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#421 heidih

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 08:00 PM

I will agree with the naan- if we are talking about the fresh ones by the bread. The garlic and the curry are both great bases. I also think their mini toasts are a great bargain. They are super crispy and I put them out with all cheeses, spreads, and dips. Sgtored in a zip lock bag they maintain crunch for some time. They also had the cheapest fresh cranberries this season at $1.99 versus $2.50 or more at most places.

#422 BeeZee

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 07:47 PM

snack-y things called something like "seriously seedy/nutty" - they are packed 9 in a plastic shell, cello wrap/red label. Crunchy layer of nuts and seeds bound lightly with a glaze, backed with a disc of rice paper. Crunchy and addictive.
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#423 melissafitz

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 05:25 PM

i was just extolling the wonders of their candy cane joe-joes. like ben & jerry's mint choco cookie ice cream w/o the brain freeze. and their frozen hors d'oevres are quite tasty -- better than some passed hors i've had at many a cocktail party.

#424 LindaK

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 07:42 PM

I will agree with the naan- if we are talking about the fresh ones by the bread. The garlic and the curry are both great bases. I also think their mini toasts are a great bargain. They are super crispy and I put them out with all cheeses, spreads, and dips. Sgtored in a zip lock bag they maintain crunch for some time. They also had the cheapest fresh cranberries this season at $1.99 versus $2.50 or more at most places.

I was referring to the frozen naan, but will look for the fresh version in the bread section and give it a try. Thus far I've not been impressed with anything from their fresh bread section, so haven't browsed there in a while.

The mini toasts, like many of their crackers, are a great buy, I agree.


 


#425 Kim Shook

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Posted 10 December 2009 - 09:15 AM

We had two different flatbread pizzas this week - the mushroom & cheese and the ham & caramelized onion. Both were very good - but the ham was the best. And we were VERY happy to see the chocolate covered peppermint Joe-Joes back. Mr. Kim bought 8 boxes :shock: :laugh: ! I was, however, very sad to learn that they don't sell their all butter frozen puff pastry anymore. It was so much better than Pepperidge Farm and I will not pay the insane WF price for it. So it's back to Pep Farm, I guess :angry: !

#426 CanadianBakin'

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Posted 31 December 2009 - 08:57 PM

I've never been to Trader Joe's but have discovered there's one across the Canada/US border about 90 minutes away. I'm planning to make the trip down and I'm wondering what are your favourite ingredients to buy there? I want to make sure I don't miss anything.
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#427 Lisa Shock

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Posted 31 December 2009 - 10:48 PM

The pound plus chocolate bar is fairly decent stuff, and very useful when you just need to make a small amount of bonbons or something.

The bagged nuts and dried fruits are reasonably priced, and the selection is pretty good.

The house brand of organic dairy is reasonably priced (as is the non-organic) and a good deal if you can't buy from a local dairy co-op or something. The cheeses vary, and I have gotten some unusual ones there.

The snacks are good, things like tortilla chips are decent and competitively priced.

The wet cat food is very high quality, and, once again reasonably priced -about half of what you'd pay for premium food at a pet shop.

They are a major retailer of wine and beer, and do have rock bottom prices. When I managed a wine store, there was a TJ's nearby and we avoided carrying anything they had because their retail price was lower than what the wholesalers wanted to charge us for a 5-case order. I have gotten some good craft beers there.

#428 mgaretz

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 02:12 AM

One of my TJ "staples" is their spice blend called 21 Seasoning Salute.

#429 Kerry Beal

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 05:42 AM

The triple ginger gingersnaps!

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#430 IndyRob

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 06:21 AM

I love the President butter from Normandy. Their pesto in a jar is also good, and cheaper than most other prepared pestos. The jarred roasted red peppers are also good.

#431 Darienne

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 08:27 AM

We didn't buy a lot there (Albuquerque) but I found that the pound chocolate was fine for using for not top grade stuff.

However, we both disliked the dipped raspberry and orange pieces.

Another time I bought some kumquats...no problem. Much prefer Whole Foods but hey! you can't have everything. :raz:
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#432 MelissaH

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 09:33 AM

The triple ginger gingersnaps!

Sorry about that, Kerry! :wink:

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#433 Kerry Beal

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 09:45 AM


The triple ginger gingersnaps!

Sorry about that, Kerry! :wink:

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#434 choux

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 11:46 AM

The corn tortillas are really good. They actually smell and taste like corn, rather than the cardboard rounds you get in Canada.

Edited to add: You have to try Fage yougurt. Liberte is good, but Fage is better.

Edited by choux, 01 January 2010 - 11:49 AM.


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Posted 01 January 2010 - 12:34 PM

Do they still carry the cumin/black sesame seed snack "strips" or bars? Expecting a package from friends in Calif. and hope those are in there!
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#436 John Rosevear

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 12:55 PM

Morello cherries, in a jar. They are absolutely perfect for cherry cobbler, and quite fine in a pie.
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#437 MaryMc

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 03:22 PM

Trader Joe's has the best prices I've found on European-style butter. Their dried fruits and nuts are generally fresh and good-quality and reasonably priced (and the sesame-honey cashews are a little like crack). I keep their shredded Italian cheese blend around for a quick fix on microwave pizzas--it actually smells and tastes cheese-y, which is more than I can say for most pre-shredded cheese.
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#438 LindsayAnn

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 03:14 PM

I think Trader Joes has carried this product for quite a while, but while shopping earlier in the week I was motivated to finally pick up a bag to try! I decided to rip em' open today (10 mins ago, haha) and they were actually really really yummy. What are they? The frozen chicken meatballs (in a bag). Pretty good size, and really yummy. Now I believe they were nicely seasoned, maybe a little but salty (which I love, I like overly salty food I think....since I salt soo soo many things that seem to be seasoned fine to others)...but these were good just on their own. I actually tried them as is....no sauce, no add-ons, just the meatballs. I did so because I wanted to determine how much I liked the actual product, not so much what I turned it into or added them to. These wold be great on a pasta, or in a meatball sandwhich! YUM! Anyone else a fan of these??? I haven't seen them mentioned yet on this forum.
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Posted 16 February 2010 - 06:17 AM

Trader Joe's Company Voluntarily Recalls Chocolate Chip Chewy Coated Granola Bars


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 10, 2010 - Monrovia CA – Trader Joe's Company of Monrovia, California is voluntarily recalling Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chip Chewy Coated Granola Bars, UPC 82818, Use by Dates/Lot Codes 16JUL10H2 and 17JUL10H1, manufactured by Bloomfield Bakery, a subsidiary of Ralcorp Holdings, Inc. because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The product involved in this recall was distributed at Trader Joe’s stores nationally and comes in a 7.4 oz box marked with Use by/Lot Codes 16JUL10H2 and 17JUL10H1 on the top of the box and stamped individually on the side of each granola bar. Production of the product has been suspended while FDA and Bloomfield Bakery continue their investigation.
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#440 Special K

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 11:36 AM

At our TJ's a couple of weeks ago (in the new Ballard/Seattle store) I found "Dover Sole Fillet(s), wild caught" - I know there are probably not real Dover sole fillets, since they appear to have been caught in Monrovia, CA, but daaayum!!! they were good!! I just did a simple sole meuniere (and isn't it odd that there's no recipe for that in MTAOFC??) and we were in heaven.

Went back yesterday to stock up, and hey! Since it was the day after Valentine's day they were giving away bouquets of a dozen red roses. Coincidentally, yesterday happened to be hubby's birthday, so that was pretty darned cool! (Guess what we had for dinner?) :smile:

Edited because the color "red" has no "a" in it. Sheesh.

Edited by Special K, 16 February 2010 - 11:37 AM.


#441 LindsayAnn

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 03:17 PM

A new product I picked up yesterday....forget the name of them (threw out the packaging already to save space in freezer, packed em' in a ziplock baggie instead :biggrin: )....but they're these Japanese Rice Snack...found in the freezer case. Little triangles on white sticky rice surrounded by some sorta breading type thing....flavored with soy, bonito, and some other things right along the lines of those flavor profiles. They're really really YUM! You just throw them in the oven at 350 for 10 mins or so, or you can even microwave (I did mine in oven to make them better). 8 come in a package, 80 calories each and fat free! Those are just added perks. They are really good. I have never had them before but I guess they are popular...again, they're Japanese.

TRY THEM!

Anyone know what these are called?
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#442 chezcherie

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 03:50 PM

A new product I picked up yesterday....forget the name of them (threw out the packaging already to save space in freezer, packed em' in a ziplock baggie instead :biggrin: )....but they're these Japanese Rice Snack...found in the freezer case. Little triangles on white sticky rice surrounded by some sorta breading type thing....flavored with soy, bonito, and some other things right along the lines of those flavor profiles. They're really really YUM! You just throw them in the oven at 350 for 10 mins or so, or you can even microwave (I did mine in oven to make them better). 8 come in a package, 80 calories each and fat free! Those are just added perks. They are really good. I have never had them before but I guess they are popular...again, they're Japanese.

TRY THEM!

Anyone know what these are called?


they are called yaki onigiri --rice snacks. i like 'em too.
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#443 NadyaDuke

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Posted 18 February 2010 - 08:46 AM

I haven't seen the chicken meatballs, but the turkey meatballs have been a staple in our house for years. As long as I have a bag of those in the freezer, a jar of spaghetti sauce and some spaghetti I know I can throw together a quick meal!

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 08:59 AM

Whoa. I just opened a jar of Trader Joe's Dijon mustard and spread some on a sausage, took a bite -- and only 10 minutes later am I beginning to recover from the all-out assault on my nasal passages, throat and tear ducts. Jesus. Straight wasabi isn't this extreme.

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 09:14 AM

Whoa. I just opened a jar of Trader Joe's Dijon mustard and spread some on a sausage, took a bite -- and only 10 minutes later am I beginning to recover from the all-out assault on my nasal passages, throat and tear ducts. Jesus. Straight wasabi isn't this extreme.

WHOA! Thanks for the warning! :laugh:
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#446 MarkIsCooking

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 06:45 PM

I can't say that I find tons of stuff I love at TJ's, but here's one my wife discovered recently that amazed me. They have small boxes of frozen croissants (plan or chocolate - 4 per box). Here's the drill. You take them out of the freezer at night before you go to bed and place them on a sheet pan with parchment. Let them sit out overnight. Through the night, they defrost and then proof. When you wake up, they're ready to bake. I'm telling you, fresh out of the oven, they are amazing and the quality will surprise you. Worth a try.

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#447 Kim Shook

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 08:37 PM

I can't say that I find tons of stuff I love at TJ's, but here's one my wife discovered recently that amazed me. They have small boxes of frozen croissants (plan or chocolate - 4 per box). Here's the drill. You take them out of the freezer at night before you go to bed and place them on a sheet pan with parchment. Let them sit out overnight. Through the night, they defrost and then proof. When you wake up, they're ready to bake. I'm telling you, fresh out of the oven, they are amazing and the quality will surprise you. Worth a try.

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I second this. I've had the VERY expensive mail-order ones from Wms-Sonoma and these are SO much less expensive and every bit as good.

#448 Pierogi

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 11:50 PM


I can't say that I find tons of stuff I love at TJ's, but here's one my wife discovered recently that amazed me. They have small boxes of frozen croissants (plan or chocolate - 4 per box). Here's the drill. You take them out of the freezer at night before you go to bed and place them on a sheet pan with parchment. Let them sit out overnight. Through the night, they defrost and then proof. When you wake up, they're ready to bake. I'm telling you, fresh out of the oven, they are amazing and the quality will surprise you. Worth a try.

-mark

I second this. I've had the VERY expensive mail-order ones from Wms-Sonoma and these are SO much less expensive and every bit as good.

Kim (and Mark), they're as good as the ones from W/S because they're the SAME as the ones from W/S !! Same purveyor, different labels. Obviously, different price. TJ's does that a lot. Much of their private-label stuff is made by purveyors who also supply the big gourmet guns.

The chocolate croissants are in my freezer at ALL times. They are just sublime.
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#449 Shel_B

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 07:03 PM

Whoa. I just opened a jar of Trader Joe's Dijon mustard and spread some on a sausage, took a bite -- and only 10 minutes later am I beginning to recover from the all-out assault on my nasal passages, throat and tear ducts. Jesus. Straight wasabi isn't this extreme.


Interesting. I bought a jar of TJ's Dijon last year and found it rather mild, certainly nowhere as intense as you've described.

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 07:06 PM

I think Trader Joes has carried this product for quite a while, but while shopping earlier in the week I was motivated to finally pick up a bag to try! I decided to rip em' open today (10 mins ago, haha) and they were actually really really yummy. What are they? The frozen chicken meatballs (in a bag). Pretty good size, and really yummy. Now I believe they were nicely seasoned, maybe a little but salty (which I love, I like overly salty food I think....since I salt soo soo many things that seem to be seasoned fine to others)...but these were good just on their own. I actually tried them as is....no sauce, no add-ons, just the meatballs. I did so because I wanted to determine how much I liked the actual product, not so much what I turned it into or added them to. These wold be great on a pasta, or in a meatball sandwhich! YUM! Anyone else a fan of these??? I haven't seen them mentioned yet on this forum.


A few weeks ago I tried their chicken meatballs with sun dried tomatoes. Really good !

.... Shel