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#391 Toliver

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 10:25 AM

Run. Do not walk.
Trader Joe's Maple Leaf Cookies. :wub:
OMG.
A deceptively simple little maple-ly sandwich cookie double-stuffed with a vanilla cream filling. There are only 15 cookies in a box which can be a curse (because you want to eat more) and be a blessing, too (because you want to eat more...but shouldn't).
Any other fans of this cookie out there?

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#392 snowangel

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 06:42 PM

Toliver, I have not tried these (I probably will), but I do know that the Caramel Cashew Cookies are absolutely wonderful, on their own, or especially topped with ice cream.
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Posted 03 August 2009 - 07:05 PM

i got a box of maple leaf cookies for my bday, which i promptly squirreled away & then ate - in it's entirety - in about 2 days. OMG is right. thank god there's no TJ's in my state, or i would be in some deep, deep, mapley-flavored trouble...

#394 haresfur

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 08:10 PM

Run. Do not walk.
Trader Joe's Maple Leaf Cookies. :wub:
OMG.
A deceptively simple little maple-ly sandwich cookie double-stuffed with a vanilla cream filling. There are only 15 cookies in a box which can be a curse (because you want to eat more) and be a blessing, too (because you want to eat more...but shouldn't).
Any other fans of this cookie out there?

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But how could they possibly be better than the Dare maple-leaf cookies? :biggrin:

The little round ginger snaps and the freeze-dried green bean snacks are my downfall.
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#395 Pierogi

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 10:04 PM

Toliver, I have not tried these (I probably will), but I do know that the Caramel Cashew Cookies are absolutely wonderful, on their own, or especially topped with ice cream.

I will now make a bee-line to the maple cookies, but Snowangel, I have to agree. Those Caramel Cashew Cookies are like crack, and must be handled accordingly. I only buy them when I'm having company to help me eat them, or I will scarf the whole tub in a couple of days. They are just an amazing combination of good.
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Posted 04 August 2009 - 09:13 AM

Toliver, I have not tried these (I probably will), but I do know that the Caramel Cashew Cookies are absolutely wonderful, on their own, or especially topped with ice cream.

I will now make a bee-line to the maple cookies, but Snowangel, I have to agree. Those Caramel Cashew Cookies are like crack, and must be handled accordingly. I only buy them when I'm having company to help me eat them, or I will scarf the whole tub in a couple of days. They are just an amazing combination of good.

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That is my problem with the little meringues - especially the mocha flavored. I have to be very careful because I am diabetic but I think I go into a sort of fugue state after eating just one. :blink:
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#397 HungryC

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 09:52 AM

I can't get enought of the dark chocolate/sea salt almonds, or the puffed potato crisps....especially the potato crisps. Sadly, no TJs anywhere near me, so I'm without the potato crisps, and I can't find another version of this not-fried, not-baked potato crunchy.

#398 Lindacakes

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 10:50 AM

No one has mentioned my favorite: Porcini Mushroom Pizza. Imported from Italy. Absolutely delicious. Nice with a salad for supper. Nice if you cut it into little squares and serve with cocktails.

I keep a running list of what people recommend, what I've tried that I don't like and what I've tried that I love.

Fire Roasted Balsamic Vegetables. Nice base for all sorts of veggie mixes in the lunch.

I find it about half and half. Half of what I try, I like. The other half, meh.

Cappucino Craving Cake. Yech.
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#399 MomOfLittleFoodies

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 10:10 PM

Service is always great and yes, returning stuff is no problem. I've had their muffins mold on me more than once and didn't even return them, just told them and that was that. (I don't buy those anymore).


I've never had any problems with finding mold on my TJ's baked goods, but if I don't eat them promptly they get moldy within 2-3 days, with the exception of the Sourdough Bread.

The local Whole Foods, OTOH, is notorious for having moldly baked goods and expired dairy products on their shelves.

I go there once a week now, as my son has Karate in the same strip mall. Add the farmer's market on Sunday and I rarely go to Safeway anymore, Whole Foods for specialties like dry aged beef or fresh fish (if I don't get it at the market).

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Yikes! I think we may shop at the same Trader Joes.

I've not had much luck with fish from TJ's either, with the exception of swordfish when they do carry it.

As far as frozen meals from TJ's, my family's current favorites are the taquitos, the Mandarin Chicken, and the new Chilaquiles.
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#400 Special K

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 02:29 PM

I found dried wild blueberries (the tiny ones) at our TJ's yesterday. I'm looking forward to using those in scones and waffles. :wub:

Also, we bought the frozen fire-roasted bell peppers and onions, the frozen seafood blend ( shrimp, calamari rings and bay scallops) and the nearest jar of spaghetti sauce, heated all three together, seasoned it with some Old Bay and served it over some leftover rice. It turned out to be a pretty good no-brainer dinner after a busy, exhausting day. We'll definitely keep those items on hand.

We like some of the wines, too. We're strictly red-wine drinkers, and not very knowledgeable about wine - we just know what we like, and we like it when what we like is cheap! :biggrin:

#401 Pierogi

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 11:31 PM

The latest obsession from TJ's is from the freezer case “Trader Joe’s Wild Mushroom & Black Truffle Flatbread with Mozzarella Cheese”. About $4.99 and to FREAKIN’ die for………

You can really taste the truffle and it blends perfectly with the wild 'shrooms and the cheese. I had it for a light entree, but it would certainly work for an appetizer, or as a nibble for a cocktail party, cut into small pieces.

It was WONDERFUL. Nice crisp crust too.
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#402 LindsayAnn

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 05:39 PM

Their Frozen Macaroni and Cheese is to die for. I am/was always a Stoffers Mac and Cheese girl (the red box), but the trader Joes is just as good, if not BETTER. YUM. Cheesy, buttery, so rich :)
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#403 Kim Shook

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 07:04 PM

I have to disagree about the TJ puff pastry. I have totally switched to that - it's all butter and I find it very tender and flaky and never have had any trouble with it not rising. I haven't bought it yet, but they were sampling a frozen bay scallop, mushroom dish with a creamy sauce. I was almost afraid to try it :laugh: ! But I girded my loins and tried a bite and was amazed. The sauce wasn't overly salty, the scallops were firm and sweet and not 'fishy' at all. Can't comment on the mushrooms since I am a fungophobe, but I was impressed. We'll be buying this.

#404 Special K

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Posted 29 October 2009 - 07:24 AM

The latest obsession from TJ's is from the freezer case “Trader Joe’s Wild Mushroom & Black Truffle Flatbread with Mozzarella Cheese”. About $4.99 and to FREAKIN’ die for………


Ohhh, maaaaan, you are so right! Thank you!



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#405 OliverB

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 04:03 PM

Yikes! I think we may shop at the same Trader Joes.


corner of Treat and Oak Grove in Concord.

I forgot to mention their simmer sauces that come in glasses. Some very good Indian style, Italian, etc. I embellish them a bit with extra onions and curry powder if I have time and I usually fry the chicken first to brown it a bit, but even without that they make a nice quick meal. Add the curry naan bread and you're done.

I'll be back there tomorrow, looking for some of the recommended frozen things in this thread!
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#406 OliverB

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 08:42 PM

forgot to mention the frozen artichoke hearts, they're also quite good and cut down on prep time tremendously. I like to roast them in a pan, maybe a squeeze of lime or lemon juice or some nice vinegar, s&p. But they can be used for all kinds of things. I love artichokes, and don't mind cleaning them, but if I want a whole lot of them this is an excusable shortcut IMO. And I find them better than pickled or otherwise preserved hearts, much more versatile.
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#407 Karystos

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 10:15 PM

I really like a lot of what Trader Joe has to offer. It is one of the easiest places in my area to find nitrite free meats; bacon is a good example- both the Trader Joe and Niman Ranch uncured bacon are excellent. I also think the frozen Greek pizza (Olympia I think maybe it is called) is a tasty nosh, and they have a decent selection of wines at competitive price-points. That having been said, I think their "raw" meats are good but their prepared stuff is really hit and miss. Some of their pre-made stuff can taste "over prepared" and a little "chemical-y" . . . as an example, I bought some pre marinated (always a risky choice and I should have known better) chicken carne asada, which when I took it home and cooked it, was fairly acidic and almost inedible.
In general, I think Trader Joe's is a good, (often thrifty) option for finding healthy and interesting stuff otherwise not available to people in many parts of the country who might not have access to specialty food shops.

#408 MomOfLittleFoodies

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 10:22 PM



Yikes! I think we may shop at the same Trader Joes.


corner of Treat and Oak Grove in Concord.

I forgot to mention their simmer sauces that come in glasses. Some very good Indian style, Italian, etc. I embellish them a bit with extra onions and curry powder if I have time and I usually fry the chicken first to brown it a bit, but even without that they make a nice quick meal. Add the curry naan bread and you're done.


Yup, that's exactly the same one I shop at.

I'm familiar with the simmer sauces... I miss the Cuban Mojito one they used to carry. It was awesome with pork.
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#409 OliverB

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Posted 06 November 2009 - 06:15 PM

funny, hello Neighbor!

I just bought some chicken chile verde burritos this week - meh, bland and boring w/o some Mexican hot pepper sauce IMO. I won't get those again. I did pick up those chocolate croissants and will make them this Sunday if I remember to defrost them the night before. Also got the party meat balls, they're good and the kids like them. And meatballs is something I'll probably never make myself.
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#410 MomOfLittleFoodies

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Posted 06 November 2009 - 06:34 PM

The party meatballs are popular at our house... most often served with mushroom gravy over rice.
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#411 John Rosevear

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Posted 06 November 2009 - 06:59 PM

The Chicken Tikka Masala tastes disturbingly like a curry I often make ("disturbingly" because making mine is a 2-3 hour process involving lots of toasting and grinding of spices and whatnot). It's very good; my only complaint was that portions were a bit skimpy.
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#412 LuckyGirl

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Posted 07 November 2009 - 06:50 PM

I hate to break the news to the folks who like TJ's puff pastry but I was told by my local store that TJ's has discontinued it.

My girlfriend has told me how much she liked the product and a while back I had some hors d'oeuvres that she put together using it and was impressed.

I walked up and down the frozen food aisle yesterday at TJ's looking for it to no avail. When I asked about it the store manager looked in his order book and told me it had been discontinued. Boo.

As far as the topic goes-

I keep TJ's mac & cheese in the freezer for when my nieces and nephews are here. They all love it and say that it's "the best". I like it too once in a while.

I rarely (like 3 or 4 times a year) eat frozen meals but I occasionally have a taste for TJ's eggplant parm. They sell two different ones. Both are good but the one in the non-clear packaging is super good, like almost as good as my M-I-L's, like so good that I wouldn't go to the trouble of making it from scratch for myself I would buy theirs.

I have a weird "thing" for frozen mixed vegetables and TJ's are the best. The corn in their mixed veggies is crazy sweet white corn. I wish they included lima beans in the mix but, such is life.

I've had a few of their pizzas over the years and the one that stands out as worthwhile is the Alsacian pizza that's been mentioned on this thread.

#413 Pierogi

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 01:29 AM

I have decided that TJ's sour cream is simply the best available in SoCal, unless you have an in at a dairy. I used to be a huge fan of Daisy.....but TJ's is head and shoulders beyond it. It's TANGY, it actually tastes like something, and doesn't break down into a watery goop. I will go to TJ's solely for the sour cream, although I usually get many, many other things there as well. All of their dairy, actually, is excellent, as are their prices for it. The Greek-style yogurt has been thoroughly discussed in another thread, and is great. Their milk is a steal, as is their own branded butter. The heavy cream in the little plastic bottles is the best I've found. But the sour cream is like the sour cream of my childhood. I could eat it plain, by the spoonful.
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#414 Pierogi

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 01:33 AM

I hate to break the news to the folks who like TJ's puff pastry but I was told by my local store that TJ's has discontinued it.

My girlfriend has told me how much she liked the product and a while back I had some hors d'oeuvres that she put together using it and was impressed.

I walked up and down the frozen food aisle yesterday at TJ's looking for it to no avail. When I asked about it the store manager looked in his order book and told me it had been discontinued. Boo.

....I have a weird "thing" for frozen mixed vegetables and TJ's are the best. The corn in their mixed veggies is crazy sweet white corn. I wish they included lima beans in the mix but, such is life....

Hmmmmmm, I asked about the puff pastry probably 3 months ago, and was told it was a "seasonal" product, and they'd be bringing it back around the holidays. I'd keep checking, your guy may have been mis-informed, or maybe it's regional.

If your TJ's carry it, try their frozen roasted corn kernals. They are amazing. Honestly tastes as though you roasted an ear yourself.
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#415 Pierogi

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 01:35 AM

Run. Do not walk.
Trader Joe's Maple Leaf Cookies. :wub:
OMG.
A deceptively simple little maple-ly sandwich cookie double-stuffed with a vanilla cream filling. There are only 15 cookies in a box which can be a curse (because you want to eat more) and be a blessing, too (because you want to eat more...but shouldn't).
Any other fans of this cookie out there?

DAY-UM.

Those are good cookies.

Day-um.
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#416 Toliver

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 10:31 AM


Run. Do not walk.
Trader Joe's Maple Leaf Cookies. :wub:
OMG.
A deceptively simple little maple-ly sandwich cookie double-stuffed with a vanilla cream filling. There are only 15 cookies in a box which can be a curse (because you want to eat more) and be a blessing, too (because you want to eat more...but shouldn't).
Any other fans of this cookie out there?

DAY-UM.

Those are good cookies.

Day-um.

Welcome to the fan club! :laugh:

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Brian: Peter, those are Cheerios.”
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#417 OliverB

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 11:36 AM

I just finished a bag of puffed rice balls with sesame and sea weed from their snack isle, I think it's something new. TJ branded and I thought quite good. The kids love them too, but that's probably to be expected :-)
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#418 LindsayAnn

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 03:49 PM

I just finished a bag of puffed rice balls with sesame and sea weed from their snack isle, I think it's something new. TJ branded and I thought quite good. The kids love them too, but that's probably to be expected :-)



I got those a few weeks ago! They're still here (I have soo many snack type foods it takes a while to get through them all). But they are opened and about 1/4 eaten. I agree, they're good. Smaller little circles than cheese balls, same airy texture/crunch, salty and yummy with a slightly seaweed taste. Nice light snack!
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#419 OliverB

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 03:15 PM

I love the frozen fire roasted corn, but I seem to be alone with that love in my family. Oh well, more for me! We just made those chocolate croissants (thanks for a spell checker!) for the first time this Sunday morning, they really are quite good! I'd probably put slightly sweeter and nuttier chocolate in there myself, but FWIW they are really good. Fun too, as you could not fit a single one of them into the small box that 4 came out of.

They also have at least at times a frozen seafood mix that's great for pasta or pizza.
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#420 LindaK

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 06:59 PM

Mostly I shop at Trader Joe's for staples, such as nuts, canola oil, canned beans, canned tomatoes (a good buy, especially the fire roasted tomatoes), and frozen things like the mango, berries, or edamame. The dijon mustard is good too, if you like it hot.

But I have a few favorite items that I haven't seen mentioned here. I've never been a snack person, but I love their pita chips with sea salt--not too salty, not greasy, better flavor and half the price of the brand I used to buy at Whole Foods. The other item that's become a staple in my freezer is the tandoori naan. Really good. Though the directions say to heat them in the oven, they reheat perfectly on the stove top in a nonstick skillet in only a few minutes. Among other things, I use them to make quick flatbread pizzas for friends' kids when they are over--and for myself as a quick lunch or late snack.