We actually didn’t make it to Costco until Wednesday because of vacation. And at that point we hadn’t even picked up our mail yet, so I didn’t have a copy of the coupon book. We bought a pumpkin pie anyway. And some other great stuff to tide us over through the remainder of the week.
Kirkland Signature Frozen Mahi Mahi – I bought this a little bit ago and then haven’t seen it since. I’m hoping that it’s just a temporary thing because they did have it constantly for at least a year. This is like the frozen salmon and some of the other fish that Costco has: the big bag is filled with individually wrapped pieces. Plus, the fish is very good quality. The pieces are nice sized and thick enough that when you cook it, it doesn’t get all dry and yucky. On the downside, you can’t decide at the last second that you want this fish for dinner really because you have to thaw it before you cook it. You can always do the quick thaw method of running cold water over it for several minutes. However, I really think that the texture is better if you let it thaw in the fridge. For us, it took a solid 24 hours to thaw. Mahi is a nice fish with a delicate flavor that pairs nicely with a variety of sides. You can also grill this because the pieces are thick and have a more meaty texture than some types of fish. Since we liked this so much and it is so convenient, I’m hoping that they bring this back to the freezer section soon! 3 pounds for $15.99. Item #: 251704.
Citterio Festa Italiana Pack - This package consists of a hefty 1.5 pounds of traditional Italian meats including Bresaola (air dried beef), Salame Genoa, and Culatello (dry cured ham). You get a half pound of each type of meat. I think my favorite is probably the Culatello because it is kind of like Prosciutto but has a softer texture, I think. Of course, the Bresaola is really tasty too; it’s Dave’s top choice I think. The Salame Genoa is good but nothing spectacular. This kind of package is perfect for us because one of our favorite lazy night meals is to have some meats like this, fresh bread, good cheese, and olives. We’ve got the olives and those totally count as vegetables, right? The only bad thing is the hefty price for the package at $19.89. That’s quite a bit so this wouldn’t be something we would probably buy all that often, however, it is very good quality meat. There are of course a thousand little appetizer type items you could make with this for a dinner party but the best way is as part of a traditional antipast0 with olives, marinated artichoke hearts, bread sticks, and Asiago cheese. The Culatello and the Bresaola could easily be used instead of Prosciutto to wrap around figs or asparagus as well. 1.5 pounds for $19.89. Item #: 252535.
Costco Rotisserie Chicken Breast Meat – If you love the rotisserie chickens, like we do, but sometimes just want the meat, then you’ll probably be happy about this new item in the Costco deli. Sometimes I want the yummy rotisserie chicken meat but I don’t want to buy a whole chicken, maybe I just want a little or a whole bunch to make something big. Well, Costco has finally heard my silent pleas to just sell the meat in a big package. I figured that since they use it to make things like burritos and chicken salad that they would have realized the huge potential of selling the meat like this long ago. But in any case, now I can make my own things with the rotisserie chicken too. Things like pasta salad or chicken salad, my own enchiladas and burritos. Or even just having a really delicious sandwich. The chunks are pretty good sized so you could cut it up smaller for making chicken salad pretty easily but they are certainly big enough as is for a decent sandwich (without the need for mayo to act like a binding agent for the little pieces). 3.83 pounds for $15.28; $3.99 per pound. Item #: 37733.
Sabra Hummus with Chipotles – It’s back at our Costco! Dave was so happy to see this one gracing the fridge cases at our local Costco that we bought two, just in case they stop carrying it immediately again. This is a delicious twist to the traditional Sabra hummus because of the delicious zing that the chipotles give to it; just enough smoky pepper taste to perk up anything from bread, to celery sticks, or pita chips. I am also a big fan of the Sabra hummuses because of the super creamy, thick texture. We’ve already eaten quite a bit of the first container because we’ve been waiting for it for so long. It really is delicious on bread but is also a nice addition to veggies for dipping, instead of the Ranch dressing that I normally use lately. We were at Costco mid-week (of course it was the first place we went to after getting back from vacation) and they had quite a number of the containers on hand then. But you never know, so if you’ve been wanting some of this you should get over to Costco. 32 ounces for $5.99. Item #: 292620.
Organic Blue Agave Sweetener – I’ll be honest we only bought this because there have been a couple of comments about it here and Dave wanted to see what it was all about. Plus, we like the idea of a natural sweetener. It’s got a consistency somewhere between maple syrup and honey, more toward the syrup end of the spectrum though. And it is sweet! They say on the package that it is 25% sweeter than sugar, meaning you can use less to get stuff sweet. Apparently, you can use this anywhere you would use regular table sugar: baking, drinks, or just drizzled over something like berries. I’m guessing you could use it in the same ways that you would use honey. It doesn’t really have much of a taste of its own, which is good when you want to use it to sweeten something, but it is really rather sweet. So, be careful because a little really goes a long way. 2, 23.5 ounce bottles for $7.49. Item #: 427895.