Monday, December 5, 2011
This recipe was simple, delicious, easy to make and gluten free for my friend. And it certainly was a big success at work.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
However, I don't think we are likely to buy these again. It is a good product but for only two people, 18 pieces of flatbread is a huge quantity. So my review of them is this:
Good product, good taste and useful, but for two people, the package at Costco is just two big. For larger families or for parties, this is a good product to buy.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
But that was not the only way I experimented with the dish. While discussing this idea with my wife, she suggested adding a poblano chili to the stuffing and I thought that was an excellent idea. Then, to round out the flavors, we put in some chopped onion. Finally, since my wife is not fond of cooked peppers, we stuffed some tomatoes to suit her tastes. The final dish was as follows:
1 small sweet onion chopped
1 pound chorizo
1 poblano, seeded and chopped
1 cup quinoa, cooked according to directions
About 1 tablespoon of chia (Available from Costco)
Peppers and tomatoes, tops cut off and centers cleaned for stuffing
Oven was preheated to 350 degrees.
The chorizo and onion were sauteed together, until the chorizo was cooked through. The chopped poblano was then added and cooked for a few moments. Finally, the cooked quinoa was added, along with chia. The filling was mixed together and then the vegetables were stuffed.
The stuffed vegetables were placed in the oven and cooked until the tops were browned a bit, about 20 minutes. (Please feel free to cook these to your preference).
Aside from being good eats, I thought the results were attractive:
This was definitely a success. The stuffing of the quinoa and chorizo was flavorful and very satisfying. As a stuffed vegetable dish this was wonderful, but my wife also had some of the stuffing for leftovers later and she commented it also works well as a stand alone dish.
This was easy, flavorful, and fun and it works well using both the peppers and the tomatoes. It is our guess that this would probably also work well with squash.
If you are looking for a hearty, meaty use of quinoa, this a great idea and I highly recommend this.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
The bacon and spicy cheese went very well with these burgers. The flavors and textures all complimented each other very nicely and it was an exceptionally satisfying combination.
My wife made the comment to me that this was a great way to serve these burgers and I am sure we will do something like this again.
If you like meat, this is a great way to have some serious fun with these black bean burgers
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
As delicious as this salad was, there was so much of it we didn't finish it in one meal and that gave me an idea. I thought it would make a great base for a sandwich so we got some sandwich rolls and toasted them lightly. Then, on the bottom half, we put some cappocolla and topped it with some of the leftover caprese salad. It was then put under the broiler just long enough to melt the cheese a bit and warm everything up.
The finished product definitely met my expectations. The flavors from the salad had blended together very nicely and by just warming it through with some gentle melting, the cheese was soft, warm and delicious. Finally, the Italian lunch meat made this a complete sandwich. This was an absolute success and I am positive we will do something like this again.
Also, it is a great example of making one dish and leveraging it into multiple meals in different ways.
Monday, October 17, 2011
A Dinner To Celebrate The Anniversary Of Our First Date: Baked Salmon, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans
However, as much as we wanted a nice dinner at home, we had no desire to spend three hours in the kitchen, so we came up with this elegant, simple and quick meal to celebrate eight years together as a couple.
For the main course, my wife took some Kirkland Signature Atlantic Salmon and cooked it in parchment paper with butter, dried dill, salt, pepper and a little lemon juice. She set the oven to 350 and baked it for 20 minutes. While that was going, I snapped some fresh green beans and my wife cooked up some pancetta from the local Italian deli. After steaming the beans, we added the pancetta to them and they were good to go.
For the potatoes, I made some Honest Earth potatoes we bought from Costco and dressed them up with bacon bits and dried chives. The resulting dinner, along with being tasty, was also quite attractive.
The salmon comes in individually wrapped portions, which made the preparation of them simple, neat and quick. The potatoes were also a snap to prepare, but as I said, adding the chives and bacon (real bacon!) made them more upscale.
The salmon was tasty and a great value for the dollar and we have already decide to make a meal like this again for entertaining my mother.
Once again, Costco gave us some great food at a great price that was easy to cook with.
Friday, September 16, 2011
wonderful black bean burgers we get from Costco. These burgers are always delicious but the corn salsa really added a vibrant, fresh flavor to them that really was just wonderful.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Here is the link courtesy of my friends at Addicted To Costco.
Friday, August 5, 2011
Rotisserie chicken-from Costco
Green bell Peppers
Romaine lettuce-from Costco
Bella Sun Luci tomatoes-from Costco
Meyer lemon olive oil
The salad was colorful, easy to eat and refreshing-a perfect summer lunch or light dinner. I liked how she combined the crunchy with the chewy. Also, using mostly fresh ingredients gave this a nice, bright flavor profile.
While chicken and lettuce are the basis of this salad, it is the rest of the ingredients that sets this apart and makes it a home run.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
The bourbon chicken from Costco makes for great finger food, but with a little creativity, you can also use it to make a fun and easy lunch or dinner. It works well in both sandwiches and salads and I am sure it will be it will be in our freezer on a regular basis.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Our freezer is still fairly full of lots of Costco items, so we probably won't be stocking up on frozen foods this month.
But I would be very surprised if we didn't get the cookies at some point!
Saturday, July 16, 2011
- 1- 12 inch pizza crust
- 1/4 of a Fresh Golden Dole Pineapple, diced
- 1/2 large Vidalia Onion cut into thirds and thingly sliced
- 1 cup Foster Farms Chicken strips, cut into chunks
- Barbecue sauce to lightly coat the pizza
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Recently we bought some of the black bean burgers from Morningstar Farms at Costco. They are frozen and are less than $14 per box of 12. That makes them convenient and reasonably priced.
We buy some delicious black pepper bread from our local farmer's market and toast it for the base of the sandwich. Meanwhile, we grill the burgers on our Griddler.
After the toasting and grilling, we put the burger on the toast, top it with some of the Jack's Special Medium Salsa and some cheddar cheese and we are good to go.
We love this meal. The burgers have just the right amount of zing and they are filling and certainly healthier than a beef burger. The toasted bread compliments the spicy flavor of the burger and give a chewy bread in contrast to the "meatiness" of the burger. The salsa and cheese provide a vegetable and dairy balance to the meal and a sense of completeness.
I can't say enough about how tasty this meal is. I could certainly see something like this on the menu at a restaurant by someone like Bobby Flay. Yes, it is that good. And the time, effort and money involved are very reasonable.
And the meal is just plain fun, too.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
I know we will be getting the black bean burgers, the Iam's dog food (to donate to our local shelter) and the take and bake pizza.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
- 2 cloves garlic; peeled, pressed and chopped
- 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and diced
- Crushed red pepper
- 1 pound Italian brats, casings removed
- 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
- Fresh herbs: parsley, oregano and thyme
As we hoped, the sausage and the red pepper added some zing to the dish without making it just flavorless heat and spice. The tomato and onion helped to add at least some vegetable, so you really have a good variety of meat, dairy, pasta and vegetables in this dish, making it a true one dish meal.
This was absolutely a home run: delicious, easy, affordable and quick. I am sure we will be doing something very similar to this again.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
To start the process, I took some of those Foster Farms chicken strips we bought at Costco a while back and tossed them with some chili powder and EVOO and put them in the fridge to thaw.
When my wife got home, she finished heating them up in a pan on the stove. I chopped some romaine lettuce, pulled the cheese out of the fridge along with some salsa and got those Tostitos Garlic and Black Bean chips that I reviewed recently.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Pasta Prima Chicken and Mozzarella Ravioli-one package
About an inch think slice of pancetta, cubed
Half of a large vidalia onion, chopped
All there was to cooking this dish was just browning the onion and pancetta and then just adding a bit of EVOO to have enough liquid to balance out the sauce. By serving it with a romaine lettuce salad we had a fine and complete meal in just minutes.
Our only negative was that the dish is just a bit salty due to the pancetta being a salty meat. But let me be clear, it was a very sucessful dish. I am only saying that if we could figure a way to temper the saltiness of the meat in it a little, it would be perfect.
As it stands, it was a lovely meal and the return on our time was fabulous.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Some of the things we will be getting this month include the bourbon chicken, the M&M's and the fruit bars.
I will have more on these items later.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
While I generally eat my tortilla chips with salsa or as part of taco salad, I found these chips flavorful enough to eat on their own. The garlic and black bean flavors are present and enhancing, without being overpowering. Also, these chips have more fiber than your typical tortilla chip, so they are a slightly less guilty pleasure. And while they are great by themselves, they still work well with salsa. And at some point we will make a chicken taco salad with some chicken strips we bought from Costco.
At $6.59 for a 26 ounce bag, these are definitely a better value than the bag you buy in the grocery store. Then add in the coupon and you are paying about the same price for a 26 ounce bag as you pay for a 13 ounce bag in your typical supermarket.
Once again, Costco sells a great product at a great price. If you like tortilla chips, I highly recommend picking up some before the sales ends on May 8.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
After Easter, my mother in law offered me all the ham I wanted, so I took her up on the offer. I thought it might be fun to do something with quinoa and after some research, I came up with this dish.
1 cup quinoa, cooked and just so lightly salted
About 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped
2 cloves garlic crushed
1 small onion, diced
About 1 cup chopped baby carrots
About 1 cup chopped celery
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
A portion of a fresh pineapple, chopped, with some juice from the pineapple
Freshly ground black pepper
Freshly ground red pepper
Some freshly ground curry mix
Dried dill, crushed
I cooked the quinoa per directions. While that was happening I sauted the ginger and garlic in the canola. After they had cooked a bit, I added the onions, then the celery and carrots. When they to about the right consistency, I added the quinoa, pineapple and beans. The last step was to season it and honestly, I just kept adding the spices until it had the flavors I wanted.
Due to our complex schedules, the first meal we had of it was for lunch the next day, so maybe that helped the flavors to meld. In any case, I think I got the seasoning pretty close to where I needed it. The ginger adds a fun, bright flavor while all the rest of the spices help to make the flavor profile broad enough that the dish was a little more complex, but not too busy.
My wife and I both rated this a success and I think we will try ham and quinoa together again.
I took a lot of inspiration from this recipe. However, as it is typical of me, I didn't bother measuring any of the seasonings. Also, I eliminated the powdered milk and added onions. Finally, I used fresh pineapple and fresh ginger. I think those are probably the biggest changes since they help give the dish a lively, fresh and invigorating zing. (Eliminating the powdered milk also makes this dish a little brighter). I think this recipe definitely has a similar ingredient list to the one I referenced, but I think the few changes I made help to make it significantly different. But I do want to be honest, I did get some good ideas from the dish I referenced.
Also, the quinoa and the black beans make this a pretty healthy dish, so you can enjoy the wide variety of flavors and textures this dish has to offer without any guilt.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Our pet's health is important to us and we appreciate that fact that Costco sells such a good product at such a reasonable price. This is definitely another example of Costco offering excellent value.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Among the items I know we will be getting will be the Potstickers, the Tostitos Garlic Black Bean Tortilla Chips and the Welch's White Grape Cherry Juice.
I would like to thank my friends at Addicted To Costco. They have a lot of great info for Costco members.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Given how tasty the meat was, this could be a pretty simple sandwich. We sliced the meat and the cheese and just dressed the rye bread with some Polish mustard. Then after a few on the Griddler, we were ready for hot, cheesy, meaty goodness!
We have another brisket in the fridge and I can guarantee you, some of it will end up in a sandwich like this one.
Friday, April 1, 2011
I have added a link to their site to my list of links.
I am sure we will continue to use this fine product. It is tasty, affordable and easy to work with. Ravioli can have more than just a simple red sauce, so I encourage everyone to do some experimentation with it.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
My lovely wife made a brisket in the slow cooker the other day and I suggested that we have some of these potatoes with it. She liked the idea and in a few minutes these potatoes were ready.
Aside from being darn good for instant mashed potatoes, they come in packages of eight servings each, instead of just one big box that you have to worry about measuring out and controlling the mess.
As I said these are a great product and I highly recommend them.
Friday, March 18, 2011
My wife seasons it with Garam Marsala and tops it with the wonderful albacore tuna Costco sells. She really liked it and in addition to being tasty, it was easy and extremely nutritious.
As for myself, I seasoned some with cinnamon and chili powder and I topped it with some pre-cooked chicken strips we bought on sale at Costco a while ago.
I also felt my variation was dang tasty, and again, easy and healthy.
I would definitely recommend people that like quinoa trying out this product and experimenting with it. It seems like it can take a lot of different flavors and it is not hard to prepare.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I browned up some crushed red pepper and garlic in some butter to start. Then some chopped chicken and tomatoes went into the pan and they weren't cooked really, just warmed. Finally, my wife doused the mixture with a very generous portion of grated parmesan cheese. We served it with a romaine lettuce salad with a dressing of EVOO, salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar.
Everything turned out great and it was a fine midweek supper. However, my wife discovered that the salad dressing added a wonderful set of flavors to the dish. I tried her idea and I agreed that the balsamic worked well with this.
We will probably do this again, but we will add some balsamic to the sauce.
This meal was definitely a success and it gave a great return on the investment of the time we put into it.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
This meal was a snap to prepare and it was a great value too. If we had gone out to Red Robin for something similar, after tax and tip, you would be talking about $20 for the two of us. A 10 pack of the burgers at Costco is $12, so it is easy to see what a comparative bargain this meal is.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
I do understand the comments about the time value of money, but I feel I get a great return on that at Costco. And I don't believe I spend as much time there as the author of the article does, except for times when I am deliberately surfing the store to find new products.
And I can't readily buy through Amazon take and bake pizzas, romaine lettuce, black bean burgers, potstickers and innummerable other items I buy fresh, frozen or refrigerated at Costco.
Don't get me wrong, I do think for some people Amazon has a valid business model, but for so many of the grocery and other items we buy, Costco just can't be beat.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
It was a pretty simple idea, with the filling being just some eggs, soy milk and some of that tasty salami we get from Costco.
The crust was the crescent rolls in one big piece, formed into a 8 by 8 baking dish.
It was a tasty enough dish, but my wife had to put foil over the crust to keep it from burning so the filling would set enough.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
1-28oz can diced tomatoes
1-16oz jar bean salsa
1-15 oz can Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
Oregano to taste.
After putting the dish together, she garnished it with some grated cheese.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Just add boiling water (we have a wonderful Braun hotpot for this) and let the noodles sit for three minutes and you are ready to go.
I admit, they are a noodle bowl, but they are a quality one and for the price, they are a tremendous value.
And they store for a while too. If you are a busy person that needs a quick lunch now and then, I say take advantage of this screamer deal and buy some before the sale ends on February 27.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
While a straight pepperoni pizza is a classic, we felt like kicking ours up a notch. We garnished the pizza with the Kirkland Signature Artichokes Hearts we are so fond of and Bella Sun Lucci Sun Dried Tomatoes we also got from Costco. This added a pleasing set of textures and a couple of more layers of flavor. Given the mere moments it took to "upgrade" this pizza, I really have to say it was an excellent reward on our time and effort.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Here are the coupons, with thanks to my wonderful friends at "Addicted To Costco".
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Aarti made an impressive recipe for the challenge: A Quinoa-All Bran™ Pilaf with Raisins and Simple Green Salad. My wife and I were intrigued by this recipe and my wife decided to make it to go with some pork we had.
The dish was a huge success. It was spicy without being heat for the sake of heat. It has a wonderful variety of textures between the quinoa, the breakfast cereal and the raisins. There is no doubt that this will become a regular in our household and we will be serving with other meats like beef and chicken. This dish had a number of virtues including:
- It was delicious
- It was nutritious
- It was quick
- It works great as a side dish
I highly recommend you checking this recipe out. If you don't have quinoa already, this is a great reason to buy it.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
We got the Sicilian, which is a thin crust meat pizza. They are about 13 ounces each, so we made a salad of romaine lettuce, peanuts and cranberries to go with it.
We thought it was a good pizza and with the coupon, they are a good value for an upscale frozen pizza. Adding a salad helped make it into a pleasant, easy and quick midweek meal.
We will buy these again with the coupon, but only when they are on sale because there are other pizzas that we like better.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
My wife diced one small onion and chopped three medium cloves garlic. While she made a salad of romaine lettuce and various veggies, I lovingly sauteed the onions and garlic in EVOO. After a couple of minutes, I added some of a local brand of chorizo and cooked the mixture until the chorizo was done. I finished the sauce by adding one 14 1/2 oz can of diced tomatoes and one 14 1/2 once can of tomatoes with chilies. By serving it with the lovely salad made by my lovely wife, we had a very satisfying mid-week meal with some great leftovers for lunch.
The chorizo and chilies add some intriguing flavors with a bit of heat. My wife and I were quite pleased with this dinner and I am sure we will make it again. And not only was it tasty, but it was a very quick meal that was easy to put together.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
- 2 Parts Craisins (dried cranberries)
- 2 Parts roasted peanuts
- 1 Part plain M&M's
I tried some of it and I really liked it and my wife and the rest of clan thought it was delicious and satisfying. The peanuts add a bit of a salty flavor and a nice dose of protein and other nutrients. The dried cranberries are a wonderful, slightly tart fruit and they provide vitamin C and fiber.
Also, this is economical because it was homemade and we bought the dried cranberries on sale. (They are on sale again this month).
If you like the idea of a healthy, fun and satisfying snack, this is a great way to put that three pound bag of Craisins to work.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Many of us spend money on snacks out of the vending machines at our place of work. Recently Costco had a 30 pack of Baked Lays for $2.50 off. The price in my local store is normally 10.89 so the final price is 8.39, which is 28 cents for each bag.
I looked in the vending machine we have at work and most snacks are 75 cents each which means bringing your own saves nearly 47 cents, which is a pretty huge savings. And even without the coupon, you would be saving about 39 cents each. If you buy a bag a day at work, this will save you about $100 a year, which is decent money.
And there is also a calorie savings too. I compared these to the regular Lays products at Costco and the baked products were about 10 calories less for most of them. However, the portion size for the baked products is larger than the fried products, so you get to eat more.
The boxes come with four varities:
- Regular Baked Lays Potato Chips
- Baked Barbecue Lays Potato Chips
- Baked Cheddar Cheese Ruffles
- Baked Cheetos
As I said, the box holds 30 bags, so it saves some space that way.
I admit that you need to do more than just buy these snacks to get rich and thin, but they certainly will help you reach those goals.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
or in this case, a lost dinner.
Chicken 'Pot Pie' with Garam Marsala
The dinner wasn’t a disaster, but storage ended up causing it to be wasted. I made a variation on chicken pot pie seasoned with garam masala inspired by Jeffery Saad. Start with a stock pot that has two small onions chopped, one carrot chopped, one stalk celery chopped and four cloves of garlic grated into it and softened in EVOO over medium heat. Add about six cups chicken stock and about half a rotisserie chicken chopped into bite size pieces. The whole pot is seasoned with salt, pepper and about a teaspoon and a half of garam masala. This all cooked together and about two cups of quinoa is added and left to simmer until cooked. The quinoa took the place that potatoes would be in a regular chicken pot pie.
The dish tasted fantastic, but was too hot to put in the refrigerator right away, so I set it outside to cool down. Unfortunately, the dish fell off the ledge later in the evening and crashed on the cement and we lost the rest of the beautiful dinner and a fine Corning Ware dish as well.
This is a dish we will be making again and hopefully I can take a picture of it and it will be around for Mike to eat as well. I will be more careful about using the 'Minnesota refrigerator' in the future.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
First, I cooked up one small yellow onion with three medium cloves of pressed garlic. After they were nicely cooked, I added 1/2 cup white wine, the juice and fat in the bottom of the rotisserie chicken package, a 1/4 cup capers, a rinsed and drained can of cannellini beans and a bunch of artichoke hearts that had been chopped up. Then I juiced one large lemon and added the juice, plus the zest from the same lemon.
After the flavors had melded a bit I added about half the chicken chopped and let it all come to temperature. The finished product was served over jasmine rice.
This recipe from Robin Miller did provide some inspiration, so I do want to give her some credit. I liked the idea of the artichokes hearts in a piccata recipe, but then I made it my own by:
- Using fresh onion and garlic cooked in EVOO
- Eliminating the step of cooking the chicken by using a rotisserie chicken
- Cutting out some of the ingredients from the chicken breading since I used cooked chicken
- Adding the juices and fat from the chicken instead of broth
- Changing from brown to white rice
- Substituting cannellini beans and using more of them
- Cooking the beans in the sauce instead of with the rice
- Not caring about any measurement except for the wine and capers