Do you ever have one of those weeks where you go to the grocery store really hungry and end up buying stuff that you really shouldn’t? For us, this was one of those weeks, unfortunately. So, lots of unhealthy items, we did not need, made it into our cart somehow. It was not pretty and I am a little ashamed but we did manage to buy some vegetables too. So, it all evens out in the end, right?
Kirkland Signature Smoked Salmon – Imported from Norway and smoked using a traditional ‘long-smoked’ process for a nice delicate smokey flavor that works with the natural taste of the fish, and thankfully does not overpower the salmon. This is some of the best smoked salmon I’ve ever had anywhere. And, yes, that does include the smoked salmon I’ve had in Sweden and Norway. It’s great because the flavor is so nicely balanced between the smokey flavors of the wood and the nice flavor of the salmon. I like it on bagels with cream cheese, with eggs – scrambled or made into an omelette, made into a delicate mousse served on little toasts for a fancy appetizer, wrapped around asparagus, or any other way you could serve it. It even makes a nice quick breakfast with some fresh berries and yogurt (obviously, not mixed all together). If you like smoked salmon, you should most certainly try the Kirkland Signature salmon. $11.29 per pound; 1.583 pounds for $17.87.
Costco Bakery Snickerdoodle Cookies – We first spied these in the Costco bakery last week and were able to control ourselves and not buy them. This week, not so much. In our defense, they are a really yummy cookie. I think it is the simple sugar and cinnamon combination; it’s hard to resist. And they are so soft, that you just know there is a lot of butter in them. Oh well, sometimes you just don’t care and you eat them anyway. They were really quite good. Almost as good as what I can make at home and definitely much better than what you could get at most grocery store bakeries for sure. 2 dozen cookies for $6.49.
Kettle Chips Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips – This is another one of those ‘we’re hungry and should have eaten’ impulse buys. We had no need for potato chips, we’re not even big chip eaters. But Dave does really like the salt and vinegar chips, so there they were in our cart and we had to take them home with us. But hey, there are no trans fats in them because they are ‘hand cooked’ in non-hydrogenated safflower and sunflower oil. I like this brand of chips because they do have an excellent crunch factor. The salt and vinegar variety have a wonderful tangy vinegar bite to them and of course, lots of salty goodness. I like to tone down the vinegar just a smidge with a bit of dip (the tzaziki from Costco does very nicely) but Dave likes them just as they are right out of the bag. However, you enjoy them, they are a nice chip. 28 ounces (1.75 pounds) for $4.65.
Fresh Sweet Red Bell Peppers – Red bell peppers are one of our favorite vegetables to keep on hand because you can use them in so many different ways. Perhaps our favorite way is to use them to make veggie skewers for the grill; they grill up so nicely and it makes them taste even sweeter. They are a perfect part of the skewer team when mixed with some red onion, mushroom, squash and zuchini. Delicious! Of course, we also like to eat them just raw on a salad or just cut up into strips. Or, you can have them with a little dip, as well. Or, you can stuff and bake them. You can even cook them down and make a nice smooth sauce with them. And of course, they are an excellent side kick in fresh salsa (we like mango, red bell pepper, red onion, cilantro, jalapeno, and lime juice). Whatever way you choose to use them, the red bell peppers at Costco always look and taste amazing and are even a little cheaper than getting them at the regular grocery store. If you want to read more about how these peppers are grown and why they always seem so much fresher, check out the Greenhouse Delight Foods website. 6 pack for $6.49.
Ling Ling Frozen Chicken and Vegetable Potstickers - These were so much better than we were expecting. We thought that they would be a nice, quick thing to eat when we were feeling too lazy to spend time making something for dinner. However, they were way better than we initially gave them credit for. You steam them for a bit in a little bit of water and a covered pan, and then you brown them up at the end. So, they do definitely count as a quick, low-hassle dinner choice. They have a really nice taste though; I swear it is better than some of the potstickers I’ve had at Chinese restaurants. This could be because you can control the amount of oil used and sometimes they are way oily when you get them at a restaurant. They have a nice chicken and vegetable filling that goes perfectly with just a small amount of soy sauce. I know that they have packets of some kind of dipping sauce in the bag, however, we really like this with just plain soy sauce so we haven’t tried the sauce yet. 67.2 ounces (4.2 pounds) for $9.99.
Junior Legal Pads - Lately I’ve been in need of a small writing pad that I could use to make lists and carry around with me. So, I needed something small enough that it wouldn’t be a pain to take with me in my purse but not so small that writing on it was just an annoyance. So, we found these nice little pads at Costco; they’re a baby legal pad. They call them a Junior Pad because they are only 5 inches x 8 inches (12.7 cm x 20.3 cm) and each pad has 50 sheets. They are the perfect size to stuff in my purse or carry with me around the house or wherever I need it to keep track of my lists of stuff to do, get, or remember. They have proven very useful this week at making me look (and feel) less forgetful. In the pack at Costco you get 24 pads, which might seem like a lot but you can use them for keeping different lists that you can easily take with you – like your gorcery list or your list of things to get at Costco (naturally), things to do around the house, or questions to ask at a meeting. And really, for just slightly over $5.00 for all those pads you can soon find a million ways to use them to keep yourself organized. Everyone can always use a nice little pad of lined paper. 24 Jr. Legal Pads for $5.29.
Books by Kathy Reichs – The inspiration behind the television series ‘Bones’ is a real author that writes crime novels. I enjoy the series on television so much I thought I’d read the books. So, I picked up five of her books that were available at Costco this weekend. Now, it might seem strange to purchase five books by some author I’ve never read just because I enjoy a television series that she does not even write. However, I know that if I don’t like the first one I can always take the other four back to Costco because they have such an incredibly good return policy. Plus, they were only $4.89 per book, and that’s considerably less than I could get them for at the local big bookstore, and even less than at Amazon before shipping.