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Kirkland Signature Cheese Flights come with nearly two pounds of cheese, plus wine and beer pairing tips for each variety!
Costco has blessed us with another new product that will make summer entertaining 10 times easier. According to the popular Costco Instagram fan account, @CostcoDeals, the big box retailer has just debuted Kirkland Signature Cheese Flights, which are sure to taste every bit as amazing as they sound.
These cheese flights consist of almost two pounds of various cheeses—Montau Alpine, Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, Red Wine-Soaked Goat, 12-Month Aged Manchego, and Dijon-Herb Hand-Rubbed Fontina. Yum!
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The flights are specially curated for your next snack dinner or cheese board. And to take the guesswork out, Costco has provided handy wine and beer pairings for each variety right on the label. That alone makes it worth its $19.99 price tag! And since we already know Costco has amazing deals on beer, wine, and frozen boozy novelties, it’s the perfect one-stop shop for your next dinner party or wine tasting night.
This New Costco Membership Feature Is Life-Changing
There are few things worse than loading up the conveyor belt at the Costco register with all your favorite bulk items just to realize you have no idea where your pesky membership card is. Just me? Didn’t think so.
You can finally forget dumping out the contents of your purse in the checkout line or the “walk of shame” to Costco’s customer service desk, because Costco is now offering digital membership cards!
All you have to do is download the Costco app, log in to your Costco.com account, verify your membership, and voila! The Costco app now comes with a digital Costco card with a specialized QR code to scan every time you check out.
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Loyal Costco shoppers had a whole bunch of questions regarding these new digital membership cards via Instagram yesterday. We discovered Costco members are not yet able to use this digital membership card to make purchases, but that could be coming in the future. Additionally, this card is not currently accepted at Costco gas stations.
Costco Is Bringing Back Its Super-Popular Cheese Flights For The Holidays
Update: November 20, 2019 10:25 a.m. It seems like every party has a cheese plate these days (and thank god for that. ) but charcuterie boards truly hit their peak during the holiday season. So, it only makes sense that Costco would bring back its iconic and mega-popular cheese flights this winter.
Normally it takes an eagle-eyed shopper to point out these kinds of food finds to the rest of us, but this time, it was Costco who posted the news right on its Facebook page. The grocery chain posted a photo of the flights with the helpful tip that each one comes with a wine and beer pairing, which actually, I didn't know before! Thanks, Costco!
As we've learned from previous years, these puppies sell out QUICKLY, so if you're looking to get one for your holiday parties, I'd suggested running to your nearest Costco. Yes! Running! Get that cardio in!
Original: June 23, 2019 10:56 a.m. May we have your attention! Costco (the bulk grocery store that has gifted us with giant donuts, 4-pound pumpkin pies, and 300 bottle wine fridges) has done it again and pushed us into the future thanks to this glorious cheese flight.
It was first spotted by Instagram account @costcodeals, and appears to have 5 selections of cheese for you to fall in love with: Monteau alpine, cabot clothbound cheddar, red wine soaked goat (🍷. ), 12-month-aged manchego, and dijon herb hand-rubbed fontina.
Based on the photo, Costco isn't skimping on the cheese&mdashthese look like giant hunks of your favorites&mdash and in case you can't zoom in on the deets it says it's 1.8 pounds of cheese for $19.99.
If you're like "Yeah this is awesome Costco, but how in the hell do I know what to pair with these cheeses??" don't worry: the packaging explains exactly what pairs with what: pinot noir with Monteau alpine, malbec with cabot clothbound cheddar, tempranillo with the red wine soaked goat, rioja with the 12-mont-aged manchego, and chablis with the dijon herb hand-rubbed fontina. Literally nothing is holding you back from having the wine and cheese night of your dreams.
Let's go to finger foods/appetizers next.
Maybe our neighborhood is strange (?!) but the first things to always disappear are the fruit and vegetable trays! I am just simply amazed at the price of Costco's premade vegetable trays and fruit bowls. Sometimes we just buy them when we don't feel like cutting up our own vegetables for the week!
I wasn't sure whether to consider these party platters as appetizers or the main course so I'll just include them here. You can order a party platter from Costco! The options at our local Costco are listed below:
- Croissant Sandwich Platter (serves 16-20): $32.99
- Chicken & Swiss Rollers (serves 20-24): $32.99
- Shrimp Platter (serves 20-24): $39.99
- Meat & Cheese Platter (serves 16-20): $26.99
#1 TIP: CRAM THAT CHEESE PLATTER FULL!
- Cheese. Start with cheese and or any bowls of olives, etc. Space them throughout the cheese platter.
- Meats. Next add the meats. I like to keep them close to the cheeses. If you’re using a variety, be sure to put a little section of each meat by each cheese, so that you’ve got a few different meat sections throughout the board with a variety.
- Crackers. Fan out crackers like water crackers and place any oddly shaped crackers (like the breadsticks) in a small bowl or glass.
- Fresh components. Now we’re going to add the fruit and/or vegetable. You want people to be able to pick up one piece and eat it easily, so cut cucumbers into rounds on a bias cut grapes into little clumps of 2-3 and slice any pears or apples.
- Take a look. Step back and look at your cheese platter. Does it feel and look balanced? With a good variety? GOOD! If not, add some extra crackers or meat to any areas that look open.
- Nuts. Finish with the nuts! This is the last step and you want to fill in any open spaces with nuts. Any place you see the board or platter? Add nuts. Marcona almonds are a high-end option, candied walnuts are a great sweet and crunchy component, but regular almonds or pistachios work great, too!
Use different colors, shapes, flavors, and textures for the best looking Trader Joe’s charcuterie board.
“When you need to clear a room, this is the cheese for you,” says Mitchell. We weren’t sure what to make of that at first, but if you love a good strong cheese, this one fits the bill. With a beer-washed rind, bold savory notes, and a slight nuttiness, it’s an excellent choice for grilled cheese. Be on the lookout for it in stores this fall, as it’s only available seasonally.
This cheese is a great pick for two reasons, according to Shepos Cenami: “The first is the cheese, with its creamy texture and delicious tangy flavor and the second is the oil,” which isn’t the least bit greasy. Once you finish the cheese, use the herb-infused oil to make a salad dressing or for dipping bread.
Costco Is Selling A $10 Dessert Tray Full Of Baklava
Costco has everything you need at all the right times, and the retailer&rsquos latest win for us all is a giant dessert tray that&rsquos full of baklava&ndashyou know, that sweet dessert pastry made of many layers of filo dough filled with nuts and held together with honey, syrup, or frosting. Better yet, the tray only costs $10.
The Mediterranean baklava tray is more than two pounds and features various flavors of the fine dessert. They&rsquore all made with honey and either cashews, pistachios, or both. Each dessert has a different dough form. The Bilbol Nest Pistachio one, for example, is made of a fine stringy dough wrapped around pistachios to look like a little bird&rsquos nest. The Kitaa Cashew With Pistachio Sprinkles comes in a traditional square shape with a dusting of pistachios on top. Instagrammer @costcobuys spotted the massive tray full of the desserts at Costco for about $10.
People shared their excitement about the Costco find in the comments. &ldquoWe used to get a different box of baklava at Costco every year, and then for a couple years, they haven't carried any,&rdquo one person commented on the post. &ldquoI'm glad to see they brought it back.&rdquo
Others chimed in to share their love of baklava: &ldquoMy mom makes the best baklavas,&rdquo one person wrote. &ldquoI might have to try this to compare.&rdquo
If you ever find yourself in the mood to treat yourself in the near future, just know the giant $10 tray of baklava is waiting for you at Costco.
COSTCO PARTY PLATTERS
Croissant Sandwich Platter from Costco (serves 16-20): $32.99
Roasted Chicken & Swiss Rollers Platter from Costco (serves 20-24): $32.99
Shrimp Platter with Cocktail Sauce from Costco (serves 20-24): $39.99
Below is the party platter order form that is available at our Costco (Buford, GA).
Below are the options listed on the form:
- Croissant Sandwich Platter (serves 16-20): $32.99
- Chicken & Swiss Rollers (serves 20-24): $32.99
- Shrimp Platter (serves 20-24): $39.99
- Meat & Cheese Platter (serves 16-20): $26.99
All you have to do is fill out the form and drop it back off at Costco. You might even be able to fax or email yours in. Call your local Costco and see if this is an option!
UPDATE 03/25/21: I spotted these nutritional facts sheets. Although they do not seem to include all of the party platter information, I thought some people might find them useful. Below are the pictures but you can also view the Costco Nutritional Information in a PDF here.
The Cheesecake Factory Makes Boxes Of Cheesecake Bites That You Can Buy At Costco
Ever in the mood for a single bite of cheesecake? Well, Costco is selling boxes of cheesecake bites from The Cheesecake Factory that make for the ideal alternative to buying a whole cake and slowly eating it for days.
The Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake Bites boxes include 54 pre-sliced bites of the chain&rsquos original cheesecake baked on its signature vanilla crumb. You get three flavors to choose from: caramel, raspberry, and chocolate. There's 18 of each flavor that's swirled on top of every tiny square. The bites are meant to be stored in the freezer until you&rsquore ready to eat them. For best results, you should thaw the cheesecake in the fridge for eight-to-12 hours and serving it chilled, according to the product&rsquos directions.
Instagrammer @costco_doesitagain spotted the cheesecake bites at a Costco for around $13. People seem to be thrilled about the find in the comments on the account&rsquos post. One person who has had the pleasure of trying the bites shared they prefer to eat them frozen over thawed. Frozen cheesecake doesn&rsquot sound half bad!
While these bites would make an excellent dessert choice for a holiday party, they&rsquore just as great for sharing with your immediate fam this season. You could even enjoy them over a Zoom happy hour and taste-test them while on the call with your friends. Or if you want to treat yourself to a whole box of these delightful bites, no one&rsquos stopping you! In fact, I support it.
Amos Gott’s Costco Appetizers Cocktail Party
Having friends over to your home is true gift, but as busy as we all are these days, it seems like hosting parties at home has become more of a rarity than a regular occurrence. Sad, but true. We had a thought, though. What if we could find a way to make entertaining easier – meaning spending less time and money, while still hosting a great party. With this notion in mind, we made a call to Amos Gott, one of Nashville’s most creative event planners. He was voted Best Event and Wedding Planner by the Nashville Scene, is the 2013 Editor’s Pick as the preferred Wedding Planner for the state of Tennessee by The Knot, and was chosen to design the Swan Ball in 2011. We knew he was the perfect person to help us come up with a foolproof, easy party plan that would solve this problem and, as you’ll see in his post today, he came through in spades!
Your mission – should you choose to accept it – is to conquer your fears and hesitations of hosting your friends at your house for a party before the holidays. And I’m going to tell you how you can do it… The answer is by going to Costco!
Now I’m not saying you won’t still have to do a little bit of preparation to throw this stylish soirée, but by following these simple tips and directions you can whip through the store tonight after work and be party-ready with Costco appetizers tomorrow. With just a little time in the kitchen, you can be “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” as opposed to having an otherwise “Silent Night.”
Costco appetizers make for a great party … it’s all on how you put them together!
With just a little bit of preparation and just a little bit of investment, your guests will be wow-ed by your prowess as a host or hostess.
Let’s start with the menu. Items that are pre-made can be bought ready to go or tweaked to become a new family-favorite in your recipe repertoire. You want to make sure you have a good balance of items. For this spontaneous party, I have put together the following menu selections.
- Roast Pork Tenderloin with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce
- Chicken Salad on Croissants
- Sushi-Grade Salmon on Crackers
- Toasted Ravioli
- Cheese Tray
- Brie en Brioche
- Madeleine Tree
- Brownie Santa Hats
You might think it sounds adventurous on such short notice, but trust me – you can do it!
Meat Department – Pork tenderloin (one two-pack actually contains four loins), salmon slices and chicken salad
Bread Department – Rolls for the tenderloin, mini-croissants for the chicken salad, madeleines and brownie bites
Cheese Section – You may select whatever variety of cheeses you prefer. Keep colors, sizes, shapes and textures in mind, as you don’t want a tray of cheeses that are all the same color and size. Try something new, but definitely purchase the Ford Farm Wensleydale with Cranberries. It’s always a hit. And also pick up the Brie en Brioche.
Fruit Section – Fruit to garnish your fruit tray, and some additional to add to your centerpiece. Pomegranates, red and/or white grapes, raspberries and pears are seasonal and colorful favorites.
Freezer Section – Ravioli (You may pick the kind, but consider the shape as well as the flavor) and spanakopita
Refrigerated Section – Cream cheese
Grocery Aisles – Raspberry Chipotle Sauce, crackers for the salmon and for the cheese (the sampler pack offers several selections in one and is the best deal), peppermints, frying oil, such as canola, peppermint bark and marinara sauce
Roast Pork Tenderloin with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce
Probably the one item that sounds the most intimidating, this pork recipe is quite easy to make. You can find the recipe HERE. If you’re feeling less adventurous, you can make it easier by simply liberally covering the loins with salt and pepper and placing them in an oven-safe skillet over high heat to brown on all sides. Then place the skillet in the oven and bake for 25 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
Once you get the pork loins cooked and sliced on an angle and on the tray, then you can add the sauce at the end as the garnish. After slicing, open the rolls and place them into a basket or bowl, then line a tray with romaine lettuce. Lay the pork on top of the lettuce, add a bowl of the sauce, and voila! A beautiful dish ready for your guests.
Chicken Salad on Croissants
Costco for the win with appetizers, desserts, fruit, cheese and more!
Couldn’t be simpler… Slice open the croissants with a bread knife and scoop on the chicken salad. Display on a tray, and done!
Sushi-Grade Salmon on Crackers
Costco appetizers include sushi-grade salmon … yum!
Well, maybe this one is simpler… Lay the crackers out on a tray. Add a slice of pre-sliced salmon. Top with Greek yogurt and a little sprig of dill that I bought at the grocery store. Check!
Costco party food includes these delicious fried raviolis!
This has become a favorite of mine. And this recipe is so good – even cold as a leftover! (Not that you’ll have any left though…) You can find the recipe HERE. Note that I did cheat here: I bought the Parmesan cheese and the buttermilk at the grocery store because I didn’t want the larger quantities.
As I mentioned, when shopping, look for different shapes of Costco appetizers. Here I used triangular pasta, and then arranged the pieces in different directions on the tray. So many tasty appetizers may look bland because of their neutral colors. This is a way to add some interest to the tray. And a bowl of marinara sauce contributes some color.
What would we do without Costco appetizers? Spanakopita!
Take the Spanakopita out of the freezer. Bake it. On to a Tray. Then out on the table. You’re sailing through this now, aren’t you?!
Everyone loves a cheese try and Costco makes it oh-so-easy.
This is one place you can really get creative. I love putting together a cheese tray. There’s a certain art to it, but also simply a matter of taste. I first start with the cheeses, placing them on the tray based on their shapes and sizes. The ones that lay down or are shorter should go in the front. The taller and bulkier ones should go in the back. Keep in mind, they shouldn’t be close enough where you can’t cut one because another is in the way. I like to add fruit to my trays for garnish, but also for color. Here I used green and red fruits like grapes and raspberries because they are the typical colors of the season. Sometimes I incorporate the crackers onto the tray. However this time I opted to keep them separate, arranging them on a long glass tray vertically instead of the expected horizontally.
Oh yes, that’s brie in that baked bread … straight from Costco!
Added to this display was a warm, baked brie that I simply bought, warmed up per the directions and put on it’s own small, beautiful tray surrounded by crackers. Looks laborious and expensive, but was actually minimal in cost and required practically no effort.
You can do this with a little patience and that accolades are worth it!
If you read December’s Southern Living, you might have seen the beautiful red velvet Madeleine tree on page 83. But this party is supposed to be simple, and I didn’t have time to make red velvet Madeleines. So instead, I picked up a couple of containers of Madelines and some toothpicks, bought a Styrofoam tree form from Michael’s, and made my own version. I laid out the Madeleines on a cookie sheet and sprinkled them with powder sugar (bought from the grocery store, otherwise you’ll have enough to last you until the end of the world – oh wait…according to the Mayans that’s next week!), and then I followed these INSTRUCTIONS.
Place your completed tree on your tray, and surround the tree with peppermints. Warning – the peppermints from Costco are individually wrapped. That was probably the most labor-intensive process of this entire party! So needless to say, I put Elizabeth to work…
Brownie Santa Hats
This has got to be the cutest thing on the table… And one of the simplest. Place the brownie bites onto a tray. Beat together cream cheese and a little powdered sugar (I used 1 cup of sugar for two blocks of cream cheese) and spoon this ‘icing’ into a large plastic baggie. Snip one corner and you now have a pastry bag! Pipe the icing around the rim of the brownie, drop on a strawberry that has had its stem cut off, and then pipe a dollop of icing on top and “ta-da” – you have a Santa’s Hat!
It’s a crowd favorite. One of those things you can’t stop eating when you start. So add a tray of peppermint bark to the table and your guests will think you made it yourself!
Setting the Table:
Now with food in hand, it’s time to set the table. If you think you need all new things to set the table, then think again. Gather things from around the house. Leftover Christmas decorations, pillar candles, holiday plants like poinsettias or paperwhites, ornaments in an attractive vessel, votive candles. Anything can be used singularly or combined to creative a festive tablescape. For this gathering I used items literally within arm’s reach. The vintage lantern was already on the farm table. To that I added both a poinsettia and a red amaryllis from the hallway for both color and different textures. Boxwood topiaries added some green and another unique shape to the table display. I arranged these items down the center of the table, not letting them look too formal or intentionally set in place.
Next came the trays. Working from one end of the table to the other, I started with the plates and napkins, then the platters, letting their size, shape and food type guide me. I typically start with the proteins and work my way to the desserts at the end. Remember to elevate some of the platters, which you can easily do with either footed or stemmed trays, three or four votive candle holders, or even canned foods concealed under a tablecloth or fabric fluffed on the table.
Continuing the gathered, casual appearance of this table, I incorporated fresh cypress greens surrounding the platters and throughout the center, and I also added whole and halved pomegranates and large pinecones to complete the festive tablescape. You could also add pears or other fruits of the season.
This table looks like it was styled for a photoshoot, but in reality, it took very little time and produced a comfortable, but elegant party theme for friends – and me – to be able to enjoy.
Event Planner and Designer Amos Gott and Style Blueprint Co-Owner Elizabeth Fox
Thank you, Amos, for these wonderful Costco appetizer ideas, and to the Haynes family for the use of your lovely home! And thank you, Ashley Hylbert, for the beautiful photographs!