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  1. Trader Joe's Products (2017–)

    Yes--I'm not a huge fan of them, though they are a bit addictive if you let yourself get started. They remind me a bit of larger versions of Pik-Nik Shoestring Potatoes.
  2. Desirable Vintage Cookware

    I have quite a few of these vintage French tin pots. A couple large and probably a dozen small, which I love to serve gazpacho in (keeps it nicely chilled). Nothing that special, just nice, usable vintage pieces.
  3. Treasured Culinary Mementos

    My Mom's family lived in the Kansas City, MO area for a number of generations. At one time, they lived on a farm that was neighbor to the James family. Jesse and his brother Frank would stop in occasionally for a cup of coffee. Mom had the sugar bowl that they got their sugar from for their coffee. This was always a delightful story to share with friends and show them the bowl when we were kids and I still have friends ask about it. I wish I had a photo of it, but Mom (she just passed on Oct. 4) had dementia and about 3 or 4 years ago, she gave it away. I was so distraught since I didn't even have a photo of it and no idea where it is or with whom. Let that be a lesson to all--if you have a family member with dementia, be sure to get anything meaningful away from them, even if they are "not that bad yet."
  4. I searched for a very long time for something like this, tried the Kind bars and some other "savory" options. I just never found what I really wanted. In a perfect world, there would be a bar that tasted like bacon and eggs. Yes, I know I could make a sandwich of some sort, or little quiches, but those would need refrigeration/re-heating if I wanted to take them with me for travel. For the present time, I've just given up on the bar/recipe search. I eat a few crackers and a handful of nuts or something like that. If I'm not going to be too long, I might make a little cheese sandwich to take along.
  5. Trader Joe's Products (2017–)

    This might be my new obsession. Enjoying the one cup of it (sadly I didn't buy more) with a drizzle of honey. Icelandic-Style Plain Non-Fat Yogurt
  6. Trader Joe's Products (2017–)

    If anyone was considering their frozen soft shrimp tacos, don't. I thought it was going to be good "bachelor food" while my husband was out of town. I ended up tossing it and eating some crackers.
  7. Trader Joe's Products (2017–)

    I can't find who originally posted about it, but I had also picked up one of the Cauliflower Pizza Crusts a while ago. I finally found a use tonight. By no means an authentic Indian meal, but I was using up leftovers and an emergency Butter Chicken packaged dinner. I nearly always have one of the packages of TJ's frozen Naan in my freezer, but I did not. YIKES! I spotted the cauliflower crust. Baked it as instructed, then put on melted butter, sprinkled with an Indian spice blend and sprinkled over some feta. Ran under the broiler for a few minutes. We both loved it. Much more so than the stupid mix with leftover chicken. LOL!
  8. Trader Joe's Products (2017–)

    I meant to report back on this sooner. I used it in on a tomato/cucumber salad with a little sesame oil. Very tasty!!! I would say a very slight taste of soy sauce, but not nearly as salty and much yummier! I will definitely be picking more up when I go. Just in case!
  9. Rebecca263 has passed away

    Many condolences to all her family and friends.
  10. Trader Joe's Products (2017–)

    I bought this yesterday. No immediate purpose in mind, just spotted it and thought it was worth a try.
  11. Trader Joe's Products (2017–)

    I have to tell you about our "adventure" yesterday, as it does pertain to Trader Joe's. I took Mom to lunch, then we went to Trader Joe's. When we came out, there was a car angled in back of my car and the one next to it. Emergency flashers were on and no one in it. I glanced around and didn't see anyone, but proceeded to put my groceries (including frozen/refrigerated items) in the trunk. Still no one. Cars were fighting to get around the car. I told Mom to get in the car and stay there (She has dementia and isn't terribly steady on her feet--wanted to keep her out of harm's way.). I took the cart and went back toward the stores. Saw a woman unloading or loading kids and stuff into her van. I asked if she had seen anyone that looked like the car belonged to them. No, but she suggested I ask in TJ's or Maurice's next door. I went into TJ's and told the guys in the management cubicle. One said he'd call Mall Security, but they take so long to show up that it would likely be gone before they got there. Another one said he'd come out with me and see if he could figure out what to do, so that I didn't lose all my food I'd just bought--it was 93 degrees. As we walked out, the woman in the car next to mine (also blocked) was just walking up and went ballistic. The TJ guy walked up to the car and was starting to open the door when a little old man (with all sort of medical equipment attached to him) came tottering out from somewhere and said he couldn't get the car to move. (Where was he and why didn't he come out when I was wandering around trying to find the owner?) The other woman started yelling that he shouldn't be driving and she was right. She was not young either, but there are just way too many elderly people who are convinced they can still drive, but can't drive well and in the case of an emergency do not know how to handle it. I hope he has family who will take care of him and take away his car keys. The TJ's guy said he'd be back. He went in, got 3 other guys and they came out, popped the car into neutral and pushed it into a parking space. My heroes!! I sent kudos to TJ's corporate for hiring great people and next time I go, will try to think of a special treat to take for them. I also got a call from the "Captain" at this particular TJ's thanking me for letting corporate know about their great employees. OK, back to talking about food...
  12. Trader Joe's Products (2017–)

    I just bought one this week, but have not had it yet. Will report on it when I do, though that may not be very soon. Have a lot of dining out/events over the next week.
  13. Trader Joe's Products (2017–)

    I know I have had them, but not terribly recently. At least a year or so ago, which means I can't remember any specifics. I can say that I didn't race right back to buy more, so would guess that I wasn't that impressed.
  14. Trader Joe's Products (2017–)

    New to me at TJ yesterday. I had some in my morning kefir and I really like it! Coffee Flour
  15. Aldi

    A new Aldi recently opened near us (Kansas City, MO) and it is this new model. It's wonderful! It isn't as convenient for me as the one I usually shop, but when I happen to be over that way, I stop in.
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