Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Costco Coupon Book March 7 to March 31

Once again thanks to my wonderful friends at Addicted To Costco, I have this months coupon book.

Among the items on sale this month are:

  • The pita chips, which are a fun variation on the salty snack and great for dipping.
  • Finally, I have had the Costco Chicken Alfredo before and it is a good value. Not the best Alfredo ever, but a good deal for the price.
  • And while it is not food, we stocked up on the charcoal for summer grilling.

Not the best coupon book ever, but it definitely has some good values in it.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Review Of Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches

I have seen these at Costco for quite a while now and with the coupon this month for them, I decided to take the plunge and I am glad I did!

These are a great product.  Yes, you can tell while eating them that they are not a full fat, full calorie ice cream sandwich but they cover this up very well.

The ice cream portion has a good vanilla flavor and texture and the cookie has good chocolate flavor and a typical mouth feel.

The box includes 20 sandwiches: 10 vanilla and 10 cookies and cream flavor.  The you can definitely taste the cookie in the cookie and cream flavor, so the box does have some real variety in it.

And being that these are ice cream sandwiches, portion control is built in.  You have one sandwich and you are done.

This is a great sweet treat for people of all ages and I highly recommend them from a taste and low fat/low calorie standpoint. I also recommend them from a monetary angle: even at full price they are less than 50¢ a serving, so they are a very affordable desert or treat. Certainly, compared to the price of going out for ice cream, they are a huge bargain.

I would think my best endorsement would be the fact that I bought a second box!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pork Piccata With Giovanni Rana Butternut Squash Ravioli Plus A New Link

The other day while on the way home from work I called my wonderful wife and asked if she needed any help with planning dinner.  She said she was open to ideas and I suggested that she pull some of the frozen pork we had in the freezer and serve them in a piccata sauce. She was immediately thrilled with this prospect and set to work.

When I got home, I found out she took the idea and ran magnificently with it!  She took some pork loin chops, sliced them up and made a piccata sauce to go with them.  This was a great start but where she made it into a home run was by serving it with some Giovanni Rana Butternut Squash Ravioli that we got at Costco.  

But then, as impressive as this was, she dressed it with some raw peppers and some lemons slices which made the dish even tastier and it also made for a beautiful presentation.

The butternut squash ravioli had a slightly sweet flavor and a gentle texture that complimented the piccata sauce well. Adding the peppers gave some more bright flavors that went well with the dish and added another layer of texture to it. Plus, as I said already, it made for a simply beautiful presentation.

This dish was a success in every way: fast, delicious, some real nutritional value and lovely to look at.  My wife and I were both overjoyed with the results.  This is definitely one of the best dishes we have had in the last year.

The only negative is that when I went back last Saturday to buy more of the butternut squash ravioli, they didn't have it any more! 

Hopefully, Costco will carry it again soon.  And when I do see it again, I will buy a bunch to freeze.

Given how wonderful their Butternut Squash Ravioli is, I added Giovanni Rana to my links section.