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opinionatedchef | Jan 12, 2006 01:23 AM

There was a time when i did not buy many items at these stores, but as i have trial-purchased more things over the years, and their product lines have improved, these stores have come to contribute substantially to my larder.Below, I am listing my favorite things from them (and some 'Never Buy Again's).I would urge you all to keep in mind that both stores GUARANTEE a refund on anything you did not like- no questions asked. so be adventurous and reach for that thing you've hesitated to try- you can always get your money back if you don't like it- for any reason. this policy is actually a very smart one for both stores, i think, as it encourages trying new things.I do return things fairly regularly, because i AM always trying new things, and i have never had a problem at either store.
please post your own favs. - anything to make our lives easier and more delicious!!:

Crackers and chips: stoned wheat thins / parmesanpita toasts/ cheddr pota chips and blue bag potato chips/ tr giotto crostini/ Snap Pea Crisps ( i am completely and helplessly addicted)////

Frozen: stir fry snow pea mix/ french green beans(HARICOTS VERTS- stir fry these; do not blanch))/ grilled corn/Mandarin orange chicken (in a pinch)/ TAMALES- Grn chili and cheese, and Chicken /MINI BEEF TACOS/( i have detested all their other frozen mexican products- skimpy fillings and poorly flavored)/ MUSHROOM RAVS (though bj'S are better, to my great surprise)/TR JOES SPINACH PIE (not Filo Factory version)//TJ's eggplant parm in filo (good flavor but yes it is mushy)/exotic mushrooms/shiitakes/ edamame/artichoke hearts/ Tarte d'Alsace w/ gruyere and ham(what a tremendous product)/ turkey stromboli/calamari rings( good for quick protein/seafood addition to a soup or entree)////

Deli: niman bacon/corned beef/ cilantro lime noodle salad/ spinach, red chili, flour tortillas/ mexican layered dip/ North Atlantic (navy label)smoked salmon/ grated parm in navy blue bag(watch out- this can go moldy)/ aged Old amsterdam gouda w/ black rind/ drunken goat cheese/salmon caviar/pate in mini loaf- shaped crock//////

Baked Goods: all scones/ almond croissants/ triple ginger gingersnaps in tub///

Dry Goods: all nuts/ roasted sunflower seeds/thai
chili lime cashews/ dark chocolate bars- the single source ,and the larger tr joes bittersweet and extra dark ones( i use all these for baking)/coffee////

Cans and Jars: hearts of palm( neat addition to salads; though some of theirs are too soft)/ thai and moroccan simmer sauces/ vodka marinara sauce/ salsa with corn and black beans/ salsa verde///black truffle oil (better than the other cheap[less than $25] ones i've tried)/ presidents choice extra virgin olive oil///

Packaged Starches: Seeds of Change 7Grain Pilaf(TREMENDOUS ), and Cilantro Quinoa/ Casbah Saffron Jasmine Rice/Casbah? Moroccan Rice w/Lentils ,and Couscous w/Lentils and Tomatoes

Chips etc: Barbara's Cheese Puffs in White Bag (the ONLY great cheese puffs i have ever found); Frontera Chipotle Lime Tortilla Chips

Frozen: Blue Moon sorbets- grapefruit campari, and peach melba/ V cornmeal pizza crusts (TREMENDOUS;the ONLY pizza crust for me; just bake longer than they say)/Nature's Touch veggie patties- vegetable medley and spicy black bean/RUDOLPH'S WHOLE RYE BREAD, brown wrapper- The most toothsome hearty Rye bread i have found -for toast- not sandwiches)

Bread: Pigs Fly- Dark Rye , Harvest/ Iggy's- all theirs but especially Francese(though the holes are a real drag)////

Chocolates: Vosges Bars- esp. Red Fire Bar and the one with smoked salt//newman's own peanut butter cups/Black and Green dark chocolate bar/ Lemon Chocolates in box (by bakery)////

Cheese dept.: fresh ricotta/ red pepper and feta spread/ vermont cheese co.? lightly salted or unsalted butter in yellow paper-wrapped tube/ bruderbasel cheese- for pizza/ parmesan (their new wisconsin parm is very very good, as cheaper alternative to the exp.italian ones)/danish feta in a jar (with herbed marinade which can be used to marinade lamb or chicken or beef; add red wine vinegar first)/ fresh ravioli- smoked mozzarella and red pepper, and lobster////

Dairy: Eggs/ Lifeway Raspberry Kefir///

Salad Dressings: Cindy's Chipotle ranch, Cilantro, Deeply Roasted Sesame, Greek with Feta and Olive, (Ranch , and Creamy Miso need work)// Annie's Goddess/ 365 Peanut Sauce////

Seafood: trout, skate ( both are very flavorful fresh fish that won't break the bank); charlie trotter's 2 gravlax types/ frozen minced clams/ smoked scallops/
whole foods teriyaki orange marinade next to seafood////

Deli: Risotto Cakes/ Masa Cakes/ Cilantro Fritters/
the best deli Corned Beef i have had/ Turkey/Smoked Turkey/ Sesame Noodle salad/Roasted Beets//Guacamole-not low fat////corn tortillas/ red pepper hoomus///

Soups:corn chowder(i add cooked shrimp, smoked and regular scallops,clam juice, cilantro and pesto to this)/ clam chowder(i add more clams, and corn to this)/tomato fennel soup (i add cooked wheatberries or brown and wild rice, and/or chopped ham to this)/////

Produce: peeled garlic/ mixed sprouts- for salad/ chanterelles////

Jars: arrowhead crunchy peanut butter and almond butter/maple syrup- grade B for stronger flavor)///

Spices: they are the only ones who carry my fav curry powder-Sun brand Madras-in small gold square can- TONS better than any other brand,(even from Indian food stores).

o.k. i've been working on this posting for the better part of this day. i quit now! it's YOUR turns!!

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