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    Dimitri Guest

    Default TJ'S " these are a few of my favorite things"

    Lynn from Fargo is about to discover TJ'S

    I thought as a public service I would like to start a thread listing what I
    like at TJ'S and how I use it.

    Frozen spinach - I think it's one of the best values in the store - I don't
    think I've ever seen a stem.

    I just fry some garlic add the spinach, then some salt, lemon juice and a
    splash of balsamic.

    Frozen Roasted corn - this is good stuff. it has a nice roasted corn
    flavor - quite often I sauté it in butter then add a small can of diced
    green chilies - Ortega or Hatch if I can find them.

    Heavy Cream - years ago # 2 daughter game me a NO charged whipped cream
    maker - like the ones at Starbucks. Once charged it stays fresh for weeks
    and weeks if I don't eat it first.. :-)

    Eggs - are usually the least expensive in town, the same with their butter.


    There's about 6 thousand things more but I think it's your turn.

    Dimitri



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    Tracy Guest

    Default Re: TJ'S " these are a few of my favorite things"

    Dimitri wrote:
    > Lynn from Fargo is about to discover TJ'S
    >
    > I thought as a public service I would like to start a thread listing
    > what I like at TJ'S and how I use it.
    >
    > Frozen spinach - I think it's one of the best values in the store - I
    > don't think I've ever seen a stem.
    >
    > I just fry some garlic add the spinach, then some salt, lemon juice and
    > a splash of balsamic.
    >
    > Frozen Roasted corn - this is good stuff. it has a nice roasted corn
    > flavor - quite often I sauté it in butter then add a small can of diced
    > green chilies - Ortega or Hatch if I can find them.
    >
    > Heavy Cream - years ago # 2 daughter game me a NO charged whipped cream
    > maker - like the ones at Starbucks. Once charged it stays fresh for
    > weeks and weeks if I don't eat it first.. :-)
    >
    > Eggs - are usually the least expensive in town, the same with their butter.
    >
    >
    > There's about 6 thousand things more but I think it's your turn.
    >
    > Dimitri
    >
    >



    My favorites:

    The wine, if available. In Massachusetts there is a limit to how many
    stores can sell alcoho so not all the TJs near me sell wine. I don't
    know about ND.

    Nuts, raisins, granola, ginger. All that stuff is very good and
    reasonably priced.

    Yogurt, Chevre and other cheeses. They have a nice selection.

    Salsa

    Nut butters ( best price on almond and cashew butters)

    Frozen vegetables. I don't think I ever tried their frozen spinach -
    but I will now.

    Olive oil used to be a bargain - but I can get it cheaper elsewhere like
    Costco or the Restaurant Depot. But if you don't have access to those
    kinds of stores then the olive oil will be a bargain. They have other
    oils and flavored vinegars too.

    They have a lot of "simmer sauces" like curry or mole which I don't use,
    but I do like their barbecue sauce.

    They have limited produce - prepackaged stuff - I don't usually buy that
    there since I have a nice produce market within walking distance of home.

    I am sure there are more things....

    Tracy





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    Jean B. Guest

    Default Re: TJ'S " these are a few of my favorite things"

    Dimitri wrote:
    > Lynn from Fargo is about to discover TJ'S
    >
    > I thought as a public service I would like to start a thread listing
    > what I like at TJ'S and how I use it.
    >
    > Frozen spinach - I think it's one of the best values in the store - I
    > don't think I've ever seen a stem.
    >
    > I just fry some garlic add the spinach, then some salt, lemon juice and
    > a splash of balsamic.
    >
    > Frozen Roasted corn - this is good stuff. it has a nice roasted corn
    > flavor - quite often I sauté it in butter then add a small can of diced
    > green chilies - Ortega or Hatch if I can find them.
    >
    > Heavy Cream - years ago # 2 daughter game me a NO charged whipped cream
    > maker - like the ones at Starbucks. Once charged it stays fresh for
    > weeks and weeks if I don't eat it first.. :-)
    >
    > Eggs - are usually the least expensive in town, the same with their butter.
    >
    >
    > There's about 6 thousand things more but I think it's your turn.
    >
    > Dimitri
    >
    >

    Things that come to mind first (there are so many):

    black bean and corn salsa (refrigerated)
    cheeses
    [used to get pinon coffee there but don't see it now]
    dried Blenheim apricots (they seem to vary in quality)
    sometime other dried fruits (I was a bad LCer today and got a
    pomegranate-cherry-cranberry blend--I need nutrients!)
    some vities (cheap!!!)
    almond flour (best source for that--they used to have some other
    nut flours)
    olive oil (I need to remember that--it is soooo much cheaper than
    most other places now)
    organic dairy products--to the degree that they have them
    cioppino (frozen--very nice for LCing)
    frozen fish
    If you like Thai flavors, there is an awesome little
    snack--cashews, kaffir lime shreds etc. on a rice cracker base.
    (Not for me now, sniff.)

    --
    Jean B.

  4. #4
    Kris Guest

    Default Re: TJ'S " these are a few of my favorite things"

    On Mar 6, 2:22*pm, "Dimitri" <Dimitr...@prodigy.net> wrote:
    > Lynn from Fargo is about to discover TJ'S
    >
    > I thought as a public service I would like to start a thread listing whatI
    > like at TJ'S and how I use it.
    >
    > Frozen spinach - I think it's one of the best values in the store - I don't
    > think I've ever seen a stem.
    >
    > I just fry some garlic add the spinach, then some salt, lemon juice and a
    > splash of balsamic.
    >
    > Frozen Roasted corn - this is good stuff. *it has a nice roasted corn
    > flavor - quite often I sauté it in butter then add a small can of diced
    > green chilies - Ortega or Hatch if I can find them.
    >
    > Heavy Cream - years ago # 2 daughter game me a NO charged whipped cream
    > maker - like the ones at Starbucks. *Once charged it stays fresh for weeks
    > and weeks if I don't eat it first.. :-)
    >
    > Eggs - are usually the least expensive in town, the same with their butter.
    >
    > There's about 6 thousand things more but I think it's your turn.
    >
    > Dimitri


    A few of my favorite (TJ's) things:

    Sharp cheddar with carmelized onions
    Anti-OXident blueberry trail mix
    Bite-sized macaroons

    Kris

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    brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: TJ'S " these are a few of my favorite things"

    "Kris" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > A few of my favorite (TJ's) things:


    > Sharp cheddar with carmelized onions


    Good separately and a apart but eaten together sounds disgusting, purely
    TIAD.

    > Anti-OXident blueberry trail mix


    Sounds like some sort of drain cleaner.

    > Bite-sized macaroons


    Teeny tiny macaroons are kinda gay.

    > Kris Shannon


    You must be Mick Blake's kissing cousin. LOL




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    Gregory Morrow Guest

    Default Re: TJ'S " these are a few of my favorite things"


    brooklyn1 wrote:

    > "Kris" <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >
    > > A few of my favorite (TJ's) things:

    >
    > > Sharp cheddar with carmelized onions

    >
    > Good separately and a apart but eaten together sounds disgusting, purely
    > TIAD.
    >
    > > Anti-OXident blueberry trail mix

    >
    > Sounds like some sort of drain cleaner.
    >
    > > Bite-sized macaroons

    >
    > Teeny tiny macaroons are kinda gay.



    Perfect for Lil' Wayne's NAMBLA meetings...don't forget the lace serviettes
    and fingah bowls...!!!


    --
    Best
    Greg



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    brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: TJ'S " these are a few of my favorite things"


    "Gregory Morrow" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:iPOdnZayudFRBizUnZ2dnUVZ_jKWnZ2d@[email protected] m...
    >
    > brooklyn1 wrote:
    >
    >> "Kris" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> >
    >> > A few of my favorite (TJ's) things:

    >>
    >> > Sharp cheddar with carmelized onions

    >>
    >> Good separately and a apart but eaten together sounds disgusting, purely
    >> TIAD.
    >>
    >> > Anti-OXident blueberry trail mix

    >>
    >> Sounds like some sort of drain cleaner.
    >>
    >> > Bite-sized macaroons

    >>
    >> Teeny tiny macaroons are kinda gay.

    >
    >
    > Perfect for Lil' Wayne's NAMBLA meetings...don't forget the lace
    > serviettes
    > and fingah bowls...!!!
    >
    >
    > --
    > Best
    > Greg
    >
    >

    Lil' Wayne's NAMBLA meetings... LOL



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    Bob Terwilliger Guest

    Default Re: TJ'S " these are a few of my favorite things"

    Dimitri wrote:

    > I thought as a public service I would like to start a thread
    > listing what I like at TJ'S and how I use it.

    <snip>
    > There's about 6 thousand things more but I think it's your turn.


    Their candied ginger has quite a bite to it!

    They carry jars of Morello (sour) cherries during the summer.

    They've got frozen ostrich steaks.

    They've got a very good selection of breads and flatbreads.

    They USED to carry a Cuban simmer sauce which was fantastic. But it's
    apparently been discontinued -- as someone else mentioned already, TJ's
    often stops carrying items for no apparent reason. They also used to carry
    some of the best white chocolate around. (White chocolate almost always
    seems waxy to me, but this particular brand, Swartenbroeckx, was not waxy.)




  9. #9
    Arri London Guest

    Default Re: TJ'S " these are a few of my favorite things"



    Dimitri wrote:
    >
    > Lynn from Fargo is about to discover TJ'S
    >
    > I thought as a public service I would like to start a thread listing what I
    > like at TJ'S and how I use it.
    >
    > Frozen spinach - I think it's one of the best values in the store - I don't
    > think I've ever seen a stem.
    >
    > I just fry some garlic add the spinach, then some salt, lemon juice and a
    > splash of balsamic.
    >
    > Frozen Roasted corn - this is good stuff. it has a nice roasted corn
    > flavor - quite often I sauté it in butter then add a small can of diced
    > green chilies - Ortega or Hatch if I can find them.
    >
    > Heavy Cream - years ago # 2 daughter game me a NO charged whipped cream
    > maker - like the ones at Starbucks. Once charged it stays fresh for weeks
    > and weeks if I don't eat it first.. :-)
    >
    > Eggs - are usually the least expensive in town, the same with their butter.
    >
    > There's about 6 thousand things more but I think it's your turn.
    >
    > Dimitri



    The only thing at our local TJ's that's cheaper than we can get
    elsewhere are the 'Two Buck Chuck' wines. At holiday time they do stock
    some imported biscuits/cookies we like. Occasionally we get a bottle or
    two of cooking sauces, but no favourites.

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    Jean B. Guest

    Default Re: TJ'S " these are a few of my favorite things"

    Bob Terwilliger wrote:
    > Their candied ginger has quite a bite to it!
    >
    > They carry jars of Morello (sour) cherries during the summer.
    >
    > They've got frozen ostrich steaks.
    >
    > They've got a very good selection of breads and flatbreads.
    >
    > They USED to carry a Cuban simmer sauce which was fantastic. But it's
    > apparently been discontinued -- as someone else mentioned already, TJ's
    > often stops carrying items for no apparent reason. They also used to carry
    > some of the best white chocolate around. (White chocolate almost always
    > seems waxy to me, but this particular brand, Swartenbroeckx, was not waxy.)
    >

    Oh those cherries! I used to love those--and also the apricot
    sauce....
    >

    --
    Jean B.

  11. #11
    Marcella Peek Guest

    Default Re: TJ'S " these are a few of my favorite things"

    I agree completely with your list. Those are some of our favorites too.
    Others are:

    Frozen garlic in little ice cube trays. So quick to pop a couple out
    into a marinade or something.

    Frozen shrimp goyza (sp?) Pot sticker like things and the veggies and
    shrimp taste really fresh not old nor fishy.

    Frozen Naan and also the frozen gnocchi with red sauce.

    Dried fruits

    Their pie crusts. I cannot abide the Pillsbury kind but TJ's are really
    good. Just flour, butter, salt and water. They taste homemade and are
    always on hand. I used to find them in the refrigerator case but lately
    they've been in the freezer section.

    Hawaiian marinated beef

    Great prices on Niman Ranch bacon

    Hummus

    marcella

    In article <gMesl.1390$[email protected]>,
    "Dimitri" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Lynn from Fargo is about to discover TJ'S
    >
    > I thought as a public service I would like to start a thread listing what I
    > like at TJ'S and how I use it.
    >
    > Frozen spinach - I think it's one of the best values in the store - I don't
    > think I've ever seen a stem.
    >
    > I just fry some garlic add the spinach, then some salt, lemon juice and a
    > splash of balsamic.
    >
    > Frozen Roasted corn - this is good stuff. it has a nice roasted corn
    > flavor - quite often I sauté it in butter then add a small can of diced
    > green chilies - Ortega or Hatch if I can find them.
    >
    > Heavy Cream - years ago # 2 daughter game me a NO charged whipped cream
    > maker - like the ones at Starbucks. Once charged it stays fresh for weeks
    > and weeks if I don't eat it first.. :-)
    >
    > Eggs - are usually the least expensive in town, the same with their butter.
    >
    >
    > There's about 6 thousand things more but I think it's your turn.
    >
    > Dimitri


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    sf Guest

    Default Re: TJ'S " these are a few of my favorite things"

    On Fri, 6 Mar 2009 11:22:42 -0800, "Dimitri" <Dimitri_[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >Lynn from Fargo is about to discover TJ'S
    >
    >I thought as a public service I would like to start a thread listing what I
    >like at TJ'S and how I use it.


    Once you buy cheese at Trader Joe's, you'll realize how much every
    other place is ripping you off.


    --
    I never worry about diets. The only carrots that
    interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.

    Mae West

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    Nexis Guest

    Default Re: TJ'S " these are a few of my favorite things"


    "Dimitri" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:gMesl.1390$[email protected]..
    > Lynn from Fargo is about to discover TJ'S
    >
    > I thought as a public service I would like to start a thread listing what
    > I like at TJ'S and how I use it.
    >
    > Frozen spinach - I think it's one of the best values in the store - I
    > don't think I've ever seen a stem.
    >
    > I just fry some garlic add the spinach, then some salt, lemon juice and a
    > splash of balsamic.
    >
    > Frozen Roasted corn - this is good stuff. it has a nice roasted corn
    > flavor - quite often I sauté it in butter then add a small can of diced
    > green chilies - Ortega or Hatch if I can find them.
    >
    > Heavy Cream - years ago # 2 daughter game me a NO charged whipped cream
    > maker - like the ones at Starbucks. Once charged it stays fresh for weeks
    > and weeks if I don't eat it first.. :-)
    >
    > Eggs - are usually the least expensive in town, the same with their
    > butter.
    >
    >
    > There's about 6 thousand things more but I think it's your turn.
    >
    > Dimitri
    >


    Oh wow, let's see...where do I begin?

    Eggs- cheap, fresh, no hormones...what more could you ask for? When I can't
    get to my egg guy at the Farmer's Market, I get them at TJ's.

    Heavy Cream - The only place I ever buy heavy cream. Seriously. Ok, if there
    is some kind of cream emergency and TJ's was closed, I might get some at the
    store...but other than that. It has a higher fat content than store cream so
    it's totally luxe, and stays whipped when you whip it. Excellent for sauces
    too...just a lil bit will do.

    Frozen Corn - Roasted, Yellow & White. I never in my life have liked
    commercial frozen corn. Before TJ's, I only ever liked the corn my Aunt
    Margaret and Grandma Ma had put up from their crops. This corn has a fresh,
    sweet flavor and the roasted tastes like roasted corn. My husband loved the
    roasted in skillet cornbread and salsa.

    Roasting Hens & Fryers - great flavor, almost like the chickens of my youth.
    Had one, roasted, last night up at Ma's, in fact! With dressing even.

    Thin Sliced Sirloin - Great time saver! I use it for steak sandwiches, stir-
    fry, stroganoff, tacos. Season however you like and go to town.

    Gyoza - also frozen. Tastes almost as good as mine without all the filling
    and folding and pinching. Good stuff.

    Coconut Macaroons - Self explanatory, no?

    TJ's brand jams, jellies and preserves - Especially the triple berry and the
    boysenberry. Also the peanut butter, and my nephews and nieces all love the
    cashew butter.

    TJ's is also the best, and often least expensive, place to get things like
    bread (Milton's Multigrain is $2 cheaper than anywhere else on average,
    including Milton's restaurant!), cheese (great selection, very moderately
    priced), wine & alcohol (Pyrat rum for $7- good rum, great price), and
    beverages (Reed's extra ginger Ginger Beer, Virgil's Root Beer, etc...plus I
    *love* the Italian Blood Orange soda. Soooo tasty!). Also a great source for
    good but not expensive chocolate, nuts, dried fruits.

    Can you tell I love my Trader Joe's?

    kimberly
    --
    http://eating-sandiego.blogspot.com





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    Nexis Guest

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    "Bob Terwilliger" <virtualgoth@die_spammer.biz> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Dimitri wrote:
    >
    >> I thought as a public service I would like to start a thread
    >> listing what I like at TJ'S and how I use it.

    > <snip>
    >> There's about 6 thousand things more but I think it's your turn.

    >
    > Their candied ginger has quite a bite to it!
    >
    > They carry jars of Morello (sour) cherries during the summer.
    >
    > They've got frozen ostrich steaks.
    >
    > They've got a very good selection of breads and flatbreads.
    >
    > They USED to carry a Cuban simmer sauce which was fantastic. But it's
    > apparently been discontinued -- as someone else mentioned already, TJ's
    > often stops carrying items for no apparent reason. They also used to carry
    > some of the best white chocolate around. (White chocolate almost always
    > seems waxy to me, but this particular brand, Swartenbroeckx, was not
    > waxy.)


    On the white chocolate: Have you ever tried El Rey's white chocolate? Like
    you, I always thought white chocolate was waxy...just sweet, without much
    flavor too. El Rey's chocolate has a bit of complexity, which is nice, and
    the texture is nothing short of lovely. I buy it at Christmas time for
    truffles and it's always great. Just a thought

    kimberly
    --
    http://eating-sandiego.blogspot.com



  15. #15
    James Silverton Guest

    Default Re: TJ'S " these are a few of my favorite things"

    sf wrote on Sat, 07 Mar 2009 12:13:03 -0800:

    >> Lynn from Fargo is about to discover TJ'S
    >>
    >> I thought as a public service I would like to start a thread
    >> listing what I like at TJ'S and how I use it.


    > Once you buy cheese at Trader Joe's, you'll realize how much
    > every other place is ripping you off.


    Unfortunately, TJs discontinues things that I enjoy, like solid fat-free
    feta cheese.The only place I can find that is at a Safeway store and
    it's expensive: about $13 a pound.

    --

    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    Email, with obvious alterations: not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


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    Cryambers Guest

    Default Re: TJ'S " these are a few of my favorite things"

    Dimitri wrote:

    > I thought as a public service I would like to start a thread listing what I
    > like at TJ'S and how I use it.


    Olive oil
    Nuts
    Tuna in curry sauce (both red and yellow; boxed)
    Pork gyoza (frozen)
    Brie
    Chocolate

    They used to have good Italian bread sticks but I haven't seen them
    recently.

    It might just be the store where I shop, but I'm wary of produce.
    I've gotten enough that is rotten or close to it, that I'm very
    careful about buying TJ's produce, especially if it's packaged in such
    a way that I can't see all of it.

    pat

  17. #17
    Bob Terwilliger Guest

    Default Re: TJ'S " these are a few of my favorite things"

    kimberly wrote (with much snippage on my part):

    > Eggs
    > Heavy Cream
    > Frozen Corn
    > Roasting Hens & Fryers
    > Thin Sliced Sirloin
    > Gyoza
    > Coconut Macaroons
    > TJ's brand jams, jellies and preserves - Especially the triple berry and
    > the boysenberry. Also the peanut butter, and my nephews and nieces all
    > love the cashew butter.


    I haven't tried *any* of those things from TJ's! I think it's about time for
    an exploratory shopping trip.


    > TJ's is also the best, and often least expensive, place to get things like
    > bread (Milton's Multigrain is $2 cheaper than anywhere else on average,
    > including Milton's restaurant!), cheese (great selection, very moderately
    > priced), wine & alcohol (Pyrat rum for $7- good rum, great price), and
    > beverages (Reed's extra ginger Ginger Beer, Virgil's Root Beer, etc...plus
    > I *love* the Italian Blood Orange soda. Soooo tasty!). Also a great source
    > for good but not expensive chocolate, nuts, dried fruits.


    We buy wine there on occasion, and I agree about the breads. I'm afraid I
    have to disagree on the Blood Orange Soda; I found that I like Orangina
    better. But of course that's a matter of personal taste.

    Bob


  18. #18
    Bob Terwilliger Guest

    Default Re: TJ'S " these are a few of my favorite things"

    kimberly wrote:

    >> (White chocolate almost always seems waxy to me, but this particular
    >> brand, Swartenbroeckx, was not waxy.)

    >
    > On the white chocolate: Have you ever tried El Rey's white chocolate? Like
    > you, I always thought white chocolate was waxy...just sweet, without much
    > flavor too. El Rey's chocolate has a bit of complexity, which is nice, and
    > the texture is nothing short of lovely. I buy it at Christmas time for
    > truffles and it's always great. Just a thought


    Yes, El Rey is my favorite brand of white chocolate now. I buy it from
    Chocosphere.com, but only very rarely; I don't have much use for white
    chocolate most of the time. I used to make a white chocolate cheesecake
    marbled with a chunky pistachio syrup, but I haven't done that for years and
    years.

    Bob


  19. #19
    Christine Dabney Guest

    Default Re: TJ'S " these are a few of my favorite things"

    On Sat, 7 Mar 2009 20:22:04 -0800, "Bob Terwilliger"
    <virtualgoth@die_spammer.biz> wrote:


    >Yes, El Rey is my favorite brand of white chocolate now. I buy it from
    >Chocosphere.com, but only very rarely; I don't have much use for white
    >chocolate most of the time. I used to make a white chocolate cheesecake
    >marbled with a chunky pistachio syrup, but I haven't done that for years and
    >years.
    >
    >Bob


    David Lebovitz has a great white chocolate ice cream in his book, The
    Perfect Scoop.

    Christine
    --
    http://nightstirrings.blogspot.com

  20. #20
    koko Guest

    Default Re: TJ'S " these are a few of my favorite things"

    On Fri, 6 Mar 2009 11:22:42 -0800, "Dimitri" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >Lynn from Fargo is about to discover TJ'S
    >
    >I thought as a public service I would like to start a thread listing what I
    >like at TJ'S and how I use it.
    >

    snippage

    I just saw this today. What perfect timing
    It's a cute little song and video called "If I wrote a commercial for
    TJ's"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdB7GDZY3Pk

    koko
    --

    There is no love more sincere than the love of food
    George Bernard Shaw
    www.kokoscorner.typepad.com
    updated 03/07

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