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Beach Chick Nov 23, 2013 06:56 AM

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

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

Happy Holidays!

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    walker Dec 27, 2013 08:21 AM

    Yesterday in Daly City, CA they had the Framani sausage & sage stuffing on closeout for only $2.97. I didn't buy it because I make my own but that was a great price.

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      walker Dec 27, 2013 08:35 AM

      Also, the 3 lb bags of cranberries were marked down to $1.99 instead of $3.49. They freeze really well. I just made breakfast buns with chopped cranberries .. recipe from Smitten Kitchen. I was surprised and pleased that it turned out just right the first time, not that used to working with yeast.

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        treb Dec 27, 2013 11:47 AM

        Wait till just after the 1st of Jan, they blow out their Kirkland Spiral Sliced Hams, like usually $.97 per pound.

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          walker Dec 27, 2013 01:10 PM

          I wonder if/when they'll mark down the jamon iberico, about $26 now. The Harry's creme fraische mashed potatoes and the sticky toffee pudding are GREAT, would be nice to get those at close out.

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            treb Dec 28, 2013 03:46 AM

            If you can get jamon iberico on a blow out, grab as much as you can. I'm hoping for those Kirkland Belgium chocolates as well. I also look for the whole vanilla beans, usually half off.

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        doublehelping Dec 23, 2013 03:15 PM

        Has anyone seen any La Tur cheese at their Costco? Just came by from the downtown SF store, and didn't see any.

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          laliz Dec 23, 2013 02:22 PM

          we had chili/cheese tamales and chicken tamales yesterday (I steamed them) and highly recommend the chili/cheese ones.
          Tamales traditional here in So Cal.

          1. jpr54_1 Dec 20, 2013 07:28 AM

            I just received a gift membership to Costco as a Chanukah present from my son.

            I live in Broward County, Florida and am a family of one.
            There are so many good things to buy there but how much mayonnaise,cereal, etc. can I use or store.
            I bought cornish hens(four pack) which were selling at a good price and a rack of baby lamb shops. I only have so much room in my freezer.

            Any suggestions for me on shopping the store wisely?

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              Mister Big Dec 20, 2013 09:47 AM

              Find a friend or two that would like to shop with you and split quantities.

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                HillJ Dec 21, 2013 06:09 AM

                Splitting buys with a neighbor works for me and we have a larger family. But, you might be surprised to discover that a great deal of the bulk in some Costco items is all the packaging. I break down everything I buy from there into smaller portions; whether it goes in my frig or freezer. The cornish hens and the rack of lamb chops are great choices. This week, I purchased a whole smoked white fish and cut that down into four pcs, a barrel of pickles, a container of green olives and a big bag of fresh whole lemons I split with my neighbor (for parties).

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                  jpr54_1 Dec 22, 2013 10:51 AM

                  did you freeze the whitefish?

                  btw the lamb was delicious
                  spatchcocked 3 of the cornish hens and made chicken soup with the fourth.

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                    HillJ Dec 22, 2013 11:29 AM

                    Yes, I froze the 2nd one I went back for while enjoying the first fish I purchased as homemade smoked white fish spread and over green salad.

                    Isn't it great when you find something you enjoy at a good price and good quality. I was paying about $10.00 at the butcher shop for the same rack of lamb and the cornish hens at Costco are larger than the average size I see at the grocery.

              2. knowspicker Dec 19, 2013 08:46 PM

                Currently in the Seattle store they have a great sampler of 4 mini brie rounds from rouge et noir/Marin creamery. Excellent cheese and 9.95 for the sampler.

                Other tempting Holiday items are the French cheese sampler and the Spanish cheese sampler. Nice to have the smaller size cheeses so you can have more variety at parties.

                1. Bob W Dec 17, 2013 07:14 AM

                  My kids (age 9) love to try the expensive chocolates I occasionally buy from places like Garrison Confections in RI, so at the holidays I always get them each a box of the Kirkland Belgian chocolates. They are $11.95/lb and more than good enough for most people.

                  1. Beach Chick Dec 16, 2013 09:36 AM

                    I bought a tub of the La Terra Fina Wild Smoked Salmon Dip for around $10 last week for the holidays..

                    I ate it all with those yummy sesame crackers from TJ's..
                    I squirted fresh lemon juice over every loaded up cracker and damn, the salmon dip really popped.

                    It's so dang good and highly recommend it..just wait a little longer to get one or get two if your like me and eat the holiday stuff before the actual day..

                    Hand gesture 'L' to the forehead. .

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                      Jerseygirl111 Dec 15, 2013 08:54 PM

                      Went shopping in Brick, NJ this past Saturday. All the wooden boxes of clementines had rotten ones inside. So disappointed. Was there bad weather in Spain or Morocco this year? I am not having much luck at all finding good clementines.

                      Also they had no Hebrew National hotdogs. Yet plenty of Kirkland All-Beef, Sabretts, BallPark and Thumanns. Did they stop selling HB?

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                        treb Dec 15, 2013 10:12 AM

                        Just saw Kirkland 6.5 qt French Cast Iron Oven made in France, Hmmmm... wonder who makes them for Costco LaC? same glazing colors, for $20 off regularly $79.99 now $59.99 till 12/29. Quite a deal! Also, SilPin rolling pin with a SilPat mat, blowing them out for $14.97.

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                          treb Dec 13, 2013 10:41 AM

                          Costco was just sampling their Belgium Chocolate Assortment, oh my, I forgot how good they were. Sold!

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                            Bob W Dec 17, 2013 07:18 AM

                            I posted above before seeing your post -- yes, great value. Attractive box and very nice chocolates inside. No need to go to Godiva!

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                            Dave_in_PA Dec 13, 2013 07:40 AM

                            Has anyone seen the big (quart?) jar of california sundried tomatos? (used to be in the aisle with olive oil etc.)

                            Last time I was at montgomeryville PA they were gone.

                            I mince them up and put on pizza instead of red sauce. I'm gonna starve if they're discontinued.

                            If someone does see them or have them in your pantry please post the costco item number so I can call my local store and ask about it.

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                              rasputina Dec 13, 2013 01:33 PM

                              I saw them at my Texas Costco this week. Sorry I didn't buy any so I don't have the item number

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                              Sushiqueen36 Dec 11, 2013 01:21 PM

                              We were at a party last Saturday night and the hostess had put out a bowl of peppermint yogurt covered pretzels in snowflake shapes that she got at Costco. Oh my - they were so incredibly addictive. When nearly all the guests had left, I grabbed the (huge) bowl and nearly ate the rest of them (admittedly, the sparkling wine might have altered my inhibitions).

                              Our Costco membership has expired but I might have to re-up just to buy some of those pretzels!

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                                Jeri L Dec 7, 2013 05:28 PM

                                Has anyone tried the Kirkland Eggnog Liqueur? Is it Evan Williams rebranded?

                                1. Beach Chick Dec 5, 2013 06:26 AM

                                  They have the Seafood road show before Christmas..
                                  I like to do shrimp cocktails, lobster bisque and use either puff pastry or crescent rolls as èn crôute..huge hit..good bleu vein cheeses..a little bubbly and it makes for a good start for Christmas Eve.
                                  King Crab legs are also a winner.

                                  Loved to do a 'Feast of the seven Fishes'..yum!

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                                    treb Dec 5, 2013 07:42 AM

                                    Feast of Seven Fishes, must be the Italian in you BC, speaking of which, I greet you today from Florence, yes Italy!

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                                      Beach Chick Dec 5, 2013 08:10 AM

                                      Stai Zitto Cazzo!

                                      Hope your hanging at the Savoy or the Four Seasons. .
                                      Enjoy and I guess your Florence trip trumps my Aloha and Vegas trip..
                                      Love love love Enoteca Pinchiorro!

                                      Being where the likes of Giotto, Ghiberti, Brunelleschi and Michelangelo.
                                      Classic 15th century Renaissance..so jealous and hopefully, will be there next year.

                                      Are you on a cruise from Civitavecchia..if so, enjoy and eat and drink well and put on that powder blue leisure suit with the contrasting stitching with the white patent slip on loafers.

                                      ; )

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                                        treb Dec 5, 2013 09:32 PM

                                        and don't forget the white belt to match the shoes!

                                        Ciao!

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                                    Jerseygirl111 Nov 25, 2013 10:00 PM

                                    Has anyone seen clementines at Costco? The ones at ShopRite are all rotten.

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                                      autumm Nov 26, 2013 05:06 PM

                                      I saw them at the Maplewood MN location today

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                                        Jerseygirl111 Nov 26, 2013 10:31 PM

                                        Thanks! Did they look good? Maybe I'll call mine tomorrow.

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                                        treb Nov 27, 2013 11:15 AM

                                        They were sampling them in HN today, really sweet.

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                                        givemecarbs Nov 25, 2013 09:51 PM

                                        Scored a ready to bake turkey breast with stuffing and gravy today for 29.00. Since my regular oven is broken I was delighted to find this at the montgomeryville pa Costco in with the giant chicken pot pies and stuff.
                                        I was worried the turkey in the roasting pan would not fit into my convection oven but since I bought the oven at Costco it was easy enough to stroll over to that section and see if it would slide in their oven for sale. It did!
                                        So many pies today. Especially the pumpkin ones. I did cave in and buy a pecan pie even though I am the only one who likes pecan pie. Yikes! Thank goodness for my chest freezer.

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                                          JerryMe Dec 2, 2013 03:07 AM

                                          Clever solution, GiveMeCarbs!

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                                          Janet from Richmond Nov 25, 2013 07:25 AM

                                          Shrimp cocktail, hummus, spanikopita.

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                                            ahuva Nov 24, 2013 07:57 PM

                                            I love costco, but I hate going the week before t-day. the lines are always so long that i wind up regretting the whole trip. anyone have any tips for this tuckered out turkey trekker?

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                                              ePressureCooker Nov 24, 2013 08:47 PM

                                              Get in the cigarette line, buy some butane lighters (for the BBQ) and its a small price to pay to avoid the regular lines, which are much, much longer. ;D

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                                                HillJ Nov 25, 2013 07:43 AM

                                                When I can't make it over, I piggyback my order onto a friends and they get the goods for me. I make them dinner :)

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                                                  autumm Nov 26, 2013 05:05 PM

                                                  I went today for our usual Tuesday run, and won't be making that mistake again. Not even a lot of samples to make up for the crowds.

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                                                    Heidi cooks and bakes Nov 27, 2013 07:34 AM

                                                    I also hate the crowds at Costco. My method for avoiding them is to get there early. They try to open their doors 15 minutes before the actual opening time. Sometimes they make it, sometimes they don't. But when I need things, I'm sitting in the parking lot waiting for the doors to open.

                                                    I grab my items, and by the time I get to the checkout, there is usually only one or two people ahead of me. It has made shopping there much less stressful for me!

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                                                      Big Bad Voodoo Lou Dec 2, 2013 02:22 PM

                                                      Our Costco closes at 8:30 PM during the week, and I work relatively close to it and get off work at 8 PM. That last half hour they're open is empty and quiet -- pure shopping pleasure. I get everything I need and make my way through the self-checkout lane within ten minutes.

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                                                        ePressureCooker Dec 2, 2013 05:32 PM

                                                        That's good to know because ours was PACKED at 3pm today, when we thought it would be much, much better. Yikes.

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                                                          goodeatsgal Dec 11, 2013 01:00 PM

                                                          Yes, same here. I never go to Costco on the weekend; I go on a weekday evening after 7:00 p.m., usually on a Monday through Thursday. Even if the store seems crowded with shoppers, the checkout lines are never very long.

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                                                            ferret Dec 13, 2013 06:44 AM

                                                            The nearest Costco is about half a mile from my house and during the summer we sometimes make more than 1 visit /day on the weekend. If you arrive when it opens you'll be out quickly, even on the weekends. It's just down the street from the dry cleaners so I hit both and am back home in about 45 minutes.

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                                                            Bob W Dec 17, 2013 07:17 AM

                                                            There's always a tradeoff -- sometimes I like to run through the aisles like I was on Supermarket Sweep circa 1965 but, when I went at noon this past Sunday, the place was packed full of slow-movers blocking the aisles but I easily made a lunch out of the samples.

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                                                              Beach Chick Dec 17, 2013 08:12 AM

                                                              The dreaded cart people. . we've all been one, you know, the ones that leave their brain behind when shopping at Costco.
                                                              Carts left in unattended, in major walkways, always near the sample food carts..

                                                              Out of my way people!
                                                              ;^)

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                                                                Dax Dec 19, 2013 01:41 PM

                                                                ^^^^ this. I am pretty sure they were secretely making another Invasion of the Body Snatchers at my Costco last Saturday around noon.

                                                                Weekend shopping + Holiday Season = me going bonkers.

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                                                                  walker Dec 19, 2013 05:47 PM

                                                                  I call it "Night of the Living Dead."

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                                                                  chez cherie Dec 20, 2013 06:46 AM

                                                                  i especially loathe the families who maximize their width--walking on either side of the cart, hands draped over the side, so as to block the aisle with maximum efficiency. people, there are other folks here, who are trying to SHOP!

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                                                                    treb Dec 20, 2013 07:11 AM

                                                                    And they drive the same way on the roads.

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                                                          marekunz Nov 24, 2013 09:10 AM

                                                          In the past, prided myself on my pumpkin pie, NO LONGER!
                                                          Costco pumpkin pie is really good, and feeds two families for a great price.

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                                                            suburban_mom Nov 24, 2013 07:41 PM

                                                            I agree about the pumpkin pie.

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                                                              jbsiegel Dec 2, 2013 04:56 AM

                                                              Here's my issue with that pumpkin pie (which does look GREAT). How do you cut and serve it? The thing is so massive, that I can't quite see cutting traditional pie slices. They'd end up being really long and skinny and hard to maneuver out of the pie? Or am I just a pie serving wimp??

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                                                                treb Dec 2, 2013 05:55 AM

                                                                At that price, no sliver slices need be cut, cut it like a normal pie and enjoy.

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                                                                  greygarious Dec 12, 2013 05:12 PM

                                                                  Yes, that pie should serve at least 12, so the dessert plate needs to be a sandwich/salad sized plate. The key to getting ANY pie slices out neatly is to cut three slices, then remove the middle one first. The additional cuts allow some wiggle room, which keeps the first piece from breaking. Since the pie slice is thin and looks a little funny on the plate, garnish the plate with something - you can drizzle caramel sauce over the slice and plate, dollow whipped cream next to the slice, put a few candied nuts on the plate, any or all of the above!

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                                                                    ohmyyum Dec 13, 2013 05:53 AM

                                                                    What an excellent tip about cutting pies, grey! I always mangle the first and figure it's mine.

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                                                                      jbsiegel Dec 13, 2013 09:03 AM

                                                                      I always mangle that one too. I usually cut more than one and then take them out as one big piece and separate onto plates. I'll have to try the "taking the middle one out first" thing. Thanks for the tip!

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                                                                        pine time Dec 16, 2013 01:57 AM

                                                                        Since I am also genetically incapable of carving a turkey (we call it hackarama turkey in this household), I thought every first slice of pie was a mangle! Thanks, greygarious.

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                                                                          ePressureCooker Dec 16, 2013 09:31 AM

                                                                          If you are genetically incapable of carving a turkey, are you also incapable of boning a turkey? Its much easier than carving (I think so, anyway), you won't have people watching you making you nervous, and if you butterfly it before cooking, it'll make service so much easier, carving largely irrelevant and your turkey will cook in a fraction of the time...

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                                                                            pine time Dec 17, 2013 01:37 PM

                                                                            Have never boned a turkey, but have seriously been thinking of it for next year. Thanks for the encouragement.

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                                                                givemecarbs Nov 24, 2013 02:07 AM

                                                                Has the stuffed brie shown up yet? /drool

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                                                                  autumm Nov 23, 2013 10:38 PM

                                                                  I guess I'm a bummer cause I don't look for the fun things cause I don't get to cook them. Darn relatives . . .

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                                                                    ePressureCooker Nov 23, 2013 10:58 PM

                                                                    There's no rule that says you can't have Thanksgiving food any other time of the year. Cook away! ;D

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                                                                    Jerseygirl111 Nov 23, 2013 06:32 PM

                                                                    What is the free cookbook please?

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                                                                      khh1138 Nov 23, 2013 10:33 PM

                                                                      I'm curious too - I got a flyer from Costco about "Black Friday Weekend" that mentioned it - "Cooking with Costco products" -and I'm wondering if it's worth going for it (and a little xmas shopping, but not much). Do they do this every year?

                                                                      So far I have bought cranberries and this great cranberry cheese from England. I'm going back and getting a wreath (I just couldn't buy one before Thanksgiving). Last year I bought a bunch of twinkle lights (sold out everywhere else).

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                                                                        LuckyCharm Nov 24, 2013 02:42 AM

                                                                        It's a very nice soft cover book that they put together every year. Each recipe is in essence "sponsored" or put together by a product manufacturer to show you what you can do with their ingredient-- and that product is sold by Costco.

                                                                        It is different every year. But full color, every single recipe has pictures. Very nice. Good intention abound here, as I have many years editions, but ahem, I've never cooked from it...

                                                                        If you Google "cooking with Costco" the first page of results are the online versions of the old books; you can also go to www.costcoconnection.com and in the left-hand menu select the "resources" tab, starting the fourth or so down you'll see the old editions you can click on and look through.

                                                                        I will warn you, some warehouse get more copies than others -- when I worked for the company, my warehouse was out Saturday morning while the one about 15 miles away had so many palates of them they were available into the next week.

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                                                                          khh1138 Nov 26, 2013 04:55 PM

                                                                          Neato! This is really tempting, given how much of our food shopping we do at Costco.

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                                                                        rasputina Nov 24, 2013 06:06 AM

                                                                        It's a cookbook of recipes using things that Costco sells. My mom has been collecting them for years.

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                                                                          Jerseygirl111 Nov 25, 2013 09:58 PM

                                                                          Thank you all for the info. Might have to go Black Friday.

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                                                                        rasputina Nov 23, 2013 12:10 PM

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

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                                                                          rainey Nov 23, 2013 02:41 PM

                                                                          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. ;>

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                                                                          rainey Nov 23, 2013 10:38 AM

                                                                          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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                                                                            ePressureCooker Nov 23, 2013 11:09 AM

                                                                            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.

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                                                                              Jerseygirl111 Nov 23, 2013 06:34 PM

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

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                                                                                rainey Nov 23, 2013 08:47 PM

                                                                                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.

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                                                                                  Cathy Nov 24, 2013 05:52 AM

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

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                                                                                    Jerseygirl111 Nov 25, 2013 09:57 PM

                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                    ePressureCooker Nov 23, 2013 10:57 PM

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

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                                                                                      ePressureCooker Dec 2, 2013 09:23 AM

                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                        Jerseygirl111 Dec 2, 2013 05:38 PM

                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                          HillJ Dec 3, 2013 06:11 PM

                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                            Jerseygirl111 Dec 3, 2013 10:06 PM

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

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

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                                                                                              HillJ Dec 4, 2013 06:04 AM

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

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                                                                                                Jerseygirl111 Dec 4, 2013 04:24 PM

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

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                                                                                              ohmyyum Dec 13, 2013 05:51 AM

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

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                                                                                                HillJ Dec 13, 2013 08:18 AM

                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                      liza219 Dec 15, 2013 10:17 PM

                                                                                      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!

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                                                                                        Jerseygirl111 Dec 16, 2013 09:37 AM

                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                          FoodDee Dec 16, 2013 06:44 PM

                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                            goodeatsgal Dec 20, 2013 10:34 PM

                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                        acgold7 Dec 21, 2013 06:28 AM

                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                          FoodDee Dec 21, 2013 10:17 AM

                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                            acgold7 Dec 21, 2013 06:18 PM

                                                                                            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?

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                                                                                              FoodDee Dec 22, 2013 02:43 PM

                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                acgold7 Dec 26, 2013 10:32 PM

                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                  FoodDee Dec 27, 2013 03:02 PM

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

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                                                                                                    acgold7 Dec 27, 2013 10:45 PM

                                                                                                    Interesting!

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                                                                                                      acgold7 Dec 28, 2013 02:32 PM

                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                        FoodDee Dec 28, 2013 04:35 PM

                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                          treb Nov 23, 2013 10:11 AM

                                                                                          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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                                                                                            Beach Chick Nov 23, 2013 10:38 AM

                                                                                            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?
                                                                                            Sublime

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                                                                                              JerryMe Dec 2, 2013 03:07 AM

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

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                                                                                                Beach Chick Dec 2, 2013 04:11 AM

                                                                                                Awesome Jerry. .

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                                                                                                  liza219 Dec 11, 2013 11:12 PM

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

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                                                                                                    Beach Chick Dec 12, 2013 07:13 AM

                                                                                                    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!

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                                                                                                      treb Dec 12, 2013 10:26 AM

                                                                                                      This is probably a vendor supply issue.

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                                                                                                        liza219 Dec 12, 2013 09:42 PM

                                                                                                        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

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                                                                                                          Cathy Dec 13, 2013 01:24 PM

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

                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                            liza219 Dec 13, 2013 11:58 PM

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

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                                                                                                              treb Dec 14, 2013 03:47 AM

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

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                                                                                                                liza219 Dec 15, 2013 10:21 PM

                                                                                                                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!

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                                                                                                                  pine time Dec 16, 2013 01:54 AM

                                                                                                                  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!

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                                                                                                                    liza219 Dec 16, 2013 07:46 PM

                                                                                                                    I'll give it a try....it 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.

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                                                                                                                      treb Dec 17, 2013 05:07 AM

                                                                                                                      Saw the 'bone' in standing rib yesterday.

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                                                                                                ceekskat Nov 23, 2013 08:25 AM

                                                                                                Galbani mascarpone

                                                                                                Sticky toffee pudding
                                                                                                http://stickytoffeepuddingcompany.com...

                                                                                                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. Beach Chick Nov 23, 2013 07:15 AM

                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                    ePressureCooker Nov 23, 2013 09:35 AM

                                                                                                    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...

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