It was our first trip of 2010 to Costco. Once again, there were a lot of people that must have been still recovering from all of their New Year’s partying because there still were not that many people there. However, I’m sure it will be back to normal this weekend because it’s no longer holiday time and the January Coupon Book is out. There are only three weekends to use the current round of coupons, so don’t procrastinate if there’s something you want to get.
EA Sports Active More Workouts – Costco wants to help me get fit for 2010, so they had the follow up to the awesome EA Sports Active for $5.00 off. I love my EA Sports Active workouts on my Wii! The workouts are hard and well thought out, plus they give you some good feedback. You can also make your own workouts and keep track of your goals. In the follow up workouts they throw in some new exercises, more than 35 actually, including stretches to warm up and cool down as well as lots of new abdominal exercises. There are also some new strength building exercises using the resistance band. All in all, these are some great workouts that you can do at home when it is convenient for you and you don’t have to pay pricey class fees or gym membership fees. This new software, also comes with a book by Bob Greene (he was Oprah’s exercise physiologist) called Best Life Diet. Another thing that you can look forward to in the new software is a 6 week challenge, instead of the 30 day challenge in the original. So, there’s no excuse not to get fit now because you can do it right in your own home in like 40 minutes per day. $30.99 ($35.99 – $5.00 instant off). Item #: 486374.
Kirkland Signature Smoked Pulled Pork – This stuff is delicious, and much better than the old brand of pulled pork too (which I liked, just not this much). The KS pulled pork doesn’t seem as greasy, which is the best difference to me but it still has tons of delicious smoky pork goodness. Much the same as the previous stuff, the pulled pork is in a vacuum packed container that you just pop in the microwave for 7 minutes and it does the rest. It’s got a nice amount of juices that it cooks in, so it comes out moist and delicious, but not greasy. You get 2 pounds of meat in the container, and it really is a lot of meat. We made sandwiches and made just a small dent in it the first night. So, we had leftover to have for burritos for lunch the next day. We didn’t even feel the need to add any kind of barbecue sauce or anything else when we made the sandwiches because the meat is so super yummy all on its own. If you like pulled pork, you really have to check this out. 2 pounds for $9.59. Item #: 5148.
Porchetta Primata Italian Petite Porchetta – I’ve been wanting to try this since Edward sent me his guest post about finding it at his Costco. This smells beyond delicious when it is cooking. But I think that is the Italian part of me that loves the smell of cooking garlic. The pancetta di porchetta is already cooked, so all you’re really doing is heating it up. But that still takes like 40 – 50 minutes at 425 (F) degrees, so it isn’t a quick meal. Of course, when it comes out the skin is all crackly hard and the meat is still mysteriously tender and nice. The one thing that neither Dave nor I liked was the really large amount of fat under the crunchy skin. And I know it is the belly of a pig and they’ve got some fat on them, but it was just a little too much for me. Of course, the crunchy skin was delicious and the meat was awesome. So, if you can get past the fatty fatty part, then you’ll enjoy this. For more about the Porchetta Primata products, check out their website. 2.04 pounds for $19.56; $9.59 per pound. Item #: 38967.
Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing – Dave and I buy the prepared salads from Costco quite often. Yes, I know we could probably make one cheaper. However, they have a lot of things in them and if I had to have it all sitting around it would probably go bad before I could make enough salads. Or, I’m just lazy sometimes. So, aside from spinach you get: hard boiled eggs, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, bacon, red onion, shredded cheese. All of that goes together perfectly for a nice healthy salad with lots of flavor. We both really like the spinach salad, except for the dressing. The poppy seed dressing is the only thing that lets this salad down, in my opinion. It’s far too sweet for me and truly overpowers all of the other salad items. So, when we buy it, we always pitch the dressing and just use ranch or lemon juice instead. At least for me, the salad shouldn’t be all about the dressing; it needs to play well with others, not be the salad bully. The salads are big and can definitely be a whole meal on their own or with a nice piece of bread, which is exactly how we eat them. 1.82 pounds for $8.54; $4.69 per pound. Item #: 14370.
Leigh Oliver’s Smoked Gouda Green Chile Spread – Is there really any way to go wrong with cheese and green chiles? I don’t think so. Last year around this time, we tried the White Queso with Green Chiles from this same company, and just like that was beyond scrumptious, so is this. This is much thicker, so I don’t think you could use it as a sauce like we did with the queso. However, this stuff is awesome on crackers or crusty bread placed in the oven for a bit to get all soft and delicious. I also think this would be good on a hamburger or to make stuffed celery sticks, but we haven’t tried those out to verify. Aside from the smoked gouda, there is also some sharp cheddar cheese in the mix, as well as roasted red peppers and the green chiles. And it really is all natural; you can pronounce everything in it and know what it is too. 16 ounces for $6.39. Item #: 420496.