This Week at Costco – December 7 2008

December 13th, 2008 · 4 Comments

We bought lots of good stuff this week; some stuff for a little dinner party we were having with friends last night and then some stuff so that we could have yummy fondue when we were watching football last Sunday.

Jarlsberg from Costco

Jarlsberg makes a great fondue

Tine Jarlsberg Cheese – I think it has been a while since I wrote about buying some cheese at Costco, so at least I’m getting my cheese addiction under control.  This big hunk of cheese is the star of our fondue.  Normally, I might mix something else like Gruyere or Emmentaler with it (which are the more traditional Swiss cheeses that you would find in a fondue) but they didn’t have any of that in the cheese case at Costco this weekend.  The Jarlsberg works well though because it melts up beautifully and has a wonderfully nutty taste that adds just the right amount of flavor without overpowering the stuff that you are dipping in it.  Since the hunks of cheese are so large (over two pounds usually), you really only need one to make enough fondue for two to four people.  And if you pop it in the food processor, you can have it grated up perfectly in no time at all.  2.33 pounds for $10.37 ($4.45 per pound).

Six sausages per 1.5 pound package

Six sausages per 1.5 pound package

Tarantino Mild Italian Sausage – So, this is one of the things that we love to dip in our fondue.  It’s so delicious covered with the hot cheese.  I also use this for my lasagna, so now I’ll have plenty to make a nice big pan of lasagna too.  Recently, it seems that the Tarantino folks wisely figured out that the traditional packaging (sausages in two layers in the little styrofoam tray with plastic wrap over it) had seen its day.  The new packaging is so much nicer for those of us that don’t want to use all six pounds of sausage at once; it pulls apart into four, 1.5 pound packages.  The new packaging makes it very easy to put the part that you don’t want to use right in the freezer without the need to repackage it.  But enough about the packaging, let me talk at least a bit about the sausage.  Sadly, it is mild and we would like the hot Italian sausage ideally but something with even a little more spice to it would be nice.  It is a nice middle of the road sausage that you can use for a variety of things like cutting up in chunks for pasta, or using the whole sausage link to make a great Italian sausage sandwich with a crusty roll and some melted mozzarella.  For my lasagna, I remove the sausage from the casings and cook it like ground meat with the sauce and some extra spices like basil and oregano.  Or, of course, you can cook it nicely under the broiler and then cut it up and dip it in your fondue.  6 pounds for $12.99 ($2.16 per pound).

Fresh French Baguettes – This was the last item from Costco that we picked up for our fondue night.  This was like real French bread, not sour dough based bread, which is what they usually have (and I’m not a huge fan of).  They were long and thin, just like they should be, had a great crusty outside and a soft and delicious inside.  I love good bread almost as much as I like cheese, and really nothing beats good bread and good cheese together.  The two baguettes would be great if you were making crostini or some nice sandwiches for a picnic.  Well, there are tons of ways you could use them.  I’m just hoping that they keep them around in the Costco bakery!  2 loaves for $3.79 (I’m not sure how big they were and I pitched the bag before I realized I would want that info).

Cute little puff pastry hors d'ouvers for your next party

Cute little puff pastries for your next party

Cuisine Adventures All Natural Puff Pastry Petites – I picked up these for our little party last night and they were a big hit.  From our point of view, they were super easy to make since all you have to do it put them on a cookie sheet and bake them for like 18 minutes.  And from what everyone said that tried them they were delicious.  So, can you really beat easy to make and delicious?  In the box at Costco you get 48 of the cute little pastries, with four different flavors and shapes: sauteed onion, sage, and Gorgonzola; four cheese and roasted garlic; artichoke with herb and garlic cream cheese; and brie and caramelized onion.  There’s pretty much no way that you can go wrong with those flavors and puff pastry.  It could have something to do with the butter too.  The different shapes are nice, and different enough that you can actually tell them apart when they are on a try.  So, if you are having a holiday party and want some kind of finger food item that won’t take much effort but will be really impressive to your guests, I would totally suggest these.  By the way, you can find these in the freezer section at Costco.  48 pieces for $14.79.

It just says 'Christmas', doesn't it?

It just seems Christmasy

10″ Poinsettias – Have you seen these gorgeous poinsettias that they have at Costco?  They are so big and full (not to mention healthy, which you don’t get all the time when buying plants) that they make a great decoration for the holiday season – inside or out.  They are truly so big that they’re almost bush like instead of just looking like a little plant.  I’m sure you think that I’m exaggerating but seriously they’re not small; ours are around 29 inches tall and around 30 inches wide.  I’ve bought bushes to plant in my yard that were definitely smaller than that.  Plus, if you take care of your holiday poinsettia by giving it enough water and sun, it is actually capable of living beyond January.  It seems like people get them just for Christmas but they’re like any other house plant that you might get (and in some climates you could plant them outside).  My mom’s got one from last year still!  Aside from the fact that they are very pretty with the beautiful red and green foliage and the huge size, these poinsettias are like instant festive decorating.  There are very few holiday decoration items that you can bring home set down, right as is from the store, and have them make your whole house look cheery and ready for the holidays.  Plus, they are great for brightening up corners or someplace that needs just that little pop of red.  I have two of them sitting in my kitchen because it’s pretty much all I need to make the kitchen look Christmasy.  I love them and I love that Costco always carries such nice, big plants too!  10″ poinsettia for $15.99.


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  1. 1 Costco Coupon Book – October 15 – November 1, 2009 | Addicted To Costco! // 2009.10.15 at 12:26 pm

    […] of course because that’s the luck I have) and have purchased them before from Costco (read the review here).  They were a big hit the last time we tried them, so I decided that I wanted to pick up a box to […]

  2. 2 Steve // 2009.03.01 at 12:07 pm

    Yeah, you’re probably right. Just have to write ’em off.


  3. 3 Dave // 2009.02.22 at 11:51 pm

    I’m not a food safety expert but I suspect the “off color” was simply due to oxidation — meaning that the package wasn’t sealed tight. If this happened in your refrigerator, you’re probably okay. But if it came from the store that way, I’d be nervous about it as who knows how many people handled it or something. I can tell you for sure my wife wouldn’t take a chance with it though!

  4. 4 Steve // 2009.02.22 at 10:07 pm

    I bought some of the Tarantino mild sausage. They’re good for cooking, but I noticed that a bottom “cell” had sausage that was a bit off color. Is this normal? The others were bright red. Are the off-color ones edible? Smelled okay.

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