I just got back to work after eating Vons Grocery Store's Pacific Coast Chowder at home for lunch and thought I had to post about how good it is. So good. Rich white clam chowder with potatoes, celery, etc. Can hardly beat it with a little freshly ground pepper and nutmeg added to it. Vons grocer's have several varieties of soups, but so far this is the only one I have tried. They run around $3.99 per plastic carton (sometimes you can get them for 3/$9.99). At my Vons in Pasadena there is a refrigerated section right when you walk in the door that houses only these soups. Great for a quick meal - just heat and eat.
Last night I decided to finally eat the Garlic Fries that TJs sells in their freezer section. They were really good. The garlic/parsley sauce comes separately and you pour it on after the fries have been heated. I heated them in my toaster over for about 1/2 an hour (turning every 8-10 minuts) and then blasted them with broil and toast at the same time at the end. Instructions call for 18-22 minutes, but that was not enough for this well-done lovin' gal. Also really good with just salt if you opt to not use the garlic sauce. If you do, be aware, it is extremely garlicky (as it should be!).
Another of my favorite TJ finds is the Swedish Pancake Mix. Tastes exactly like Farmor used to make for me in Sweden (when A LOT of butter is used!!). I use about 1/3 of the box (about 1 cup mix) each time and have more than enough. Box is misleading as it says you will get 10 pancakes out of the box. Serve with lingon or any other type of jam and you are good to go!
One more thing - stopped by TJs last week and they were sampling "Southwest (I believe) Sloppy Joes". They have a bottled southwest sauce that they mixed with the meat and added bell-peppers and onions to. Put it all on a bun with some cheddar and were sampling it out - really, really tasty. Added an extra punch to the regular sloppy joe!!