Friday, February 10, 2006

Trader Joes Food Meme

What are your five latest great food finds at Trader Joes?

Here's mine:
1. Inko's Honeydew White Tea (16 oz bottle) - a very clean tasting white iced tea with a subtley pleasing honeydew flavor.

2. Trader Joe's Pizza Dough - my family prefer the plain, but it also comes in herb, wholewheat, and now new cornmeal! Makes a great pizza, but you'll need a pizza stone.

3. Contadino Pinot Grigio - a dry white from Italy with "hints of apple and pear" -for $3/bottle

4. TJ's Wasabi Oil - punch up your salad dressing with this hot oil! Try on avocado, cucumber, and daikon salad with rice vinegar.

5. TJs Organic Frozen Jasmine rice - 3 pack - 3 minutes in the micro, this can save a lotta time.

OK - let's hear your fav. five!


Blogger Sam said...

I just dont get the pizza dough. I tried it and i thought it dreadful. We ate it at a friend's house where my opinion of it didn't change. But I have read good things about it on blogs, even my cooking School teacher was raving about it.

I even have a pizza stone but I still couldn't make it taste any good. I must be doing something wrong. i dunno. Kudos to you that it works in your household!

8:42 AM  
Blogger Heidi said...

1. Tomato Soup (in a box)
2. Guacamole in a bag
3. Pizza--we LOVE it--maybe it's a personal taste thing--dough in a bag, shredded mozzarella in a bag (easily as good as the block), TJ's pizza sauce in a jar
4. Ready-to make spinach salad in a bag (with pecans, cranberries, bleu cheese & raspberry vinaigrette)
5. TJ's version of Pirate Booty--cheaper, just as good, bigger bags.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Tana Butler said...

Sam sent me here: howdy from Santa Cruz county.

My favorite latest finds at TJ's:

1. Greek style yogurt (it's replaced sour cream in our house).

2. Habanero-lime salsa (for a specific purpose: with the smoked salmon, Greek-style yogurt, and cilantro--makes a fabulous spread/dip).

3. Pomi marinara sauce in a box (first discovered in Italy, I was so excited to find it here).

4. Hot chipotle salsa (I love to throw it into the Mexican style chicken soups I make).

5. I confess, I am also a big fan of the pizza dough. Maybe I'm just lucky, or maybe it's my Cuisinart convection toaster oven (the miracle worker!), but I love it. Topped with a little of the Pomi, some goat cheese, pine nuts, fresh basil, red bell peppers, and different cheeses...that's my favorite pizza to make at home.

I'm also just generally grateful for all the organic options they offer (beans, rice, etcetera), as well as Niman Ranch meats.

10:07 AM  
Blogger b'gina said...

Hi! I'm here from Sam's blog, too. This meme is a great idea. I love TJ's. I'm going to bookmark you and come back often.

5:07 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Sam - Thanks again for your blog mention and welcome Sam's friends! The pizza dough has been faultless for me. I used it for a pizza party for New Year's (I got the stone for Christmas) and everyone raved about it. I let it warm up to room temp. longer than the 20 mins recommended and it really improves if you let the pizza stone heat up for 30 minutes - 1 hour.

Heidi - thanks for your suggestions - I have yet to try the TJ's pizza sauce. TJs also has a bag of quattro formaggio that's great on pizza (but the kids prefer plain mozzarella).

Tana - thanks for your post - I'm gonna try the salsa suggestion.

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. trader joe peanutbutter cups!
2. greek yogurt, almost impossible to find anywhere else in seattle. Dont get the one with honey though....
3. have to agree with heidi on teh spinach salad, though in seattle it comes in a box, maybe I am getting the smaller size....

7:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh.... please everyone -- bring those over to!

11:07 AM  
Blogger Fran said...

We have to stick to just 5?
1)TJ's Dark Chocolate Bars
2)Blueberry Bran Mufins
3)Omega Seed Bread
4)Whole Wheat Organic Pasta
5)Organic Raspberry Preserves

12:18 PM  
Blogger Cyndi said...

1. Raclette cheese - something I used to eat often in Germany, but still enjoy now and then with potatoes, bananas, and mushrooms.
2. Chocolate chip meringues-just one to satisfy sweet cravings
3. Ditto the spinach salad heidi mentioned
4. Low carb pasta
5. Henninger beer

4:09 PM  
Blogger chuckles said...

TJ's has a greek yogurt with figs that is amazing. I also like their tomato and roasted peppers boxed soup, their organic sugar (it makes a huge difference, especially in baking), the Jo-Jos (especially ginger, but really all varieties), and - oh, only one more? Hmm, I'll go for the big boxes of rice milk. But they've dropped several of my favorite items lately, so it's a work in progress!

11:07 PM  
Anonymous Kung Foodie said...

My sweetie and I adore TJ's. I've tried a number of new items in the last two months...

1. TJ's Organic Brown Sugar
2. TJ's Organic Sugar (one whiff will show you what real white sugar is all about)
3. Quiche to Go (the mini appetizer quiches, might be wrong on the name)
4. Cream of Mushroom soup (in the frozen section)
5. Thai Red Curry Sauce

Tj's has been putting out a lot of new Indian and Thai inspired sauces. So far I've enjoyed all the ones I've tried. I'm still recovering from the loss of their awesome Vidalia Onion Dressing. I guess they're definitely no longer carrying it.

That stuff was the best!

We've been using the plain pizza dough for at least a year now. It's not the best dough I've ever had, but for a dollar I can't pass it up. I do NOT use a pizza stone but an insulated baking sheet. I get the best results by only using fresh bought dough, and shaping by hand (no rolling pin).

I then spinkle with the grated TJ's parmesan and prebake it for five minutes at 500 degrees. You want a hot, hot, HOT oven! After the prebake I take it out and add my sauce and toppings, then bake for another ten minutes. The crust comes out thin and crispy.

11:13 PM  
Anonymous Kung Foodie said...

I forgot to add that I also let the pizza dough sit and reach room temp for at least one hour.

11:15 PM  

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