This Week at Costco – June 8 2008

June 11th, 2008 · 10 Comments

Thanks to Costco we enjoyed some delicious steaks this week which we cooked on our grill from Costco (purchased a couple of years ago now), of course. As always, lots of things to catch my eye and the requisite demo that we just couldn’t pass by that practically forced us to buy sausages. But at least it wasn’t cheese, I’ve got a drawer full in my fridge that I have to get through before I can buy any more!

New York Strip Steaks – Who doesn’t love a big, juicy steak grilled to perfection? We were feeling very much in that mood when we were shopping at Costco, so we picked up these gorgeous NY strip steaks. I’ve found Costco to have a much better looking meat selection than any of the local grocery stores (except maybe Whole Foods) and their prices are usually the best around. Aside from the steaks, we often get their pre-formed, fresh burgers with the little hole in the middle which are the perfect size, and we’ll get an entire beef tenderloin and take it home to trim it and cut it into fillets and such (wanna know how…watch Good Eats). No matter what type of beef product we’ve gotten, it is always excellent. I’ve got to say though, these were beyond spectacular steaks. Just the right amount of fat to give them really great flavor on the grill and thick enough to be cooked to perfection. Yum! 4.1 pounds of Choice NY Strip for $8.99 per pound.

Fresh Corn on the Cob – Since we had gotten the steaks to put on the grill we needed something to go with them. We got the usual bunch of asparagus and then we saw the corn. Corn on the cob is perfect summer fare for the grill, in my opinion. It’s easy to prepare and you can flavor it up nicely by rubbing it with some olive oil and spices – in our case, I like to use chipotle or ancho chili powder. Plus, the really nice thing at Costco is that you get the ears of corn but they’ve already removed the husk so you don’t have to mess with that which cuts way down on the prep time for your corn…it’s practically nothing this way. And, it’s got that delicious subtle sweetness that really good corn has this time of year. 8 ears (approximately 6 inches long) for $5.99.

Kiolbassa Jalapeno and Cheddar SausagesKiolbassa Sausages – They had a little sausage demo setup, which completely reinforces my point that you shouldn’t go to the grocery store hungry, because we both had to try some. And of course we loved it because a good sausage with jalapeño and cheddar flavor will always have a welcome home in our house. Here’s a little blurb from their website: “Kiolbassa products are made the old-fashioned way, with natural pork casings and only the finest cuts of meat and freshest spices. Our sausage is slowly smoked over real hickory. It’s minimally processed and doesn’t contain cereal, fillers or MSG. It’s a taste that will remind you of real homemade sausage.” Since I’ve never had homemade sausages, I can’t vouch for that, but they are really, really good. They had a wide variety of flavors including, the jalapeño and cheddar, mesquite, and a plain beef sausage. Their deal at Costco was that you could get any 4 packages of 1.25 pounds of sausage for $13.99. That’s 7 sausages per package, so 28 sausages in total. Luckily, they freeze very well. Unfortunately, they’re only available at the Costco’s here in Texas (they’re made locally in San Antonio). But I’ll keep my fingers crossed for the rest of the country! 4, 1.25 pound packages for $ 13.99.

Pita Pal Baba GhanoushPita Pal Baba Ghanoush – For those of you wondering, baba ghanoush is an eggplant dip kind of similar in texture and appearance to hummus but a little smoother since it is made mostly with eggplant instead of chickpeas. It’s great on pita chips or tortilla chips, as well as veggies, or grilled bread. It’s got a great smoky flavor that plays very nicely with just about anything else you can think of to dip or spread it on. And, as far as dips go, it’s pretty healthy and low cal at just 40 calories in 2 tablespoons. I just about always have some of this or some hummus in my fridge because it makes a great snack or no-fuss lunch option for days when I’m feeling lazy. Plus, I like that the Pita Pal folks run their factory and corporate offices with 100% renewable energy (especially impressive since they’re located in Houston, TX). They used to have a little issue with their packaging; the lid just never really snapped back on but just kind of sat on the container which wasn’t very air tight, as you can imagine. However, it looks like they’re corrected this little flaw and the lid now snaps firmly into place keeping the moisture in the dip. 2 pounds for $4.95.

Hum Bao and Asian Slaw SaladBao and Asian Slaw Salad – So, this was an exciting new addition to Costco’s deli area. I have been interested to see how these would compare to something you’d get at an actual Asian place. The bready part was really good and had a nice texture and taste. The pork filling seemed to be missing some kind of spice element that both Dave and I noticed but we couldn’t put our finger on the missing spice. In general though, they were really tasty, I thought. Since you get four of them in the container, and they are fairly decent sized, they make for a great low effort lunch or dinner option. To ‘prepare’ them, all you do is put them in the microwave for about 4 minutes with a slightly damp paper towel and you’re good to go. The slaw salad wasn’t anything special but was a nice compliment to the bao. I liked them and would certainly get them again. 4 bao with salad for $8.99.

Carr’s Ginger Lemon CremesCarr’s Ginger Lemon Cremes – I don’t know what it is about these that attracted me initially but I’ve been wanting to give them a try for weeks now. Maybe it’s because you just don’t see enough lemon flavored cookie items. In any case, I finally bought them this weekend. They aren’t quite what I was expecting, honestly, but they are perhaps even better and certainly a yummy little treat that is definitely a bit out of the norm. I was expecting something more like a Little Debbie oatmeal creme pie, I think, something soft with a creamy filling in the center. But they’re actually more like an Oreo, if anything. The cookie part is not as hard as that on an Oreo and has a slightly lemony kick but the filling is obviously the real star with it’s super lemony creaminess. You don’t taste the ginger initially, it is more of an little punch of aftertaste. I really liked them, and since they are English tea cookies, they are perfect with a cup of tea (or a glass of milk). 3 boxes of 14 cookies each (42 total) for $6.39.

Lego Indiana Jones: The Original AdventuresLego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures – We recently bought a Wii (sadly, not from Costco since they never, ever have them in stock) and have been looking for some fun games to keep us entertained. Since we both really enjoy the Indiana Jones movies we thought this one might be fun. Sort of like Pitfall Harry from a million years ago when Atari was the cool thing to have (neither of us were that cool, I had the Intellivision and Dave had an Odyssey). If you haven’t seen the Lego version of Star Wars, you might be a little perplexed as to how you can have a Lego video game, but really you can’t help but laugh at the characters and the scenery all being Lego-ized. So, that has some inherent humor value when going through the game. Plus, we can play together which is fun and go through all of the old adventures with our little Lego Indy and his sidekicks. It’s been a lot of fun to play and makes me want to go watch all of the movies again (which of course, I bought the set of at Costco for $35 a while back). $43.79.

Frommer’s Germany 2008Frommer’s Germany 2008 – I’m a planner, especially for vacations, and I like to get a lot of research in before we take a trip. We recently decided to take a hiking and camping trip to Germany next year (ok, I decided and made Dave act like he thought it would be fun too), so I felt super lucky to stumble on the Frommer’s guide for Germany at Costco this week. It was completely good timing since we/I had just agreed on Saturday to plan a trip to Germany for next summer. This will be the perfect way to kick off my trip planning with tons of great info on all of the places we should try to include and the things we should possibly skip or avoid. I also like that it includes several nice maps of the city areas, including a perfect sized tear out travel map for Berlin and Munich. I’ve always found the Frommer’s guides to have very useful and up to date information, so I try to include them in my travel book collection for the places we go. FWIW, I also like the Lonely Planet guidebooks since we like to hike and camp, and the Eyewitness Guides are great if you want a compact guide book with lots of pictures, maps, and a more visual information approach. They often have the Eyewitness Guides at Costco too. I noticed that they also had the 2008 editions of the Frommer’s guides to France and Italy when we were there. $14.99

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  1. 1 jeffery k. gordon // 2009.11.05 at 1:35 am

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  2. 2 Pita Pal fanatic // 2009.09.07 at 5:08 pm

    By the way, the organic spicy roasted red pepper hummus from Pita Pal is already in Costco along side with their original flavor.
    also, did you taste their Texas Caviar? very delicious. these folks are doing a great job!

  3. 3 Dave // 2009.08.31 at 10:59 am

    Given how fast the spicy hummus sells out, I suspect the issue isn’t that Costco doesn’t want to stock it, but that the supplier can’t (or won’t) produce enough to give Costco. Given that I haven’t heard of any shortage in spicy peppers, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least to find out that the manufacturer simply won’t sell that flavor through Costco for some reason.

  4. 4 Kimberly // 2009.08.31 at 7:26 am

    Yeah, that’s the hummus flavor that we want too and they always have the plain but never the spicy. Actually, they’ve had it at our location once but by the time we got there they were sold out of it. You’d think that might indicate to get more, huh?

  5. 5 Samantha // 2009.08.28 at 4:01 pm

    I agree with Clue. Costco has these great roadshows to showcase new products. They bring in all the great flavors and then later, when Costco actually stocks the item, they only stock the bland, original flavor. I don’t know why they do that. I too bought the Pita Pal Spicy Pepper hummus…..absolutely the best I’ve ever tasted. When I went back, after the roadshow was over, all Costco had was Original Flavor……hundreds of packages of Original Flavor.Clearly they had room for other Pita Pal flavors, but their buyers have no clue. They seem to do this every time…..apparently their buyers don’t live in the real world and have no clue as to the demographics they serve.

  6. 6 doug // 2009.06.16 at 6:14 pm

    I was shopping for a party at the N Miami Costco and they had the most amazing hummus and salads in that weekend by Pita Pal. I purchased three tubs of the organic hummus, one tub of cracked wheat and one tub of couscous pasta salad. It was the most amazing hummus I have had that isn’t home made. The salads were fresh and a big hit at the party as well; very high end stuff. I have to say that almost every person at the party asked where they could buy Pita Pal. I have never seen their Baba Ghanoush in stores here, but I would like to try that and their falafel. They have a very nice website with a lot of nice looking items.

  7. 7 TXbests // 2009.03.26 at 3:46 pm

    I have to agree with you on the Kiolbassa Sausage. I have seen their sausage many times at the Costcos in the DFW area and they are fantstic. It is honestly the best sausage I have ever had. Unfortunately, when the roadshows come, they wet my apetite for all their flavors. My Costco only carries their Beef and Jalapeno sausages.

    Kiolbassa seems a little more expensive than the competitors, but I have noticed that there is ingredient statement, suprisingly is as clean as sausage gets. Some other brands first ingredient was mechanically seperate chicken parts. Also, the sodium level is lower than anything else on the shelves.

    If Costco can hear this message, please put Kiolbassa’s other sausage in your stores. I know that I would support it.

  8. 8 Kimberly // 2008.06.15 at 8:26 am

    This post is courtesy of Jeff…which I accidentally deleted in my attempt to get rid of some spam. I really, really apologize to Jeff for doing so & here is his comment:

    “I actually managed to get a Wii at Costco. Just one stack of them on an endcap. They were going so fast three of them were grabbed before I was done making up my mind.

    It actually came in a combo pack with the Wii, Wii Play, Super Mario Galaxy, and an extra Nunchuk to go with the second Wiimote in Wii Play. $350”

  9. 9 Clue // 2008.06.15 at 2:36 am

    I’m a Pita Pal brand fanatic! Their Baba Ghanoush is good, but let me wax poetic about their hummus! It is organic, free of preservatives and has about half the fat and calories of the Sabras brand hummus (also carried at Costco).

    Pita Pal did a special event at a Costco in my area recently, where I got the chance to both sample and to purchase several different WONDERFUL Pita Organic Hummus flavors.

    Now all I can find at Costco is the Pita Pal Original flavor Hummus. Which is really too bad, because while the Original flavor is truly terrific, their Basil & Sun-Dried Tomato flavor and their Spicy Red Pepper flavor are *simply awesome*!!

    I hope Costco sees the light and adds the other Pita Pal Organic Hummus flavors to their stock!

  10. 10 Dave // 2008.06.11 at 2:26 pm

    You can eat all the bao you want. I’m opting out! Contrary to the wording above, I did not enjoy the complete package *at all*. The only good part was the dough of the bao and there just isn’t enough of that in a package to make me want to pay for it again.

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