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greygarious Apr 1, 2012 09:33 AM

Please mention your store location when posting, since Costco inventory varies a lot between stores.

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    artemis RE: greygarious Apr 2, 2012 08:44 AM

    After a long absence, the Mario Batali refrigerated sausage ravioli are back at Foster City. They're pretty good for a quick dinner.

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      givemecarbs RE: artemis May 18, 2012 12:17 AM

      Maya Kaimal coconut curry simmer sauce with coconut milk and ginger. Very pleasant, would buy again but there is no way this is medium heat. Very mild which worked for my dining companion. Got this at the montgomeryville pa Costco in the refrigerated prepared food section.

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      givemecarbs RE: greygarious Apr 2, 2012 11:53 PM

      I finally tried the turkey and spinach lasagna with no fat ricotta in the refrigerated food section. Not bad at all. This was at Montgomeryville Pa. Forget the brand name and I tossed the packaging but I'll buy it again for the convenience. I chose to bake it in my convection toaster oven although the directions claim you can microwave it as well.

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        ferret RE: greygarious Apr 3, 2012 07:40 AM

        In the Chicago area there are a number of new dips/spreads that have popped up lately. All pretty good. There's a company (can't recall name) with "no mayo" prominently displayed on the label offering bean-based olive dip and baba ghannouj - both good. There's also a Buffalo Hummos (Hummos with Buffalo wing spicing) - hot and good.

        1. dave_c RE: greygarious Apr 3, 2012 02:56 PM

          Vancouver BC - chocolate filled mini-croissants. Very nice with coffee.

          1. janethepain RE: greygarious Apr 10, 2012 09:54 AM

            The Kirkland brand green tea bags. Shockingly good. The tea itself is great, tastes almost like it's pure matcha powder (I actually empty the entire plastic bag into my cup to get all the great powder left over). Even the sachets/tea bags themselves are wonderful - a woven bag with the string coming off the middle of the bag and a paper tag designed to conveniently hook onto the lip of your cup.

            Can't get enough of these. Made by Ito En, according to the package.

            These were found in Northern Virginia (sorry, don't live there, so had to have relatives give me bagfuls of their own).

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              cstr RE: janethepain Apr 10, 2012 12:39 PM

              I recently bought a box of Good Earth Tea, just outstanding.

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                rasputina RE: cstr May 18, 2012 08:47 AM

                I can't believe Good Earth tea is still around. I used to eat at their restaurants back in the 80's.

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                  khh1138 RE: rasputina Jun 8, 2012 03:52 PM

                  I miss those Good Earth restaurants - there was one down the hill from my house. Best nutty blueberry pancakes...glad I can still get the tea.

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                NA07950 RE: janethepain Apr 17, 2012 06:40 PM

                The green tea is a staple in all the NJ stores I've been in. While I'm not a fan, I work in a Japanese company and my expat colleagues are all big fans of the product.

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                  khh1138 RE: NA07950 Jun 8, 2012 03:50 PM

                  Yes, Ito-En beverages are huge in Japan. This is a very good product!
                  (I remember reading the label some years back - I don't know if it still says this - but that actually *is* a little bit of matcha powder you are meant to sprinkle on the top)

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                cstr RE: greygarious Apr 16, 2012 11:46 AM

                Just picked up some Point Reyes Blue cheese, $10.99 per pound, creamy, tangy and a great deal.

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                  Beach Chick RE: cstr Apr 16, 2012 02:14 PM

                  Point Reyes Blue cheese...love that stuff...I could eat that all day long..didn't see it at my Costco this weekend.
                  Was that Good Earth tea the cinnamon kind?

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                    cstr RE: Beach Chick Apr 16, 2012 05:11 PM

                    Good Earth, yes it is a light cinnamon infused tea and awesome, got the Point Reyes at Carlsbad, in your neck of the woods.

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                      Beach Chick RE: cstr Apr 16, 2012 05:34 PM

                      The Point Reyes Blue rocks..I could eat a whole block of that with a baquette. ; )
                      I'm going to do a sun tea version of the Good Earth tea.
                      Red Zinger from Celestial Seasoning is really good too..made from Hibiscus leaves..

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                        cstr RE: Beach Chick Apr 17, 2012 07:04 AM

                        Red Zinger makes for an interesting Sangria! Hint...Hint ! Ever think tea was just for tea?

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                          Beach Chick RE: cstr Apr 17, 2012 07:10 AM

                          Tea as Sangria...wut?

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                            cstr RE: Beach Chick Apr 17, 2012 07:53 AM

                            make a tall glass for yourself and try it. Of course, just add the tea in place of half the soda water.

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                  Rene RE: greygarious Apr 16, 2012 09:06 PM

                  In Austin, I bought the Casual Gourmet Roasted Red Pepper and Spinach Chicken Sausage after a very flavorful sample. I made the recipe for lasagna on the package. I made a few small adjustments and it was a total 10 for the cook tonight.

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                    JerryMe RE: Rene May 17, 2012 06:37 AM

                    The roasted red pepper chicken sausages are a staple in our house. We use them for everything from sandwiches (hoagie rolls) to pasta as well. Very good!

                  2. Beach Chick RE: greygarious Apr 17, 2012 05:45 AM

                    At the Poway, CA Costco, I always buy the bag of baby mini peppers for me and my dog, which he loves but I halved them with the goat cheese and baked them in the toaster oven ...delicious..
                    Didn't need much goat cheese and what a deal from Costco at around $5 for 2 logs..
                    Made a goat cheese eggplant parm last week that was incredible and used it in place of the ricotta.

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                      Rilke RE: Beach Chick Apr 18, 2012 08:42 AM

                      My dogs and I love those mini peppers as well. Great with ranch :) (for me . . . not them)

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                        Beach Chick RE: Rilke Jun 4, 2012 06:23 AM

                        I have to buy a bag of those mini peppers, rotisserie chicken and some fresh Ahi at least once a week for my dog...he is the ultimate Chowhound!

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                        Tripeler RE: Beach Chick May 17, 2012 06:40 AM

                        BC, what a great idea with the goat cheese. That sounds REALLY good!

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                          Beach Chick RE: Tripeler Jun 4, 2012 06:28 AM

                          Hey Trip!
                          They are really good and half them with fresh dill or other fresh herbs..
                          Good visual too.

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                        mayfruit RE: greygarious Apr 30, 2012 06:03 PM

                        I'm fairly new to Costco. Denver, CO area.

                        I love popsicles and took a chance on the Whole Fruit Frozen Organic Juice (mixed flavors of Cherry, Strawberry and Grape). They are all mixed with apple juice. They are not too sweet and just the right slushiness when slightly thawed. They are a push-up type of bar, and just the perfect portion. I don't have kids -- so this was purely an adult treat :)

                        Sukhi's Tandoori Chicken; Fully cooked chicken. Great spicey flavor; not overly spicey or salty. Very versatile - I've put it in salads, with rice, with veggies etc. For me, this was excellent based on the flavor and convenience.

                        Madras Lentils, described on the package as "Lentils, Red Beans and spices in a creamy tomato sauce" - I tasted a sample of this a couple weeks ago. This is almost as good as what my dad makes. I would describe it like a chilli. It heats up really quickly, and I've eaten it by itself and mixed it in with all sorts of other foods. I thought the price was just a tad high, but I will definitely buy it again....unless of course my dad offers to make me a pot of it.

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                          JerryMe RE: mayfruit May 17, 2012 06:36 AM

                          We get the Madras Lentils as well. The price is on the high side but we can easily get two meals out of each package. They are quite good.

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                            ferret RE: JerryMe May 17, 2012 07:09 AM

                            Those tasty Bites packets are over $3 each at grocery stores, so they're effectively half-price at Costco. Pour over rice and you have a nice meal for about $2.

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                          givemecarbs RE: greygarious Apr 30, 2012 11:41 PM

                          Got some frozen shrimp pad thai (four pack) in the frozen food section. Authenic Asia or something. The shrimp is at the top separated by a cardboard partition so you can nuke it a different amount of time.
                          I ended up frying the shrimp and then tossing it in with the nuked noodles. I wasn't expecting much but was very happy with this tasty easy dish. I'm glad I have a chest freezer as the package was fairly bulky. I'll be going back to my Montgomeryville Pa Costco for more, these are fast easy and light as well as delicious. I did squeeze some lemon juice over my portion. I can't resist playing with my food.

                          1. meatn3 RE: greygarious May 16, 2012 03:11 PM

                            Just found a terrific 8 piece canner set in Raleigh, NC location. 33 quart granite-ware with jar rack, all the usual canning tools plus jar wrench for $37.99!

                            I've mainly just done small batch canning but I'm ready to can more quart jars and this holds 9 as opposed to the two my biggest pot could accommodate.

                            This was on an endcap near the housewares area.

                            1. knowspicker RE: greygarious May 29, 2012 03:25 PM

                              Wild Planet Tuna. It's more expensive than Kirkland but it's half the price you buy it for in Whole Foods. Tastes great and less mercury and more sustainable fishing practices. Seattle area.

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                                Rilke RE: knowspicker May 29, 2012 05:18 PM

                                Thanks for posting, hope to see this in Delaware.

                              2. knowspicker RE: greygarious May 29, 2012 05:55 PM

                                New for me though I don't know how new to the store in Seattle.

                                French butter with sea salt crystals. Delicious and a better price than in other local stores. For some reason [less water maybe] it is also easier to spread when cold than most other butters.

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                                  betterbeheaven RE: greygarious May 30, 2012 10:50 PM

                                  La Brea Bakery torta rolls at the Richmond, CA store. 10 rolls for $5.99. They have really good texture (soft and chewy, but if you toast, nice crunchy exterior) and flavor (faintly sweet).

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                                    givemecarbs RE: betterbeheaven Jun 2, 2012 12:41 PM

                                    Torta rolls must be in right now. The food court at the montgomeryville pa Costco is offering hot turkey and provolone sandwiches on torta rolls and they are very tasty.

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                                      randyjl RE: givemecarbs Jun 2, 2012 01:16 PM

                                      I keep hearing about really interesting prepared sandwiches, or food courts. Alas ours in Rockwall, TX has only dogs, churros, and pizza. Sniff,sniff!

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                                        cheesemaestro RE: randyjl Jun 2, 2012 01:56 PM

                                        Ditto for the Costco in Harrisburg, PA--without the churros.

                                        One thing I discovered in the last couple of months that I really like is the stuffed grape leaves. I can't remember the brand, as I discarded the cardboard wrapper and the plastic container doesn't have the name on it. Two or three pieces make a nice, light lunch in warm weather.

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                                          CanadaGirl RE: randyjl Jun 15, 2012 01:13 PM

                                          Keep lookin for the sandwiches. My local Costco has only had the turkey and provolone sandwiches for a couple of weeks. I was in yesterday and they couldn't keep up with the orders for them.

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                                            dave_c RE: randyjl Jun 15, 2012 01:37 PM

                                            A couple new items I've seen in the Seattle area, pesto turkey and provolone sandwich (It was okay, needed more pesto flavor) and a beef bake (a beef version of the chicken bake) which is only okay.

                                            For me, the hot dog and soda is still the best food court deal.

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                                            treb RE: givemecarbs Jun 3, 2012 07:50 AM

                                            they also sell the torta rolls in the bakery dept.

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                                              givemecarbs RE: treb Jun 3, 2012 11:35 AM

                                              At my Costco (montgomeryville pa) too. And I bought a cold turkey and provolone sandwich with a side of salad from the refrigerated section where they sell the wraps and such. That was on a torta roll too but the hot offering from the food court is such a good deal.

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                                            Midlife RE: betterbeheaven Jun 8, 2012 04:05 PM

                                            The torta rolls are terrific........ But La Brea Bakery is generally good quality even after going 'big time'. At 50¢ a roll they're my go-to sandwich bread. They freeze well too. - South Orange County, CA

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                                            bostongal RE: greygarious Jun 4, 2012 09:58 PM

                                            I am so mad..

                                            I went to Costco this weekend to specifically buy their fantastic CIBO pesto...and they have gotten rid of it. In it's place is a Kirkland brand of pesto that is runny, overly oily, and fairly flavorless. The CIBO brand was excellent as a pasta sauce and as a sandwich spread and now a lousy substitute is in its place.

                                            It was literally the reason I drive all the way to the nearest Costco...and now they are trying to pull the wool over everyone's eyes as the packaging looks identical to the CIBO pesto they used to carry...shame on you Costco! Bring back the CIBO!

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                                              mcf RE: bostongal Jun 9, 2012 01:46 PM

                                              Oh, NO... it wasn't in my store, either, and I love it! I can still get it, in a smaller container for more $$ at Fairway here on Long Island, but...

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                                              judybird RE: greygarious Jun 8, 2012 03:15 PM

                                              At the Irwindale Costco, try the Honey Smoked Salmon. There's apparently some honey in the marinade, but the fish doesn't taste sweet, it's smoky, oily, and absolutely delicious. We save the skin and fry it crisp to crumble on a salad.

                                              Unfortunately, they used farmed salmon - we normally try to avoid it, but this stuff is too good to pass up.

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                                                happybaker RE: judybird Jun 26, 2012 02:49 PM

                                                I ADORE that Salmon, and have found it at both Ohio Costco's and California.

                                                Kudos to you for frying up the skin, I always have it left, never know what to do with it, and now I'm horrid at all the fun I've missed!

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                                                  stevebass RE: happybaker Jul 16, 2012 06:14 PM

                                                  The other thing we do with the salmon skin is cut it up into bacon-like strips, gently fry it, and make a SS-LT (salmon skin Lettuce and Tomato) sandwich. I can't tell the difference and it's gotta be healthier than bacon.


                                              2. Bacardi1 RE: greygarious Jun 8, 2012 03:47 PM

                                                Last weekend:

                                                A large two-pack of vacuum-packed White Anchovy filets marinated in white wine & herbs
                                                My usual quart of mixed olives, feta, & a few peperoncini peppers marinated in herbed oil - great stuff. Called "Greek Mezza".

                                                A two-quart pack of Kirkland's own marinated artichoke hearts. Again - great stuff, & much nicer to handle in the 2-quart pack size rather than the big gallon jar they used to sell it in.

                                                A 5# sack of tiny little baby potatoes in red, white/yellow, & blue types, for the same price I'd normally pay at the supermarket for just 1#.

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                                                  treb RE: Bacardi1 Jun 9, 2012 06:57 AM

                                                  what Costco? those little jewels are tasty.

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                                                    Bacardi1 RE: treb Jun 10, 2012 06:23 AM

                                                    We stopped at two last weekend.

                                                    The baby potatoes were from the Costco in Manassas, VA; everything else was from the one in Fairfax, VA.

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                                                    mutti RE: Bacardi1 Jun 15, 2012 12:55 PM

                                                    Bacardi1 can you give me an Idea of what the Anchovy's taste like? I love the salted canned one's but as I'm going to be the only one eating them would it be worth it for me to buy it?Is it simular to pickled herring?which I also like,I have to travel a long way to Costco,so I have to make every trip count.
                                                    Also how long of a shelf life in the fridge????

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                                                      Bacardi1 RE: mutti Jun 16, 2012 04:53 PM

                                                      I haven't opened them yet, but I'll make a note to come back here & let you know what they taste like. As far as shelf life, since I've never bought these before, I'm going to have to play that by ear after I open them. It was a two-pack for around $7 if I remember correctly, & each pack is 7 ounces, so I won't be eating all of them in one sitting.

                                                      Unopened, however, the instructions are to keep refrigerated at all times, & to use by September 19, 2012.

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                                                        mutti RE: Bacardi1 Jun 17, 2012 03:27 PM

                                                        Thank you for getting back to me,will be getting them when I go to Kansas City Costco.

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                                                        Bacardi1 RE: mutti Jun 19, 2012 04:39 PM

                                                        Okay Mutti - opened one of the packages today & added some to my lunchtime salad. Sadly to say, I HATED them. And there are very few food items I have said that I hate. I shouldn't have ignored the packaging description that they had a fresh "Bluefish" flavor (& I do love fresh Bluefish).

                                                        Think VERY fishy marinated herring in an overly-sharp acidic vinegar. While I absolutely ADORE regular oil-packed anchovies & can eat a whole can or jar at a sitting or two, I'm thinking the rest of these babies will be garnishing my cats' dinners after I rinse them off a bit. WAY too fishy tasting for me - & I really really like marinated herring - both plain & in sour cream. Something about these anchovies just puts me off. Go figure.

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                                                          FoodDee RE: Bacardi1 Jun 19, 2012 04:44 PM

                                                          I'm wondering if these are actually boquerones which are marinated white anchovies. totally different than oil packed anchovies. You most frequently see them served as a tapas.

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                                                            Bacardi1 RE: FoodDee Jun 20, 2012 07:19 AM

                                                            Yes - that's what they are. In my original post above, I said that they were called "White Anchovy filets marinated in white wine & herbs". However, the ingredient list does list oil as well, so I didn't expect them to be so very vinegary & acidic. Not to mention fishy (& I do like all types of seafood). I don't know what I'm going to do with them. Maybe incorporate them into something else?

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                                                              FoodDee RE: Bacardi1 Jun 20, 2012 09:13 AM

                                                              Yes, oil is usually one of the ingredients but they are pretty vinegary tastewise. I've never found them to be particularly fishy though (haven't had the Costco ones). They are traditionally served quite simply - google recipes.

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                                                                Bacardi1 RE: FoodDee Jun 20, 2012 09:59 AM

                                                                Thanks! I did look up recipes, but it seems that 99% of them are for actually making your own boquerones, not using them in something else. Looks like they're used on crostini, atop roasted peppers, & on salad.

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                                                                mutti RE: Bacardi1 Jun 20, 2012 09:38 AM

                                                                Will still get them,then if It's too vinegary I'll incorporate them with sour cream and onion's,just like the herring in sour cream.
                                                                Thank you for the update.

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                                                          treb RE: Bacardi1 Jun 18, 2012 07:12 AM

                                                          just go some white anchovies and my Costco, what a deal!! Normally, I'd get about a third of that for the price I got at Costco, they taste great.

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                                                          Cathy RE: greygarious Jun 8, 2012 04:16 PM

                                                          La Creperie real Belgian crepes. 16 crepes in two packages, $7.99. Heat 40 seconds in microwave or 2-3 min in pan. Refrigerated but can freeze up to three months.

                                                          Belgian crepes are thicker than French crepes. Made with wheat, buckwheat and rye flours. Tasted slightly sweet when filled with egg/spinach/mushroom/cheese mix for breakfast, but no sugar in the ingredients.

                                                          (purchased at Costco in Chula Vista, CA)

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                                                            pnwfoodie RE: Cathy Jun 30, 2012 07:38 PM

                                                            I bought these and they were great after being frozen. Today I tried to buy more and none of all of the Costco stores in my area have discontinued the item. I tried tracking it down on the web with no luck. They have also stopped carrying the fab tortilla soup. (OR & WA Costco)

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                                                            ospreycove RE: greygarious Jun 10, 2012 11:23 AM

                                                            When is COSTCO getting in the Fresh Wild Alaskan King Salmon??? Wegman's has it now.

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                                                              treb RE: ospreycove Jun 10, 2012 12:25 PM

                                                              I've seen it in the northeast. BTW - have you tried their bakery pretzel rolls, very tasty.

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                                                                ospreycove RE: treb Jun 10, 2012 01:29 PM

                                                                No, but NOW I am,,, Thanks........

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                                                                  FlyerFan RE: treb Jun 16, 2012 06:51 PM

                                                                  Those pretzel rolls are evil - I can't have them in the house or their siren song calls to me until they are dispatched...

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                                                                    Stricttime RE: FlyerFan Jun 19, 2012 07:03 PM

                                                                    The pretzel rolls are a huge hit in our house. Split, toasted, smeared with cream cheese and topped with jam.... good lord!!!!!!!!

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                                                                  Bacardi1 RE: ospreycove Jun 11, 2012 07:30 AM

                                                                  Yes - I also saw the wild Copper River salmon at Wegmans last week. Noticed in particular that it was a few dollars cheaper than last year. Last year it was a whopping $24.99/lb.; this year they have it for $18.99/lb.

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                                                                    FoodDee RE: Bacardi1 Jun 13, 2012 10:04 PM

                                                                    Wild copper River salmon $9.99/ at Costco in Kirkland, WA this week.

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                                                                      susancinsf RE: FoodDee Jun 17, 2012 03:39 PM

                                                                      also at Merced, CA Costco. However, it is the sockeye, not the King; I suspect the quote above of $18.99 is for King (I think Copper River comes in three species: Sockeye, King and Coho, and at least around here, sockeye tends to be cheaper. More of it perhaps?).

                                                                      It was delicious done on the grill!

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                                                                        FoodDee RE: susancinsf Jun 17, 2012 04:42 PM

                                                                        I think prices were also a lot higher last year because there wasn't as large a run. Can't really remember if the sign at the store said King or just wild Copper River.

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                                                                  Jeri L RE: greygarious Jun 16, 2012 06:25 PM

                                                                  Has anyone tried the refrigerated Spanish Omelette (actually a tortilla, but that would confuse most Americans)? At Seattle Costco #1 they're next to the quiche. Ingredient list is just eggs, potatoes, onion and salt, as I recall. I didn't buy, as I'm in a "use what you've got" mood this week, but I was curious.

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                                                                    FoodDee RE: Jeri L Jun 17, 2012 01:04 PM

                                                                    I saw them in Kirkland too but also didn't want to buy without some feedback.

                                                                  2. Rilke RE: greygarious Jun 17, 2012 03:23 PM

                                                                    Has anyone spotted Rainier cherries yet? The ones they get are so so good, and cheap . . . there were days last summer when I ate nothing else.

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                                                                      onrushpam RE: Rilke Jun 17, 2012 03:30 PM

                                                                      Our Costco had them last week. But, I actually found nicer ones, for a lower price, at Publix!

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                                                                        Rilke RE: onrushpam Jun 17, 2012 03:37 PM

                                                                        No Publix in these parts :( Our Costco has had the deep red cherries for a couple weeks; they are good, but I want my beloved Rainers.

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                                                                          treb RE: Rilke Jun 18, 2012 07:08 AM

                                                                          I've seen them but in small quantities.

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                                                                            Rilke RE: treb Jun 27, 2012 12:53 PM

                                                                            Still no sight of 'em here in DE. Depressing!

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                                                                              treb RE: Rilke Jun 28, 2012 06:14 AM

                                                                              Just picked up regular bings for 2.79 pp, way cheaper than any super market around and the size of the cheeries were jumbo. Didn't see any Rainer's. Peaches and blueberries were really nice as well.

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                                                                                Rilke RE: treb Jun 28, 2012 05:28 PM

                                                                                I am loving the blueberries -- they are why I don't get too mad when I go and there are no cherries ;) I am in Delaware and, for the first time that I've seen, Costco is giving us blueberries from Jersey. They are superb and clearly more recently picked than the usuals from much farther away.

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                                                                                  treb RE: Rilke Jun 29, 2012 06:25 AM

                                                                                  Been getting NJ blueberries for the past month, again huge berries and sweet. I probably have gone through 4 tubs to date. The red rasberries are a deal as well and their CA peaches are excellent. I really enjoy this time of year for their fruit selectioon,

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                                                                                    Rilke RE: treb Jun 29, 2012 08:29 AM

                                                                                    I spoke too soon. The NJ blues were nowhere to be found on my trip today -- the inferior Naturipe ones were back :(

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                                                                                    Bacardi1 RE: Rilke Jun 29, 2012 07:10 AM

                                                                                    Yes - their berries are always good. While we buy all of them from time to time, my favorite are the blackberries, since they're always sweet & flavorful - something that can be difficult to find in blackberries; so many tend to be a little too sour, but never the ones from Costco.

                                                                      2. susancinsf RE: greygarious Jun 17, 2012 03:43 PM

                                                                        I may be the only Chowhound, or only one of about three Chowhounds certainly, who shops at the Merced California Costco, but this week they have prime sirloin steaks and prime tri-tips at $8.99 a pound. I realize that Costco can be a good place to find prime cuts of beef, but not here in Merced, where finding both of those cuts in prime at that price was quite a find! (got some of each. steaks on the grill tonight).

                                                                        1. janetofreno RE: greygarious Jun 17, 2012 08:51 PM

                                                                          At the Costco in northwest Las Vegas (Decatur just off the 215) we are often disappointed by the product selection (DH has never forgiven them for telling him that they don't stock canned garbanzo beans there because it is a "specialty item." That being said, today I went to a friend's house for lunch and she served some of the best Mexican wedding cookies I'd ever had. Since these are a favorite of mine I asked for the recipe. She confessed and showed me the package: yep, they came from the Costco on Decatur.....

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                                                                            treb RE: janetofreno Jun 18, 2012 07:07 AM

                                                                            holding a grudge for beans?? I find the bakery dept goods to be excellent.

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                                                                              Chowrin RE: janetofreno Jun 19, 2012 04:57 PM

                                                                              you... don't have the huge cans (over 100 oz. ) of garbanzos? in nevada? how strange...

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                                                                                janetofreno RE: Chowrin Jun 19, 2012 06:37 PM

                                                                                Actually, what we want are cases of the regular sized cans of garbanzos. We eat a lot of garbanzos and like buying them by the case. But what got to DH is that the Costco in Reno ALWAYS had them in cases. But the ones in Vegas, no. "that's a specialty item that we don't stock." OK, Vegas is a far bigger city than Reno, so what gives??

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                                                                                  FoodDee RE: janetofreno Jun 22, 2012 10:34 PM

                                                                                  they did have them today in Woodinville, WA. Its pretty typical for items to be found in some Costcos and not others. I'll find that between Woodinville and Kirkland and they are only a few miles apart.

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                                                                                    Chowrin RE: janetofreno Jun 24, 2012 06:36 AM

                                                                                    write it down on a comment card, asking for it. then ask for your friends to do the same. couldn't hurt, they do read them.
                                                                                    course, I haven't got my cornmeal yet...

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                                                                                      givemecarbs RE: Chowrin Jun 25, 2012 02:46 AM

                                                                                      I'm thinking of requesting the roasted seaweed snacks. My Costco (montgomeryville Pa) had a nice big plastic tub of the snacks and later a big box full of them, each individually wrapped. But I have not seen either form in over a year. I am lucky enough to be able to just hit the TJ's down the road but I wish my Costco would carry them again.

                                                                              2. Monica RE: greygarious Jun 18, 2012 07:30 AM

                                                                                I bought 2 large racks of seasoned(dry rubbed) babyback ribs for about $22(a bargain). smoked them with hickory wood chips and enjoyed every bit of it. Yum...

                                                                                1. greygarious RE: greygarious Jun 20, 2012 02:41 AM

                                                                                  I can't say if they are new or not, because I avoid the candy section, but since they were at the end of the aisle, a jar of whole almond and dried cherry clusters covered in dark chocolate leapt into my cart, touting their anti-oxidant benefits ;-). They are quite good and fortunately I have no problem limiting my chocolate intake. If only I could claim that for certain other high calorie or bad-for-you foods!

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                                                                                    cstr RE: greygarious Jun 20, 2012 05:01 AM

                                                                                    let's hear it for those anti-oxidents! Also cherries are loaded with healthy goodness benefits as well. BTW - i saw them but held my ground.

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                                                                                      FoodDee RE: cstr Jun 20, 2012 09:14 AM

                                                                                      They are really good!

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                                                                                        Beach Chick RE: cstr Jun 21, 2012 07:13 AM

                                                                                        love love love cherries and didn't see them at my Costco (Poway) but I did get them at Albertson's for $2.49 a pound and they were delicious.
                                                                                        I like getting the mango and pineapple slices and the big container of roasted almonds..
                                                                                        Next is trying the seaweed in sesame..

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                                                                                          khh1138 RE: Beach Chick Jun 23, 2012 03:26 PM

                                                                                          I saw that in someone's cart when I was almost to the front of the checkout line and had such cart-envy! I love that stuff and am very excited that it is available at Costco. Has anyone tried it/ is it good? Because I love that stuff from some stores - others, not so much.

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                                                                                            Bacardi1 RE: Beach Chick Jun 23, 2012 04:21 PM

                                                                                            Costco has always been our "go to" for nuts - in-shell pistachios (both regular & salt-&-pepper), shelled pistachios (for recipes), cashews, mixed nuts, roasted almonds (both plain & flavored - the wasabi is terrific), etc., etc. Great stuff. Always fresh. More than reasonable prices compared to other sources.

                                                                                            I'd love to hear a review of the seaweed in sesame, since I normally love the stuff. However, some producers make it way too sweet for my taste, which is why I've so far shyed away from buying a tub of it.

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                                                                                              toopie28 RE: Bacardi1 Jun 26, 2012 02:46 PM

                                                                                              This weekend bought cherries and pineapple - delish. Pears - not so good - soft.
                                                                                              And my usual staple - Bananas. Costco in CA.

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                                                                                                jbsiegel RE: Bacardi1 Jul 2, 2012 05:46 PM

                                                                                                We **love** those containers of nuts (the shelled ones). Sometimes I grind them up in the food processor to make nut butter of different varieties.

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                                                                                                  Rilke RE: jbsiegel Jul 2, 2012 07:24 PM

                                                                                                  Nut butter . . . consisting of multiple nuts all in one butter?!

                                                                                                  Why have I never heard of / thought of this?

                                                                                                  1. re: Rilke
                                                                                                    jbsiegel RE: Rilke Jul 3, 2012 05:23 AM

                                                                                                    Yep....just dump some in the food processor, turn it on and leave it for about 10 minutes. Yum!

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                                                                                          happybaker RE: greygarious Jun 29, 2012 01:23 PM

                                                                                          Just back from costco with my normal haul plus, the treat of fage yogurt (I wish we'd get the kirkland brand greek yogurt, but this is still so much cheaper than the supers, I'll take it), honeysmoked salmon for the weekend and, they were having an AmyLu sausage and meatball tasting - and they convinced me. The apple breakfast sausage was really tasty, and the cranberry jalapeno meatballs were flavorful and not too spicy. Reduced fat, no nitrates and not too expensive, my first time trying them but I think it will not be my last.

                                                                                          SoCal, Los Feliz.

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                                                                                            biondanonima RE: happybaker Jul 2, 2012 10:15 AM

                                                                                            Have you tasted the Kirkland brand greek yogurt? I tried it once and threw most of it away - it is nowhere near as good as Fage. Anyway, I am jealous that your store has the Amylu breakfast sausages, though - mine had them a few months ago and I loved them but they're not carrying them anymore. They only had the Andouille (good) and a new spinach and feta flavor this past weekend. I was at the Westbury, NY location.

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                                                                                              cstr RE: biondanonima Jul 2, 2012 11:42 AM

                                                                                              have to diagree, kirkland greek yogurt is pretty darn good and a good bargain. It has a nice tang and creamy texture.

                                                                                          2. meatn3 RE: greygarious Jun 29, 2012 03:59 PM

                                                                                            It had been awhile since I purchased a rotisserie chicken. I noticed today they are 4.99. Have they gone up in price? ISTR them selling for $3.99...

                                                                                            Raleigh, NC

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                                                                                              FoodDee RE: meatn3 Jun 29, 2012 05:39 PM

                                                                                              The chicken went up quite awhile ago. Still a good price compared to others.

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                                                                                                meatn3 RE: FoodDee Jun 29, 2012 06:14 PM

                                                                                                Thanks - I was worried my memory was slipping! You are right - it is still a bargain!

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                                                                                                  happybaker RE: meatn3 Jun 30, 2012 09:58 AM

                                                                                                  Yup, still a bargain, even at 4.99 - the size is also bigger than most supermarket roast chickens!

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                                                                                                    scubadoo97 RE: happybaker Jun 30, 2012 10:50 AM

                                                                                                    You can't buy a chicken that size raw for that price

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                                                                                                      Bacardi1 RE: happybaker Jul 1, 2012 10:53 AM

                                                                                                      Definitely!!! I rarely leave there without one of their rotisserie chickens. A real bargain at $4.99. Nice skin & always meat that's tender & juicy with great chicken flavor. Plus, I really love the fact that it's not overly salty like so many other market rotisserie birds are. And for 2 people - good for 2-3 meals depending on what you do with it.

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                                                                                                treb RE: greygarious Jul 2, 2012 11:44 AM

                                                                                                Just saw Washington State Strawberry Cherries, WOW outstanding. Not a huge qualtity in stock.

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                                                                                                  Rilke RE: treb Jul 2, 2012 05:31 PM

                                                                                                  Me too me too! (Which Costco do you frequent?) I can't wait to try them tomorrow; if I like 'em I'll go back and get two more containers.

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