Don’t forget that this is the last weekend for the current coupon book – both in the US and UK. The next US coupon book should be in your mailbox soon too; it runs from October 14 – November 7th. Also, don’t forget there’s still the $25.00 Costco Cash Card reward for the person that sends me the first complete scan of the new coupon book – cover to cover, please. Oh yeah, and please don’t bother sending me the lousy black and white version on FatWallet or SlickDeals that is cut off and doesn’t even show all of the coupons.
Edler’s Stollen Bites – I know it isn’t a favorite for a lot of people, but I really like stollen. It’s kind of like the German version of panettone, which I absolutely love, but a little more dense and not nearly as tall. On the box they describe it like this: “full of succulent vine fruits and glace cherries, with a rich layer of marzipan running through and soaked in a a delicious rum butter.” It’s sweet and nicely fruity, but the nice thing is that it isn’t overly sweet, despite the fact that there is a liberal sprinkling of powdered sugar on the top. The delicious little cake bites are perfect with a cup of tea or coffee, or even a glass of milk. Inside the box, you get three individually wrapped layers of nine little cake bites. I like that they are wrapped in smaller amounts because that way you can take your time snacking through one layer without worrying about all of the other bites getting stale. Costco in the US usually has some form of stollen, to get your German fruitcake for Christmas fill, but usually it is a single large cake; I think I like the small bites better though. The small bites are really good for me because Dave is not a fan, at all. So, if I want some stollen, I have to eat it and it would definitely go stale before I could finish one of the big ones. Though I think I’m going to get one of the big panettone cakes that Costco has on one of our upcoming trips; I just love it too much to have a Christmas season without one. 27 for £4.79 (US: $7.58). Item #: 0094168.
Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix – I am pretty sure that this is the best brownie or cake mix that you can buy, anywhere. The brownies are always delicious and so super chocolaty; they’re like the perfect dream brownie. We’ve been buying these for years and pretty much always have some on hand because Dave is a big, big fan of brownies. So, when we moved to the UK I was a bit worried that we wouldn’t be able to find them. But Costco totally had it covered…phew. Ghirardelli has recently done a bit of a revamp on the recipe and they’re even more chocolaty and moist now. They have three different kinds of chocolate: semi-sweet chips, bittersweet dark chocolate chips, and milk chocolate chips. So, no matter what kind of chocolate you like, you should be happy with these. All of the different chocolate chips really work nicely together to make a really lovely brownie. In the box at Costco you get four mixes; each making around 16 brownies according to the box. Obviously, that is going to depend on how generous you are with your servings. I just can’t say how wonderful these brownies are because I just sound goofy and gushy now. But, if you are a person that likes brownies you really, really need to pick up a box on your next trip to Costco. 4 mixes for £5.99 (US: $9.48). Item #: 0195135.
Gressingham Duck Breast Fillets – Dave and I cook a lot and are even pretty advanced cooks and have made all kinds of different things, even our own sushi, but we’ve never made our own duck. Until now. I saw these really wonderful duck breasts at Costco and decided to be adventurous and give it a go. I found a recipe from America’s Test Kitchen that made it seem simple enough that it wasn’t going to be too overwhelming for our first try, and even had a nice dried cherry sauce to go on top. I’m not sure we can really take full credit for how perfectly they turned out, I think it probably has more to do with the exceptional quality of meat than our kitchen skills. But honestly, they were absolutely delicious! I think it was the best duck I’ve ever had actually. It was tender and juicy and had a really beautiful taste, and the cherry sauce just added that little touch of something that made it perfect. There package contained five breast fillets that were very evenly sized; all really decent sized. We ate two of them right away and put the other three in the freezer. But we are planning on having the other them this week when we have a guest visiting. Can’t wait to impress them with my new duck cooking skills! If anyone wants the recipe, let me know and I’ll post it. 5 breasts, 0.914 kg for £11.87 (US: $18.79). Item #: 0028439.
Kirkland Signature Men’s Cashmere Sweater – Dave doesn’t get to wear casual clothing all that often anymore since he’s working someplace where suits are the norm. But I couldn’t resist pushing him into buying himself one of these nice Kirkland Signature cashmere sweaters. This is the first KS cashmere sweater we’ve actually bought, but I’ve admired them for a couple of years now. They have a really soft feel and seem very well made. The yarn is actually a 2-ply cashmere, which means that two threads are spun together but still as fine in size as a single strand. This 2-ply strand is supposed to give you a greater strength and durability, it also makes the cashmere softer. The design of these sweaters is simple but it is nicely made and looks really nice on too. We (and by we, I mean me) liked the purple because it is a nice color that isn’t too bright because it is kind of ‘heathered,’ meaning that it has some dark grey or black mixed in to tone down the purple. The end result is that it is colorful without looking like a crayon. It looks equally nice with jeans, khakis, or some nice black trousers. Plus, I think on semi-casual Friday Dave could even wear it with a sport coat and his dress trousers for a smart look. £32.99 (US: $52.23). Item #: 0064933.
Quilted Velvet Toilet Paper – So, after trying out the Kirkland Signature toilet paper, Dave was not a big fan. Luckily, as if they were reading our shopping list, Costco had a coupon this month for Velvet. It is nicely quilted, which gives it a soft feeling. But it isn’t so soft that it is a huge linty problem in your bathroom (like Charmin). It actually seems quite a bit like the KS paper but had the additional quilting that makes it seem a little nicer. Other than that, I’m not really sure what more you can say about toilet paper. The Velvet people are environmentally friendly too because they replant three trees for every one that they cut down; so that’s good. I always buy my toilet paper at Costco because it’s definitely something that you’ll definitely always need and since it doesn’t go bad, it doesn’t matter how quickly you use it. Plus, this way we don’t risk running out very often. Locally, I can find a 4 roll pack for £2.28, which is quite a big difference. So, by buying at Costco I’ve saved about £12.00 with the coupon! 10, 4 roll packs for £10.49 (£13.99 – £3.50 coupon) (US: $16.61). Item #: 0051392.