Big Shoulders Smokehouse Baby Back Pork Ribs
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I enjoyed these baby back pork ribs by Big Shoulders Smokehouse. This 48 oz (3 lb) package was $12.99. That’s cheaper than 2 double cheeseburgers without drinks. 2 average-sized adults can pig out on this. In my case, 2 of us could only eat 2/3 of it. This is an excellent value. I shall buy some more.

Update: I went back to Costco 2 weeks later for some more. Now they were $13.99 each. The price went up by $1.00.

I bought this on my Costco Shopping – March 10, 2021. They are fully cooked, so I just needed to reheat in the oven. I put it in the 375-degree oven for 27 minutes.

Maybe these were as good as Tony Roma’s. Maybe these were better than Tony Roma’s. I am not sure. They are that good. The meat was tender and falling off the bone. The sauce was just right. Next time, I shall scrape off BBQ sauce and warm it up separately. Then I shall re-apply the sauce after the ribs are cooked.

As a side dish, I microwaved Kirkland Signature’s Normandy-Style Vegetable mix. I always keep a bag of Kirkland Signature’s frozen mixed vegetables. The bread was from a local store.

It took me about 40 minutes to prepare everything. It was an excellent dinner. Baby back ribs are crazy good times. If you have young dogs (with good teeth) they will love the bones. They will enjoy the bones more than we enjoy the meat.

1/3 of a rack = 1 lb
Rip Van Wafels, Healthier Cookies, at Costco
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Cookies with low sugar, high fiber, low calories

Rip Van Wafles is coming to Costco on February 22. 2021 – to Los Angeles, Hawaii, Virginia, PA, NY, Maryland, DC, NJ, MA, CT, NH, and DE.

They are European-style cookies (stroopwafel – means “syrup waffle”). They are thin waffle cookies with caramel filling inside. It’s a tasty snack. I tasted it myself, and I liked it. It’s got super low sugar content – about 80% less than regular cookies.

They have higher fiber contents than popular granola bars. So, they are popular in the fitness community. You can check out Amazon reviews. People love them. Now you can get them cheaper at Costco.

They go well with coffee as well. If you like sweet cookies and if you watch your weight, check this out.

Rip Van Wafels at Costco - stroopwafel
12 Days of Sugar Bowl Bakery
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Since Thanksgiving Day, I’ve been eating Madeleines and Brownie Bites every day for 12 days. Two huge containers are almost empty now. They are tasty and I’ve been enjoying them with coffee.

OH! I would like to talk about the designs on their packages. The designs look warm, homey, and tasty – that they represent how the products taste. I kept looking at the stickers on the packages. They are so well done that I had to mention them.

Madeleines and Brownie Bites are Costco’s staple items. They are Costco items #9751 & #1253912. They are individually wrapped so they will stay soft and moist. These tasty treats go well with hot coffee. To me, they remind me of holidays, family, and good times.

Christmas is approaching quickly. Madeleines and Brownie Bites will stay fresh throughout the holiday season.

Sugar Bowl Bakery, official website

Raffle: Mary’s Gone Crackers
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Raffle is closed. Winner, Miriam, is contacted

Many of you already know Mary’s Gone Crackers. I recently learned about them, and I rate them highly. Look at the ingredients. See if you approve.

  • Organic whole grain brown rice
  • Organic whole grain quinoa
  • Organic brown flax seeds
  • Organic brown sesame seeds
  • Filtered water
  • Sea Salt
  • Organic wheat-free tamari (water, organic whole soybeans, salt, organic vinegar).

That’s it. That’s all the ingredients. Mary’s Gone Crackers are super seeds that are molded into crackers; so you can carry, store, and eat at your convenience. They are organic, vegan, gluten-free, and none-GMO. Besides being a good snack, I also think they are good food. I see people can lose weight by snacking these for lunch – compared to a cheeseburger, it’s a clear winner. And they taste good. If you like the taste of seeds, you will also like Mary’s Gone Crackers.

You can find Mary’s Gone Crackers at Costco. Of course, they come in extra-large boxes like the below picture.

This is the box you will find at Costco

Mary’s Gone Crackers shine if you compare with crackers of other brand names. Most crackers are bad for you. It’s better that you don’t eat them. I rarely eat crackers for that very reason. I think Mary’s Gone Crackers are my only exception.

I don’t get paid for this blog. I like these crackers and I wanted to hold a raffle. Mary’s Gone Crackers will send a grab bag variety of crackers to a raffle winner. Enter below.

Mary’s Gone Crackers – Official Website

Raffle is closed.

  • I am not a professional raffle guy. I can make mistakes.
  • I will draw 1 winner on December 13, 2020.
  • Do NOT send me your mailing address.
  • You will receive multiple & random boxes of Mary’s Gone Crackers.
  • Low 48 US states only.

Darigold FIT Organic Milk – Costco Roadshow (WA, OR)
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Darigold is a dairy company with over a hundred years of history. They produce dairy products such as milk, yogurt, cheese, butter,…

Their milk, FIT organic milk, is now available at select Costco locations. FIT Organic Milk is special because…

  1. Lactose-Free
  2. 14 Grams of protein (compared to 8-9 Gram)
  3. 40% less sugar
  4. Organic
  5. Long shelf life.
  6. (personal note) Good taste. Rich and creamy.

FIT organic milk is ultra-filtered. Ultrafiltration, also known as diafiltration makes FIT milk special. It filters in some molecules while it filters out unwanted molecules. The process is fairly complicated, but there is more information on ultrafiltration on Wikipedia or on Darigolds Instagram.

Costco Darigold FIT Organic Milk, Lactose Free
Darigold FIT organic milk, available at Costco

Somebody correct me if I’m wrong, but as far as I know, Darigold milk is the best milk available to regular consumers. And I even like the taste. I understand the taste is subjective. But, to me, FIT milk tastes rich and creamy. I find myself drinking it at random and unusual times.

If you live in Washington or Oregon area, you can catch their road show and taste them yourself. Check out the show schedule below. (*schedule subjected to change)

Press release:
Darigold expands organic offerings (October 26, 2020)

Darigold is over a hundred-year-old company. They make cottage cheese, flavored milk, yogurt, butter, and more. You may see their products at your local store.

Costco Darigold Roadshow Schedule – Washington & Oregon

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 Mortgage – Surprisingly Good Experience
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Thank you, Byron99, for your review

Read review on the forum

The mortgage process has become very cumbersome with red tape. However, the Consumer Direct team worked tirelessly to make it as simple as possible.

T3 Micro – Featherweight 3i Hair Dryer
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I’ve been using this hair dryer for three days so far. It performs almost as same as my favorite hair dryer that I paid $250.00 a few years ago.

Costco’s everyday price of $99.99 on Featherweight 3i is pretty good. But, now, it’s on sale for $79.99. The sale ends in two weeks on May 17, 2020. It’s OK if you missed the sale. I think $100 is still a good price. Styling iron is also on sale.

I am currently comparing this hair dryer with my $200 professional unit. 3i is lacking some professional touch, but its overall performance is right there with my $200 hairdryer. So, if you want a good hairdryer but $200 is outside of your budget, 3i may be for you.

Just like any other hair dryers, you’ll have to purchase a diffuser separately.

Kirkland Signature Ultra Plush Microfiber Towel
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I am healthy and still have a job.

Kirkland Signature Ultra Plush Microfiber towels (#713160) are for auto detailing. I bought them 7 years ago in June 2013. And they set in the garage for seven years. I didn’t like the towels.

Seven years later, earlier this month, while I was fixing my house from water damage, I saw the professional guys cleaning and dusting my house with these towels. They praised its superior performance on picking up dust. “Hey! I have those towels, too”, I said.

So, I started to use the towels around the house for dusting & cleaning. They work like magic. The towel will pick up a lot of dust and not let go. I would then walk outside and shake off the dust. Sometimes I wet the towel to wipe down the kitchen counter. And I would toss them in the washer.

These towels are Costco’s staple item (#713160), you see these towels in your warehouse and online. If you already have some in your garage, try using it around the house. My kitchen, right now, is immaculate.

The only place I don’t use these towels is in my car. For car wash, I use better towels.

Left, June 16, 2013. Right, April 28, 2020.

Quick one-handed demonstration. Not a very good demo, but you get the idea.

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