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Costco food finds - 4th quarter 2012

Interesting. What is the price and how big was the package?

Oct 08, 2012
dobs737 in Chains

Costco Strategy For Ist Experience

Things on coupon / rebate do tend to be cyclical. For example, we were out of semi sweet chocolate chips and I was waiting for the November coupon book because they are a couple of bucks cheaper in November. And I'm waiting for December to stock up on Nutella.

Oct 08, 2012
dobs737 in Chains

Costco Strategy For Ist Experience

Sorry, I meant each individual package in the bunch is 1/2 kg.

Oct 08, 2012
dobs737 in Chains

Costco Strategy For Ist Experience

Columbus, Ohio

Oct 03, 2012
dobs737 in Chains

Costco Strategy For Ist Experience

I'd say my family of 2 does most of the grocery shopping there. We buy the big bags of spinach and lettuce and salad fixins there and though only 2 people it forces us to be a little healthy and have a salad every day to eat up the fresh produce before it goes bad.

It all just depends what is on sale at the various supermarkets and what we have in the freezer and what we could fit into the fridge after a costco trip. I'm fortunate to live in a city with Kroger, Meijer, Giant Eagle, and other independent stores so there is a good bit of competition for grocers.

Oct 03, 2012
dobs737 in Chains

Costco Strategy For Ist Experience

Sorry, this is a long response...
Welcome to the club! First off, if you are looking to browse and can go on a week day please do so. On the weekends it can be a suburban nightmare. We were there last night and it was not crowded but I know on Friday nights it can be a little busy.
I second getting the coupon book.
And if you want to see what was on coupon in the past to know what to expect coming up, go here: http://www.adamcos.com/

Dehydrated hash brown potatoes, quick and easy weekend breakfast.
Sun Dried Tomatoes
EVOO - Kirkland Signature Brand
Kirkland Signature whole bean coffee - roasted by Starbucks.
Milk prices are competitive
Kirkland signature egg beaters
Balsamic Vinegar
Nutella - Will go on coupon in November for the holidays
Stacy’s pita chips - double thick only found at Costco. These go on coupon regularly.
Garofalo pasta - we get our spaghetti noodles here. Each pack is 1kg which equals about 17 ounces and change versus the downsizing of many packages to 14 and 12 oz.

Jullian Waffles - these are in the front near the dry goods and non bakery bread racks. They are in a clamshell package possibly on an endcap or near the cookie section of chips/junkfood isle. YUM! Heat in microwave or toaster oven and put a scoop of ice cream and you are in heaven. These are liege waffles so a little different from what you are used to but the closest thing to a true liege waffle without going to Belgium. A MUST TRY!

Torta Rolls in the back bakery section make great sandwiches

Pumpkin pie and apple pie are very solid. I've brought the 14" apple pie to a family gathering and the package almost looked like it was licked clean. Not a crumb to take home. The pumpkin pie never made it to a family gathering but it seemed to disappear and it is only the husband and myself!

Spinach, romaine lettuce are always at a decent price

Dog food - we used the puppy food and that was good. Now we use KS Nature's Domain salmon based formula which is similar to Taste of the Wild and much cheaper.

Pizza crust – for a while in the summer they were carrying a 3 pack of Boboli crusts with sauce for $7 ish. I haven’t seen them in a while but 1 pizza crust at Kroger costs $5. Makes a quick and easy dinner on a night you are too busy or tired for anything else. Now they are carrying

Mama May’s brand on an endcap. 4 think pizza crusts with sauce for under $5. We prefer the boboli but this works in a pinch too.

Cheese - don't ever buy cheese from a regular supermarket again. The KS brand is comparable to kraft and beats most prices I've seen that combine sales and coupons. If you want something higher end Costco has that too.

KS tortilla chips.

I'm also including some non food good things that Costco has:
Garbage bags - KS brand.
Flowers - 2 dozen fresh roses for $16, a great way to spoil yourself. The price for mother's day and Valentine's day is $16 for one dozen but still that is pretty reasonable for these holidays as flowers are more expensive then.
Borghese Makeup brushes are very similar to MAC brushes. These will come out soon for the holidays about $25 for a set of 10 brushes.
Cutting boards - Kitchenaid brand, good deal through this weekend. 3 for $16 in the center home goods section.
Light bulbs - right now they are ridiculously cheap in Ohio due to AEP Ohio rebates. Perhaps a similar rebate is going on in your part of the country.
Kirkland Signature Sheets - if/when you need your next set, try these first as you can always return them if you don't like. This is the first set of sheets that I have bought since 2001 that I actually like. They are crisp and of good quality. The run about $60 maybe but go on sale for black Friday I think. Comparable sheets would be a couple hundred dollars.
Parchment paper, $6 for a 15" x 164' roll. Awesome price!
Flameless candles, on coupon through Sunday.

Things we weren't so hot on:
Apple muffins back in the bakery section - stick with the chocolate or the blueberry.
The European cookie assortment is ok, but I probably won't repurchase. I prefer Milanos or other shortbread cookies instead and with the holidays coming one has to be choosy on how to spend their daily calorie intake.
Kirkland Signature Macaroni and Cheese

Oct 03, 2012
dobs737 in Chains

Costco food finds - 3rd quarter 2011 [old]

I love to stock up on these when they are on coupon!

Jul 29, 2011
dobs737 in Chains

French porcelain vs bone china - can't decide!

I had a store order this for me from France. The Valencay line is limited, but I love the plates so much. They are thinner and take up less space in the cupboard. The look more formal than the thicker Sancerre line so I feel like I can use them on formal occasions and everyday casual. I plan on matching them up with other sancerre pieces for my whole set and the color will still match because it is all Pillivuyt.

If you are worried about the color, you could always use light bulbs that were a warmer white versus a cooler white.

Apr 20, 2011
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Torn between Apilco Pillivuyt and Revol for my wedding registry. Please help.

Thanks all for all your comments! You have really made me feel good about choosing french porcelain for my wedding registry. We are going for a very plain plate with a rim. The biggest challenge will be making sure we get plates that fit in the dishwasher. I'm not too concerned about them fitting in the cabinet since my wonderful fiance will build me a deep hutch to store my new porcelain.

I am soooooooo excited for my new plates. Hopefully I won't get those disgusting knife marks like I have on my pfaltzgraf. And maybe with those sales at bridge kitchen I will be able to replace my pyrex with more porcelain!

Aug 10, 2010
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Torn between Apilco Pillivuyt and Revol for my wedding registry. Please help.

For anyone who was experience with all three brands, what are your thoughts? Which one did you like best.

These will be my every day dishes and probably my fancy occasion dishes for a while.

We are looking at Apilco Tuileres which is a little thinner than Apilco tradition. Here is the link:
http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

We are also looking at Pillivuyt Valencay which is a little thinner and lighter than Sancerre, but has Pliienium added to the clay to make it withstand thermal and mechanical shock.

And finally Revol Plain white plates from SLT or BBB.

In your opinion, which of the three are best? Which has the best glaze? I hate when plates get scratches from sliding against each other when getting one out of the cabinet.

I was looking at Wedgwood white, but with my fiance's appetite we will need something larger than 10.75 in diameter plates for everyday.

Aug 06, 2010
dobs737 in Cookware

What's the grey residue on my new aluminum muffin pan?

DO NOT try vinegar. It will only speed the oxidation. I know this because vinegar can be used as a rinsing agent in the DW in place of jet dry. I tried the vinegar with an aluminum pan and it certainly sped up the oxidation process. Another major offender is any detergent with lemon. Aluminum + acid = bad.

Like others said, use bar keepers friend and a chore boy or other mildly abrasive pad to remove the oxidation.

May 12, 2010
dobs737 in Cookware

If you had to buy all new pots/pans....

Congrats on the wedding. I'm in the same boat as I keep tweaking my registry.
I'd steer away from a complete set and go a la carte. Consider the materials used (copper, ss, iron) shape, and most importantly how you cook. That's what it comes down to most. If you are going to do most of the cooking, your personal preference should trum everything else.

Staples in the kitchen include the 12'' fry pan from all-clad in which ever line you choose (d5, ss, copercore), a big stock pot, a few sauce pans, a cast iron skillet, and a cheapie non stick skillet that I wouldn't even bother registering for. Perhaps a copper core or copper saucier if you make delicate sauces.

I'm like you and I cook in BULK for the fiance. People usually start out in Le Creuset with the 5.5 round dutch oven. I have this and would would def recommend going up in size to the 7.25 round or 9.5 oval. If I want to make 2 lasagnas and freeze one, I have to use two pots because my quart can't handle the doubled sauce recipe. Same goes for chili.

Also if you cook in bulk then consider the 14'' AC skillet http://www.cooking.com/products/shpro... I REALLY want this, the helper handle makes it great. The bottom diameter is prob 11 inches or so, don't quote me on that. I'd measure your burner sizes and then go measure the pan's bottom diameter. Even if the pan is a little bigger than the burner that is ok since it is clad. Just be sure to let the pan preheat before use.

May 07, 2010
dobs737 in Cookware

Kitchen towels

If you like microfiber towels and are a member at sams club, these are worth a try. http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate.do?dest=5&item=395425&pCatg=3041

Also, if you are a member at Sam's and like regular kitchen towels these are worth a try. They come in a variety of colors.
http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navi...

May 07, 2010
dobs737 in Cookware

More than one pepper grinder?

2, well I must be crazy because I have three. One set stays on the dining room table, one next to the stove for cooking, and the third is for grains of paradise.

May 07, 2010
dobs737 in Cookware

LC Outlet Sale 5/1-5/31/2010

Maybe I will call and see if they have the 15.5 quart dutch oven...one can only hope.

May 06, 2010
dobs737 in Cookware

My Le Creuset collection grows!

The discount on the big 15.5 quart was nothing. It was still in the mid to high $400's. For that price I will just get 1st quality in the color of my choice at W-S. The outlet store only had Red.

I will check back in May and June when I think they will have a big sale. I think the sale is twice yearly and November is when I picked up the huge 5.5 roasting pan for $75.

May 06, 2010
dobs737 in Cookware

Help in matching "white" dinnerware

gjlglobal - I am very interested in your wedgwood white. Please e-mail me how many place settings and what serving pieces you have. My email is brown.2235@osu.edu Thanks!

Apr 14, 2010
dobs737 in Cookware

Top of The Line Slow Cooker?

efaden - congrats on the wedding. I too am doing the wedding registry thing. I registered at amazon and I think that is the best place to register hands down.

I registered for this slow cooker http://www.amazon.com/Crockpot-SCVT65.... It is $85. I def wouldn't go over$100 for a slow cooker. If someone is going to spend more money on you, you want it to be an AC pan or something like that.

Mar 10, 2010
dobs737 in Cookware

Best Stoneware for Baking/Roasting/Oven?

hobbybaker, I'm so jealous you live close to a WS outlet. I live in ohio and the closest one is about 7 hours away. We used to have a WS outlet in ohio, but now it is just pottery barn. Had I regularly read the CH boards and known how good the french porcelain is, I would have picked some up.

I see there is a WS outlet near JFK airport. My maid of honor lives on the upper west side. I will send her over there sometime and see what she finds.

The souffle I was talking about was actually pillivuyt seen here. http://www.yvonne-estelles.com/Pilliv..., It is $46. I figured it was a better investment than the $44 WS gold touch round cake pan since there is no chance of the non stick coating coming off and no chance of porcelain rusting. There is a bead on the pan that water can collect under. I read a reviewer got rust the first time she washed the pan. I don't want to pay over $40 for a cake pan that will rust, but that is just me.

I will have to watch bloomies online and other places to see if the AC pullivuyt ever goes on sale. I live in ohio so the closest bloomies to me is prob chicago. I will see what BBB has and what the 20% coupon would bring the price to. I think if I'm patient I will find better deals or just see if I get it for a wedding gift.

From your experience do you prefer apilco, pillivuyt, or revol? When I went shopping last weekend I made sure to look at apilco plates, pillivuyt, and revol at SLT. It seemed to me the revol glaze was a little more scratched as from the plates rubbing together on the shelf at SLT, but that could just be me.

Mar 10, 2010
dobs737 in Cookware

Best Stoneware for Baking/Roasting/Oven?

hobbybaker you must tell me where you are finding good deals on apilco and pillivuyt. I am registering for my wedding and that would be of great help. Any online places? I love 2 hours from the nearest city that sells french porcelain.

I really like the idea of porcelain and I'm trying to be very selective in what I let in my kitchen lest it be too cluttered to be functional. I opted to register for for 2 of the 8.25 diameter souffle dishes and use them for souffles and cakes rather than registering for 8 or 9 inch cake pans as well.

Mar 09, 2010
dobs737 in Cookware

Help! Pastry bottom stuck in stock pot!

It would really help to know the material of the stock pot. If it is a Le creuset then we'd want to take measures to protect the surface.

You could always try a tupperware citrus peeler such as this http://www.amazon.com/Tupperware-Citr... or try a very thin metal bar like they use then you lock your keys in your car. Get two of those. Bring water to a rolling boil. Then set the stock pot on the floor and try to get between the ring and the pot on opposite sides and 3 and 9 o'clock. Perhaps you will be able to shimmy it up. Or have a second person hold a blow torch to the affected area when you try to shimmy it out. Another option would be a soldering iron to heat up the ring so that you could bend it easily and pull it out.

The tart ring is a lost cause but hopefully the stockpot won't be a total loss.

Mar 09, 2010
dobs737 in Cookware

Plates, Dishes?

This post goes out to jillp and candy in Indiana, or anyone who has experience with Wedgwood white and / or Pillivuyt plates.

I'm setting up my registry and am in need of some guidance when it comes to dinnerware. While I love love LOVE wedgwood ulander ruby http://www.wedgwoodusa.com/shop/colle... I know it is not in my or my guest's price range. Additionally I'm a huge klutz and can't be trusted with something that is $750 a place setting. No other patterns are contenders because I know that in 5 years or so I will get bored of lenox opal innocence or anything else that is so overdone.

I'm looking for dinnerware that is understated, elegant, and timeless - so pretty much plain white. No white basket weave, no white on white designs, just plain white.

I'm currently debating between Wedgwood White and Pillivuyt Sancerre. Sancerre has a simple rim around the edge and nothing more.

Ideally whatever I would choose would be durable enough for everyday use, must be dishwasher safe, and the finish not get too scratched up as I pull a plate out of the cupboard.

To jill p or candy who see's jill's dishes frequently - do you run the wedgwood plates through the dishwasher 300 days a year? If so, do you use a gentle cycle? Or do you baby your dishes and hand wash? Do you store them any special way in the cupboard or just stack them? How is the finish looking after 25 years? Scratches and knife marks?

And for anyone with pillivuyt dishes, how are your plates looking after years of use? How scratched are they from knives and sliding on top of one another when you take one out of the cupboard?

Thanks in advance for anyhelp you CHers can provide.

Mar 09, 2010
dobs737 in Cookware

What is your favorite vintage kitchen item?

I inherited one from my grandmother and brought it to college. You should have seen the look on my friend's faces when they would come to my room to use my toaster. They were so confused. I would make them figure it out and watch for sheer entertainment.

Mar 04, 2010
dobs737 in Cookware

My Le Creuset collection grows!

rovergal - great find.

My first piece of LC was a 5.5 quart round dutch oven I got last summer at TJ maxx on clearance. The msrp was $234, TJ maxx regular price was $140. I got the dutch oven for $70 bucks, perhaps since it was kiwi and not many people care for that color.

My next LC deal was just before Christmas at a LC outlet store in Cincinnati, OH. They had the 5.25 quart roasting dish that I dreamed of nightly for a month and had told everybody it was at the top of my Christmas list. The day I was at the outlet the factory 2nd roasters were on sale for $75, normally $189. The clerk brought me out several roasters so I could open the box and decide which one I wanted. I couldn't even see the cosmetic defect until she pointed it out. The rough edge on the top of the pan between the white interior and red exterior had the slightest bit of red overspray - barely noticable.

I now long for the 15.5 quart round dutch oven as I like to cook in bulk. I can barely stir a batch of chili in my 5.5 quart without running over the sides. LC outlet sent me a coupon for 30% cobalt or dijon colored items. I will call to see if it applies to factory seconds as well. If I can get the big dutch oven for under $250 I may see if the fiance agrees to the splurge as we are saving for a wedding. It normally goes for $500, but I've regularly seen it for $400 around the holidays.

Mar 03, 2010
dobs737 in Cookware

Best Glass Mixing Bowls?

I too was in desperate search of glass bowls and agree that Duralex is very good. I was looking for a very very large glass bowl for marinating beef for sauerbraten. I was concerned that soaking beef in vinegar over 3 days may be bad for a stainless steel bowl. The largest bowl pyrex makes is 4 quarts which was too small. Duralex makes a 6 quart bowl that is 12 inches in diameter. You can find it here http://www.irawoods.com/Duralex-USA-5...
There is also a 10 bowl set on amazon, but there were too many little bowls that I didn't need, and that set didn't include the 6 quart bowl. Hope this helps someone!

Mar 03, 2010
dobs737 in Cookware