They’re still selling lots of great furniture items at our Costco; makes me wish that I had a need for some furniture. But since I don’t, I just bought the regular bunch of grocery type things. I also wanted to note that Costco now sells their 16″ diameter 5 cheese pizza for just $6.99; that’s $3.00 off the other pizzas and the old price. And it’s time for the puzzle books again, so I picked up a crossword puzzle book to last me for a few months.
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers – Dave loves the little goldfish crackers. Everyone knows that these are his favorite, my mom even buys him his own box when we go visit her. I think it is the saltiness and the fact that you can grab a handful and pop them in your mouth as a good snack. When you’re doing computer stuff, eating a non-messy snack is a good thing. And really, how can you not like a cracker shaped like a fish with a smile on its little cracker face. At Costco, they don’t have any of the fancy flavors or anything, just the cheddar. For Dave, that’s perfect because the only other ones he’d probably like are the pretzel flavor. What is nice is that you get this giant box at Costco, but they’ve got three individual bags inside. It’s nice that you can buy them in bulk, but since you have the three bags, you can easily get through them before they get stale. They’re not really healthy, but they’re not necessarily unhealthy either. In a serving of 55 pieces, there are 140 calories, 4 grams of protein, 250 mg of sodium, and 5 grams of fat. 58 ounces (3, 19.3 ounce bags) for $7.65. Item #: 349529.
Korean Shingo Pears – These are also known as Korean Pears, and the ones at Costco are imported from Korea even. There are similar varieties known as the generic Asian Pears, and they are similar in taste but they are smaller. So, the Korean Pears are very round (not the usual pear shape), like an apple. The skin is a dappled golden and yellow color and the fruit is white in color with a crisp texture. They have a high sugar content and are super juicy. I love these pears because they have a more delicate taste than a regular pear or any variety of apple that I’ve had. There’s also a hint of a floral taste, which might sound weird but tastes so good. These pears are great to eat raw, just bite right in. However, you can use them in a variety of recipes with great results. I think that they are also good diced up in a salad, but that’s still raw. They are also great for a tart, crisp, or pie. I think they’re also good heated up with a little sugar and juice to make an ice cream topping. I also like how they are packaged at Costco. Since the flesh is pretty easily dented and damaged, they wrap each pear in this little padded netting and then put them in a plastic container that has a space for each individual pear. They do an excellent job of keeping the pears bruise free, so they get to you in perfect condition. 3 pears (3 pounds) for $6.49. Item #: 158932.
Cabot Snack Pack Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese – If you’ve read my blog for very long, you know I’ve got a thing about cheese. I buy a lot of cheese at Costco because they have great prices and an excellent selection. This week’s cheese purchase was a reduced fat Cabot natural cheddar cheese in these handy little single serving packs. I’ll be honest, I never buy reduced fat cheese because it usually tastes not good. However, this stuff still tastes just like regular cheddar cheese. They make this cheese with 1.5% milk and that leads to a 50% reduction in the fat content of the cheese. But it still tastes just as good as the full fat stuff. In the bag at Costco, you get 32 little individually wrapped cheeses that are just 50 calories each. So, these make a great little addition to your lunch that you might be taking to work. Plus, you can get 15% of your needed calcium. For those of you that like cheese, but don’t want all the fat, this is a great alternative. 32, 3/4 ounce pieces for $8.99. Item #: 978347.
Fresh Butter Croissants – I’m sure these aren’t as good as if I had stopped in at a French bakery in Paris, but they’re better, for sure, than the average croissant you’ll find at other grocery stores here. They are light and fluffy with a super buttery taste. I like these for breakfast, just plain, no jelly or anything fancy. Though, don’t get me wrong, they are super tasty with stuff smeared on them too. If you’re not up for them as a breakfast item, you can always use them for making nice sandwiches. They are decent enough sized to that you can easily cut them in half (top to bottom) and use them for either lunch meat or something like tuna salad. Honestly, it is pretty hard to go wrong with buttery bread. I’ll bet they’d even make a nice grilled cheese, for a little twist on an old favorite. I might have to give that a try. Last night I really had the ultimate fatty treat though, a a croissant and a cup of hot cocoa. Not healthy at all, but soooo good and just perfect on a cold night. 12 croissants for $5.79. Item #: 33336.