This Week at Costco – May 25 2008

May 30th, 2008 · 3 Comments

The holiday weekend got me totally off of my normal schedule for the week, so this post is really kind of late. We had a hard weekend of driving from Austin to Phoenix and back again…over 2,000 miles in just over 2 days. Phew! As a quick update to my post about the radar detector, it did indeed help and worked really well. It’s really easy to use and has some great features. Since we avoided getting any tickets, I’d say it was well worth the price. I’ll let Dave comment on it with more techie type thoughts and musings.

In any case, with being gone all weekend, I didn’t get to make my normal Sunday trip to Costco but I’ve gotten a few things stored up from my previous trips that I really wanted to mention.

Kirkland Signature Extra Virgin Olive OilKirkland Signature Extra Virgin Olive Oil – The Extra Virgin Olive Oil at Costco is certainly just as good as anything you’re going to find at your local grocery store and most likely its way better. Costco has strict standards on the acidity level allowed for their olive oil to be termed ‘extra virgin’. And on top of the fact that it’s better, it’s a heck of a lot cheaper! Dave and I have no trouble using the 2 liter container in a reasonable amount of time because we use it almost every night when we cook. We use it on our asparagus when we are roasting it on the grill or in the oven; to sauté any number of vegetables; a little to toss our pasta with so it doesn’t stick together; to make risotto or couscous; and on fish or other meats when we’re cooking them. I’m a big fan of olive oil and when you can get such a good quality, for such a reasonable price, there’s no reason not to use it all the time. It’s got such a great flavor that it even works well with a little bit of fresh ground salt and pepper to dip bread. For more information on Costco’s Kirkland Signature Olive Oils, check out this article in the Costco Connection. 2 liters for $12.99.

Spice World Minced Garlic from CostcoSpice World Minced Garlic – There’s nothing really special about the minced garlic at Costco; it’s the same stuff you can get at most any grocery store…just in a way bigger quantity (for about the same price). A lot of cooking people turn up their noses at the pre-minced garlic, however, I find it still imparts the necessary garlicky flavor I want in my dishes. It’s a good deal more convenient than trying to keep fresh garlic gloves around and taking the time to peel and mince them myself, not to mention making sure they haven’t gone over to the bitter side because they’ve been in your kitchen too long. We used to have a garlic press that made it a little quicker but after Dave broke our third one I decided we needed to do something else. The greatness of the minced garlic really comes through when you have a dish that needs a bunch of garlic, like our favorite quick Thai dish, spicy chicken stir fry. 48 ounces for $3.55.

Kashi Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies at CostcoKashi Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies – One of my readers, Umbriago, posted about these, so I decided to give them a try. In the box at Costco, you get three separate boxes that contain eight cookies each. They’re not quite as yummy as a traditional chocolate chip cookie, however, you don’t get so much fiber (3 grams) and whole grains (11 g + per serving) from a regular cookie either. There’s a rougher texture due to the oatmeal and whole grains and those also alter the flavor a bit, as well. The cookies are very soft and really don’t hold up well to travel, as I recently found out on our road trip to Phoenix. They’re okay, but I’ll be honest, I’m currently the only person that will eat these in my house. But I do find them to be a great afternoon snack or a quick little bite after exercise. Since they have just 130 calories per cookie and have a lot more bulk to them than a regular cookie, I don’t feel like such an unhealthy snacker when I grab one either. I am bummed about the super-softness of them though because I was thinking they’d be a great little treat to take on a hike or camping trip. I think these are a little pricey for the amount of cookies you get, but if you’re looking for a healthy cookie you’re probably not going to get a super low price. 3 boxes of 8 cookies (24 cookies) for $6.49.

Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain Medley Variety Pack at CostcoUncle Ben’s Whole Grain Rice Medley Variety Pack – I’m really into convenience in cooking during the week and you can’t get much more convenient than this rice. If they hadn’t had a demo, I don’t think I ever would have tried these but once again Costco got me with the demo! So, here’s the deal, the rice comes in a little pouch with two servings (two cups) that you open up and pop in the microwave for just 90 seconds. That’s right, just 90 seconds! And, the rice comes out surprisingly good; fluffy and moist without any little hard bits or clumps. At Costco, you get a nice variety pack with six pouches in three different flavors – brown and wild, santa fe, and vegetable harvest. All of the flavors are tasty and a perfect compliment to fish, pork, or a nice steak. I think they’d also be great if you wanted to quickly make a few burritos (with the Tortilla Land uncooked tortillas, of course). Since the rice is basically cooked and ready in the little pouch already, I think they’d also be great to take camping since you can use a skillet (and two tablespoons of water) to prepare it. 6, 8.5 ounce pouches for $7.99.

Trident Seafoods Alaskan Salmon Burgers at CostcoTrident Seafood Alaskan Salmon Burgers – Heidi, one of my faithful readers and commenters, suggested these when commenting about my fish tacos. So, Dave and I decided to give them a try. We both really wanted to like these because we love salmon, but they came across as a little fishy when we tried them in a cheeseburger. It could have been the way that we prepared them or the fact that we needed more flavors to pair with them like some onion or avocado, so we’ll certainly give them another go. I’m sure I don’t have to point out how they are a healthy alternative to a burger made with beef because of all that good for you Omega-3. Each 4 ounce burger has just around 170 calories too. The next time we make these I’m going to try spicing them up with some jalapeno or chipotle powder when cooking to give them a little more kick and flavor and hopefully, a little less fishy-ness. Plus, I’m going to try making the avocado topping that Heidi suggests. 12, 4 ounce burgers for $11.75.

Ready Pac Fresh Mango Slices at CostcoReady Pac Fresh Mango Slices – I love mango but I hate dealing with the fresh fruit myself. It’s probably, okay definitely, very lazy of me but it’s so nice to be able to go to Costco and pick up a 2 pound container of fresh mango slices and not have to do the work. The Ready Pac folks make nice sized slices and they are usually very consistent in their ripeness. Additionally, each container is stamped with a use by date and I’ve found that they generally last beyond that date by about a week or so. This makes it so much more likely that we will add them to our plate at dinner or grab a few slices for a quick snack that I’m willing to pay extra for the convenience. My favorite way to eat mango is either in a mango lassi or with sticky coconut rice and sesame seeds. Yum! Makes me want to grab some right now. I’m thinking of trying to make some mango ice cream this summer. 2 pounds for $8.99.

Costco Coupon Book - May 15 - June 1, 2008Don’t forget that the latest Costco Coupon book will expire after June 1, 2008!

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  1. 1 Clue // 2008.06.01 at 3:18 pm

    I have made and enjoyed them both ways. One thing we especially enjoy is to make interesting toppings for them.

    For example, the other day I made a Pesto Mayo w/ Sun-Dried Tomatoes (made with all Costco-obtained ingredients). As the name suggests, I merely combined some pesto with fat-free mayo, sun-dried tomatoes and a bit of grated parmesan.

    After letting the mixture rest for a couple of hours, I topped the Salmon Burgers with it and with fresh spinach leaves, and served them on whole grain ciabatta rolls. Talk about a flavorful pop!

    Since you enjoy the Coscto sliced mangos, you might also enjoy topping your Salmon Burgers with a spicy Mango Salsa, or even just a fruity Mango Salsa. (Let me know if you need recipes for those.)

    I think the trick is that you can’t really just use Salmon Burgers as a direct swap for hamburgers. You could certainly make them in situations where might otherwise make a hamburger, but I’d tend to see it as more of an alternative, such as when having chicken breasts or bratwurst as alternate selections to hamburgers at a cookout.

  2. 2 Kimberly // 2008.05.31 at 9:44 pm

    Hey Clue, how do you fix your Salmon Burgers? We tried cooking ours in the oven, like we would with a regular hamburger. I am thinking though that the grill might be better.

  3. 3 Clue // 2008.05.31 at 9:16 pm

    Sadness! I’m a big fan of both the Kashi Cookies and the Alaskan Salmon Burgers.

    These are the kinds of healthy alternatives that make a trip to Costco so very worth it, even at $4/gal to get there!

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