There were a number of things I wanted to buy this week, but since they had coupon offers that didn’t start until the day after we went shopping, we had to hold off for a week. We still had a useful shopping trip, but spent less than we normally would have, even with a trip through the book section.
Oroweat Potato Bread – Actually, they had a new way this weekend to buy your two loaves of Oroweat bread: mix or match any two loaves in one bag. This is much the same situation they now have with the bagels and muffins. Personally, I’m a big fan of this mix and match concept. I don’t mind buying the two loaves of bread at one time, but it is nice to be able to decide if I want two different loaves or not. In addition to the new way to buy your Oroweat, they also had a new type, Potato Bread, that we could add into the mix. So, of course, we decided to get two loaves of the Potato Bread (yes, I realize how funny it is that we immediately took advantage of the mix and match situation to buy two loaves of the same variety). The Potato bread is similar to white but made with potato flour. This doesn’t seem to add anything nutritionally but does make the bread have a yellowish color and I think the texture is a little softer than regular white bread. The nutrition isn’t anything to get excited about but it certainly isn’t horrible either. This bread is awesome for any kind of sandwich but really does make a particularly fine grilled cheese. The bread is a little sweeter and a little more tasty than regular white bread and it grills perfectly too. And what more can you ask for when making a grilled cheese sandwich? 2 loaves for $5.49. Item #: 4986.
Chevre Goat Medallions Twin Pack – They’ve had these little appetizer sized goat cheese rounds at our Costco for a few weeks now and finally I just had to break down and buy them. In the package you actually get two packages of 17, 0.3 ounce goat cheese rounds that are flavored with either Provencal or Italian flavors. The Provencal cheeses have garlic, herbs (I think basil, parsley, and oregano), and chives. The Italian cheese have red pepper, hot red peppers, and basil and oregano. Either way, they’re really quite tasty. I think they are the perfect size to add to a nice salad. However, they are also great for taking some of the work out of the equation next time you’re having a dinner party or need some little appetizers. They would be great paired with either bread or crackers and maybe some olives. 2, 17 cheese round packages (34 rounds total) for $6.99. Item #: 412158.
Arriba! Fire Roasted Red Salsa – This weekend Dave was having a craving for some really good salsa and we had our choice between this brand or the Kirkland Signature stuff. After some serious debating and ingredient reading, we came to the conclusion that this was more what Dave was looking for because of the fire roasted-ness. This salsa has that dark red coloring that you get in the really yummy salsas, plus the second ingredient is jalapeno peppers. And it does have a little bit of heat to it, even though it is labeled as ‘medium’. So, aside from tomatoes and jalapenos, there’s also cilantro, onion, and garlic to round out the salsa flavor. I don’t think I’ve ever had the Kirkland Signature salsa to compare to this, but this salsa is really good. We had it with some tortilla chips just for dipping and then we added a little bit to some quesadillas too. In both cases, it added some nice flavor to the mix. I also threw a little in with some of the fabulous frozen corn one night when we were having burritos or something, just to give my veggies a little Mexican flare; they were super tasty. 70 ounces for $6.99. Item #: 105692.
Living Lettuce – This is a cool way to buy your lettuce because it still has the roots on it. This comes from a company called Indoor Farms, which I think is hilarious and clever for a company that grows hydroponic veggies. But I digress. In the package at Costco, you get two heads of letuce: 1 Boston and 1 Mixed Leaf. Both have their roots on, and will last much longer than regular lettuce most likely would in your fridge. I did a little experiement to see how long it would last, so far it’s been in our fridge for two weeks and has just started to show signs that it’s getting a little sick of being in there with a couple of browning leaves. It hasn’t turned into a total science experiement or completely broken down and turned to mush, so that is pretty impressive. And, the best part is that the lettuce is really good. It does actually seem fresher than when I normally buy lettuce in the grocery; more like the stuff from our garden. It is a bit more expensive to buy your lettuce this way, but since it stays fresher longer it might be worth it. 2 heads for $2.49. Item #: 37630.
Daisy Brand Sour Cream – Now, I know you might be thinking how much sour cream can two people eat? Well, it’s really good for many uses but mainly we use it for making nachos, putting on baked potatoes, beef stroganoff, and things like that. It’s great for making sauces or dressings too; similar to the Greek yogurt. And if you visit the Daisy Brand website, you’ll see they have a number of reciepes involving sour cream (or cottage cheese, their other product). I might have to try the cupcakes or brownies. They’ve even got a whole FAQ about sour cream which is kind of interesting reading. Who knew that their sour cream was kosher? Now we all do. The real reason I buy my sour cream (as well as my cottage cheese) at Costco, is because overall it is a better value than at the grocery store where they want about 1/2 the price but for no more than a 1/3 of the size of the container at Costco. And I can certainly find enough ways to use my sour cream before it goes bad. 3 pounds for $3.65. Item #: 331222.