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Home Cookin’ – Trader Joes Frozen Pizza

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Trader Joes, that marvel of a grocer that I have written about before, has come up with another winner with their Pizza Olympiad, two small frozen pies in a box, 15 oz total. with Kalamata olives, feta and mozzarella.

The crust and toppings on this sucker are divine, and it bakes up swell, reminiscent of a pie straight from a brick oven, with the toppings having the appearance, taste and texture of very fresh. One note of caution, however, that after the prescribed amount of time in the oven, the feta was still chilly, the chemical composition of feta apparently makes it “freeze harder” than mozzarella. (This is apparent in my pic).

No big deal. A few seconds under the broiler fixed that, but I wouldn’t suggest leaving the pie in the oven for longer than the specs, lest the (wonderful) crust become overbaked.

On WorstPizza’s scale of 1 to 8 slices, I rarely give a “7”, let alone would I think i would ever consider a frozen pie in this neighborhood of goodness, but a 7 it is.

P.S. On the 2nd pie, I “cheated” and added prosciutto. OMG!


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Home Cookin’ – Trader Joe’s Mushroom “Pizza”

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Whenever we are feeling fat and sassy on the domestic scene, Mrs. BDB and I include a trip (just for an item or two) to our local Trader Joe’s, and invariably come home with a basket load of groceries, as I imagine most patrons do.

We go primarily for their coffee beans, juice spiked sparkling waters, one or two other things, but always have to try “something new”, and there’s always something new at TJ’s.

For those of you not familiar with Trader Joe’s, the first one opened in the 60s in Pasadena, and today has grown to a modestly-sized chain stretching from coast to coast. They specialize in hard-to-find, unique value proposition foods, and always have a great selection of wines as well. It’s all private label (theirs), and occasionally, you won’t find the same thing twice, for if a product doesn’t move, it is shoved aside to make way for something new. They mail out circulars several times a year touting their new finds, and it’s a great place to find unique cheeses, frozen pastas, high quality frozen seafood at lower than expected prices.

On this trip, in addition to Lobster Ravioli, and the other items stuffing our cart, we picked up frozen “Tart aux Champignons”, ‘A French style Flatbread with Mushrooms, Emmental and Parmesan.

The box further states the product is made in France, and is topped with five types of mushrooms, creme fraiche, and an “extravagant Emmental cheese sauce.” It weighs in at just under ten ounces, perfect appetizer for four, snack size for two, or dinner size for one.

The crust is delightfully crispy, and the combination of cheeses and sauce make a terrific base for the mushroom bits which are very flavorful.

I know, I know, you’re saying “What BurgerDogBoy”, you ate a ‘za that didn’t have red gravy or any salumi products on it?”

Yep, and I’ll do it again. Gonna rush back to Trader Joe’s today and stock up!  You should too, store locater online here.


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