This Week at Costco – April 20 2008

April 25th, 2008 · 2 Comments

This week was all about the groceries for our trip to Costco. We didn’t buy a single book, DVD, or household item. It’s hard for me to believe too. But I still had a chance to buy a delicious new cheese, so it was a good week, as far as I’m concerned.

Carr Valley Cheese Company Cranberry Chipotle Cheddar CheeseCranberry Chipotle Cheddar Cheese – They had a special cheese demo this weekend from Wisconsin cheesemarker, Carr Valley Cheese Company. It really isn’t fair to be faced with so many delicious cheese samples! They had scrumptious goat’s milk cheeses, a Parmesan-like cheese, and an incredible Havarti with horseradish that they were out of by Sunday (of course). We chose to get the unique and wonderful cranberry chipotle cheddar cheese. It has this delicious smoky flavor because of the chipotle and just a hint of sweetness from the cranberries. It was so good! It is the perfect accompaniment to bread or crackers. I’m hoping that they also have the Havarti with horseradish in stock next time we’re at Costco. $9.69 per pound (we found a hunk that was less than a pound).

Frosted Mini-Wheats – My husband loves frosted mini-wheats for a quick snack but I love them in the traditional cold cereal fashion. In any case, these are delicious no matter how you like ’em. Dave likes to take them to work with him, making the box at Costco ideal for us. He can take one of the two, 35 ounce bags to work with him and I can still have a bag at home for me. The fact that the 70 ounce box has two bags inside makes it great because you don’t have to have that giant amount of cereal sitting around getting stale in the month or whatever that it will take you to eat it. 70 ounce box for $7.99.

JMB Produce AsparagusAsparagus – I love asparagus and buy it all the time at Costco. Today I just wanted to give a quick nod to Costco’s vendor, JMB Produce, for their terrific asparagus packaging. Finally, someone that understands that you cannot trap your fresh asparagus in a completely sealed up plastic bag; it needs some air or it gets all gross with slimy tops. So, these brilliant people have added a some air holes to the bag. So simple, yet so effective. Because of the brilliant bag with holes, you can buy asparagus at Costco without picking through bags with asparagus that doesn’t look its best (or sometimes even edible). So kudos to JMB Produce! By the way, my own tip is to stand the asparagus up in the fridge and once opened, put a paper towel over the top with a rubber band. This keeps it healthy looking until we can eat it all. 2.25 pounds for $4.99.

Costco Mini CucumbersMini Cucumbers – What makes a cucumber mini, you might be asking. Well, these are about 5″ in length and 1″ in diameter. They are a great thing! You can now grab a cucumber and just have it, all of it, for a quick snack at work. These petite versions of cucumbers are also nice for slicing up to add to a salad because they are perfect bite-sized rounds. Also, I think they are a lot less watery than the regular sized cucumbers. I haven’t seen these anywhere but at Costco. 2 pounds for $5.99.

Maple-wood Smoked TroutMaple-wood Smoked Trout – I’m not sure what most people are doing with this smoked trout, but I make a delicious spread with cream cheese. This smelled so wonderful and smoky when I pulled it out of the package and certainly gave that delicious flavor to my cheese spread too. If you want to try out this great recipe that is in my Icelandic cookbook, Cool Cuisine, it is pretty simple. Take 250 grams of smoked fish (char, trout or salmon) and process it in the food processor until it is in pretty small pieces. Next, slowly (while still processing) add 3 tablespoons of cream. Then add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon grated horseradish and salt and pepper to taste. Finally, add the softened 250 grams of cream cheese and process until smooth. Once you let it chill in the fridge, for an hour or so, it’ll be perfectly spreadable for crackers. 12 ounces for $7.79.

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  1. 1 This Week at Costco - April 27 2008 // 2008.05.05 at 1:58 pm

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  2. 2 Sara in Austin // 2008.04.28 at 10:37 am

    I second the quality of the Costco asparagus — I had some sitting in my vegetable drawer for quite a while, and while it dried out a bit, it didn’t get gross or yucky. (And you hack of covering the top with a wet paper towel will probably help the drying out.)

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