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Nov 23, 2013 06:56 AM

Holiday food shopping at Costco. .

Between Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve, what are things you buy for the item must haves?

Remember, the Friday after Thanksgiving is the free Costco cookbook that is fab.

Happy Holidays!

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  1. Just saw 3 pumpkin rolls for dessert around $12 that looked really good...could freeze one, eat one on Turkey day and the other for the weekend with turkey sandwiches..

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    1. re: Beach Chick

      Gee, hope the person in the "Home Cooking" thread who now has to make a pumpkin roll in addition to 3 other desserts sees this thread. Might be able to avoid making that 4th dessert...

    2. Galbani mascarpone

      Sticky toffee pudding

      Wine/bubbly - picked up Acacia Carneros Pinot on sale for $10.99 & Roederer Estate on sale for about $15

      Haven't bought LaMarca Prosecco but did taste it at a luncheon just yesterday & have to say, at $11 or so, it is one well priced sparkler. Not too sweet nor dry...could have used more bubbles but hey.

      1. Saw the whole prosciutto de parma for 8.99 per pound. Less than half the price per pound of a super market. They have lots of large format wines and higher end spirits. Don't forget their pumpkin pie.

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        1. re: treb

          Love love love their Pecan pie...not much of a pumpkin pie chick but others fave about it and they are reasonable in price.

          Brussel sprouts with maple syrup..bag is about $3.99
          Butternut Squash cubed for $4
          Pretzel rolls..$5.99..perfect for turkey sandwiches later
          Vueve Cliquot..$42.99

          Have you tried the Scalloped pots from Main Street Bistro?

          1. re: Beach Chick

            Those pretzel rolls rock. I did pick up the cookbook as well.

              1. re: JerryMe

                They discontinued carrying the pretzel rolls in PC, NY. Totally bummed.

                1. re: liza219

                  Are you sure they discontinued them?
                  They are a huge hit in So. Cal and I'm sure they are elsewhere in the US.
                  I would call admin office at your local Costco and find out whats going on and tell them you want them back!

                  1. re: Beach Chick

                    This is probably a vendor supply issue.

                    1. re: Beach Chick

                      Yup....hubs worms at Costco. Apparently, it didn't sell. I don't know how. We were buying 2 bags week, and everything lately comes on a pretzel bun. I loved them! Sniff, sniff

                      1. re: liza219

                        30 minutes ago. Santee, CA (San Diego). Full rack, still steam in the bags.

                        1. re: Cathy

                          So jealous. Hubs works at Costco.....doesn't worm there.

                          1. re: liza219

                            Maybe your DH can worm your Costco in to stocking pretzel buns!

                            1. re: treb

                              I've been working on it. Its not his department anymore, but I do nudge him to mention it wjjen he can. Even suprmarkets are starting to carry it. I saw it in a shoprite flyer yesterday! I always joke with him that I find out more about costco on chowhound, than he does from work!

                              1. re: liza219

                                Twice we've had favorite items discontinued. We immediately wrote one of those slips "tell us how we're doing," and whether that had any pull or not, both items magically reappeared. Hey, we gotta take power whereever we can!

                                1. re: pine time

                                  I'll give it a can't hurt! Lord knows that's probably more effective than nagging my husband. You should see how annoyed he is that before he gets his foot through the front door, I ask, "anything new? discounted? did you find out which Costco carries Bone-in prime rib? Why not? Who else can find out? ",etc, etc.

                                  1. re: liza219

                                    Saw the 'bone' in standing rib yesterday.

            1. Prime (as in Prime grade) rib holiday roasts! Sometimes they get bone-in. Sometimes they're boneless. I put a couple in the freezer for the rest of the year.

              Their peppermint bark is addictive.

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              1. re: rainey

                I second the recommendation for the prime rib (or if you can't afford prime, I've seen the regular grade, its called a "standing rib roast" there was well). Shows up a few days before Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Father's Day as well, I believe. Those are the only times you can get it there, and its very reasonably priced.

                1. re: ePressureCooker

                  My Costco (Brick NJ) has boneless rib roasts all year long but not bone-in.

                  1. re: Jerseygirl111

                    Right. But do they stock Prime Grade all year? Lucky you if they do. Out here it's only a few times a year -- Christmas being one of them.

                    1. re: rainey

                      Look for beef items in BLUE foam trays. Those are Prime. I see those throughout the year.

                      1. re: rainey

                        I don't think they do. I never buy my PR there, because they usually only have the boneless and I want the ribs too.

                      2. re: Jerseygirl111

                        Lucky you, although I don't think I've ever made a boneless roast before...I think I've always had it bone-in...

                        1. re: Jerseygirl111

                          On a whim, my father bought a 7 pound rib roast (with bones) for Thanksgiving and my sister decided to just make beef instead of messing with turkey, too. We had talked about whether she should halve it and freeze half to cook for Christmas. Good thing she didn't listen to my advice and cooked the whole thing: she said the men in the family (my father, her husband, and 9 year old son) just descended upon it like cavemen who'd never seen roast beast before and ate the whole thing up. No leftovers. None. She said she doesn't know why she bothered making all these side dishes because the men basically ate the beef and potatoes, and very little else.

                          I told her next year, make your life easier and just throw raw steak and a bowl of mashed potatoes at them and be done with it.

                          1. re: ePressureCooker

                            That's awesome. The men in my house love Prime Rib also, but I get the Flinstone size ribs. Puts me in touch with my inner lioness.

                            1. re: Jerseygirl111

                              I just bought a double pack of those Flinstone ribs myself today along with Greek yogurt gauc, kale veg chips, avocado oil, PB 2 pkg, dim sum, zucchini patties, potato soup, spanish almonds, cheese blintzes, pierogies, lamb chops, hemp seeds, farro, canned salmon, rolls, cocktail olives, their cookie pack and a couple of books.

                              I almost left with another Christmas tree but I forgot the rack clips.

                              1. re: HillJ

                                I dare you to post a picture of yourself eating them! Lol

                                It's rare I ever leave there without their rugelach.

                                1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                  LOL!! I've never had Costco rugelach. I just made a batch of apricot but I ordered a few dozen from Zabar's.

                                  1. re: HillJ

                                    Really? They are not homemade of course and only have 2 flavors, raspberry and chocolate but they hit the spot.

                                2. re: HillJ

                                  They had avocado oil at your Costco??!!! You're in NJ, iirc, yes? Which store?

                                  1. re: ohmyyum

                                    The Hazlet, NJ store.
                                    eta: I just looked at my receipt, I paid $9.89 for the bottle. The pallet was on the left side of the oil, vinegar, jarred food aisle.

                        2. re: rainey

                          My costco (portchester, ny) doesn't carry bone-in. Does anyone in the nyc metro or northern nj know if their costco carries? I'm willimg ro drive some. Even lower Connecticut. Got itlast year from stew leonards, but o wanted treat my family to a prime-prime rib. We only want a bone-in though. We have a tradition of making pirozkhi with the leftovers. Last year they came out awesome....couldn't imagine with prime!

                          1. re: liza219

                            There was no Prime Prime Rib in Brick, NJ. there was only choice, many boneless, a couple of bone-in left. $12.99 lb, I believe. There were even 7 bone roasts.

                            1. re: Jerseygirl111

                              Both the Kirkland & Woodinville, Wa stores had prime bone in prime ribs today at $15.99/lb. They looked amazing and this time were much better looking than the choice which they also have bone in. They don't have a very large supply and I don't know how long they will have them - from past experience, not very.

                              1. re: FoodDee

                                The Redwood City store had Prime grade bone-in today. Also $15.99 a pound. They only had a few. I recall from past years that it was very hit and miss - people grab them as soon as they're put out.

                          2. re: rainey

                            Prime Bone-in Standing Rib Roasts in Woodinville (Seattle) yesterday at $11.99/lb. There were four whole ones in the case in the cryovac, but there were also some smaller cut ones in the blue trays in the case at the same price. Bought one whole one for our restaurant staff dinner and one more for the family. They're dry-aging now for Xmas Day(maybe we'll save one for New Year's Eve).

                            Magnificent marbling -- best I've seen yet from Costco.

                            1. re: acgold7

                              acgold - I just contacted the Woodinville costco about the price difference since I paid $15.99. They say the price currently comes up at $15.99 so you got quite a deal.

                              1. re: FoodDee

                                Just double checked mine in the fridge. $11.69, actually, and the cut ones were $11.99. Are you sure the $15.99 wasn't the boneless rib-eyes?

                                1. re: acgold7

                                  No, that was for the prime quality bone in. The store was actually surprised when I asked because $15.99 is what comes up in their system.
                                  You got a real deal, though the ones I got are so amazing looking I really don't feel too bad about paying $15.99.

                                  1. re: FoodDee

                                    Wow, then.

                                    I've been hesitant to go back into the store because it's been so nuts the past few days but I'll go tomorrow and see what they say on the tags.

                                    The quality of the two beasts I have dry-aging in the fridge is awesome.

                                    1. re: acgold7

                                      acgold7 Still $15.99/lb today. Not as nicely marbled as the ones I got before Christmas.

                                        1. re: FoodDee

                                          Yeah, they caught on, I guess. Cut Bone In at $15.99, Seasoned Cut Bone In or Cut Unseasoned Boneless at $16.99. No whole Bone-In in sight.

                                          Guess I got lucky. Lamb racks are up two bucks as well. Standing Pork racks at $3.99 though, not great but decent.

                                          But talk about lucky... those who are finding Iberico ham? I am so jealous.

                                          1. re: acgold7

                                            Wonder what stores have iberico ham. Did manage to get the lamb discount and consider the rack of pork more than good enough to pay $3.99.

                            2. unsalted butter
                              organic turkey
                              Nathans cocktail franks
                              Pecans for pie
                              walnuts for cookies
                              prime rib or other roast for Christmas
                              unbleached all purpose flour

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                              1. re: rasputina

                                Oh! Definitely the baking supplies including vanilla beans ($12 for 10 bourbon beans).

                                And the vat of Kirkland vodka that's under $30. It's reported to be Grey Goose. I use it to make vanilla extract as well as a variety of liqueurs. Works for holiday martinis too. ;>