Before I launch into what I bought at Costco this week, I wanted to let everyone know that Costco has lowered the price on the 4″ x 6″ photo prints to just $0.13 per print; that’s $0.04 less per print.
Olivieri Italian Sausage Borsetti Pasta -You may never have heard of borsetti, so I’ll let you in on what it is. Borsetti is a shape of pasta that looks like a little purse and in this case, is filled with Italian sausage. It could be filled with just about anything though. They’re similar to tortellini, just with a different shape. These were so delicious with the Italian sausage in them! It was just enough sausage to be tasty and add some flavor but not so much that it overwhelmed the pasta. The only thing that you have to be careful of is breaking them open and the sausage spilling out into your water while you’re cooking them. Of course, since this is fresh pasta, once you dump the pasta into the boiling water, you can turn the heat down to a nice simmer and they’ll still cook up perfectly in like 8 or 9 minutes without bursting open. We made a sauce out of the Lombardi cheese spread (below) and some broccoli; it possibly sounds like a gross combo but it was actually a great accompaniment. They’re also good just tossed with some oregano and olive oil. 2, 1 pound containers for $11.99.
Lombardi’s Italian Style Spreadable Cheese – This is something I had never come across before. It’s made of Parmesan and garlic (lots of it, is my guess) with some sea salt. They say it is good as a dip or spread, but I think that it is probably best cooked into a sauce. I’ll just say up front, this stuff is not for the garlic faint of heart; it’s potent. I spread some on a bagel right after we bought it and it was like biting into a fresh clove of garlic. Based on that, I really think you need to tone it down with some cooking. I made it into a really nice pasta sauce by using the cheese spread and some cream to thin it into a sauce, and then a little broccoli but you could add just about anything; mushrooms would be good, as would asparagus. It makes a very quick and easy cheese sauce. But really, if you’re not a fan of garlic, you should skip buying this. I’m not sure how you could make it into a dip without having too much of the raw garlic taste. 28 ounces for $4.97.
Butter Gold Potatoes – I love potatoes. I could eat them in any form, at any time of day. Dave and I like baked potatoes for a quick addition to dinner during the week since they’re so easy to make. We normally use russets but for a change we bought this bag at Costco this week. I don’t know, I guess I was just in the mood for a potato change. And I’m glad that I decided to make the change. These are some awesome potatoes! You’re probably thinking that the ‘butter’ part of the name, is just a marketing thing, but no, they really are buttery tasting. As in, so nice and buttery tasting you can actually use less butter. They are so wonderfully fluffy too! They make great baked potatoes and really yummy mashed ones too. They might not be the right type of texture for hash browns though. I’m going to try steak fries with them next week but I’ll just bet those will be good too. I could go on but the real message is that these are some great potatoes, and way more tasty than a plain russet potato. 15 pounds for $6.99.
Nabisco Honey Maid Graham Crackers – Okay, who doesn’t love graham crackers? I like them with peanut butter spread on them and made into a little sandwich, but they are also good with a smear of Nutella. And of course, with nothing on them and dipped in a glass of milk is also a favorite. However, they are also good with absolutely nothing on them. I like them as a snack or even for lunch with peanut butter. It’s amazing to me that you can eat just a few graham crackers and be much more full than if you’d had something that appears to be more substantial. How can that be? I guess it’s the 5 grams of whole grain per serving that fills you up. But the nice thing is, that at Costco you get 4 boxes of graham crackers in the one big box. Since I have the storage space in my pantry, I love being able to buy them and be good for a quite a while. 4, 14.4 ounce boxes for $6.99.
Heavy Whipping Cream – This time of year, there are a number of reasons you would want to buy whipping cream. Like, whipped cream topping for your pumpkin pie perhaps. Or, in your mashed potatoes because it does make them extra super creamy and tasty. But no matter what you’re using your whippng cream for, you can get a good deal on it at Costco. You get one quart for just $4.19, which is not all that much more than the little container costs at the regular grocery store, I think. I would like to point out too that the heavy whipping cream can last in your fridge, even once opened, much longer than just plain milk. 1 quart for $4.19.