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from the publisher’s desk
’TIS THE TIME TO CELEBRATE! As our whimsical
cover says, ’tis the season for holiday parties. Caterers and
cookbook authors Lauren Purcell and Anne Purcell
Grissinger help us all simplify and enjoy our holiday parties as much as our guests will with practical party tips in
their “Ultimate Holiday Guide,” beginning on page 33. Ginnie Roeglin is Senior Vice
My personal tip is to make a couple of great dishes President, E-Commerce and
and buy everything else already prepared from Costco! Publishing, and Publisher of
On page 35 we’ve included our suggestions for beautifully The Costco Connection.
prepared platters, dips and spreads, cheeses and crackers,
snacks and appetizers, cookies and desserts. You’ll find all of these delicious items in the
gourmet deli, bakery, meat, produce and freezer areas in your warehouse.
You’ll also find creative, easy new recipes for preparing your own great dishes in our
latest cookbook, Creative Cooking The Costco Way, on costco.com. You may want to try
one of our recipes for shrimp, using our frozen Kirkland Signature shrimp. Pat Volchok
describes the unbeatable quality of our new shrimp program in her article on page 38.
You can entertain a little more this holiday season with the time you’ll save shopping
on costco.com, where gift purchases, packaging and shipping are just a few clicks away
(see our special advertising supplement from costco.com in this issue). On costco.com,
you’ll find thousands of items that are not available in the warehouses, such as pool
tables and outdoor play sets, wine cellars, guitars and pianos, furniture collections, the
latest electronic gadgets and cameras and one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry.
You can read more about our secure site in the article on page 48. Keep an eye on the
calendar, though, and remember to allow time for shipping.
Finally, a reminder for last-minute shoppers. If you are new to Costco, you may not
know about our early-in, early-out merchandising philosophy. We bring our best goods
in at our best prices early in the season. Don’t wait too long to make that special purchase
or you may be disappointed to find that it is gone.
From all of us at Costco, our warmest wishes for an enjoyable holiday season! C
from the editor’s desk
OUR DEBATE THIS MONTH (page 14) poses an interesting question: Should people make New Year’s resolutions? My answer is yes, with a big asterisk. Let me explain.
Our natural tendency in making resolutions is to
create a to-do list: I want to lose 5 pounds, donate to a
Tim Talevich is Associate good cause, add one new word to my vocabulary each
Editor of The Costco Connection. day, cut back on caffeine, learn about perennials, etc. These
are worthy pursuits and indeed would improve our lives.
But if we focus solely on this approach, I think we miss out on the essence of the
new year: a time to pause, take a deeper look at things, do some real soul-searching.
Instead of “to do,” this list is more “to be.”
The new year offers us an opportunity to take stock of where we are in our personal
and business lives—make our own State of the Union address, so to speak. In business
terms, it’s a chance to revisit our mission statement and see if we’re on track to meet
short-term goals and longer-term aspirations.
It’s not necessarily an easy task. In asking ourselves the toughest questions, we often
get the toughest answers. But airing our shortcomings opens the door to improvement.
One last note: The new year is absolutely the best time to stop and check our bearings. We’re all living proof that we get too busy during the course of the year to examine the bigger picture.
Write your “to be” list, and the “to do” list will follow.
By the way, starting this month you can vote online on our Debate at
connection.com. Be sure to let us know what you think about this month’s question. C