This Week at Costco – April 27 2008

May 5th, 2008 · 9 Comments

I just want to apologize to everyone for not getting this posted earlier. I wanted to do this on Friday, but instead I was spending all day in the emergency room. Costco should really think about breaking into that field; I think they could make it much more efficient. 🙂 Any way, on with the good buys at Costco this (last) week.

Citterio Prosciutto di ParmaCitterio Prosciutto di Parma– This is something that Dave and I both love to have around for a quick lunch with olives, cheese, and a nice fresh bread. It also makes spectacular appetizers when paired with melon, figs, cheese, or phyllo twists. I really like the prosciutto at Costco because it has a great flavor and is packaged with little sheets of waxy paper between each slice so that you don’t end up with just one big sticky mass of prosciutto. However, it is still imperative to separate it when it is cold or it will stick to the paper and anything else. Obviously, it is imported from Italy and each package is marked with the date it was processed, sliced, and a use by date. 12 ounces for $14.35 (which is a good amount when you’re talking about these little paper thin slices).

Kirkland Signature Grana Padano ParmesanShredded Grana Padano – Continuing along the foods of Italy line, this is a spectacular deal on a really nice Parmesan cheese. Even though it is the Kirkland Signature brand, it is imported from Italy, aged 18 months, and originates from Zanetti Parmigiano Reggiano, a leader in Italian cheeses. It has that lovely strong, nutty flavor that so nicely characterizes this type of cheese. It is great on salads, vegetables like green beans, asparagus, or broccoli, and of course, is a natural topping choice for pasta. It’s a nice thick shred too, not that thin little stuff in the grocery store or the grated stuff (which has its place but is not as versatile) so it can take a little heat without melting into a puddle. I love it and always keep some on hand. 1.25 pounds for $13.49.

Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella Whole Wheat PastaTomato, Basil & Mozzarella Ravioli – This is a really nice, healthy twist on pasta because it is organic and the dough is made with whole wheat. I have always been reluctant to try this because I figured it would be dry or just kind of nasty. However, I was pleasantly surprised because the pasta was really good. This is the fresh pasta that you find in the refrigerated section and has two pouches of pasta, which I think is a great idea. Each side of the package has about 4 servings so it is perfect to make for dinner and then you can have left overs for lunch the next day. But if you were reluctant to try the whole wheat pastas, I say give it a go because it much better than you are thinking. And, to be honest, you can hardly tell a difference in the taste (but it is healthier for you). The other nice thing is that these fresh pastas cook really fast, like less than 10 minutes. $8.99 for 2 pounds 2 ounces (8.5 servings).

Baby Portabello Mushrooms – And what would go perfectly with your pasta but some sauteed mushrooms. I love mushrooms on pasta or salads, on burgers, or even with a nice steak or piece of salmon. They have a thousand uses and having some in the fridge is always a good idea in my book. The nice thing about the big container you get at Costco, is that you actually have enough for several meals. Not to mention, Costco has the best prices around on fresh mushrooms too. $4.49 for 1.5 pounds.

Fresh Fruit and Vegetables – I’m going to lump a bunch of these together because we all know why fruit and vegetables are good. But the really impressive thing at Costco is that you can get such high quality produce at totally unbeatable prices. I know I’ve said this before, several times I’m sure, but Costco is just incredible for fresh fruit and veggies. It’s the only place I buy asparagus, bananas, lemons, limes, berries, or green beans. And now I can add pineapple to that list. We got an absolutely gorgeous pineapple that was so sweet and yummy, I’ve got to have a piece right now because just thinking about it makes my mouth water. Here’s my fruit line up for the last week or so:

  • Pineapple for $3.29
  • Limes, 5 pounds for $4.99
  • Bananas, 4 pounds for $1.56
  • Blackberries, 1.12 pounds for $4.99
  • Strawberries, 2 pounds for $2.99
  • Asparagus, 2.25 pounds for $5.49

Carr Valley Mobay CheeseCarr Valley Mobay Cheese – We were fortunate enough to be able to get another variety of Carr Valley Cheese (see my previous post about the outstanding Cranberry Chipotle Cheddar). This week we got a cheese that is an interesting combination where one half is made of goat milk cheese and the other is sheep milk cheese with a layer of grape vine ash running between the two halves. It is a wonderful creamy, mild cheese that is great alone or paired with bread or crackers. On the Carr Valley website they say this is their whimsical version of a French Morbier cheese. It’s outstanding, and Costco does still have some left along with more of the Cranberry Chipotle and a couple of other varieties. $12.69 per pound.

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9 Responses so far ↓

  1. 1 Kimberly // 2008.07.11 at 7:22 am

    LOL I do always have my house stocked with Costco goodness. Sometimes it can be a little embarrassing….I’m glad I’m amongst my own kind here. 🙂

  2. 2 mike // 2008.07.11 at 1:30 am

    Kim – can I come live with you? It sounds like you always have your fridge filled with lots of tasty snacks from Costco!

  3. 3 Justin // 2008.05.13 at 7:35 pm

    I got some gouda and parm last weekend. It was excellent with a big bottle of hearty red.

  4. 4 Heidi // 2008.05.11 at 12:57 pm

    Dave–live it up, and add fresh parmesean to your cheese selection. If you grate it fresh as you ues it, it tastes NOTHING like the tube stuff. It packs a lot of flavor, so it doesn’t take a lot.

  5. 5 Dave // 2008.05.07 at 4:28 pm

    I guess it’s not clear but I meant that it makes sense Parmesan is low fat. It’s so dry and powdery how could it be anything else?

  6. 6 Dave // 2008.05.07 at 4:22 pm

    Yeah, there’s a reason Parmesan tastes so dry and powdery when compared to the rest of the cheese universe. I think even outstanding Parmesan is that way so don’t tell me it’s just cause I’m using grated Kraft from a cardboard tube. 🙂

  7. 7 Kimberly // 2008.05.07 at 7:38 am

    I did actually use a little bit of olive oil along with some basil. You really do need to add only around a tablespoon of olive oil, adding 125 calories, to the pound of pasta. If you are looking for something even more low fat you could try adding just a bit of your favorite tomato-based pasta sauce. The Classico fire roasted tomato and garlic sauce (yes, it is from Costco) in my pantry has only 50 calories per 1/2 cup. That would probably add a nice bit of flavor without adding much of anything in the way of calories to each serving. You wouldn’t want too much or else it would overpower the taste of the pasta. And I do just want to point out that Parmesan is one of the low fat cheeses; the shredded stuff I mention in this post only has 20 calories per tablespoon.

  8. 8 Clue // 2008.05.07 at 2:47 am

    With what did you top your whole wheat tomato basil ravioli? I don’t want to drown the flavors of the ravioli, but at the same time, I’m trying to to avoid going the olive oil and Parmesan route. I know olive oil is a “good fat” as fats go, but it’s still a fat. Ideas?

  9. 9 Stell // 2008.05.05 at 7:57 pm

    Kim – We missed you on Friday, sorry you had to blow a day in the Emergency Room! Bummer. Hope this post finds you healthy and back to your excellent blog! I’m going to check out our supply of asparagus, and maybe a nice salmon!

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