This Week at Costco – June 15 2008

June 19th, 2008 · 11 Comments

We got a late start on our Costco trip this weekend since we went camping but we still managed to get stocked up on frozen veggies for the new freezer and some items to spice up our summer grilling a bit. We also managed to pick up a few DVDs to keep us entertained if we can pull ourselves away from conquering our new Lego Indiana Jones game.

And I hope everyone was able to pick up a copy of Costco’s Household Almanac that they were passing out this weekend. It’s full of good tips on everything around the house from buying an HDTV to getting stains out of your laundry. If you missed out on it, you can go here to view it online.

Kirkland Signature Pine NutsKirkland Signature Pine Nuts – I love pine nuts in salads or pasta; they just add a little more flavor and variety to either dish. The downside is that they are really pretty pricey most everywhere….except Costco. They have the best prices around, at least in my experience. Of course, you have to buy 1.5 pounds of them but you can keep them in the freezer for quite some time without them losing flavor. Since pine nuts tend to go rancid kind of quickly anyway, you should always keep them in your fridge or freezer no matter the quantity. All you have to do is grab the amount you need from the freezer and toast them up for a couple of minutes and you are good to go. Since we’ve got a couple of basil plants that are doing really well in our little kitchen garden this summer, we thought it would be great to make our own pesto too. There are also several Italian dessert recipes that call for pine nuts; so maybe now I can give some of those a spin. 1.5 pounds for $15.69.

Rummo Organic SpaghettiRummo Organic Spaghetti – Costco seems to be offering a much wider variety of organic items lately, with this spaghetti being the latest thing I’ve noticed. The spaghetti comes from the Rummo company that has been making pasta in Italy for over 150 years and they use all certified organic durum wheat semolina to make this pasta – no synthetic chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides. It cooks up nicely and has a nice taste. 6, 1 pound packages for $6.99.

Di Amante 7 Cheese TortelloniDi Amante 7 Cheese Tortelloni – What can I say, it was a pasta kind of week. It’s great to keep something like this on hand, I think, because its a low hassle meal that has a little more interest than your regular unfilled pastas and since it is dried you don’t have to worry about it getting sketchy in your fridge. Plus, you can use this to create great cold pasta salads for the hot summer days when you don’t really want something warm but would like something more filling to go with your meal. The cheese filling is made up of: fresh ricotta, romano, emmenthal, parmesan, camembert, cheddar, and gorgonzola. We both really liked it and thought it was probably the best dried tortelloni we’ve ever bought. 3 pounds for $6.99.

Frozen Organic French Green BeansFrozen Organic French Green Beans – We have bought these before and they are great. They are so good, they actually made me change my opinion of frozen vegetables completely. What is really nice, is that you can grab a couple of handfuls from the bag and cook them up in no time. Plus, they are consistently good quality; which isn’t something you’re assured of when you buy fresh green beans. I like to sautée them up in olive oil with just a bit of minced garlic and then add some toasted pine nuts and shredded parmesan cheese to the top. Yum! This time when we bought them, I did notice that there was a bit of pleasant change to the packaging. Instead of just being one big 5 pound sack of beans, they now have individual one pound packages. 5, 1 pound bags for $$6.69.

Kirkland Signature Sweet Mesquite SeasoningKirkland Signature Sweet Mesquite Seasoning – We’ve never tried the KS seasoning mixes before but we were looking for a little something to add a bit of pizazz to our summer grilling and this seemed like the perfect thing. It’s a mix of sea salt, black pepper, chili pepper, red pepper, oregano, onion, garlic, red bell pepper, sugar, and natural mesquite smoke flavor. That’s a lot of stuff that I’m not going to be interested in buying and mixing up on my own and probably couldn’t do it this cheaply anyway. Where do you even get ‘natural mesquite smoke flavor’? We’ve tried it on both burgers and vegetables that we grilled this week and it did add a nice flavor to them. You can definitely taste the smoky mesquite flavors as the primary taste with just a hint of a sweet aftertaste. I think it would be great on chicken for sure, and it would probably work very well on salmon. 19.6 ounces for $5.49.

Cedar Grilling PlanksCedar Grilling Planks – These are something else we thought could add a little bit of variety to our grilling this summer. So, basically these are just a plank of cedar that you soak for an hour or two, place your meat or vegetables on it, and then put it on the grill at low to medium heat to give your food a little smoky cedar flavor. If you’re lucky the wood will smoke up nicely and not get so charred its useless. We’ve had the charring problem before and I think it was because we didn’t soak the planks long enough. Or at least that’s my theory. The directions say you can soak it for as little as 20 minutes but I think you’re better off with at least an hour of soaking, more would probably be better. They do lend a nice taste to your grilled foods and they might keep things like fish a little more moist when grilling. You can only use the planks one time though. Package of 6 cedar planks for $8.99.

DVDs from CostcoDVDs – We almost exclusively buy our DVDs from Costco because they are usually cheaper and it’s just handier for us since we go there all the time. This week we bought 3 new movies, 1 I’ve seen and liked, and 2 that neither of us have seen.

  • Dr. Zhivago – It’s a classic and for good reason. They just don’t seem to make films like this anymore. In any case, Costco had a 2-disc set. The movie was digitally remastered for Dolby Digital 5.1 and the second disc contains commentary, documentaries, and interviews. And at this price, it’s a steal for your DVD collection. $8.99.
  • Revolver – This is a Guy Ritchie film along the lines of Snatch or Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels; both of which I loved. I’m hoping this is filled with his dark humor and dry, sarcastic wit that made those films so great. $12.99.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End – Yes, we are the only people on the planet probably that haven’t seen this one yet. We enjoyed the other two, so hopefully, this one will live up to those standards. It’s been so long since it was out, I can’t even remember what the reviews said. $12.99.

I received this great tip from my friend Sara:

Nike Imara HRMA Costco “steal” I discovered this weekend that I thought you readers might like to know about: The Nike Imara HRM was only $36. Online, it’s running $70-$99. I’d been looking for a heart rate monitor for a while, and this one had everything I was looking for: a chest strap, the ability to set a min and max heartrate and a beeping alert if you are outside of it; and interval training settings (so if you run in intervals, you can set both interval times and it will beep to announce the change of intervals). It also keeps track of the number of calories you burn and the amount of time you’re in, above, or below your target heart rate for a given workout.

The one I picked up was targeted for women; I’m not sure if they had a men’s model or not. (The only reason I stumbled across it was that someone had abandoned it on top of the crackers…)

This was such a good deal I’ll probably go back and buy one for my Mom and sister.


Tags: DVDs · Fitness · Food Share

11 Responses so far ↓

  1. 1 Linda // 2012.01.21 at 1:42 pm

    I make it a point to check out our Costco for the tortellini – NADA!

  2. 2 Marilyn // 2012.01.21 at 11:40 am

    We were in the Bellingham, WA location of Costco yesterday and what to my wandering eyes did I see but Di Amanti Tortellini. Thank Goodness it is back and back to say I hope. I bought 2 bags and am wondering if I should have bought more. We love, love, love this pasta. It is a quick and easy meal if you run short on time for food preparation. They are so tasty and storage is not a problem. Please keep this product as a permanent staple. I am positive I am not the only one who thinks this way.

  3. 3 Stan // 2011.09.11 at 9:49 am

    Subject: Di Amante Tortellini

    My friends and I shop at Costco a few times a week in Clearwater, Florida. We are extremely dissappointed that Costco has discontinued carrying Di Amante Tortellini. I have personnally talked to several people who have tried, and liked it. There has been no negative comments. I like it because it is dry, easy to store for long periods of time, inexpensive, and the three pound bag goes a long way. At $6.99 it was well worth the purchase. My friends and I are thinking about ordering it directly from the distributor. I guess Costco is more interested in making a buck rather then helping the community to keeping costs down.

  4. 4 Marilyn // 2011.07.19 at 7:16 pm

    I have to give negative feedback to Costco pine nuts. I just sampled some of them almost two weeks ago, and they caused me to get “pine nut syndrome”. It causes a taste disturbance that causes everything to taste bitter/metallic/soapy. Leaves an awful feeling on the tongue. The worst thing is, it doesn’t kick in until a couple of days after eating the nuts!

    The likely culprit is a species of pine in a region of China, the nuts of which are making their way into the western marketplace.

    If you have this reaction, please let Costco know. Right now they don’t think there’s a problem! But Google “bitter taste after eating” or “pine nuts Kirkland” (to be fair, many retailers have gotten these nuts into their stores) you will find a bucketload of complaints.

    The most comprehensive place to read about this is at The Great Pine Nut Mystery blog, by a graduate student who researched and wrote a thesis on the problem.

  5. 5 Bill Lamica // 2011.05.07 at 11:22 am

    Yes Costco… bring back the Di Amante 7-cheese, 3 pound, dry Tortelloni. We use it at home and carry it in the RV for a gormet meal on the move. I’ve been searching on the Web, and will call their Los Angeles distributor on Monday to find a source. That said, I’d much rather have the convenience of buying this at Costco.

    We tried the refrigerated “substitute”. 1. requires refrigeration 2. tastes nasty.

    Bring back the dry.

  6. 6 Linda // 2011.04.17 at 9:56 am

    I’m finding the tortellini is available in the fall (someone told me it was a Christmas item). At our Costco, when it’s gone, it’s gone!

    Too bad for my daughter, who could live on it 24/7.

  7. 7 lina // 2010.12.26 at 1:31 pm

    I have to give a negative feed back to the Di Amante cheese filled tortellini. I am from Italy but I have lived in the USA for a four years, I can say that tortellini like these would never be sold in Italy! I made these tortellini for a couple of friends who came from Italy for the holidays, the verdict was unanimous, extremely salty and with a weird sweet taste. I threw the whole thing in the garbage disposal and made a quick spaghetti dish instead. These company can only fool those people who never had good quality Italian tortellini dish.

  8. 8 alice // 2010.09.26 at 7:05 pm

    I looked and looked for the Di Amanti tortelloni last week at Costco and thought I would try to find it on the web somewhere, what a let down that Costco doesn’t carry it any more.

  9. 9 Kimberly // 2010.03.08 at 2:17 am

    Oh, that is a shame because that was really delicious. I know I had seen it at the Austin Costco not too long before we moved because I wanted to get some but knew we’d be moving. I hope they bring it back though because it was a nice addition to their dried pasta choices.

  10. 10 mary ryan // 2010.03.07 at 10:11 am

    I am so disappointed that Costco discontinued Di Amante 7 Cheese Tortelloni. Bought their refrigerated 5 Cheese Tortellini and it’s no where near as tasty as Di Amante 7 Cheese Tortelloni. Hoping if enough of us complain, Costco will once again carry Di Amante 7 Cheese Tortelloni. Thank you.

  11. 11 This Week at Costco - March 22, 2009 // 2009.03.28 at 9:56 am

    […] a wide variety of spices; spicy stuff like cayenne works really nicely with it too.  We used the KS Sweet Mesquite Seasoning on a piece a couple of weeks ago and it was fabulous!  1.74 pounds for $11.29; $6.49 per […]

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