This Week at Costco – June 22 2008

June 28th, 2008 · 10 Comments

This was an interesting week at Costco because they seemed to have reduced the prices on a number of items around the store.  I guess they’re closing out some of the summer items to make room for other things.  It’s surely not time for Christmas stuff to be out yet, right? 🙂  We did use a couple of the coupons out of the Summer coupon book and saved $35.00 on things that we did actually want to buy even.

Kolios Feta CheeseKolios Feta Cheese – Costco’s got a new feta cheese available now.  This is the real deal, from a Greek manufacturer and it shows.  I love feta on salads, pizzas, pasta, or by itself even.  This is maybe the best feta cheese I’ve ever had.  It’s tangy and salty but doesn’t overwhelm you with the salt so that you really enjoy the full taste of the cheese.  Plus, it’s not all dried out like the feta that you get at the grocery store usually is; it’s got a creamy texture to it that I’m sure most people wouldn’t expect from feta.  It’s still crumble-able (yeah, I don’t think that’s a real word) but it has a much better texture while doing so.  But the taste is just out of this world!  It really would be one feta that you could have with just a little bit of olive oil, lemon juice and some pepper on top.  I’ll bet this would be awesome with some of the fresh basil in our garden and a little olive oil and pepper.  You have to try this feta!  14 ounces for $6.99.

Palermo’s Primo Thin Pepperoni PizzaPalermo’s Primo Thin Pepperoni Pizza – My mom has been telling me that I should get some of these because they’re really tasty and have a really thin crust that gets nice and crispy when you cook it.  Turns out she was right again.  These are a great little pizza!  I am a fan of the very thin crust on my pizza, so if you like the thick stuff that is more like bread than crust, you’re probably not going to really appreciate these.  At Costco, you get three of the pepperoni pizzas in one box.  And it truly has some of the best pepperoni I’ve ever had on a pizza – frozen or not.  There’s a nice mix of cheese and the yummy pepperoni, and in combination with the super thin crust, it just makes for a great pizza experience.  Each pizza isn’t huge but is perfect when paired with a nice salad.  3 frozen pizzas for $10.79.

Sensible Portions Garlic & Chive Pita BitesSensible Portions Garlic and Chive Pita Bites – They were doing a demo of the tzatziki sauce (mentioned in my Fish Taco post) and using these little pita chip cracker things to hold the sauce.  I’d never tried these but had passed them in the cracker and chip aisle and curiously wondered what they might be like.  Well, they’re good, is the answer.  They’ve got a little flavor of their own because of the garlic and chive flavoring, but are great with the tzatziki obviously, as well as hummus, baba ganouj, salsa, or cheese, or probably any other dip or topping you might want to try on them.  What is really nice about them is that they are a perfect bite size.  Not too big to pop in your mouth all at once, so they’d be perfect for serving when you’re having people over for a party.  Or, even when you’re just looking for something a little different than chips to go with your dip.  2, 7 ounce bags for $4.99.

RaspberriesFresh Raspberries – I know I’ve probably mentioned the fresh raspberries before, or at least the blueberries or blackberries, and their excellent quality and value.  However, I feel like I’ve just gotta mention that last week the raspberries were gorgeous and cheap….again.  They would make great smoothies, or a sauce for topping your ice cream, or as a topping on a fruit tart, or about a million other things probably.  12 ounces for $3.29.

Pork Loin Chops – These are a great buy anytime, but when there’s a coupon, it’s even better.  What’s nice about these loin chops is that they are a thick cut so they are perfect on the grill for summer.  We made some on on Monday night that I put a little spicy rub on and then grilled.  They were wonderfully juicy and flavorful.  Pork is so versatile, kind of like chicken, it can go with anything from spicy to sweet really.  Sometimes we also have these with a fresh cranberry and jalapeno sauce (yes, we tend toward the spicy stuff), which is also an outstanding combo.  Whatever you’ve got in mind for them, they’re going to be great.  My only rule for pork is to use a meat thermometer and don’t overcook it because it can turn into a little piece of the desert when overcooked.  $2.99 per pound; 8 chops or 4.92 pounds for $14.71 – $5.00 coupon = $9.71

My Book 1TB External Hard DriveMy Book 1TB External Hard Drive – This is an extremely useful portable, external storage device for your laptops and/or desktop computers.   While it doesn’t have a network port and thus isn’t a NAS (network-attached-storage) device that is immediately shareable between all computers on the network, it is trivial to set it up that way when hooked up to one of your computers.   However, it seems most useful to me as either a backup device, especially on a Mac with Leopard (OS X 10.5) installed and “Time Machine” turned on — you’ll get a great range of backup dates with this much space.  Or, as a place to store pictures, music, and videos.   We all know how large those files can be!  And it is so easy to use, just plug it in and any modern operating system (OS X, Windows XP or Vista, any recent Linux distribution) will be able to use it immediately.  The device itself is about the size of a large paperback book and it has both USB2 and Firewire connectors.  It does need its own power supply though. 1 TB for $229.99 – $30.00 coupon = $199.99.

7’6″ x 10′ Outdoor Rug – This is one thing that I feel like I have to mention, even though we didn’t actually buy it.  Costco has these great outdoor rugs that would be wonderful on a patio or porch to give it a little bit of a finished feeling.  They’ve got a nice pattern in natural looking colors like green and brown.  But the best thing is that they are like a plush carpet, not something uncomfortable like sisal that always feels rough on your feet.  Despite the fact that they are like a real carpet you might put inside your house (and definitely could), they are mildew, mold, and fade resistant.  Plus, look at that size, it’s huge!  I’m actually thinking that if they still have some left this weekend I might pick one up because it would be nice to have something pleasant underfoot when we are out on our patio.  This is one of the items that was definitely reduced this week when we were at Costco because I know just a couple of weeks ago it was either $99 or $109 for this same rug that is now just $49.99.

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  1. 1 This Week at Costco – October 2, 2011 | Addicted To Costco! // 2011.10.08 at 5:28 am

    […] not as good as Fage.  I was really expecting this to be great because Kolios makes some of the best feta cheese ever.  But they don’t seem to be as gifted at the yogurt arts.  I’m also not thrilled that […]

  2. 2 besman // 2009.06.29 at 2:39 pm

    You’re right about the Kolios Feta. But, as Costco always does, when they get a good new product in and it sells out like gangbusters, you probably will never see it in their stores again. I bought about 4 packages of the feta and it was absolutely the best. But all their stores are sold out and their service people had no idea if anymore was coming in.

    Too often with Costco, it’s buy it now or it’s gone tomorrow, never to return.

    • 3 Kimberly // 2009.06.29 at 2:51 pm

      Our Costco is still selling the Kolios Feta; lots of it still available this weekend. Perhaps they were just temporarily out of it at your location. I’ll hope that is the case!

  3. 4 Gary // 2009.06.17 at 8:16 pm

    The Kolios Feta is very good. The packaging is terrible. Pliers (or something similar) are required to open the stiff, jagged-edged plastic strip that seals the container.

    • 5 Kimberly // 2009.06.18 at 7:08 am

      That’s so funny! I was just recently opening a package of it thinking that someone wasn’t being very user friendly when making that design. Not only does it require tools to open, but sometimes when you put the lid back on, the liquid surrounding the cheese splashes out when you push the lid down. But the cheese is so good, I put up with the crazy packaging.

  4. 6 Kimberly // 2008.07.01 at 11:42 am

    They still had the rugs at $49 this Sunday when we were at the North Austin store. They had maybe 9 or 10 of them, but they were all the green ones. I’ll bet they do make a great indoor rug too because they are so soft.

  5. 7 Rhonda // 2008.07.01 at 11:38 am

    I bought one of the rugs for 99 and we absolutely love it! It’s super soft and we have it in our living room as an area rug to catch the “spit up” or drool from our little one. Seriously if they have them for 49, I will get another one!

  6. 8 Kimberly // 2008.06.30 at 7:35 pm

    My mom has had the pepperoni pizza at her Kansas Costco for a while now too. Funny enough, I just noticed this weekend that our Costco also had the margherita variety.

  7. 9 Sharon // 2008.06.30 at 6:56 pm

    I saw the pepperoni pizzas here in Alabama, Jeff. They were on an end cap.

  8. 10 Jeff // 2008.06.30 at 1:05 pm

    Are the pepperoni pizzas new items? I think I’ve only seen the margherita version of their pizzas, and not any Palermos Pepperoni. I suppose it could be a regional thing, but that seems an odd item to only regionally offer.

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