Their guacamole is not bad......if you add some fresh chilis, sea salt, and a squeeze of lime it is excellent. (the consistency is perfect, but I think they underseason for the masses.
Don't laugh but I think the Costco roasted chicken is the best buy in the whole place. They are huge, perfectly cooked (UNLIKE at the grocery store), and seasoned so nicely
Stay away from sushi if your guests are cognescenti.
Okay, here is the best homemade brie recipe of the century as far as ease of preparation and bang for the buck.
Take a pizza crust (NOT pie crust), place brie in center, top with orange marmalade, close over top, and place in 350 d oven for 20 or until golden brown and wait for people waiting sitting under the mistletoe to thank you. :)
Oh, can you ever go wrong with smoked salmon?
I like their spring rolls - they crisp up nicely in the oven and they're baked at the factory not fried so they're even sort of healthy. I'd jazz up the packaged sweet and sour sauce that comes with it with some Thai chilies and lemon/lime juice. Or chuck it altogether and serve them plain (that's how we usually eat them).
The frozen meatballs are also good - you could serve with a jarred spaghetti sauce if you don't have time or make some of that sweet cocktail meatball sauce to go with. I just heat 'em up in the oven.
They also sell brie - you could put it in the oven and drizzle with maple syrup and almonds and just serve with bread or crackers.
I like their miniature quiches. They also have large boxes with pastry/phyllo appetizers which were also good--includes cocktail dog in wrapper, mini-empanads (or something close), pastry with mushroom filling--seveal difference choices. Pop in the oven and you're good to go.
I''ve had samples of the roll-ups, don't bother. Same with the Mexican type--taquitos, etc.--greasy and chewy.
If you have a Trader Joe's near you, their mushroom in phyllo and spinach cheese pies are great.
Using someone else's card.
I let a co-worker use my card, they kept it.
A friend used another friend's card, they wouldn't let them pay by check/debit card.
My card is photo less, I often have to show picture ID before paying.
If someone with a clip board asks to speak to you, tell them you are too busy and if they had more cashiers, you would have time. The clipboard person visits people with membership problems.
My co-worker was approached by the clipboard lady, they took the card and talked to him, since it was a Costco Business Card, and my co-worker had company business cards with our company's name on it, they called work. The accounting clerk took the call and I had to retrieve the card, they started to lecture me, and I showed them the "generic" Costco card we had, and I told them I gave the co-worker the wrong card. The co-worker "bought" a membership, after "they" looked up our account, before I got there. This was June 1997, Sunnyvale CA. I think anyone at work can use our generic card.
I think it depends on the cashier if you will be able to use someone else's card.
I went to Costco's website, Cards are not transferable.
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One of the big hits at an opening house we had at our office was the little cream puffs from the freezer section at Costco. Just take them out right before serving, they're good in any state of thaw. I don't recall the label, but they are round, slightly smaller than golf balls, and come in a box.
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try drizzling them with good melted dark chocolate when you take them out of the freezer - it intensifies the cream puff experience. They are one of the best things at COSTCO IMHO.
I don't like their meatballs - too seasoned for my taste with the wrong seasoning - besides I always use my mom's as a benchmark - just what I grew up with I guess. My mom wasn't a great cook but she loved food - and meatballs were definitely one of her specialities.
anyway, even tho I don't like them, I have served them many times. Tonight in fact we served them with ligonberry sauce - "Swedish" Style - and people were raving about them - Actually used a cross of ligonberry and raspberry melba sauce.
Interesting aside - while shopping to find ligonberry jam (Ikea is the easiest source) we found that there are both cranberries and whotleberries grown in Eastern Europe (which is alot closer to Sweden than we think) - we live near Little Russia in Forest Hills (as opposed to Brighton which is often called Odessa)
Am I rambling - must be cause it's the end of a 12 hour plus day.
Other COSTCO finds - they have a good variety of mini packs of party cheeses this time of the year. My favorite of the bunch only available seasonily around the holidays is the 2 pack of mini St. Andre Cheese, that triple creme cheese that puts ordinary brie to shame. You can do all the same things you might do with Brie, but honestly it's so good that you should invest in a some good breads and crackers to accompany it instead of gussying it up - it's a standout unadorned!
Also for desserts along with the cream puffs, indulge in a few boxes of their holiday chocolate. French truffles (huge box divided into 4 large individiually packaged portions. Belgium mini mousse cups - people go gah gah over them.
Ok enuf of my trucs.
Get your own membership - trust me, on this party alone what you save on the cost of a caterer you will more than make it back. and who knows, you might get hooked on those creams - and wait until you try them straight from the freezer, they do taste like ice cream!!