I hate shopping right before the coupons take effect because you can see all of the good stuff that will soon be on sale, but you don’t want to buy it yet. Kind of cruel. So, it was a very, very light shopping week for us; under $100.00 which is unheard of for us. But we managed to pick up a few interesting items still.
Mission White Corn Tortillas – My husband loves the white corn tortillas and usually we just walk on by them, but this week we actually picked up a package of them. They really are very good because they are still pliable, like a flour tortilla, but have just a little more flavor to them because of the corn. They are great for making little quesadilla type items. Or, even just eating plain with some grilled chicken. And of course, they are perfect for enchiladas, which is what I should really try making with some of them. The good news is that they are gluten, lard, and cholesterol free, and no trans fat either. Two of these small tortillas have 110 calories and just 1.5 grams of fat with a respectable 3 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein. So, they’re not bad for you either. And that of course means that you can add some cheese to them without feeling so guilty. They heat up very nicely in the microwave in just a few seconds, or you can go the more traditional hot, dry skillet method which also takes just a few seconds but you have to do just one or two at a time (depending on the size of your skillet). In the bag at Costco you actually get two smaller bags containing 50 tortillas each, which means you can keep one in the fridge and one in the freezer. 100 tortillas for $2.75.
Fresh Cherries – Unlike a lot of fresh fruits and veggies, Costco does not have a continual supply of fresh cherries. So, when they get them in, we usually buy them at least once because Dave is a cherry fan. And a good thing, because the package at Costco is 3 pounds. Usually, if Dave takes some for lunch and then has a couple at night too, he can get through the package before it gets unpleasant. Not so this time, I swear it was just a few days and there were already some yucky looking cherries hanging around trying to bring down the rest of the fruit. Luckily, Dave did manage to eat the majority of the cherries. And they are delicious. Just enough tart and sweet to be enjoyable. Every year when we get them, I always think I’ll make a pie or something with them, but the thought of stoning 3 pounds of cherries usually keeps me from following through. 3 pounds for $8.99.
Fattorie Garofalo Bufala Mozzarella – I’ve posted this before, like more than a year ago. But this mozzarella is really so good that it needs a mention again, for all of those people that are new to my blog. This is definitely more pricey than the other mozzarella I purchased previously that was made with pasteurized milk, but this is the real-deal mozzarella cheese made with buffalo milk and imported from Italy floating in whey. While the other stuff is good and definitely a nice mozzarella, this stuff is melt-in-your-mouth good. It is soft and creamy with a delicate taste and just a hint of salt (but in a good way…not too salty). This is the perfect choice if you are going to be serving the mozzarella fresh on a cracker or bruschetta, or in a tomato and basil salad. The other mozzarella is more firm so it would be better in a dish where it would be cooked or melted, like on a pizza or a piece of toasted bread. The good news is that this scrumptious cheese is now more than $2.00 cheaper than it was a year ago. 4 – 5 oz balls for $11.99.
Bybee Foods Organic Frozen Super Sweet White Kernel Corn – Sometimes it is hard to get fresh vegetables, and sometimes you just want something that you can always have on hand, no matter how recently you’ve been to the store. And as we’ve all heard before, frozen vegetables are usually healthier for you because they retain more of the vitamin and nutrients that we are eating vegetables for in the first place. So, we were happy to try the demo of the frozen corn this weekend at Costco. And, it was really yummy. I like corn on the cob but not usually off of it, like this or in a can However, this corn has a nice sweet taste with just the right amount of crunch to the kernels. And for those of you that are concerned, it is organic and grown, frozen, and packaged in Washington. What I like it that we can have a nice veggie with dinner that will only take about 5 minutes to prepare. The only negative I see is that the bag is rather large at 5 pounds, and there are no littler bags inside like some of Costco’s other frozen vegetable vendors do. But it tastes so good, and is such a good deal, I can’t really work up a good complaint. 5 pounds for $5.99.
The Baby Owner’s Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance – This was so funny we had to pick it up for our friends that are about to have a baby. It has some funny illustrations and hilarious writing in the style of a computer or car manual. This all makes it very readable, while still imparting some seriously good information. It’s all about the things that you’ll need to know for those first 12 months, so that you and the baby can make it through intact. There’s stuff about what to do before the baby comes, like prepping the nursery and getting a car seat, as well as how to find the right pediatrician for you. Then there’s lots of informaiton about what to do once you’ve got this baby that you don’t know what to do with, like how to hold a baby, change diapers, feed them, and how to get the baby to sleep, even information about baby-proofing various rooms of your house. There’s also a nice big chapter on development and growth information regarding mobility and milestones. Then, there are the ever important couple of pages on how to deal with tantrums. But what is most amazing is that while being humorous, and well illustrated, it’s super readable and interesting. This book is published by Quirk Books, and they have some other similarly done books about toddlers and pets. I know at Costco, they definitely had the books about owning a dog or a cat, but unfortunately, I didn’t see the any of the other titles. $9.99.