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Vesuvio-Style Pork Tenderloin November 21, 2013

Filed under: Costco — kariryerson @ 12:00 am

I always pick up pork tenderloins when they are on clearance. They are simple to make, I can reuse the leftovers for things and everyone enjoys them. I got this from my trusty Costco cookbooks. The flavors were great but I crammed it into too small a pan so the potatoes were not in one layer, please don’t make this mistake. Otherwise we enjoyed this meal quite a bit. The original recipe called for peas but I grabbed green beans, yum.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 medium baking potatoes, scrubbed, each cut lengthwise into wedges
  • 2 pork tenderloins (I only used 1), about 2 1/2 inches thick
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • Fresh green beans
  • Salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper




Preheat oven to 425

Combine garlic, oregano, sea salt and pepper. Mix 1 tsp of the seasoning mix with the olive oil. Toss with potato wedges and place in a single layer in a shallow baking pan.



Press remaining seasoning into the pork. Place the pork into the pan and surround with lemon slices.


Roast tenderloin and potatoes, uncovered for 15 minutes. Turn potato wedges over. Continue roasting 10-15 minutes longer or until pork is cooked through. Remove the pork tenderloin and place on a board to rest.

Add the green beans to the pan with the potatoes. Continue roasting until potatoes are fork tender and the beans are done. About 10 minutes. Season with salt to taste.

Serve and enjoy.




Salmon with Red Curry Coconut Sauce November 8, 2013

Filed under: Costco — kariryerson @ 12:00 am

Salmon and my trusty Costco cook books came up with another winner. Different than anything I had made with all our salmon before, I really enjoyed this. Most of the ingredients are stuff that I keep around the house so it was super simple for me to put together.


  • 13.5 oz can coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp fish (or shrimp) bullion
  • 2 tsp red curry paste
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Salmon Fillets




In a medium sauce pan, combine coconut milk, tomato paste, basil, sugar, ginger, bullion and curry paste. Bring sauce to a quick boil, stirring constantly, immediately lower to a simmer and continue to cook for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.


Stir in cilantro and remove from from the heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper.



Meanwhile, pan sear the salmon after seasoning it with salt and pepper.

Pour the sauce over the salmon. Serve with rice and veggies.



Honey Mustard Salmon October 22, 2013

Filed under: Costco — kariryerson @ 12:00 am

I am starting to think I should rename this blog the salmon blog! OK not really but I got this recipe from “In the Kitchen The Costco Way.” This recipe was really tasty and didn’t require me to buy any special ingredients. It’s fast and simple which makes it a great weekday meal.


  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2 tbsp deli mustard
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • Salmon




In a bowl, mix all ingredients other than the salmon. Set 1/3 of it aside. Coat the salmon in the remaining mixture.


Serve salmon with the reserved sauce and additional green onions.



Grilled Salmon with Brown Sugar Glaze October 20, 2013

Filed under: Costco — kariryerson @ 12:00 am

I am going to come out and say this right away, this is not good grilled but would probably be great broiled. On the grill you do not flip this and I just was not able to achieve the “glaze.” The flavors were decent but the texture of the topping left something to be desired. I got this recipe from “In the Kitchen the Costco Way.”


  • Salmon fillets
  • 1 tbsp seasoning salt
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar




Preheat the grill to medium. Place the Salmon on foil and roll the edges to prevent the brown sugar from starting a fire.

Sprinkle seasoning salt and garlic powder evenly over the salmon. Spread brown sugar over seasoned salmon making sure there is an 1/8th inch coating.


Grill the salmon for 8-10 minutes, or until it easily flakes with a fork. Do not turn the fillets.




Citrus-Marinated Skirt Steak October 18, 2013

Filed under: Costco — kariryerson @ 12:00 am

I was at the store and came across a full skirt steak on sale. We had friends coming over for dinner so I decided to grill it up and serve with some rice and black beans. YUM. I went to my trusty Costco “In the Kitchen The Costco Way” cookbook and came across this recipe. I was surprised just how much of the citrus flavor carried through. Everyone enjoyed it.


  • 1 flank steak
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Juice and zest of one lemon
  • Juice and zest of two oranges
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tbsp minced fresh cilantro



Place steak in a large back and season both sides with the chili powder, salt and pepper. Add the remaining ingredients. Marinate in the refrigerator overnight.



Grill the steak and serve sliced.



Scalloped Potatoes January 9, 2013

Filed under: Costco — kariryerson @ 12:00 am

Who doesn’t love potatoes? When I made this recipe from Costco I forgot that scalloped potatoes and au gratin potatoes are different. Oh well, the only thing I would change it mixing the cheese in instead of just having it on top. Over all it was tasty though!


  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups half-and-half
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 1/2 lbs potatoes

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Preheat oven to 350.

Butter a 9×13 baking dish with 1 tbsp butter.

In a 4 qt sauce pan, combine half-and-half, salt and pepper.

Using a mandolin, slice potatoes to 1/16 inch thickness. You can peel the potatoes if you would like, I like the skin and leave it on. Add to the sauce pan and bring to a simmer.

Carefully transfer the potato mixture to the baking dish. Sprinkle the top with both cheeses and dot with remaining tbsp of butter.

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Bake for 45 minutes, until golden brown. Let set for 15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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Tasty Chili Mac and Cheese January 7, 2013

Filed under: Costco — kariryerson @ 12:00 am

So the work tasty was in the title of this Costco recipe and we all know about my inability to find chili that I like but I have to agree that this was very tasty! The recipe was simple and it contained basics that I keep around my house. It’s easily adaptable to whatever you have.


  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1/2 ounce chili seasoning (or make your own, I use ground coriander, ground cumin, ancho chili powder and chipotle chili powder in equal parts)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 14 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 15 oz can beans (I used black)
  • 1/2 lb macaroni
  • Grated Cheddar Cheese

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In a medium sized pot, brown ground beef over medium. Drain off excess fat.

Add chili seasoning, onion, garlic and jalapenos. Saute for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and simmer for 30 minutes adding water if needed to keep a good consistency.

Season with salt and pepper and add beans.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rise, then add to the mix and stir to combine.

Serve and top with cheese.

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