Trader Joe's Poutine????????

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2014/02/07 02:36:19 (permalink)

Trader Joe's Poutine????????

I received a flyer from Trader Joe's today. I always enjoy reading them because they really spend a lot of creative time doing the write-ups on the various products they're selling.
As many of you know, they have a wide variety of products not normally found in ho-hum supermarkets.
You know, things like "Sai Tung Green Curry & Red Gaba Rice", "4 Kouigns Amann", "Coconut Cranberry Granola" and "Poutine"! --------- Poutine?????????
They give the history of Poutine and the English translation of the name which means "Mess".
It's a bag with Challenger Gold potatoes from the Pacific Northwest that you bake in your oven along with a bag of Wisconsin Cheese Curds and a third packet of Rich Brown Gravy.
Put it all together to create a "Mess".
While it may not be as good as what you could get in a little Bistro in Quebec, it would be a good intro for someone who wondered what all the Poutine Hype on here is about.
A 24 oz. bag for just $3.99. AND Pick up some "2 Buck Chuck" (Now $3.99) to go with it!
Has anyone ever tried it?
It's on my TJ's Shopping list along with Miso Ginger Broth, Chocolate Kona Coffee Truffles and Organic Whole Wheat Spaghetti, only $1.39 a pound!
What are your Trader Joe's "Go To" items that you buy there regularly or can't find in other stores?
post edited by Foodbme - 2014/02/07 02:37:31
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    felix4067
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    Re:Trader Joe's Poutine???????? 2014/02/07 03:10:00 (permalink)
    I have to rely on what my sister picks up for me when she's in Detroit for work, since we don't have one anywhere near here. Someday I'll get to go myself, and I'll probably have to bring the equivalent of two paychecks with me.
     
    I'm in love with their Wasabi Wow! trail mix and also their Triangulated Wasabi Trek Mix (although you can't always get them), and their crunchy green beans (snack food, not actual vegetables). Their wasabi almonds are better than anyone else's, so I usually get a bag of those as well. I'd be willing to try the poutine, although I have had it for real.
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    Re:Trader Joe's Poutine???????? 2014/02/07 08:58:45 (permalink)
    The poutine I've seen and read about uses french fries, so I think I'd modify the TJ version and fry the potatoes instead of cooking them in the oven.  Unless they've already been sliced and prepped for "oven frying".
     
    Otherwise, I've never been to a TJ's in my life.
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    Re:Trader Joe's Poutine???????? 2014/02/07 09:05:01 (permalink)
    I will BOLO the Poutine next time I'm there. 
     
    We really like the President's Reserve Olive Oil.
     
    ScreamingChicken

    The poutine I've seen and read about uses french fries, so I think I'd modify the TJ version and fry the potatoes instead of cooking them in the oven.  Unless they've already been sliced and prepped for "oven frying".

    Otherwise, I've never been to a TJ's in my life.
    Is that by choice or  just a proximity issue?

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    Re:Trader Joe's Poutine???????? 2014/02/07 09:10:23 (permalink)
    Mostly proximity.  One opened in Madison a few years back but it's in an area I never visit, so it'd be a special trip.  Combine that with having never lived in an area with a TJ's (that I knew of) and it's just never really been on my radar.
     
    It was only last May that I set foot in a Whole Foods for the first time!
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    Re:Trader Joe's Poutine???????? 2014/02/07 09:52:23 (permalink)
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    Mostly proximity.  One opened in Madison a few years back but it's in an area I never visit, so it'd be a special trip.  Combine that with having never lived in an area with a TJ's (that I knew of) and it's just never really been on my radar.

    It was only last May that I set foot in a Whole Foods for the first time!
    My wife calls that store "Whole Paycheck". They are a bit pricey, but about the only place in town I can find decent lamb shanks. As far as TJ's...pretty close by and I agree with the above about the wasabi almonds...addictive. I keep them in the freezer and eat them cold. If you hit TJ's, walk across the street to this little bistro for lunch. Excellent.
    http://www.brasseriev.com/
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    Re:Trader Joe's Poutine???????? 2014/02/07 10:47:06 (permalink)
    My son loves poutine. We order it at our local (Herndon VA.) Buffalo-themed bar, "Jimmy's Old Town Tavern" http://www.jimmystavern.com/  Might have to give the TJ's version a try. Items I usually get on my infrequent trips to TJ's include: Frozen chicken-fried rice & orange chicken, TJ's ginger-snap cookies ( Maybe the best ginger snaps I've ever tried) and "Black Toad" beer. I also love any place that displays 1/4 lb chunks of dark chocolate at the check-out counter......
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    Re:Trader Joe's Poutine???????? 2014/02/07 11:03:01 (permalink)
    We have a TJ's about 5 miles from us and I've been in there twice.  Mainly because we are surrounded by so many specialty stores like Market District Giant Eagle where you can find just about anything.......duck breast, venison, lamb shanks, etc., Weiland's where I get merguez, Whole Foods and the Italian market, Carfagna's. 
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    Re:Trader Joe's Poutine???????? 2014/02/07 11:04:38 (permalink)
    Poutine = FF.....But I guess a crispy baked potato could do in a pinch.
    I had some Tillamook curds on hand, so I made some on the truck a while back just to give out as "tasters" to some of my regulars, not many knew what it was but it went down fast!
    Still have a couple pounds of curds left, might have to make some gravy today!
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    Re:Trader Joe's Poutine???????? 2014/02/07 11:47:23 (permalink)
    Poutine doesn't sound good to me but I do want to try the Korean version which is topped by Galbi.
     
    My favorite Trader Joe's items are the frozen French String Beans and the chocolate covered dried cherries. 
     
    I might buy the poutine just to try the cheese curds.  The chance would be better if they were offering samples so at least I could see what it looked like.
     
    They do have great trail mix. 
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    Re:Trader Joe's Poutine???????? 2014/02/07 12:14:47 (permalink)
    Poutine doesn't sound good to me either.  I don't like "stuff" on my fries....just a little salt.
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    Re:Trader Joe's Poutine???????? 2014/02/07 13:12:10 (permalink)
    Poutine is an even fancier version of Disco Fries, Gravy Fries or Carpenter Fries. It depends where you go to eat them, of course!
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    Re:Trader Joe's Poutine???????? 2014/02/07 15:01:24 (permalink)
    Wouldn't like those, either.  I dislike soggy fries.  I like mine extra crispy.
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    Re:Trader Joe's Poutine???????? 2014/02/07 15:39:01 (permalink)
    My Bride likes their Meringues. A lite, fluffy confection.
    Any of their cookies or crackers I've tried have been good, especially their Biscotti's!
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    Re:Trader Joe's Poutine???????? 2014/02/07 15:42:10 (permalink)
    After a night on the town, a pile of Fresh Cut French Fries smothered with Beef Gravy was always a life saver. We didn't know what Cheese Curds were. 
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    Re:Trader Joe's Poutine???????? 2014/02/07 15:52:00 (permalink)
    I remember being served fries covered in gravy once at a marina restaurant near Port Clinton, Ohio. I'd ordered liver and onions and mashed potatoes and gravy. The waitress who brought out the food said they were out of mashed potatoes. Fries with gravy? Big YUCK!
     
    Oh, the owner of the marina was a Canadian.
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    Re:Trader Joe's Poutine???????? 2014/02/07 17:27:14 (permalink)
    I'm not in favor of fries being watered down with gravy, cheese, or salsa......ok..maybe a bit of vinegar.  But, I trekked thru TJ today fighting off the soccer Mommies and the Gin& Geritol set and the oh so liberals to get a few things to try.  Their Pork Belly will get diced up tonight to try with that rice/vegetable dumpling dish.........and  their Chicken Asada is on deck along with the scallion pancakes.  I know "prepared" food ain't gonna be as good.....but sometimes, convenience is of the essence
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    Re:Trader Joe's Poutine???????? 2014/02/07 18:46:30 (permalink)
    Drove right past TJ's today on the way to Sur La Table to get a crock of Pommery mustard and a small whisk.  No stop at TJ's but I can't be in the general vicinity of Crate and Barrel without going in and buying something!  Today it was a set of serving bowls.  Love those two stores, I could spend a bundle.........
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    Re:Trader Joe's Poutine???????? 2014/02/07 23:31:54 (permalink)
    Ok, so I was bored today......
    Roasted off a 30lb round yesterday, here's the trimmings cooking down for the gravy.

    Second fry in the oil

    Tillamook cheese curds

    Finished product. Fries, Curds & Gravy

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    Re:Trader Joe's Poutine???????? 2014/02/08 01:05:31 (permalink)
    I usually like my fries unadorned and crispy but for me poutine is one of those things where "more is more (and awesome!)", provided that the few ingredents needed are of good quality and are prepared properly.  Need to make a TJs run this weekend so I may have to see if I can find it!  The new Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Brooklyn makes their own version of poutine with pulled pork and house-made pimiento cheese.  Wowzers!
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    Re:Trader Joe's Poutine???????? 2014/02/08 01:23:29 (permalink)
    Not for nothin' but it was just La Poutine week...


    http://www.restomontreal....-2014-Montreal-en.html

    Gravy on the side is the same fix that keeps a bowl of Franken Berries tight when near some milk.
    post edited by CCinNJ - 2014/02/08 01:33:22
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    Re:Trader Joe's Poutine???????? 2014/02/08 17:31:45 (permalink)
    lleechef
    Drove right past TJ's today on the way to Sur La Table to get a crock of Pommery mustard and a small whisk.  No stop at TJ's but I can't be in the general vicinity of Crate and Barrel without going in and buying something!  Today it was a set of serving bowls.  Love those two stores, I could spend a bundle.........

    My guess is that you've already spent a bundle and have a bunch of "Things" that you've used once that will bring 10 cents on the dollar at your next garage sale! 
    I have gadgets that I have no idea why I bought them other than I fell in love with them right before I pulled out my wallet!!!" />
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    Re:Trader Joe's Poutine???????? 2014/02/08 18:10:52 (permalink)
    Foodbme

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    Drove right past TJ's today on the way to Sur La Table to get a crock of Pommery mustard and a small whisk.  No stop at TJ's but I can't be in the general vicinity of Crate and Barrel without going in and buying something!  Today it was a set of serving bowls.  Love those two stores, I could spend a bundle.........

    My guess is that you've already spent a bundle and have a bunch of "Things" that you've used once that will bring 10 cents on the dollar at your next garage sale! 
    I have gadgets that I have no idea why I bought them other than I fell in love with them right before I pulled out my wallet!!!" />

    Actually I don't have any gadgets.  Aside from the usual stuff, whisks, measuring cups and spoons, wooden spoons, ladles, etc. the only "unusual" things I have are a Jaccard and a beautiful mandolin that I bought in France 30 years ago.  Where I get into trouble is when I see cool plates, glassware, cutlery, serving bowls, platters, etc.  I'm running out of cupboard space!!!   

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    Re:Trader Joe's Poutine???????? 2014/02/08 21:06:08 (permalink)
    I love gadgets but I usually wait to find them at garage sales when my neighbors more.
     
    I was once given a total of $125 in gift certificates for Christmas.  It was so difficult spending it knowing I could buy the same products for less elsewhere.
     
    Ended up with an All Clad 12 inch skillet.
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    Re:Trader Joe's Poutine???????? 2014/02/08 22:50:47 (permalink)
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    Not a total loss..........you can use that skillet to make pommes darphin !
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    Re:Trader Joe's Poutine???????? 2014/02/09 01:31:41 (permalink)
    That and my madolin with my glove.  I know if I don't wear that glove I'll slice a finger of more.
     
    How long does duck fat stay in the refrigerator?
     
    I need to go to sleep.
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    Re:Trader Joe's Poutine???????? 2014/02/09 10:48:07 (permalink)
    Poutine just doesn't appeal to me. I like all the components, just not piled together. Everything I have purchased from Trader Joes has been top notch. Mar-those green beans are fantastic-and a good deal.
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    Re:Trader Joe's Poutine???????? 2014/02/09 11:34:21 (permalink)
    mar52

    That and my madolin with my glove.  I know if I don't wear that glove I'll slice a finger of more.

    How long does duck fat stay in the refrigerator?

    I need to go to sleep.

    I don't use a glove or a guard when I use my mandolin........no time for that in a restaurant....therefore I on occasion end up with a scrape on the palm of my hand that resembles a bar code.  " />
    Duck fat will keep for a long time in the refrigerator, but I would probably divide it up into individual packages and freeze it so it stays really fresh.
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    Re:Trader Joe's Poutine???????? 2014/02/09 13:19:06 (permalink)
    Bar Code Ouch!
    Thanks, Lisa.
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