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ALDI – Pepperoni – Mama Cozzi’s – Food Review

04/23/2017

ALDI, pepperoni, review, price, calories, mama cozzi, nutritionApril 23, 2017

The problem with this is finding it!  It’s not in the snack section.  It’s not in the meat section.  It’s in the Italian section, sort of around the tomato sauces and things like that.  Good luck.

Once found, this is a reasonable pepperoni.  It’s very thinly sliced like most other pepperoni found around.  The best way to get the most flavor out of it, is to slowly hold it in the mouth.  If popped in the mouth, chewed and swallowed quickly, much of the flavor will be lost.  As well as by itself, I also tried this on a homemade pizza.  On the pizza it was a little overwhelmed.  Perhaps a thicker cut would’ve helped.

pepperoni, price, review, nutrition, calories, ALDI, mama cozziPrice $2.09  Calories 140 per 30g (about an ounce or 14 slices)

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Trader Joe’s X-TRA X-TRA Sharp New York Cheddar Cheese- Food Review

04/15/2017

Trader Joe, NY x=tra x-tra sharp cheddar cheese, review, price, nutritionApril 15, 2017

Of the cheddars reviewed here, this one is the best cheddar yet at Trader Joe’s, if you like an American-style cheddar.  Aged “over” 18 months, the cheese is just starting to get crumbly.  Over that time the flavor has matured into a nice tasting cheddar.  Compared to a Kraft sharp cheddar, this one is a bit tastier and definitely not as creamy.  Both those things are good if you’re looking for an aged cheese.  While tastier, the flavor is not overwhelming as the name might imply.  Calories – 110 per oz (28g).  Price $5.99 per pound.

Trader Joe’s – Sriracha Potato Chips – Food Review

04/15/2017

Trader Joe, sriracha potato chips, snacks, nutrition, price, reviewApril 15, 2017

Sriracha Sauce has had its 15 minutes of fame.  Like many other “instant” successes, Sriracha is still around even if not as prominent.   Many companies have gotten on the Sriracha bandwagon over the last few years with their own Sriracha labeled product variants.  Unfortunately many times these variants lose something in the translation.  This chip is one product where much of the label has made its way into the product.

Trader Joe, sriracha potato chips, snacks, nutrition, price, reviewIf you’re familiar with Red Hot Riplets chips, this compares in a tamer way.  Instead of “dumbing down” the Sriracha flavor and heat to meet the lowest common denominator of the purchasing public, this chip retains a unique flavor and a heat which is above average for a chip.  While spicier than most chips, the heat here is still in the mild to medium range.  The lattice cut also adds a nice firm crunchy texture to the chip.    Price   $2.29 – 7 ounce bag  Calories  150/ounce (28g) (about 13 chips)

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Wild Range IPA – ALDI – Beer Review

04/15/2017

ALDI, Wild Range, IPA, India Pale Ale, review, priceApril 15, 2017

This is a bitter, almost very bitter, ale.  If that’s not a problem for you, this one is a nice IPA.  Aside for the bitterness, this is a smooth drinking ale.  There are no bad tastes and as you progress through the bottle even the bitterness becomes less noticeable.  This ale has a creamier mouthfeel than a beer.  For a bottled IPA, the experience here is similar to a draft IPA.  Alcohol is 6.9% by volume.  That’s about twice the alcohol level of the weakest beer and about 35% more than even a strong beer.  Overall, this is a nice IPA.   Price  $6.99 – 6 pack

 

ALDI – Appleton Farms Bite Size Dry Salami – Food Review

04/09/2017

ALDI, Appleton Farm, bite size dry salami, price, review, nutritionApril 9, 2017

Literally, this melts in the mouth.  And for my money that’s the best way to eat it – if you can control yourself.

This is a nicely seasoned salami with casing removed and cut into chunky bite-sized pieces perfect for popping into the mouth straight from the package.  Once in the mouth, the fat in the salami will literally melt over a few minutes releasing a very nice salami flavor and freeing up the bits of meat interspersed with the fat.  There’s barely a chew needed before the meat can be swallowed.

Here’s a quick word on the industrial strength packaging.  This is the first packaging that I’ve seen that’s labeled as “trash only”.  Second, don’t stick your nose in the plastic bag.  It’s not the most pleasant aroma.  Fortunately the bag does not seem to affect the flavor of this very good salami.     Calories  100 per ounce    Price  $3.49 per 8 ounce package

Trader Joe’s Wisconsin Extra Sharp Cheddar – Food Review

03/31/2017

trader joe, cheese, wisconsin, extra sharp cheddar, review, nutrition, priceMarch 31, 2017

This is a domestic (US) extra sharp cheddar from Wisconsin.  While it’s a nice cheese, especially considering the only $4.99 per pound price, it’s not what I’d call an extra sharp cheddar.  So just as a reality check, I went out and purchased an extra sharp cheddar from Kraft.  The Kraft cheese is “sharper” but not as sharp as I remember it.  Still however, the Kraft has more of the cheddar flavor I was expecting.  As would be expected, both have more flavor when allowed to warm to room temperature.  As a comparison, the Kraft came in at around $7 per pound slightly on sale at a regular super market.  The texture was similar for both cheeses, solid but soft.  For those wanting more flavor in their American-style cheeses, the TJ extra sharp cheddar will give you that at a reasonable price.  For those wanting a still more flavorful cheese, look elsewhere.

Calories – 120 per ounce.  Price $4.99 per pound.  Coming up next week is a TJ X-tra X-tra Sharp New York Cheddar. We’ll see.   As an aside, I nicely paired both of the cheeses above with some Amancay Malbec.

Trader Joe’s – Cheese And Green Chile Tamales – Food Review

03/27/2017

Trader Joe, cheese green chile tamale, reviewMarch 27, 2017

The star here is the corn masa.  The dough (masa) retains a nice taste and texture, neither too dry and certainly not wet, in its trip from freezer to microwave.  Although there’s not much of it, the cheese is chewy and stringy.  Green chilies are randomly placed throughout the cheese, but otherwise not very noticeable.  The heat level is mild unless you get a big piece of chile, then it’s a medium heat.  By far the cheese filling is a minor player.  The tamales come wrapped in nicely trimmed corn husks.

Trader Joe, cheese green chile tamale, nutrition, reviewCalories 280 per 1 tamale (140g)

Price ??? (lost receipt) – 2 tamales in package

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Trader Joe’s – Farmhouse English Cheddar with Italian Truffles – Food Review

03/16/2017

trader joe, review, price, calories, English cheddar, Italian truffles, nutrition, cheeseMarch 16, 2017

This is another one where it would be way too easy to eat the whole package in one sitting.  A very little bit of a smokey peppery earthy taste mixed in with creamy, but not soft, English cheddar is the best description I could come up with.  That description doesn’t do it taste justice.  It may not be to everyone’s liking, but this is very good.

Of particular note are a couple of the lesser ingredients, anchovy and bamboo fiber.  What’s This For?  Well I sure don’t know, but whatever the reason the whole seems to work just fine.

At $9.99 per pound, this is in line with similar cheeses at Trader Joe’s.  The calories, at 110 per ounce (28g), are also similar to other cheeses.

ALDI – Peanut Delight Creamy Peanut Butter – Food Review

03/16/2017

ALDI, review, calories, price, nutrition, creamy, peanut butter, peanut delightALDI, review, calories, price, nutrition, creamy, peanut butter, peanut delightMarch 16, 2017

This is another staple at home here.  It may not be the creamiest peanut butter, but like many everyday items at ALDI it’s reasonably priced, good quality and similar in nutritional value to many major brands.  It also tastes good and goes well with jelly. Calories  180/2 Tbsp (32g)     Price $2.99 per 40 ounce plastic jar

ALDI – Sea Queen Crab Cakes – Food Review

03/16/2017

ALDI, Sea Queen, Crab Cakes, price, review, calories, nutritionALDI, Sea Queen, Crab Cakes, price, review, calories, nutritionMarch 16, 2017

My expectations weren’t high and they were met. These are crabby and mushy.  That description is not uncommon when it comes to crab cakes. A really good crab cake consists of chunks of crab meat with a little bit of mayonnaise based filler to bind everything together and maybe a thin layer of breading to give it some crunch when it’s pan fried. Outside of one or two restaurants I’ve been to a long time ago, it’s hard to find anything like that. Most crab cakes in stores, and even restaurants, tend to be like this, with indistinguishable pieces of crab mixed with breading to form a crab mush which is then fried, or in this case baked at home. There was a good bit of crab flavor which was satisfying for those looking for a crab fix. But overall, like Diogenes, I’ll continue to look for the honest crab cake.  Calories  170 per crab cake   Price $5.49 – package of 4 cakes, plus cocktail sauce


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