A couple of reminders: Monday is Labor Day in the US and Costco will be closed. So, don’t plan on doing your shopping Monday. Also, coupons for the US and PR only have about a week left since they expire on September 12. If you’re in Canada, you know that your coupons expired on August 29 and you should check out the latest Costco Canada offers on the GetMoreOfWhatYouLove.ca website.
Pittas Halloumi Cheese – Made from a blend of fresh goat, cow, and sheep’s milk this is a really nice halloumi cheese. If you aren’t familiar with halloumi it’s known as the cheese that grills. But you can also grate it onto soups or pastas or just eat it as is. Of course, grilling it is my favorite way. First of all, it is amazingly cool to be able to grill your cheese and get it nicely browned, but it doesn’t really melt. Sure, it melts a little teeny tiny bit, but just enough really to soften it ever so slightly because it does keep it’s shape quite nicely. When I grill or cook it I like to toss it in a bit of olive oil with basil or oregano in it to give a little additional flavor. The other option, is to use a non-stick pan to brown it on all side over a medium high heat. After I grill it or brown it, I like to add it pasta with sauteed mushrooms and onions. And as you can guess, since it is grillable you can use it to make a variety of skewers – chicken, beef, pork, just about any vegetable, tomatoes, mushrooms, really anything. Or you can just put chunks of it on skewers and grill that, if you’re going to do that I suggest adding some lemon wedges as well because that gives a lovely flavor to it too. For more ideas on how to cook it, check out the Pittas recipe webpage. Conveniently the package at Costco has four individually wrapped 250 gram chunks, which means that you can use one piece of it at a time, and still keep the rest fresh. 4, 250 gram packages for £7.69 (US: $11.94). Item #: 0059462.
Kirkland Signature Frozen Prawns 21/25 count, Tail On – I love getting the frozen shrimp from Costco for a variety of reasons. But mostly because it means that I can fairly constantly have delicious shrimp on hand when I want to incorporate them into dinner. The only slight catch is that you should really let them thaw naturally to avoid a rubbery texture; not advised to force thaw it by running cold water on it. What this means is that you should really put it in the refrigerator the day before you want it, and possibly two days before if you’re thawing a large amount at once. I have also put it out on the counter to thaw when I was a little more pressed for time (and didn’t think ahead about having shrimp), but this is not advised by the food safety folks. The other thing I like about the Kirkland Signature prawns is that they come peeled and deveined. I appreciate someone doing that stuff for me. These shrimp are the perfect size for dinner at 21 – 25 per pound, which makes them cook up quickly and they’re big enough to look pretty too. I use these often to add to pasta or for stir fry, a couple of times I’ve breaded them and fried them, and sometimes I just boil them and dip them in some cocktail sauce. 908 grams for £10.45 (US: $16.23). Item #: 0079446.
Fresh Chicken Breast Fillets, Boneless & Skinless – We eat a lot of chicken and I’ve found over the years that I really prefer to buy the fresh breasts and freeze them myself. When I do this, they seem to be juicier and have a better flavor. But I guess that could just be that they have a better quality of chicken in the fresh area than they do in the freezer. Also, the fresh breasts are big. In this case, they are down right huge! There were eight breasts in our 2.3 kg package, making them each about 291 grams (10 ounces) per breast. Once we get home with our fresh chicken, we re-package them in zip top bags in sets of two. Depending on what we’re making we will either eat the two breasts for one meal, or depending on what I’m making I might only use one breast. For instance, if I’m making soup, I almost always just use a single breast because they are so large. Or, if I’m making stir fry with lots of veggies, I might only use one breast too. They’re so large, if you’re slicing it in thin pieces, we really don’t need two of them for a meal for two. 2.332 kg for £15.13 (US: $23.50). Item #: 0001215.
Kirkland Signature Turkish Spa 4 Piece Set – Since we bought the lovely white bath sheets a few weeks ago, we needed some white wash cloths and hand towels to make a whole set. They didn’t have the sets in the same supima cotton, as the bath towels so we purchased the KS sets. I really like the KS Turkish Spa towels because they have a really close and compact nap which makes them very absorbent and soft. And as I know, from the set we have had for years, they last remarkably well without looking like they’ve been washed to death. What I noticed with this set though, was that the hand towel is enormous! I actually had to check the packaging because I was worried it might have been a set with wash cloths and towels. But no, they are hand towels, just really big ones. The older set is 15.5 x 28.5 inches and the new set is 19.5 x 38.5 inches. So, the new ones are a little bit wider and far longer than the previous set. The wash cloths are pretty much the same sizes. At first, I thought it was strange to have such a large hand towel, but it is really nice. There’s so much towel there to dry your hands and face. 2 hand towels, 2 wash cloths for £7.97 (US: $12.38). Item #: 0100444.
Lego Harry Potter for Wii – Turns out that Wii games are region encoded, at least that is what everyone tells us. We’ve not actually bought a game here in the UK to test the theory because all the game store people seem quite positive. So, that means that we can only buy games when we are in the US. Luckily, we had a nice selection before we came so we haven’t been too bored with our current batch of games. However, we really like the Lego games because they are fun to play together and have a tongue in cheek humor to them that we enjoy too. Plus, the characters and everything is all Lego chunky. It’s cute. So, when we were in NY in July we made sure to pick up a copy of Lego Harry Potter at Costco. The game play is very similar in feeling to Lego Indiana Jones, just with Harry Potter characters and tasks. So, if you liked that one, you’ll enjoy this one too. Plus, you get to perform magic. So, that’s a bonus over Indian Jones. We’ve just started playing so we haven’t completed it or anything, but we are definitely enjoying it and it’s a great way to spend a rainy weekend afternoon. The story line, tasks, and humor are all quite tame and would certainly be suitable for kids to play too. $43.79 (UK: £28.19). Item #: 662910.