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Kerry Beal

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no problem at all.  Im pleased I tried these.

 

Ill just take them back..   I will try to take off a leaf or two and try again drained.

 

Id love to find a jared artichoke ' bottoms '  that suit me.

 

so the trial was worth it.

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@rotuts  Do you have a brand of artichokes you prefer?   I shop at World Market a bit, and they have Mezzetta brand marinated artichokes.   The other they have is Cucina & Amore grilled & marinated, based in Novato  CA (which was promising) but the artichokes are from Peru according to the jar (disappointment).  I haven't tried either yet.   Costco occasionally carried marinated artichokes in jars, but I can't recall the brand.

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@lemniscate

 

world market is Cost Plus ?

 

yes there is one very near me.

 

I went their for the first time a few weeks ago

 

and was impressed on some of the imported foods.

 

that's a nmoce tip

 

Ill make a note and look for MA's there

 

I think a long long time ago there were small jars

 

Cara Mia ?   but I think those are only via the web these days.

 

it must be very difficult to get rid of a layer or two of fibrous leaves

 

\as these are probably mechanically processes

 

two sets were OK , then three more were very fibrous , and I dissected them out 

 

it was the outer leaves.

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I generally have a preference for artichokes which,  in my opinion, need to be fresh and cooked at home.

 

Otherwise, the best stuff I've had are grilled Roman artichokes, imported from Italy, packed in olive oil. They're quite large, and sold by the piece at places like DiPalo's and Formaggio Kitchen (which might be good for you, @rotuts).

 

Expensive, but the best of its kind.

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Today's find at TJ's was this Beecher's cheese box.  12 oz total for $9.99.  The sign said, "seasonal" so I imagine it will be gone before long.  I may go back and pick up another box or two.  The "best by" date on the box is Feb 2020 so I'd have a little time to enjoy them. 

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Here are the descriptions of the cheeses from the back of the box.  Flagship is the only one I'm familiar with. 

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I've never seen Beecher's cheeses at my local TJ's (only on my east coast travels) so this was a first. 

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Not sure if I noted this before but they always have available Dijon mustard. it is a DEAL> I used to get a ginormous jar of Grey Poupon for uber cheap at Smart & Final but several years ago they changed their inventory. I use lots of mustard; and no not grainy though the TJ ceramic pots were my pen/pencil holders for years - clients always commented. 

@blue_dolphin  hhmm the cheese box entices.

Despite being in a rural community I have 3 (!) TJ's w/in 2 to 3  miles or so.   https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1GCEA_enUS755US755&sxsrf=ACYBGNREarxsDY6tZbvyf6qNtJ3AP8Ye5A:1570707660428&q=trader+joe's+palos+verdes+peninsula&npsic=0&rflfq=1&rlha=0&rllag=33769985,-118359071,4960&tbm=lcl&ved=2ahUKEwji9JSBzpHlAhWNTt8KHbChBjUQtgN6BAgKEAQ&tbs=lrf:!2m1!1e3!3sIAE,lf:1,lf_ui:4&rldoc=1#rlfi=hd:;si:;mv:[[33.7931197,-118.3057494],[33.7468514,-118.4123934]];tbs:lrf:!2m1!1e3!3sIAE,lf:1,lf_ui:4  And there is another quite close in Redondo Beach. Crazy but we are their home base from the beginning.    https://www.traderjoes.com/our-story


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I'm going to be having appointments in the big city fairly often at the periodontist :( --my teeth are great....some of my gums, not so great.  However, the up side (can there be an up side lol)is that I'm in a part of town that I don't get to very often.  As a reward to myself for doing all of this horrid stuff, I am stopping at different places (Whole Foods was last week).  

 

Anyway, a Trader Joe's just opened a couple of weeks ago and I'm planning on going Wednesday (if I don't feel too crappy after the appointment, that is).  I'm excited.  I signed up to get their flyer by email so I will peruse that and see if there are things we might want to try.

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13 minutes ago, Shelby said:

I'm going to be having appointments in the big city fairly often at the periodontist :( --my teeth are great....some of my gums, not so great.  However, the up side (can there be an up side lol)is that I'm in a part of town that I don't get to very often.  As a reward to myself for doing all of this horrid stuff, I am stopping at different places (Whole Foods was last week).  

 

Anyway, a Trader Joe's just opened a couple of weeks ago and I'm planning on going Wednesday (if I don't feel too crappy after the appointment, that is).  I'm excited.  I signed up to get their flyer by email so I will peruse that and see if there are things we might want to try.

 

Sorry that you have to deal with the perio-crap 😟 and hope you'll be feeling up to some browsing afterwards.  

This Chimay Autumn Cheese is in their current flyer and one you might like to try.  

The frozen puff pastry is back in stock.  It usually disappears at the end of Dec.  

Also in this flyer is the spicy cider.  It's not really spicy, just lightly spiced.  I like it heated up in a warm mug.  I dilute with some water but also like to add a glug of rum or apple brandy. 

Since it's October, the flyer is full of pumpkin stuff, much of which I wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole but I do like the pumpkin biscotti and the little pumpkin cranberry crisps are very nice with goat cheese. 

Also in the flyer is this Phigment Red Blend wine which I thought tasted quite reasonable for a $5.99 bottle - gotta economize somewhere 🙃. Some inexpensive reds taste like Skittles to me but I thought this one had nice tannins to balance out the fruit.

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@Shelby  that TJ Flyer is more enabling then eGullet!  nd they do try for humor with the cartoons and captions. Have fun 

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There are some things I consistently buy at TJ's.  I will try lots of the new offerings all the time, but there are some things that always come home with me.

 

My go-to's at TJ's over the years are their jarred Salsa Verde.  It's a tomatillo based salsa.  

I like their cottage cheese a lot.

The flax seed corn chips.   The white cheddar popcorn (probably not dental work friendly at the moment for you @Shelby)

The little tiny stroopwafels called caramel bites are great. 

I like the frozen mango chunks.

I like their TJ's rebranded Unibroue beers (Providential, Audiciter, Vintage Ale) so good and so inexpensive for Unibroue. 

Gerolsteiner mineral water.

The dried pineapple rings, mango slices, coconut cashews, roasted sunflower seeds......the nut and dried fruit offerings are really good.

+1 on the Chimay cheese, it's buttery.  Unexpected Cheddar is so good.  The aged Goudas they offer.   They have a good version of Pub Cheese spread.  Easy to go a little crazy in their cheese bin.

The Everything Crackers and Cornbread crisps to go with the cheeses.

Their tricolor radiattore pasta is my favorite shape ever.

I like their canned Marinara pasta sauce. 

The garlic stuffed olives.

 

I don't buy the fresh meats, prepared meals or sandwiches or salads at TJ's.   I know people really like their frozen pizzas and orange chicken.  I don't buy those things either.   I usually only buy fresh apples at TJ's when they carry the Jazz variety. 

 

Wine seems to fly out the door at TJ's.  I see people buying cases every time I shop.

 

 

 

 

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@lemniscate

 

certain " table wines "  I think are excellent value at TJ's

 

their Varnish-Shaw's wine  keeps Tj's in business    not for us.

 

for me a Table-Wine   is inexpensive ,  dry , no oak , and no ' benzene '

 

I define ' benzine '  as flavors , chemical like , that don't reming me of grapes.

 

I prefer grape flavor , not so much cherries , tobacco , etc.

 

these are not chit-chat wines , but decent ones to enjoy w a meal

 

andy meal , or 

 

while Re=Hydrating  studying  e.g..

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I've really narrowed it down.  

 

Some produce, when necessary, with lots of inspection.  I like the small apples in a bag this time of year; good for snacks to pack in a lunch bag.  

 

Frozen Argentinian wild shrimp are quite decent. Those New Zealand lamb racks, too. And ours has kosher chicken in various iterations.

 

Eggs when I haven't shlepped to farmer's market.

 

Certain cheeses, nuts, dried fruits are all fine. The latter especially for baking.

 

We have a nice selection of cut flowers too.

 

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