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costco salvage operation

December 22, 2008

Who goes to Costco three days before Christmas?

We do, because we are DAMN FOOLS.  In my defense, we went to get tires installed.  Only to find out you have to line up at 8 am for two hours before opening to get your name on the waiting list for installation.  Silly us.  So we decided to pick up a few groceries in an attempt to salvage the trip.

You know it is a bad sign at Costco when there are no carts available at the front door.  Because all the carts are in use. 

Customers in Costco were cranky and hungry.  There were long line ups at the sample lady tables.  I deftly avoided being run down with shopping carts.  It was like a game of dodgeball there in the Costco aisles. 

And the products of the salvage operation?  Purchases of some very delectable items.

Edamame beans:


And goat cheese and lox.  Which I turned into this:


Lox and Goat Cheese Rotini 

enough rotini for two
1 Tablespoon butter
4 mushrooms, sliced
3 garlic cloves, chopped
6 spinach leaves
salt and pepper
2 inch thick disk goat’s cheese, crumbled
4 slices lox, sliced into strips
handful of chopped Italian  parsley

Put the pasta on to cook in salted water.

Melt the butter in a small frypan.  Add the mushrooms, garlic and spinach and cook for five minutes until all is wilted.  Season with salt and pepper.

Before draining the pasta, keep back 1/4 cup of pasta water.  Drain pasta, and add mushroom mixture and the goat cheese.  Mix in the pasta water so everything is creamy.   Serve with chopped parsley and lox on top.

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