, and then it's totally weird.

                                                                                                                                                    On the other hand, I just picked up a bar of the Irish Porter, saving it for next weekend though. Not sure if it's the same as the Guiness cheddar they used to carry, it's fun for the holiday if nothing else.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                      I didn't care for the Irish Porter, the flavor was fine, but I like the texture of hard versus soft cheese so it was a texture thing for me...thinking about making it into a beer cheddar fondue or melting on a grilled cheese.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: brilynn79

                                                                                                                                                        I wonder if it would be good melted into a Welsh Rarebit? This recipe from Alton Brown has porter in it, so the combination should work.
                                                                                                                                                        http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/al...

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                          Our local farmer just started selling his homemade cheese wrapped in five different local beers (five different cheeses I mean), I'm hoping to snag a couple before the weekend. I have a feeling my TJs will be ending up in my next casserole!

                                                                                                                                                          They did have something else previously, but it wasn't called Porter, it specifically mentioned Guinness. For some reason I'm thinking it came from Iceland or New Zealand, although I'm prone to flights of fantasy. That one was unbelievable.

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: brilynn79

                                                                                                                                                          I think it'd be great in a dish, I also wasn't a huge fan of the texture.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                            I've decided to top my Shepherds Pie this weekend with it, should be interesting.

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                        They had samples of the corned beef at the store in Amherst and it was AMAZING!

                                                                                                                                                      3. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                        Making the pork belly today. Thinking of smoking it for an hour before I crisp it up....

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                          I tried the prequel (http://buildingmybento.com/2012/09/02...) to TJ's chocolate cheddar in China. Packaged like American cheese, and produced in a country not lauded for its dairy prowess. Still, it wasn't bad, but that could be because the rest of that day's meals were sorely lacking.

                                                                                                                                                          Is this a new product for Trader Joe's?

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: BuildingMyBento

                                                                                                                                                            I think it's more of a seasonal thing? I got it first when my friends were visiting so I can remember that it was in Oct 2012. As a matter of fact I remember posting here about it, with a photo. But the other day is the only time I remember seeing it since then.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                              Chocolate cheese has a season? Individually those two components don't, so that's interesting to know.

                                                                                                                                                              I'll also have to try that caramelized onion cheddar.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: BuildingMyBento

                                                                                                                                                                So far, I've seen it Christmas, and Easter. But that is not a scientific observation, perhaps just coincidental.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: BuildingMyBento

                                                                                                                                                                  There is a mustard that is only available during ham season, so that would not surprise me!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: brilynn79

                                                                                                                                                                    that mustard (hot and sweet) has actually been available all year. at least in 2013 it was. usually it's nov-april. just because it stayed on the shelves all year last year won't keep me from stocking up on a few extra jars this month, though. joe's ways are mysterious, and "ham season" is almost over for the year...

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: BuildingMyBento

                                                                                                                                                                    The English cheddar with caramelized onions is great. I'm ordinarily not fond of combinations like this and only bought it in error. When I discovered it in the frig I decided to give it a try...and now I'm addicted. Can't wait to try it on a cheeseburger!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: josephnl

                                                                                                                                                                      and.as an alternative......get some of those BIG Portabella mushrooms.the 4-5 inch across ones! Grill them in a pan like a burger...gill side down fist.....flip.add some balsamic vinegar and Worcestershire sauce.and continue to grill........add that cheddar/onion for the last 2 mins and cover pan to melt the cheese

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: josephnl

                                                                                                                                                                        Well…according to my TJ's today…it's discontinued. I'm so sad.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                                                          Really...I bought some this morning in Irvine, CA! There were several packs. I certainly hope it's not going away!

                                                                                                                                                                2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                  aww man I completely forgot about the marinated mushrooms and I just made a Trader Joe run this past weekend since I was in town. Must remember next time!

                                                                                                                                                                3. I'll be darned, another TJs trip to make it twice this week. I had a legitimate excuse, I swear.

                                                                                                                                                                  YAY - Tea, specifically the run-of-the-mill Green Tea and the Pomegranate white tea. Great price for both and the pomegranate tea is delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                  YAY - Red Leicester with chiles and bell peppers, delicious! I loved the Red Fox Leicester they had a few months ago but unfortunately it's no longer available, but this cheese will do.

                                                                                                                                                                  I bought both the precooked and the fresh corned beef. Of course, I asked which they recommended and the employee said "both" and convinced me to buy both by emphasizing that they are only sold once a year. I'll try one of the two next week for St. Patrick's Day likely the fresh. Has anyone tried either of these?

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                    I bought the fresh last year two or three times and it was delicious. I don't know though...I've never had a bad corned beef so I might be biased. I could live on New England Boiled Dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Harts52

                                                                                                                                                                      Good to know, I'm going to try it in the crock pot. I absolutely love corned beef hash, so I'm looking forward to the leftovers as well.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                      I also like their green tea, especially their ORGANIC green tea...20 bags for $2.69, that is really awesome...and if you drink it every day, makes sense to go organic <my reasoning anyway>. yay...though I've noticed they have been running out of the organic green tea quite often but then again, everyone who can possibly manage to come to Florida is doing so since the winter has been so harsh up North.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Val

                                                                                                                                                                        I should look for the organic, that is a great price. I gave up Diet Coke for 40 days so other than my morning coffee, I need something aside from water to drink and I love tea.

                                                                                                                                                                    3. YAY - Cruciferous Crunch Collection, not only a great name but a good mix of vegetables that I haven't seen elsewhere.

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                        WHAT?!!! must investigate...frozen I'm assuming?

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Val

                                                                                                                                                                          Fresh in a 10 oz bag with the other bagged greens. It's a mix of green and red cabbage, kale, broccoli and Brussel sprouts.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                            How do you prepare them all together? Roast? Steam? Stir-fry? Sauté?

                                                                                                                                                                            I'm trying to wrap my head around this mix....

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                              Here's a link http://anothermotherrunner.com/2014/0.... It's a shredded mix so I just sauteed.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                Ah, got it. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                Maybe a slaw would be good with all of these...if you wanted a raw alternative...!

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Val

                                                                                                                                                                                  it's great raw--i throw in some dried cranberries, sometimes some cubed white cheddar or pepper toscana, and sometimes apple cubes. you can dress it ahead of time, b/c it's so hearty it doesn't sog up--more like marinates. love this blend, raw or sauteed.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                  I treated it like a massaged kale salad and squished it all together really well with flax oil and a fig basalmic. It was actually better the next day!

                                                                                                                                                                                3. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                  I loved this too!

                                                                                                                                                                              3. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                Another YAY! Thanks for the tip! Picked up the Cruciferous Crunch today and it helped perk up my usual salad routine (I normally buy TJ's bagged kale).

                                                                                                                                                                                YAY! Organic Mango Passion Granola. I recently picked up the mango granola to switch-up my breakfast routine (my go-to is the Coconut Cranberry Granola). It's nicely flavored with freeze dried chunks of mango. Great with sliced banana.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh yeah, I love this new mix. Great to mix it up from just a kale salad, but it works very well in applications like raw kale.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the heads up. I never would have found it if not for this thread. Sauteeing up a bag now for use as low carb 'noodles.' Yay!

                                                                                                                                                                                    Update: This is the best pasta substitute for red sauce, ever. So tasty and with a little Parmesan sprinkled atop, outrageously delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. YAY- Kalamata olive hummus. TJs helped me fall in love with hummus last fall. Due to an unfortunate association of hummus with a very prolonged stomach virus in November, it fell out of favor. I remembered all of the recommendations for the olive hummus and thought I'd give it another try and I inhaled the tub! This is my favorite tied with the chipotle hummus.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                      Did you ever get around to trying the smooth and creamy cilantro jalapeño? Still my favorite!

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ohmyyum

                                                                                                                                                                                        Ah nope that should be next on my list.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                          Don't know if it's still made, but they used to have a 3 layer hoomus you might like, for sampling.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                            The kalamata is the clear winner, the horseradish is good too but sometimes has more of a kick than others

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: ohmyyum

                                                                                                                                                                                            Wegman's sells a cilanto jalapeno hummus that is really delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: TeacherFoodie

                                                                                                                                                                                              I wish I had access to a Wegmans but I live in Podunk, NC. Trader Joe's only came to town about a year and a half ago, and if I'm not mistaken, it's the only one in at least an 80mile radius!

                                                                                                                                                                                          3. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                            Is this just olives or is it olives in hummus?

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                              Hummus flavored / adorned with olives.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                Olives in hummus

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. I haven't done our TJ shopping for a long time, so i don't know if this is actually new, but I had the Kona Coffee Shortbread cookies. And guess what? I think i actually KNOW who makes these for them!

                                                                                                                                                                                              For a few yrs now I have bought various flavors of Biscotea cookies from that WA based co. They come in various tea and coffee flavors, and this new TJ product has the very same taste and texture of their products (with the addition of the icing.) Biscotea's Espresso has more coffee flavor than the TJ product though. Flour, butter, sugar, flavoring. TJ made a good choice w/ this one!

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Nay to the freeze dried cranberries. No sugar added so they are just too tart.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: rizzo0904

                                                                                                                                                                                                  It sounds like I'd love them, I can drink their cranberry concentrate straight

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: rizzo0904

                                                                                                                                                                                                    This makes me very interested! I didn't even pick them up to look at them because I assumed they were sweetened.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Yay with a bit of Nay on the Butternut squash creamed spinach gratin. I transferred it into a Pyrex dish and baked it in the oven rather then microwaving.; It was very rich, good overall flavor, except for a bit too much cheesiness. I would buy it again. Makes a good simple side. Too rich for an entree.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. BTW, I haven't looked back on previous threads, but I picked up some fresh ginger root this past weekend. I bought it specifically because it said "Product of USA". I haven't yet used it - has anyone tried it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                        if you are asking about the fresh ginger root in the produce section, i used it in a sauce with pear cider last night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I love the croissants. Let them rise overnight and bake in the morning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't love the Bolognese sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: veganhater

                                                                                                                                                                                                          All of the croissants are great!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I went in looking for Sky Valley oranges and English cheddar with caramelized onions based on the reviews here, but found neither. :-( I came away with Cara-Cara oranges and Tillamook cheddar instead. (It seems like my store might have a smaller cheese section. I didn't see many of the cheeses you guys have mentioned this month.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          This is my second trip to TJs, and I only went because my brother, who recently moved in and became a convert while in Cali for two years, wanted some bran cereal and Greek yogurt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Here's what I ended up with:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Low calorie pink lemonade
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Greek yogurt (0% for him, 2% for my cooking)
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bran flakes
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Multigrain O's
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Everything bite size crackers
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tillamook cheddar
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dark chocolate pound plus bar
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Frozen pineapple tidbits
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Frozen mango chunks
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cara-Cara oranges
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cookie butter-filled dark chocolate bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I eyed the Cruciferous Crunch and some of the meats, but I figured I'd better take it easy this early in the game.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                                                                                            The pita bite crackers are nice and crunchy; there are two kinds, I get the one with flax seed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                                                                                              You missed on some of the really good stuff. The cheddar with caramelized onions, frozen croissants of any variety, the Greek feta in brine, the jarred roasted red peppers, any of the biscotti, and the Greek kalamata olives are a few of my faves. Go back soon!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: josephnl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Go back and don't go easy. I should thank you all. I had no interest in this store and now it's supplies 50% of my weekly groceries and my grocery bill is significantly lower.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Yea - Frozen carrot balls (parisian) and frozen pearl onions (together).

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've used both before, but a few nights ago I prepared them together. Actually I cooked the onions in a bit for water to give them a head start, then added the carrots, grating of fresh ginger, 'knob' of butter, and salt. Cook till nearly dry and carrots were tender.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Meh on the fully cooked corned beef brisket. texture was mushy, although it tasted ok. BF said it was not the best we've had. we usually buy one of those pre-brined ones from the stupid-market, with the spice packet, and doctor it up, and we really like it. i forget the brand. so even though this was convenient (only took half hour), i'll probably not buy the fully cooked one again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Meh on the cowboy bark - not enough salt for me, not enough contrast. just sweet, which i don't like. i'm not a big sweets person, anyway, so the only reason i bought it was because of the lure of salty and sweet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Meh on the Irish Porter cheddar. it's fine, but don't need to buy it again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                pic of the corned beef. it *LOOKS* good... just too soft for our taste.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Agree in the Porter, not bad but wouldn't buy again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bummer on the precooked corned beef. Now I regret buying it. I also bought the fresh corned beef so fingers crossed that it's good. I guess I'll freeze the precooked and ponder what to do with it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The precooked might be good for a Rueben dip. You don't need too much texture there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wow that sounds great. Do you have a recipe? I was going to cut into portions and freeze for eggs or hash.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sure! I usually get the corn beef from the deli and ask them to shave it; so dice or slice as small as possible. Also, get rid of most of the fat. Most people make a similar cream cheese type dip but I like this one so much better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        REUBEN DIP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1/2 lb lean corned beef, shaved
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        16z sauerkraut
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1/2 lb grated Swiss cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1 cup Hellmann mayo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1/4 cup ketchup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3 Tbsp sweet relish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1 Tbsp spicy brown mustard

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1 loaf of cocktail rye

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mix corn beef and drained sauerkraut in a large bowl. Add cheese, mayo, ketchup, relish and mustard and blend thoroughly with spoon. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Preheat oven to 350. Spread mixture into a 10 inch quiche pan or shallow ovenproof dish. Bake 15 minutes or until bubbly. Serve with cocktail bread or crackers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I LOVE that dip. I use bottled Thousand Island dressing for the last items on your list and the rye Triscuits are wonderful. I've also made it in a small crock pot which worked well. It gets cold so fast in the baking dish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: bugablue13

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For a long St Paddys Day celebration (such as I have planned Monday), yeah a crock pot would be optimum

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just be sure to stir it often. I also skimmed off some grease that comes to the top from the cheese. I also mixed in 1/2 the swiss with everything else then topped it with the rest so it would have a melted cheese top. Then after people started serving I mixed it in a bit. Good luck! Also, you can try baking it in a hollowed out brown bread boule. That would be nice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I cooked up a fresh corned beef last night. It was so SALTY! I followed the package directions and put it in the pot (in my case the pressure cooker pot) with all the brine and then water to cover. I think next time I'll only use a little bit of the brine. Otherwise it cooked up nicely and was tender. But even my son who loves salt commented on how salty it was.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You need to soak most store bought corned beef. I think the label says 68% sodium, next time soak before cooking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Was it the round flat?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wouldn't soaking it take all the flavor out along with the salt? Would cooking it in just water (without adding the brine) accomplish the same thing?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It wasn't particularly flat, actually rather tall. Not like briskets I buy for just making brisket.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Well I think part of the history of cooking in water was to remove some of the salt. Some actually cook in water for an hour and then change the water. The soaking in water from what I've read and experienced from others doesn't affect the flavor but I imagine it'd work as well just to exclude the extra brine from the cooking liquid. I guess we'll find out next year :) I meant was the cut called "round flat." The one I bought was a bottom round labeled "round flat" they didn't have any fresh "brisket."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I didn't get my corned beef from TJs this year - got it from Aldi's - but I never, ever cook it in the brine. My grandmother brined her own and she discarded the brine and gave it a quick rinse, and that's what I've always done. Mine is on the stove now and I can't wait to add the goodies (sans potatoes this year).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I honestly don't remember what cut the package said it was. But it was sort of pyramid shaped. I think I'll do the rinse like Harts52 and then just cook in water next year. Or maybe half beer, which was suggested in one recipe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  that's a point cut. i don't care for the cut, finding it tough.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I always use the recipe created by the Market House in Seattle: 1/4" Cola, 1/4" water in the pot, place corned beef on top, sprinkle top with the pickling spices (if included). Cover tightly and place in 300 degree oven for 3 hours; turn oven off and leave in place for another hour and half. Perfect every time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: GourmetLight

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Interesting to use cola in it. I've never heard of that. The pickling spices in the TJ's corned beef are right in with the brine - no separate package. I cooked the beef with all the spices and brine, but then strained out the spices for cooking the potatoes and cabbage. In the pressure cooker the beef goes for 1 hour, the potatoes for 10 minutes (for the 3 oz sized ones I used) and the cabbage for 3 minutes. The beef wasn't tough, just salty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I always cook my hams in Cola, and my corned beef in beer. But I could see switching it up!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ham in beer? hmmmm….i don't know about that one, unless it was like a sweet beer. interesting to think about, though. i wonder what beers people would think good for ham. ideas?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Well I do cook my pork shoulder in beer, usually a dark Mexican like Modelo. You don't taste it in the finished product one bit. Ham, I might use something lighter, since there's already so much flavor in the meat. But in reality, I just grab whatever odds and ends and leftover bottles I have hanging around.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "leftover bottles" of beer? What's that? :-P

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I could sing its praises every month: YAY to the yellowfin tuna in canned olive oil. I mix it with TJ's Organic Mayonnaise and the grainy dijon mustard. I really want to eat this for lunch every day but my latent fear of mercury poisoning prevents me (but it's great that they changed to pole and line catch for this tuna).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: tarilyn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm addicted to the albacore in water without added salt. I'm OK with mercury poisoning, I figure I have to die from something :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. NAY - Reduced Guilt Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Shells (frozen).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bland. If the shells had been par-cooked in heavily salted water to give them more flavor, perhaps they'd be a Meh. Spinach and ricotta filling was rather bland as well, and the sauce was, well, sort of bland as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Filled me up, but didn't do anything for the tastebuds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I know Trader Joes gets a lot of flak for their produce but my experience from yesterday's shopping trip (in Pleasanton, CA - bay area) was totally the opposite:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yay to beautifully crisp, juicy, sweet snack size pink lady apples. About 8-10 in a bag and perfect for snacking. $1.99, delish and good for you.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yay to trader joe's mini heirloom tomatoes. Made myself a lovely salad for lunch with a rainbow of mini tomatoes and some simple olive oil+lemon+salt+pepper dressing. Feels like summer already.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: acerulz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And you found the mini heirloom to be tasty? The one time I bought them they looked beautiful but were hard and bitter. And they went from that state to rotten practically overnight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They were super fresh ! Ripe but still firm and fruity. Went really well with the hummus dip + seedless cucumber (also very fresh) from trader joes. Next I'm going to try some of those tomatoes with the tzaziki dip at TJ's I love.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I think I might have gotten lucky with my middle-of-the-week shopping day (shopped Tuesday evening). Produce and salad freshness seems to vary with what day I shop on, at my TJ's. Weekends are disappointing in terms of produce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I buy the large heirlooms more than the small ones. I have to watch them, and be prepared to eat them as soon as they ripen. I just found that one was growing mold on the stem end (which was bottom down in the container). I cut off that third and will use it this evening. I bought the container Friday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Considering that the best heirloom that I've bought from a farmers market was so ripe that I had to eat it the day I bought it, I consider the TJ offerings to be pretty good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    All of the mini tomatoes at TJ's tend to be variable. Sometimes they're delish and sometimes totally flavorless. I sometimes ask for a taste before buying them. Sales folks are very obliging!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: acerulz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've noticed a vast improvement in the produce over the last couple of years. I used to be a big naysayer, but i admit that there are now many things that are better there than at our local chain grocery. I still prefer a local produce market, but I routinely will grab veggies and occasionally fruit at TJs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    On the other hand our Costco produce has taken a big dive over the last year or two.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: acerulz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I shouldn't be so biased in my review of produce. I now actually buy probalby 50% of my produce at TJs. In particular, I love the bagged greens, cauliflower and broccoli.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. a huge yay=new to me milk chocolate salted caramel butter cookies. so good. Love the oozing caramel when I bite into it. Caramel isn't really salty but just the right amount of sweetness.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: vttp926

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Those are so good--but I thought they were seasonal? I can usually only find them around the holidays.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Just saw it for the first time in the store in Charlotte, NC and this was on 3/8/14. Last time I was in Trader Joe's was in Jan and didn't see it then. Maybe they aren't seasonal. I hope not so I can get more when I go to Charlotte next weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. NAY!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They are STILL "reformulating" the frozen meatless balls! No one could tell me when they will be back so i'm kind of freaking out...other brands aren't as good and cost twice as much!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Anyone recommend TJs peanut butter? I know there was a recall a few years ago but among the current options. I usually buy Whole Foods brand but since I'll be at TJs I thought I might just pick it up there. I'm a crunchy fan if that matters.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love the new(ish) crunchy organic salted. Plastic jar, dark brown lid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Rilke

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That's what I have. It's great! No mixing, no oil, just thick yummy goodness!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Actually, when I called my brother today to see if he needed anything when I stopped there, he warned me about their peanut butter. He said it was nasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              However... I mean, I'd take that with a grain of salt. I doubt he's ever had anything except "regular" brands before, so that's what he's comparing it to. If you're used to natural peanut butter and whatnot, it's probably fine. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I wonder if he picked up the salt free by mistake. I've done that before and it was terrible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I bought it a few times but found it to be rather oily. I prefer the Teddy brand and went back to it. I get the creamy unsalted, if that makes a difference.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm not a big fan of their peanut butter... And also prefer either whole foods 365 or santa cruz.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  However i do love TJs almond butter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ok thanks, I'll grab a jar of 365 on the way to work instead. Maybe I'll try the almond, I haven't met one I like yet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      For almond butter i love Maranatha- but its more "drippy" than most- i buy the smooth salted, and it does need a good stir. TJs almond is a little thicker and grainier (smooth salted) and needs a stir but it does have good flavor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I like the Maranatha, too, though haven't tried TJ's. Maranatha's PB is great, as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I usually buy the Valencia from Costco but in a pinch I thought the TJ's organic crunchy unsalted was quite good. I hate jif-style pb, if it matters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I bought a jar of the smooth out of curiosity. Being "natural," it had separated and the oil was pooled on top; I could never get it mixed together properly. Also took a sample to see if it was worth the effort and disliked the taste.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: John Francis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Do you usually eat the stir natural kind? I'm used to the stirring and actually like it separated so I can make it thicker but bad taste is not ok.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No, I was brought up on Skippy Creamy and for me it's the default peanut butter, alternating with Jif. (America's Test Kitchen says that's OK. :-) ) Tried the TJ's because I like so many of their products, but for me, the oil and peanut butter wouldn't mix.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: John Francis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I haven't tried it but have read that if you flip the jar over when you buy it (before opening or stirring, resting it on its lid overnight or so,) that the oil will rise to the top once again- working it's way through the more solid peanut butter and it will then be easier to stir. You might have to pull a Mythbusters a try it out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This is true for any stir peanut butter. I just take a knife and go at it :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I just dump mine out in a mixing bowl and use my hand held mixer to combine it all. Put it back in the jar and it never separates again. I keep it in the fridge as I often add in some wheat germ which adds to the nuttiness. Mmmmm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Leepa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for the tip!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: emily

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yeah that's very interesting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the last jar I got was SO Runny especially compared to my favorite, Smucker's Natural Creamy PB...the flavor of the TJ's was nice but the runniness killed it for me...just saying, even my grown son said "does this seem watery to you?...TJ's unsweetened Almond Butter, though...now THAT is some $$$ ...so much so I don't trust myself to keep it in the house...healthier to eat the almonds whole anyway...but oh, their almond butter is da bomb!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Val

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hey Val, just curious, why do you think it is healthier to eat the almonds whole? The ingredients list on my jar of TJ's raw almond butter just says raw almonds...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ohmyyum

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ohmyyum...well, I was probably just saying for ME, it's better for me to eat them whole...truly, I could make a meal out of almond butter...it's too easy for me to overdo it, it tastes so good. thanks...yes, those ingredients are clean, for sure!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ymmv but i thought it was awful and returned it. I prefer Teddy's unsalted crunchy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I use TJs salted crunchy (non-organic). It's fine for me. No sugar, "natural" separation, but no runny-ness issues.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sadly I can't recommend TJ's peanut butter. It is very thin and watery. So watery that it has to be spooned onto a piece of bread rather than spread. Taste is good, and ingredients are just peanuts and salt, but the consistency leaves something to be desired. I loved the version that was recalled...it was a Valencia Peanut Butter with Flax Seeds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. YAY - Dark Chocolate Bar, Toffee with Walnuts and Pecans

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Delectable. It didn't have that unpleasant metallic aftertaste I often encounter in 70% cocoa, and it had just the right saltiness to it. Awesome.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                YAY - Apple Strawberry fruit wrap

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My boyfriend grabbed one of these at the counter, and I was thinking it would be overwhelmingly appley and was not expecting much. It was actually very good. Strong strawberry flavor at the front, a little appleyness on the back end. He said he was going to grab a whole handful next time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MEH - Basil

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I mean, the basil is fine. There is just SO much of it. Unless you're making pesto, how are you going to use that much basil before it goes bad? I wasn't pleased with that, but didn't want to stop at another store.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Agreed about the basil. There's too much. I usually make pesto and freeze it. I think someone on one of the threads said you can freeze the leaves-I might try that next time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I gave up on fresh basil, I buy the frozen basil cubes TJs sells.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I very often use the frozen basil cubes…but for a fresh tomato salad, nothing beats fresh basil!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I plant aTJ's basil plant each spring (actually being in CA, I just did it yesterday), and I have fresh basil available all summer long. The plant tends to die off in the fall.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: josephnl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Those are the best plants! At $2.99 they're bigger and the same price as any local nursery. I have a few going myself. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They're much bigger and a buck less than our local nursery charges for basil plants. At $2.99, even if you just want a big bunch of very fresh basil and have no interest in planting it, a TJ's basil plant is a very good deal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: josephnl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We've had ours for over a year. Like all plants it likes water and pruning. make sure it doesn't bolt into seed and it'll be nice all year around...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            --Dommy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Look up Basil Chicken Recipes... SO good with bunches left over basil. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      --Dommy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I keep fresh herbs in a vase of water on my kitchen windowsill. As long as you change the water every 3-4 days they will stay fresh for weeks. They're pretty too. :) Rosemary and some other herbs (thyme maybe? Trying to remember from last year's experiments) will actually root in plain water. I got some nice rosemary plants that way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm not sure if basil roots in water. I usually use it up before it gets a chance. We like it as a sub for lettuce on sandwiches. It's very good in BLTs - the L.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I looked for TJ's basil plants last year but never saw any. Hmmm....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: thingmaker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          basil does root in water... bit it's very delicate and seems to prefer a frequent change in water. Often the issue with those 'living basil' plants that they sell at the stores is that people over water and rot the roots.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          --Dommy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Dommy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Good to know! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I just remembered that mint roots in water too. I got a nice plant from some very wilted sprigs I found in the crisper. My husband couldn't believe it. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. MEH to the frozen Ricotta and Spinach Cannelloni. Made in Italy, just over $2.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It was OK but did not cook up well in the microwave. The bechamel sauce was rather gooey. It might work well in the oven, but for a quick microwave meal I'd reach for another option.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: chinchi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Same experience here. Flavors were all good, but it didn't cook up properly. Parts were watery, parts were overcooked and gummy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I agree- those Kona cookies are amazing. Also they just started selling their version of a K cup for the Keurig and it is really good and cheap= 2.99 for a 7 pack. Another YAY for cranberry and pumpkin seed pita crisps. YUM! I also love the Drunken Goat Cheese- I forget what they call it though- the one with the purple rind. We also LOVE the mini ice cream cones- especially chooclate.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: lillotis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Meh to the new trader joes 7-pack coffee cups. My husband needed a small number of k cups for days he works from home and I thought we'd try TJs k cups because we don't have buy a big pack we won't go through.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Only medium roast is available and we found it to be just ok, kinda weak even at the smallest cup setting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: acerulz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks for the report on these, I was pondering them for exactly that same reason but your description tells me I'd end up thinking exactly what you did.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. So last week I went to TJs with the intent of trying a LOT of new (to me) things. That's a warning - this will be long. The results so far...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            NAY - Mushroom Mochi - seriously weird tasting. It's hard to explain - I thought it was me, but my mushroom loving sister also wrinkled her nose at these. Never again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MEH - Chicken Pot Pie Bites - lots of pastry, not enough yummy filling. The house smelled amazing afterwards and I wished I'd eaten something that tasted equally as good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MEH - Butter Waffle Cookies. Really just like eating a waffle cone with no ice cream. Whatever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MEH - Cowboy Bark. No real complaint, but not what I wanted. Would have liked more crunch and more salt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MEH - Garlic Marinated Mushrooms. Not bad - I just don't get the fuss. I've had better marinated mushroom from elsewhere. (hate hate hate the Costco variety, though)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MEH - Fresh Basil. The leaves are really really big and the container is also big, but the flavor was a little lacking. Kinda woody, almost. And then it went bad in the fridge AGAIN before I could turn it into pesto. My bad. (Where are the frozen basil cubes everyone talks about?)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            YAY - Latin Style Black Bean Soup. We sampled it last month when they were serving it with a dollop of Cowboy Caviar. It was equally delicious served this way at home, but even better was when we added some green onion, grated cheddar, sour cream and a couple of crunched up tortilla chips. We will be stockpiling this one for sure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            YAY - Heirloom Tomatoes. Love these. Yes, they ripen really quickly, but if you get them at just the right moment they are brilliant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            YAY - Meyer Lemon Cookies. Thin and crisp and bursting with flavor. Delicious treat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            YAY - Kimchi Fried Rice. Fairly new to kimchi, but this would be a good starting point for anyone I think. Nicely flavored and not overpowering of anything you might eat with it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            YAY - Green Olive Tapenade. Just tried a spoonful of it yesterday and then wanted to devour the entire jar at once. Nice and lemony sour, but not in a bad way at all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            YAY - Palak Paneer. Spinach never tasted so good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            YAY - Chicken Tikka Masala. It's a single-serve package, but we shared it alongside the Palak Paneer and some extra rice and it made a great light meal for two. Loved the cumin spiced rice in the meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            YAY - Pecan Pralines. Pecans. Sugar. What more do you need? Except they do make my teeth hurt but I can't stop eating them anyway, so we probably won't buy these again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            YAY - Neufchatel. Came in a heart-shaped block and is like a mild, creamy brie. It was okay on it's own, but when we added a smidge of Fig Butter it really came alive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Final YAY - Cinnamon Toscano Cheese. I'm a big fan of any Toscano, apparently. Creamy and crunchy and the cinnamon is in no way overpowering.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Overall more YAYs than anything, so not a bad shopping trip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. From what I've read on this thread it sounds like the bulk of the store is pre-prepared foods. Is this correct? We just recently got a tj's about an hour away. I've been wanting to go but I'm doubtful now that it would be worth the drive. We're pretty much a from scratch household.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: thymetobake

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I had the same assumption and it's completely false. I thought TJs had nothing to offer me because I don't eat many pre-prepared foods. But, I gave it a chance and started out with a few items I love and now spend nearly 50% of my weekly grocery budget at TJs. I would suggest you go explore. I go weekly now and have never bought a pre-prepared refrigerator or freezer meal. My usual haul includes fresh veggies, meat (great price on turkey in particular), low sodium organic chicken broth, olives, cheese at great prices, nuts (great cashews among others), butter, and the list goes on and on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: thymetobake

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Depends on what you count as "pre-prepared." Would that include frozen but otherwise raw fish and vegetables? Ground meats? If so, then in my local store, I'd say no more than half the products are prepared foods, probably less.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: John Francis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    True, the definition varies. I don't count any of those things as pre-prepared. But I agree, less than half are prepared foods.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: thymetobake

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    No, there are plenty of unprocessed options. One of my favorites is just a frozen blend of soybeans, corn, and other veggies. They have a great variety and great prices on frozen organic fruit, as well as quinoa, rices and wild rice, nut butters, organic dairy, cheeses, nuts, dried fruit, almond meal, canned coconut milk etc etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the newer products tend to be premade meals and such and therefore get mentioned more often than the bag of roasted cashews....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      True, I think it's reporting bias. I don't report on the fabulous heads of cauliflower.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's tough to report on produce when it varies in availability and quality from region to region and even store to store.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes, we bought their organic eggs at a lower price than any other grocer near us, and they were wonderfully fresh, with none of that run-all-over when you crack them open on the skillet stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: simon018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And I tried the regular Sunups eggs for breakfast today and got just that. Run all over the pan whites. I will try the organic next.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ok folks. I'm sold. I'll be checking it out soon. Thanks all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: simon018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            +1 on their organic eggs. TJs is an hour from me so when I go, I buy 4 dozen. I've yet to have an egg that is a watery mess or has a flat-domed yolk. They are beautiful eggs and the price is really good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: thymetobake

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sometimes it's hard for some TrJ newbies to get used to this idea- but you can return ANYTHING, for any reason- even 'you don't like it'; it's too salty; it tastes too sweet; etc etc. When they first came to Boston (7? years ago) i didn't like anything there, but their products improved and now it is a regular stop for us for various things.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          So i encourage you to read through the various CH TrJ threads and take notes and then give yourselves at least an hour to explore your local store; try some things and take them back next time you shop if you don't like them. we almost always have one or two things that we are returning when we go to our next errand there. if we don't have a receipt, they still accept them. (almost everything has a TrJ label on it anyway.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          One of the unconscious positives about TrJ is that it is a very 'user-friendly' place. There is always somebody around to answer questions or help you find something; they wear cheery shirts and smile and really actually want to help you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: opinionatedchef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Plus supposedly you can open anything in the store (or ask an employee to do that for you.... probably a better idea) and try it to see if you like it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Customer service to the max, man.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Seriously, they do that at Whole Foods too. It freaked me out the first time when an employee literally ripped open a cup of yogurt for me to try.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                No kidding? Good to know. When I went yesterday an employee randomly asked me if I was finding everything and I mentioned that the edamame hummus was out and he immediately went to the back to check for more. Great service for sure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They will also order large quantities of things that you want and they will be in on the next delivery day if they are in stock at the warehouse. Sometimes you just need a case of seaweed snacks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: opinionatedchef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I made a list of things to get when I was in the Buffalo area store. A girl that worked there helped me get everything on the list. She was very helpful and said "I feel like I'm on a game show"!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. YAY to the frozen fava beans. Handy to have on hand and nice that they are just the beans (no oil, seasoning, etc) so I can doctor them up however I like. $1.99

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: chinchi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I just got them a couple weeks ago to try making a fava bean puree. does anyone know if they are a seasonal item? and any other suggestions for use?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: rynnyb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They are seasonal- spring only, so stock up!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also great for sucuttash (obvs), added to salads, roasted with carrots.....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love to use them in a beany salad with edamame, cannelini beans and green beans with a mustardy vinegrette and dill (or whatever herb i have around) and then i have the beany salad on greens or semi mashed on pumpernickle toast...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What size are these favas? I bought some frozen ones before from an Asian market and they were too large and starchy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: emily

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Think fat lima bean. They are very sweet and didn't have that off-putting mealy texture.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: chinchi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Just got these, too. What a great deal. I can't wait to try them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Wasn't a fan of chocolate croissant but really like the almond one

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Bellachefa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I also don't care for the chocolate ones. Too sweet I guess. I love the kouign ammann though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Here in SF yesterday I saw they had a ton of the pumpkin croissants. Leftover from fall, or are they not seasonal?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Frosty Melon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        At the risk of creating a maelstrom, I found the kouign amman to be next to nothing. Fancy name.little taste. texture one step above crescent rolls.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And.at the risk of being shunned as a TJ non believer.......I did make up a half-batch of Mountain DEW apple dumplings from an internet recipe that were decidedly better and tastier

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I love many things from TJ's including all of their croissants. I too was very disappointed with the kouign amman…really didn't like them. And there have been several other TJ products that I'm not crazy about. Nevertheless, I think that there are many things at TJ's that keep me shopping there on a regular basis. Indeed if you follow this thread, you will see that although there are many NAYs, there are at least as many YAYs. TJ's is not a typical supermarket. They have many unique and unusual products that you will not fine elsewhere, and many pretty standard items…some are outstanding, some are bargains, some are just ok, and some are not good at all. Like shopping anywhere, you need to be selective. But, and it's a biggie…if you buy anything at TJ's that you don't like, they will gladly refund you purchase price and will happily do so!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Just made a run yesterday and I have been doing some serious munching. A few things I have tried so far...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      YAY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cruciferous crunch collection- made a vinaigrette slaw.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nacho cheese tortilla chips- move over Doritos.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kalamata olive hummus- had with carrots and the chips
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Marinated mushrooms- I am not a huge mushroom fan and I seriously loved these. Too bad i can't have lettuce anymore because I would just bury a salad in these and dress it with olive oil and go to town for a lunch.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Irish cheddar porter- seriously good. The porter comes thru as nutty and chocolaty in a really good way.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pink Himalayan salt grinder-nice medium grind

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MEH
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Seriously stuffed peppers with olives, capers and garlic- pepper skins were tough and they just weren't very briny, the oil dumbed it down too much. Not worth a return but not going to buy it again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      NAY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Absolutely nothing so far.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have several other things to try and will report back as I do. Looking especially forward to the fava beans and hashbrown patties.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        wow suzi, i had no idea anyone was allergic to lettuce. or that it had anything in it that was bad for someone. what a bummer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: opinionatedchef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I am not allergic, I have an illness that prevents me from digesting it properly so I have to avoid it nowadays.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: opinionatedchef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My Mom is allergic to iceberg lettuce, among numerous other things.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What do you like to do with the Himalayan salt?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So far i had it on a boiled egg yesterday and fried eggs this morning. Sorry i haven't gotten creative with it yet. I was thinking about homemade chips to sprinkle next.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Everything - I no longer buy anything other than kosher and Himalayan. It's been my table salt for years, thanks to a thoughtful gift (grinder) from my organic farmer son.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Harts52

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So you use it just as often as regular ol' Kosher salt?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I use it for everything...and I am a salty dog. I salt nearly everything, a lot. Anything that I used to use the Morton umbrella girl on now gets Himalayan. I did pick up a jar of TJs ground sea salt not too long ago and I like it, so I use that once in a while but not often, and I didn't realize until I saw Suzy's post that they have a pink grinder, so I might pick that up. I usually get my pink from a vendor on amazon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Harts52

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I give it a YAY! I just used it on my Sunday night weekly bowl of popcorn and it was great! I had no idea I'd ever have preferences for salt :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Harts52

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It was 1.99 for 4.5 ozs if that helps make your decision easier. I find the crunch of the medium grind to be very palatable and satisfactory texture wise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          WOW! That's CHEAP!! I pay about $14 pound for what I buy on Amazon and I thought that was an excellent price.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Harts52

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Looks like you'll be buying at TJ's from now on. These threads are great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. YAY - fully cooked corned beef brisket. I wasn't expecting much given mariacarmen's review, but I actually really like this. It wasn't mushy IMO so perhaps quality varies. I gave it a taste while dividing it into portions to be frozen. It will be lunch on Monday tossed into a pot of braised cabbage. The rest will be saved for hash and eggs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have to get back for this and the pork belly. Is this the cooked one she spoke of?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yup, fully cooked I think right near the fresh cuts. I didn't even bother to heat it but nibbled on pieces as I was cutting. It was tasty. I'll be a worse-than-I-already-am swollen mess by Monday afternoon :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I just tried their peach salsa recently and, wow, was it good. Very sweet, and I ended up polishing it off in two sittings, which never happens with me and salsa.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Unfortunately, I only bought the one jar, and I'm up in Vancouver.I'll need to see if they have any at Pirate Joe's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.yummyreads.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Woohoo, another successful trip to TJs. I love that I find new items nearly every week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    YAY - Southern Greens blend

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    YAY - Pop up sponges. I needed sponges and have read a little about these sponges. They just always looked so flimsy to me, but I decided to try them and they are great. Apparently, this is also a great price for them, cheaper than most other places

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    YAY - assorted nut selection. I usually buy cashews at TJs but decided to browse the nut selection. I walked away with pistachio nut meats and sunflower seeds for a great price. I love that nearly all the regular nuts are sold both salted and unsalted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Other items to report on as I try them - Himalayan sea salt, Thai chili paste

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To answer suzigirl's question from the WFD thread, the Southern Greens are great. If you like collards you'll like this blend. Also since it's a mix of greens it doesn't need the all day collard green treatment. I was worried about the instructions to cook 35 minutes, but they were tender in that time. I guzzled the bitter, yummy pot likker.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks. It was a TJ question that really didn't need to clog up the already long thread. Cannot wait to get back there and pick some up. And 35 minutes? Fantastic. Honestly, the pot likker with peppered vinegar is my favorite part. All the intense flavor is in there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I hope you like it! I think it's year round as well which is nice. Sometimes collards, mustard and turnips go missing during the warmer months up here in the North.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You an I have such similar tastes and I LOVE greens, I think it will be on my love list. I know the cruciferous crunch is. I have to fess up, a lot of my buys were on your recommends because we like such similar things. Now if I could ditch the carbs like you... nah, that won't happen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I do the same, that's how I knew I'd love Badia! More carbs for you, if we both loved them there wouldn't be enough to go around. I did enjoy my weekly carb-onslaught bowl of popcorn tonight sprinkled with the Himalayan pink salt that landed on my grocery list based on your recommendation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I bet the popcorn was a perfect foil for the salt. It isn't overly salty and lots of crunch. Keep recommending and I will keep trying. I am trying the Salsa Autentica is up next this week, Cuban style black beans soon also. I got the Sevillano olives, have you(or anyone else) tried these??

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I agree, not super salty which confused me since salt is salt. I'm ok with the extra bloat this morning it's good stuff. I figure now I'm a swollen mess every day so what's a little extra :) I haven't yet tried the sevillano olives. I love the garlic stuffed and the pitted Kalamata are convenient.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  35 years ago a hippy sister taught me how delicious popcorn is when sprinkled and tossed w/ tamari. that's the only way i've eaten it at home- since then! try it and see what you think!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: opinionatedchef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I spray it with braggs liquid aminos, sooooo good. A good spritz of malt vinegar is also nice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i know people love this stuff, but i've always been held back by the strange name. LOL.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      is it an umami flavor?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Braggs tastes a lot like soy sauce. My kids actually refer to it as soy sauce and use it on their rice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          As AmyH says, it tastes like soy sauce but a little different. Soy sauce is basically liquid amino acids, it's primarily glutamate to be more specific. In contrast to soy sauce, it's non-fermented and gluten-free.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        my favorite popcorn topping is furikake (rice seasoning), which you can find in the condiments aisle of an asian grocery store. sprinkle-able umami goodness, mmmm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: rynnyb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's great on everything!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: rynnyb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Good stuff, for sure. I usually add it to white rice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            BTW, furikake means "something sprinkled."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: opinionatedchef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          op, tamari as in liquid? hmmm. thnx.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          www.saffron215.blogspot.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. YAY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fava beans- Sweet and nice texture.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MEH
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hash brown patties-The price was 1.99 which I loved but they soaked up a lot of oil. I will try frying them at a higher heat next time to see if I get a YAY. Also kind of salty, not inedible but a bit much.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sunups eggs. The whites were watery and anything that wasn't on the spatula when i tried to flip just broke off and stayed in the pan. The yolks were nice and rich though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For the hash-browns, I stick them in the toaster oven to grill for 10 minutes - no need to fry them, no added oil. Not salty on my tongue, just well seasoned.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: John Francis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We cook them in the toaster oven, too. They have plenty of their own oil. We've found that 3 times through the toast cycle (twice on one side, once on the other) does them just right.

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