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How to plan a dinner party

I’m coming to you from Pampered Chef World inside my home! It is a wonderful place filled with children who know what a Mix ‘n Chop is. It is a place where simplicity is enabled in every dish made, every design, every event. My PC home is always looking for a new and easy (and cheap!) way to host a dinner party.

Here it is. In it’s most simplest form.

 

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Pampered Chef Awesomeness! · Recipes · Recipes to share

One Pot Meals Rock

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I am one who will ALWAYS love one pot meals!  I will ALWAYS be an advocate of them!  You may even read  several posts from me all about how awesome they are.  This post is no different.  As I have started to look for meals that I can make from things already in my pantry/fridge/freezer, it is important to find new recipes.

This recipe I’m going to share today, is from http://www.smells-like-home.com/2015/02/one-pot-creamy-sausage-pasta/ .   If you know me, I don’t follow recipes very well.  It has to be forced upon me to follow exactly. LOL!  This recipe is no different.  I like this recipe, but I didn’t have ALL the stuff I needed.  So I substitute!  I feel, cooking is supposed to be fun right?  If it is too stressful, all because you don’t have an ingredient, that’s not good.  Lesson learned, have fun, try new recipes, sub out if you have to, and enjoy.  If it tastes good, that’s what matters.

My version of the One Pot Creamy Sausage Pasta:

To start, dice up a medium onion.  I used my Pampered chef 8″ Chef’s Knife to chop it up.  In retrospect, I should have used my food chopper! Hello!  But with this amazing knife, it was nothing to chop it up 🙂  Did you notice the lovely circle with PC on the blade?  This is so you can put your fingers on there for the perfect grip!  Pampered Chef has thought of everything huh?

 

Now, you’re going to saute these onions in about 2 tablespoons of olive oil.  Please don’t measure this oil.  WE are NOT that crazy!!  Cook it until they are looking translucent (almost see through!).

Now ADD 4 cloves of garlic.  Go real garlic on this one!  There is nothing better than real garlic in a dish.  Using my Pampered Chef Garlic Press makes it sooooo easy!  Can you tell I also love my PC!!??  It is my second gig, but I’ve always had it in my house!  LOVE!

I wish I could have smell-a-vision for you on this one….so good.   You will want to cook this garlic with the onion for about a minute to get it cooked a bit……let that aroma come through!  NUM!    Now ADD your sausage!  I didn’t have ground sausage this time, I had sliced chicken sausage.  Like I said before, if I don’t have something, I make it work!   Use what you’ve got!!!

Once the sausages were warmed (these were fully cooked sausages), I deglazed the bottom with about a 1/4c. of chicken broth.  Recipe suggested wine, I didn’t have any on hand.   Then, ADD in 16 oz. of your favorite spaghetti sauce, and 3 cups of water.  I may have added another 1/4c of chicken broth just because, too! LOL!  Like I said, I like to sub out stuff and make it work for what I have in the house!

 

 

 

Bring this to a BOIL.  This means the water is bubbling, a lot!! We have to pretend that we will be boiling noodles the normal way….so don’t forget this step!  Once it has started to boil, add in your noodles.

 

Now, set your timer for 15 minutes, and put your feet up!  Well, first give it a stir, and put the cover on!  Then put your feet up!

 

Give it a stir every 5 minutes or so, and if it needs more water, add it then.

When the noodles are done, stir in your cheese.  As true Becky fashion, I didn’t have what was called for, so I added in about 1 cup of cheddar cheese, and stirred it in until the whole pot was creamy and thickened!

 

Stir and smell, and then, get a bowl and dig in!  Serve with buns or bread of choice.

 

 

Was it easy to make?  Yep!  Was it delish?  Yep!  Did I get the approval from the family?  Yep?    I don’t know the Smells like home author personally, but I do like this recipe!  Maybe next time, I’ll try to use all the suggested ingredients 🙂

Thanks for reading!            Becky 🙂

June 2017 · Pampered Chef Awesomeness!

 We’re Pampered, Not Perfect!

If you’ve been reading my posts, you know I do not consider myself a cook.  But I do like cooking for others!  I especially like to cook now that I’ve learned the phrase “I’m Pampered, Not Perfect!!” I learned that with the right tools in the kitchen, my life is easier when it comes to cooking for the fam!  Last June, I bit the bullet and became a Pampered Chef Consultant. I did it at first because my hubby lost his job, and I felt like I needed a way to help out financially more than I already was.  That’s when my friend (and director) asked me to coffee.  I heard all the reasons of “Why not?”  Why not bring in extra cash?  Why not get great products free for your own kitchen?  Why not help  others fill their kitchens with great products for free?  Why not?   And here I am!  I love this “job” of mine….if you can call it that!  I go places, meet new people, cook great food, eat great food, and get cool products for FREE!  What could be better than that!?

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I have a degree in Elementary Education.  I teach Preschool full time during the school year.  I have 2 little kiddos and a wonderful hubby.  I continued to sell PC even after my hubby got a job again.  I continue to sell, because I love it!  I love getting out of the house, chatting with others.  I love to see others happy, getting together with their friends, learning new and fun recipes I share with them, and purchasing a tool I know will make their cooking experience better!  My education background helps me so much when I get in front of the crowd…I have the words….I like the words!  I know someone who prefers not to talk as much, and does so well….she does more station style shows, allowing the guests to try and play and learn together.  I love this way as well!

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Pampered Chef to me is finding the right tool for you.  I have kids.  So, I try to make those with kiddos see what tools work well with my kids and why.  Moms and Dads, isn’t it nice not to have think about what will be best for your kids? Many times, we have no idea what will be best.  But really, we do.  We’re the mom and dad.  We know what our kids need. We know what they can do.  ***Now…let me help you find the right tools to go with what you know already!  My little Miss A is dairy free.  So I am always looking at the back of boxes to check to see if it has milk in the ingredients.  Guess what?  You can use PC tools and make your own crust free pocket sandwiches to fit your kiddos needs.  You can fill the Leak proof containers with peanut free snacks/ Dairy free snacks/ gluten free snacks…etc.  You can pack it with the foods you know your child will and can eat without the worry you missed something on the box!

I’m now always on a mission to search the Pampered chef recipe box online, and try something new to me.  I love the tried and true recipes.  I love to get recipes from others.  Here is one that I made (before Miss A was found to be dairy free) that my family loved!!  It was so easy in the Rockcrok Dutch Oven….One dish meals are amazing aren’t they!?

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So remember the saying for today:  “We’re Pampered, Not Perfect”.  Enjoy your day!

Becky

www.pamperedchef.biz/beckyvanriper

Pampered Chef Awesomeness! · Recipes

60 seconds to Breakfast!

I woke up this morning, happy to see the sun was up, it was after 7 (always a plus), and I had coffee downstairs ready to be brewed. I then thought of what I was going to have for breakfast. Should I have cereal, toast, eggs…. No not eggs, takes too long to cook…. Until I remembered my ceramic egg cooker was waiting to be used!  I pondered the idea of an omelet or scrambled eggs, but I was feeling for a poached egg. Yep, I was going to make a poached egg in the microwave! 2T water and one egg, poke egg.  Microwave for 45 seconds,  remove and eat! I added mine to toast and a side of cantaloupe. Delish.

I love when I have products in my kitchen that make my life easier, don’t you!?

Tonight’s homework for you….. What will you make for breakfast tomorrow that will be quick, easy, and filling?!  (Yes, I’m a teacher by day! )

Becky

Pampered Chef Awesomeness! · Recipes to share

Healthy. Delicious. Yes!

OK all.  . . . This is an awesome recipe you should try!!!  You could make it completely vegetarian or add the chicken!  Sometimes I want that basil and tomato flavor bruschetta on a little pieces of Nummy bread,  but in a more healthy way!  What I love best about this,  it’s done in under 30 minutes,  easy!  Come on,  using the pampered chef rockcrok allows me to cook this in the microwave and it tastes amazing!! Noodles in the microwave is a thing!  Chicken in the microwave is a thing! And it’s great!   So,  I’m noticing I’m using a lot exclamation marks!!  Lol.  I’m really into this meal 😂

 

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Tools used to make my life easier with this recipe:

  •  rockcrok everyday pan
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  • Veggie strip maker

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  • Forged cutlery

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  • Garlic press

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Get yours today at www.pamperedchef.biz/beckyvanriper  or click on each picture to be directed to that page on my website! 🙂

 

—Becky

Desserts · May 2017 · Pampered Chef Awesomeness!

The Brownie Pan

This Brownie Pan is my favorite pan in the kitchen to make brownies in!  It makes the best brownies out there!  For all of us who love the edges, you will be in heaven!  For those who love the insides….you will love it too!!  It just gives you the perfect individual size that can be customized to fit your guests’ needs!brownie pan

Take a look at this picture above for a sec!  The cook is pouring pancake batter into each well of the brownie pan!  Why?  So she doesn’t have to stand at the stove for half an hour or more flippin’ pancakes!!!!  These will go into the oven for about 12-15 minutes until they are golden brown and pull away from the sides.

Last year, I had a large group stay over at my house.  I panicked in the morning when I remember I didn’t plan for breakfast!! What was I going to do with 7 kiddos and 4 adults!?  I quickly grabbed my pancake mix, 2 brownie pans, and through them into the oven!  I luckily had some frozen fruit that I made into a fruit puree for a topping, maple syrup, and powdered sugar….walaa!  The PERFECTLY QUICK BREAKFAST!!  Made in the Perfect Pampered Chef Brownie Pan!

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These my friends,  are the Consultant Exclusive, Double Chocolate Cheesecake squares!!  Also made in the Brownie pan!!!!  OMG!  Seriously…… Can you say num!!!!???  Striped cookies on the bottom for a crust, topped with a chocolaty cheesecake you can’t resist!  I like to top my finished product with homemade whipped cream made in my whipped cream maker from Pampered Chef!!   30 seconds to fresh whipped cream….can’t beat it!

More things to do with this pan:

  •  Banana Bread
  • Mini-lasagna
  • Mini-meatloaf
  • Corn bread
  • Baked Pancakes (aka…Puffins)
  • Mini-Apple pie
  • Cheesecake
  •  Birthday cupcakes
  • Pizza Cups
  • Breakfast bakes
  • Sloppy Joes cups
  • and so much more!!

Schedule a House party with me, and I’ll bring the ingredients to make the Chocolate Cheesecake squares!!!!

When you stop drooling (or is that just me??) head on over to my Pampered Chef site and check out the Brownie Pan! I recommend getting 2!

https://www.pamperedchef.com/shop/Bakeware/Metal/Brownie+Pan/1544

 

~Becky