This Week at Costco – December 21, 2008

December 27th, 2008 · 13 Comments

Costco was super busy when we were there and I’m sure it didn’t help that we got there about 45 minutes after they had opened.  There were some really great new things that we had not seen before either and of course, someone was doing a cheese demo…and it was delicious.  Well, I’m sure you can see where that ended up.

Delicious Handmade Cheeses

Delicious Handmade Cheeses

Yancey’s Fancy Cheese – They were giving out samples of the whole line of flavored cheeses, six in all, from Yancey’s Fancy, which makes artisanal cheeses in New York.  This was an unfortunate demo, you know I can’t pass up the cheese samples.  I could have bought more but I refrained and we only got two of the flavors: Cheddar with Wasabi, as well as Habanero and Jalapeno Cheddar cheese.  I don’t know which one of these I like better but I do know that we have eaten most of the 1.2 pounds of the habanero and jalapeno; you can’t imagine how good it is melted on a baguette.  The habaneros and jalapenos give it plenty of kick, way more than most pepper cheeses, but the cheese mellows it enough to be enjoyable.  The wasabi cheese is really interesting and definitely something I haven’t had before.  I think we were both amazed at how much like wasabi it tastes, as well as how well that wasabi taste goes with the cheddar.  It’s also got a bit of punch to it, since wasabi is essentially a spicy, hot horseradish.  I can see why Costco teamed up with them: not only is their cheese super yummy but they are also all about quality and even offer their own 100% money-back guarantee.  $5.49 per pound.

Chocolate & Shortbread...a perfect combination

Chocolate & Shortbread...a perfect combination

Walkers Quadruple Chocolate Cookies – Oh wow, these are some excellent cookies.  For those of you that don’t recognize the name right off, Walkers makes the world’s best shortbread cookies.  I usually buy whatever enormous tin Costco is selling but this year I decided to buy the giant tin of butter cookies instead.  So, that left me craving a little shortbread.  And lo and behold, I saw this normal sized box of these great looking chocolate shortbread cookies from the good people at Walkers.  I definitely wasn’t sad with my purchase when I got home and tasted one either.  They are just as chocolatey as you might guess since they are made with four different kinds of chocolate: Belgian milk chocolate chunks, white chocolate, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate.  First, they use a chocolate dough made with (I’m guessing here) the dark chocolate.  Then, they have big chunks of chocolate – milk and white – mixed in with them like chocolate chip cookies.  And finally, because that might not be quite enough chocolate, the bottoms are dipped in milk chocolate.  If I didn’t already have enough sweets and cookies in the house to feed a small army, I would want some more of these exceptionally delicious cookies.  Hopefully Costco will be selling these longer than just the holiday season.  18 cookies for $5.49 (yeah, they’re not a low cost cookie option).

Farm Raised Steelhead Trout – So we could assure ourselves that we would have at least one healthy meal this week, we picked up some fresh trout while at Costco.  I really like buying the salmon and trout at Costco; it’s always very nice filets of quality fish.  I know some people have a problem with the whole farm raised fish thing and say that the fish isn’t as good.  I don’t necessarily agree but I’ve never done a side by side comparison or anything, so I can’t make a definitive judgement.  However, for a nice weekday dinner, it’s a good option.  Sometimes when we are unable to get a piece that is not really large, we will cut it in two and we can then have two nights of fresh fish for dinner.  Of course, the trout is rarely that big and definitely wasn’t this time.  Our favorite way to prepare it is simply to bake it in the oven with some olive oil, salt, pepper, dill, and lemon slices on the top.  A typical piece cooks to perfection in around 20 minutes at 350 degrees (F); so it is both quick and easy to prepare.  And this week, it definitely seemed like our one healthy meal! $5.99 per pound.

KS Spiral Sliced Ham

KS Spiral Sliced Ham

Kirkland Signature Hickory Smoked Spiral Sliced Ham – We always do something different each year for Christmas dinner and we were debating several options this year.  And then we came across the ham demo lady.  It immediately made up our minds.  So, I picked up the smallest ham that I could find, a mere 7.9 pounds.  It’s definitely a decent amount of ham, of course, you can do quite a bit with ham before you get really sick of it.  First though, I should mention that this is a really nice tasting ham.  It doesn’t have that watery consistency that you sometimes get in a ham of lesser quality and really does have a delicious smoky flavor.  Since the ham is fully cooked, we just had to heat it up.  We decided to add the glaze this year too; this isn’t something we’ve had great luck with in the past when trying it with other hams we have purchased.  However, it really did add just a little hint of sweetness to the ham that really enhanced the flavor, rather than overpowering it (or burning- that was a bad ham experiment).  So, we have some nice pieces that will make great ham sandwiches with my homemade bread, and then we can also make some great ham and cheese omelettes (maybe with the peppery cheese even), and of course, we can do our egg McPeterson breakfast sandwich, and make some great soup with the bone and the chunks of less desirable ham pieces.  So, the leftovers probably won’t even last that long in our house.  $2.29 per pound.

Get Fit in the New Year

Get Fit in the New Year

Element Fitness DVDs – That’s right, along with my cart of junk food, I picked up two of these fitness DVDs since they were buy one, get one free.  I bought ‘AM & PM Yoga for Beginners’ since I’ve been wanting a change from my regular yoga DVD (yes, strictly I’m not a beginner but they’re still a nice workout).  The other one I got is, ‘Pilates Weight Loss for Beginners’, also not strictly a pilates beginner either.  If you’ve never tried pilates, it can be a pretty brutally hard workout!  Actually, I’ve got to say that the hardest workouts I’ve ever done are pilates and yoga.  There’s so much balance and core muscle strengthening exercises involved, it’s hard not to work up a sweat.  I really like these two forms of exercise because they rely on the weight of your own body for strength training; which means you are less apt to hurt yourself when doing these workouts at home (if you make sure that your form matches that of the instructor on the DVD).  Not to mention, once you get past a certain age, you just don’t move your body as much and stretch it that often like this, so it actually feels good.  Well, it feels good once you get over the initial soreness that you might encounter from not using your muscles like this any time recently.  If you’ve decided to get some fitness DVDs, I would suggest watching the work out once through without actually exercising, just looking at the form and flow of the exercises and then you can follow along without as much strain on your neck and back trying to twist around to look at the television screen.  And on a nice note, for every 4 Element DVDs that are purchased, they will plant a tree with the Arbor Day Foundation, up to 20,000 trees per year.  So, you’re getting fit, and so is the planet, when you purchase some of these DVDs.  2 exercise DVDs for $9.99 (they are normally, $9.99 each but there was a buy one, get one free coupon).


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13 Responses so far ↓

  1. 1 Kimberly // 2009.03.12 at 9:11 am

    Fraser – I’m not a food safety expert, however, I’m going to guess that the ham is probably past eating at this point. I thought that the KS hams had a best by date, if not you can use the chart on the Ham Food Fact Sheet page at the Food Safety and Inspection Services website.

  2. 2 Fraser Pakes // 2009.03.11 at 5:41 pm

    Re: Kirkland Spiral Sliced Hickory Smoked Ham. There is a note on the accompanying instructions that says it can be frozen in the freezer for up to 60 days. There is no information as to how long it can be left, sealed in its original wrapping, in the cooler area of the refrigerator. We had to be away over Christmas and would like to eat it now (March) We took it out of its wrapping and did the sniff test. It smells great BUT is it safe to go ahead and eat ? We would want to heat it up first . Please give us advice we cannot bear to put it in the trash before we know for sure !

  3. 3 Kimberly // 2009.03.10 at 8:34 am

    They’re definitely selling out of them at the Austin location too. They were selling them for just $2.97 this weekend. So, of course, we bought some. I don’t know why they’d get rid of them because everyone loves them. I”m hoping it’s just a temporary production thing from the Walker’s Shortbread people; maybe they don’t make them year round? I know, I’m reaching because I don’t want them to have them again.

  4. 4 Helen // 2009.03.08 at 5:18 pm

    Walkers Quadruple Chocolate Cookies are being discontinued at our location! There are no words to describe how good these are. Any ideas on how we can convince Jim to keep these in stock?

  5. 5 Kimberly // 2009.02.11 at 10:37 am

    That’s hilarious! They are really super good though, huh? And sadly, they are in such a small little box. Every time I see them I look longingly but don’t dare put them in the cart because we’d probably devour them before we got home.

  6. 6 Scot // 2009.02.11 at 10:32 am

    Whoa! I just found your website by googling “Walkers Quadruple Chocolate Cookies “. (You’re the top hit, btw). Anyway, I bought some two days ago and the box was inhaled by the family in one go! These are SERIOUSLY good.

    Made a special trip yesterday to get four more boxes, which I’ve hidden in the house.

    Wondering if I should get more? Before they sell out. Should probably pick up that fitness DVD too 🙂

  7. 7 Pat // 2009.01.07 at 3:39 pm

    Yay! I got the Yoga & Pilates DVDs. Thank you, Kimberly!

  8. 8 Saara // 2009.01.04 at 4:05 pm

    The problems with farmed fish are more due to the environmental pollution from the pens and the dangers to native fishes. Look it up at the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch chart , but generally the rule of thumb is farmed salmon=bad, farmed trout=good, and add to that Costco’s recent addition farmed steelhead=good.

  9. 9 Kimberly // 2008.12.31 at 9:48 am

    Pat, I think this was one of those ‘coupons’ that was mentioned in the December issue of The Costco Connection. They weren’t really coupons that you needed to clip out and take with you, but rather just a manufacturer’s instant savings deal available at Costco. I definitely didn’t have a coupon to get the deal.

  10. 10 Pat // 2008.12.30 at 3:31 pm

    Where can I get the buy 1 get 1 free coupon for the Yoga/Pilates DVDs?

  11. 11 Kimberly // 2008.12.27 at 8:05 pm

    I’m sure there must be a difference in the toxin levels since one is being fed and the other is living on other wild items. However, I have heard foodie people say that there is a difference in the taste because of a difference in the fat content and that the wild fish have a stronger, more assertive taste. Which may or may not be true but is definitely something people have opinions about. I’m just not willing to pay that much more to have wild caught fish.

  12. 12 Dave // 2008.12.27 at 6:35 pm

    I was under the impression that the concern for farm-raised fish was toxins OTHER than mercury. From what I’ve read, mercury levels are actually lower in farm-raised fish because the food they’re given comes from controlled-source systems where mercury content is easy to keep low. That being said, mercury is a problem for all carnivores near the top of the food chain because it never gets flushed out of an animal’s system once introduced. Thus the more animals you eat, the more chance you have of adding to your own mercury level.

  13. 13 Jeff // 2008.12.27 at 3:06 pm

    As far as I know, the main complaint against farm raised fish is the higher mercury concentrations. I haven’t had any complaints about the taste.

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