Roasted Garlic Cauli Dip at Costco Midwest
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Hello US Midwest Costco shoppers. Your local Costco warehouse is currently selling Roasted Garlic Cauli Dip (Cauliflower Dip) by Boulder Organic Foods. They are available now, and during September 2020.

Warehouse locator and more information at Boulder Organic Foods

I have tasted nothing like this before (in a good way). And I never ate this many carrots in my life. I kept dipping my carrots into it. It’s tasty, and it’s light. So, I thought I would make my cauliflower dip. How hard can it be? Then I learned I need a food processor, and it takes one hour to make it.

Cauli Dip is not only tasty, but I think it’s healthier than other dips in the market. If you are trying to stay in shape, every bite counts. Every healthy alternative count.

Have a nice Labor Day weekend. Talk to you soon.

Costco Shopping – February 14, 2020
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10th Costco Shopping in 2020 – $40.69 today / $654.91 this year
Member Only Savings – $5 today / $130 this year

Happy Valentine’s Day. I went for a quick Costco shopping after work. Traditionally, Valentine’s Day is when we see St. Patrick’s Day items at Costco. The most popular St. Patrick’s product at Costco is Bill Bailey’s Irish Brand Corned Beef Brisket. I found the briskets today… but there was a twist.

Costco now sells fully cooked corned beef briskets and the ready-to-cook version we are familiar with. Fully cooked briskets are $5.59 per pound, whereas ready-to-cook briskets are $3.99 per pound.

But… pre-cooked brisket? Do you really want to microwave your special meal? St. Patrick’s Day dinner has to be more than just nuking a packaged meat for 10 minutes and turning it over once. We only have a handful of special days where cooking is part of the tradition. It’s sad to think that St. Patrick’s Day is becoming the day we microwave our dinner. I am already taking a shortcut because I don’t season the brisket myself. Perhaps, in the future, I will succumb to the concept of pre-cooked holiday meals. Perhaps I will celebrate the change of the season by opening up my microwave oven. Maybe, in the future, we will all have multiple microwave ovens in our kitchens so we can prepare meals for special family gatherings. That sounds grim and dystopian.

This Saint Patrick’s day (2020) I will proudly slow cook my corned beef brisket for ten hours. I will pay respect to Irish history and tradition as I put my body into a ritual.

Bill Baily Corned Beef Brisket, Ready to cook. Costco
Bill Bailey's Fully Cooked Corned Beef Brisket, Costco
Kirkland Signature Atlantic Salmon
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9th Costco Shopping in 2020 – $153.38 today / $614.22 this year
Member Only Savings – $35 today / $125 this year

Kirkland Signature’s Atlantic Salmon (#46340) is a handy food item that I wish to keep in my freezer all the time. A 3-pound bag is currently on sale for $5 off (Feb 2020). They are individually wrapped and frozen to accommodate people like me who don’t live next door to a fish market. For the next several months, I will have salmon whenever I want. I always buy them when they are on sale. One bag has 7 portions of salmon. So one piece of salmon is $3.12. Now, steam up some vegetables, and you have a good meal. It’s Kirkland Signature quality, money-saving, healthy, and you can avoid going to the restaurant.

FYI: I HATE restaurants, mainly because they give me bad tables. I will eat out more often if they stop sitting me by the toilets. Don’t get me started.

They recommend us to thaw frozen salmon by unwrapping it first and place it in the refrigerator for 8-10 hours. But I often put it in cold water while it’s still in the wrapper for a quick thaw. Personally, I cannot tell the difference in how I thaw it.

Below is cooking instruction from the package.

Bake: Heat oven to 400 F. Place in a well-oiled baking dish. Bake portions for 10 to 12 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145 F.

Grill: Heat grill to medium-high. Place on a well-oiled grill and cook for approximately 5 to 7 minutes, turning once, or until internal temperature reaches 145 F.

Microwave: Remove thawed salmon from packaging. Place in a microwave-safe dish that has been lightly coated with oil or cooking spray. Cover with plastic wrap and peel back one corner to allow steam to escape. Microwave at high power 4 to 5 minutes, turning once. Make sure the internal temperature reaches 145 F. Remove from microwave and let sit for 3 to 4 minutes before serving.

Kirkland Signature Atlantic Salmon, Costco
Costco Shopping – February 4, 2020
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7th Costco Shopping in 2020 – $9.83 today / $344.88 this year

My favorite colleague came to work really late today. I figured she was not having a good day. So I made a Costco run and got an Acai Bowl for her. This made her feel better.

I worked 11 hours today. So, I treated myself to a Caesar Salad. Costco’s Caesar salad is a guaranteed good meal. The trick is to eat the least amount of dressing possible or completely avoid the dressing. The chicken seemed to contain a lot of salt. And I don’t see anything good about croutons.

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Cheez-It Snap’d at Costco
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My coworker introduced me to ‘Cheez-It Snap’d’. She bought it at Costco. So I took a few. Then I took a handful and took another handful. Before I knew it, I was driving to Costco for my lunchtime. They are very good. It’s cheesy and I taste a hint of tangy flavor.

Their TV commercial doesn’t do justice. I don’t like the commercial, to be honest.

Golden Island Jerky
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Company website: www.GoldenIslandJerky.com

Have you tried jerkies by Golden Island? I see them occasionally at Costco. I usually see one flavor at a time. They sell jerkies with exotic & unique flavors such as Kung Pao Beef & Korean Barbecue Pork. They are tender and rich in flavor.

Their jerkies are handcrafted in small batches – according to their website. 

I wondered about how they tasted. Then I received these samples. I can’t describe the taste with words – but they are all very nice. My favorite is Kung Pao beef. If I see them at Costco I will buy some.

Most jerkies in the market have a similar taste. They have a common theme going on. But, Golden Island sells jerkies with unique tastes that if I have a craving for Kung Pao beef, there will be no substitute for it.

If you are a jerky lover who likes Asian & ethnic taste, these may be a special treat for you. You can see them occasionally at Costco.

Look below for pictures and my quick reviews on each product.

Grilled Barbecue – Although I enjoyed it, this tasted more “Common” to me.


Korean Barbeque (Pork) – Very nice and exotic (different)


Sriracha (pork) – Very nice and exotic (different)


Kung Pao (Beef) – Perhaps my favorite of them all. It’s exotic, spicy (not very spicy), and has a rich ethnic taste. Look at all that peppers. It doesn’t taste like anything I’ve tasted before. I liked it a lot. I want some more.

Product Review – Water Ridge Kitchen Faucet
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February 1, 2015 – after 2 weeks of use.

  • This kitchen faucet by Water Ridge is good for what you pay ($78.99). The pull-out feature & spray features function OK. Installation was easy. It works for me, but this is not for rich people.
  • Money to value score: 91%
  • Satisfaction score: 89%
  • Regret score: 0%
  • Complaints: (The faucet is good overall. I’m just being picky).
    • The faucet feels lighter than it should. It doesn’t feel solid, heavy, and expensive. You may even say it feels (somewhat) flimsy.
    • It lacks precision in water flow control. Control is OK/good, but not great. I bet expensive faucets provide better control (precision).
    • I cannot use the spray at low flow.
    • It comes with 1 sinkhole cover. But, I can see many people would need the second sinkhole cover.
  • Rich men score: I would buy a better faucet if I made $250K / year
  • I don’t understand the bad reviews – maybe I have a low standard? Or maybe I need to give it more time? we’ll have to wait and see. So far, I am happy with it. My kitchen looks better. I enjoy my time in the kitchen more.

Water Ridge (WaterRidge) Costco kitchen faucet

Water Ridge (WaterRidge) kitchen faucet