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Kirkland Herbed Seafood Rub

From: Elizabeth 
Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2012 7:10 PM

Hi Phaedrus  

Having trouble finding information about "Kirkland "  brand of organic seafood seasoning .  
It was made by Kirkland for costco but they don'tseem to carry it anymore and wondered if 
by chance you would be able to get the ingredience in the seasoning. Hope you have better 
luck than me. 


Hi Elizabeth,

I can’t find anything called "Kirkland Organic Seafood Seasoning.” I think you mean “Kirkland Herbed Seafood Rub,” don’ t you? I found several messages on various forums asking where to buy that rub and asking why Costco dropped the product.

Well, here’s the story:

“Kirkland’s” and “Kirkland’s Signature” are not really made by a particular company called ”Kirkland Co.”. “Kirkland” is just Costco’s name for some of their store branded products, just like Sam’s Club has it’s store brands, and Kroger’s has theirs, and most grocery store chains have their own store brands. Costco’s headquarters are located in Kirkland, Washington, thus the origin of the brand name.

The way store brands usually work is this:

Costco most likely doesn’t own a factory somewhere named “Kirkland Mfg.” that makes Kirkland seasonings for them. Rather, Costco probably sub-contracts the job out to a company (not named “Kirkland") that already makes spices. That company makes the spice blend as ordered by Costco, to Costco’s specifications, and puts the “Kirkland” name on it as part of their contract with Costco. I was not able to find out who makes “Kirkland Herbed Seafood Rub” for Costco.

There is a photo of the jar here:

Culinary Arts

From the jar, I can see these ingredients listed: “onions, garlic, paprika, lemon peel, and other spices.” It’s the quantities of each and the identity of those “other spices” that's the mystery, as is often so with commercial products. The only people who are going to know all of the ingredients and the ratios of each are Costco’s headquarters personnel and the company that made the seasoning for them. No one will know at the local Costco stores. So, there’s just no way to find out. Costco’s not going to tell, and the company that made it for them cannot legally tell because they had a contract with Costco – the recipe is proprietary.

It does not appear that anyone has been able to make a copycat. That’s not surprising, because it’s very difficult to duplicate a seasoning blend.

I did see on a message board that "Simply Organic Grilling Seasons Seafood Seasoning" was claimed by one person to taste almost the same.

These two brands have been recommended as possibly being similar:

Chef Tom Douglas Rub with Love Seafood Rub

Dean Jacob's Gourmet Seafood Rub

These brands also might be similar. They have some similar ingredients:

Szeged Fish Rub

McCormick Seafood Rub, Herb with Lemon

aFire 0540U 4-Ounce Seafood Rub

Rubbit On! Fish & Seafood Seasoning & Rub

Victoria Gourmet Seafood Seasoning

Olde Thompson Fish & Seafood Blend

All of these are available at One of these might even be made by the same company that made “Kirkland Herbed Seafood Rub” for Costco. All I can suggest is that you try them until you find one that tastes right.



Turns out it was "Olde Thompson." See below.

I too, was looking for the Kirkland Herbed Seafood Rub, like Elizabeth who sent you a request last July.
Well, I just Called the Costco 800 number, and a very nice lady there told me that spice blend, and others, 
like their Sweet Mesquite, was made for them by Olde Thompson.  I found an Olde Thompson spice mix on Amazon 
called Catalina Seafood Rub that has an IDENTICAL ingredient list as the Kirkland product. I know, because I 
just happened to have an empty tin in my pantry!
The rub is also available on, though it's cheaper on Amazon.
Thought you and Elizabeth would like to know!
Also Elizabeth

Horn & Hardart Beef Pot Pie

From: Denise 
Sent: Saturday, July 07, 2012 4:15 AM
Subject: Horn and Hardart's Beef Pot Pie

My mom used to take me to Horn and Hardart's for lunch after a hard day of shopping at Macy's and Gimbel's. 
The only beef pot pie I've ever loved was Horn and Hardart's Beef Pot Pie?  Do you have the recipe?  
Also, I noticed that you can still order Horn and Hardart's coffee online?  
Is that true with their Beef Pot Pie or any of their other dishes?  Thanks a lot!  

Sincerely, Denise 

Hi Denise,

Sorry, I had no success with the beef pot pie recipe. It’s not online and it’s not in the book, “The Automat”. For a list of the H & H recipes that I have and have not been able to find, see:

Horn & Hardart

There is a H & H message board here that might interest you:

The Automat

You can buy Horn & Hardart coffee online, but that’s all. No beef pot pie or other dishes. See:

Horn and Hardart Coffee


Jordan Marsh Brownies

From: Paul  
Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 10:15 PM
Subject: Jordan Marsh Brownie Recipe

Could you find me the recipe for the brownies that Jordan Marsh used to bake they were the best. 


Hello Paul,

Sorry, I had no success locating this recipe. There are multiple requests for it on various message boards around the Internet, but no one has found it.


Update! See here: 09/09/13

Rice Krispies Things

From: Liz 
Sent: Saturday, July 07, 2012 8:35 PM
Subject: recipe request

Hi I wonder if you can help me with a request once again.  
Today at a picnic I had a sort of rice krispie type treat although it was not quite shaped like 
a square and was hoping you could help me find the recipe.  From what I could tell it contained peanut butter, 
sliced almonds chocolate and maple syrup or flavoring.  Thanks in advance.
regards, Liz

Hi Liz,

Sorry, I could not find anything with those specific ingredients. I’ll post this on my site.


I saw the post about the rice krispie things. This might be it. Honey Nut Chocolate Squares. 

1 cup smooth peanut butter
3/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups rice cereal
1 cup nuts (your choice, salted peanuts, sliced almonds)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

In a saucepan over medium heat, bring butter and honey to a boiol, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat nd stir in vanilla. 
Add cereal, nuts and chocolate chips and mix well. Press evenly into 8 or 9 inch greased cake pan. chill for about an hour until firm. 
Cut into squares or rectangles. 

Kellogg has a cookbook that invites variations of its famous Rice Krispie Treats. Many of the recipes were also posted back-of-the-box. 

The classic and basic recipe is 3 tablespoons butter
One 10 oz. package regular marshmallows or 4 cups mini marshmallows
six cups Kellogg's Rice Krispies or Coca Krispies

Grease 13x9x2 inch baking pan, set aside
Melt butter over low heat, add marshmallows and stir until completely mixed. Remove from heat.
Add cereal and stir until completely coated. 
Using a buttered spatula or waxed paper press evenly into prepared pan. Cut into squares when completely cooled. 

The cookbook invites variations including adding nuts, chocolate and peanut butter.

The Kellogg's cookbook also notes that its Chocolate Scotcheroos is "one of the all-time favorite back-of-the-box recipes." 
Note there are variations of this that could include other flavorings than butterscotch and nuts are optional. 

1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter
6 cups Kellogg's Rice Krispies or Coca Krispies
1 cup semisweet morsels
1 cup butterscotch morsels

Lightly grease a 13x9x2 inch baking pan, set aside
Combine corn syrup and sugar in heavy bottom saucepan and over medium heat 
cook and stir with wooden spoon until sugar begins to dissolve and mixture starts to boil. 
Remove from heat. 

Stir peanut butter into hot mixture, beating to blend well. Add cereal, stirring to completely coat. 
Press warm mixture into prepared pan. 

Combine chocolate, butterscotch morsels and cook over low heat until dissolved. (you can add optional nuts at this point)

With a rubber spatula spread mixture over cereal mixture to completely coat. Let stand until firm. Cut into 48 bars.


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