Monday, September 16, 2013

Pampered Chef Party

Last Thursday I hosted a Pampered Chef party. These parties by themselves are a blast but of course I had to add a little spin on mine. As the girls arrived, Natalie and I had prepared a couple appetizers, stuffed mushrooms and an easy spanikopita of sorts. I didn't get pictures of the finished products because, well, they were quite yummy and didn't last long. 

After everyone arrived, had a glass of wine spritzer and got settled we were taught how to make the most delicious pasta and then a s'mores cake in their new RockCrok. 

This is the recipe for the pasta dish she taught us. She cooked the chicken in the large covered baker with some garlic and peppercorn seasoning as well as garlic infused canola oil. The chicken cooked in the microwave in 12-13 minutes and was so moist. 

 Grilled Chicken Penne al Fresco Ingredients: 
4 garlic cloves, peeled
 2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes 
 3 cups uncooked mezze penne pasta 
 3 cups chicken broth 
 3/4 cup dry white wine such as Chardonnay 
 1/2 tsp each salt and coarsely ground black pepper 
 1 1/4 cups lightly packed fresh basil leaves, divided 
 1 oz Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup packed) 
 2 cups diced grilled chicken breasts 
 Additional grated fresh Parmesan cheese and coarsely ground black pepper (optional) 
 1. Spray Deep Covered Baker with olive oil using Kitchen Spritzer. Slice garlic into baker using Garlic Slicer. Add tomatoes. Cover; microwave on HIGH 4-5 minutes or until tomatoes begin to burst, stirring after 2 minutes. Crush tomatoes using Mix ‘N Chop. Add pasta, broth, wine, salt and black pepper.
 2. Return baker to microwave; cover and microwave on HIGH 16-18 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring after 10 minutes. Meanwhile, coarsely chop basil with Chef's Knife. Reserve 2 tbsp for garnish. Grate cheese using Rotary Grater. 
 3. Carefully remove baker from microwave and remove lid, lifting away from you. Add remaining basil, cheese and chicken to baker; mix well. Garnish with reserved 2 tbsp basil, additional Parmesan cheese and black pepper, if desired. 

 Yield: 8 servings 
Nutrients per serving: Light (about 1 cup): Calories 240, Total Fat 2.5 g, Saturated Fat .5 g, Cholesterol 25 mg, Carbohydrate 35 g, Protein 17 g, Sodium 450 mg, Fiber 2 g 

 Cook’s Tips: 

An additional 3/4 cup chicken broth can be substituted for the wine, if desired. Any tube-shaped pasta requiring 9-11 minutes cook time, such as penne or rigatoni, can be substituted for the mezze penne pasta. 
To grill chicken in the Grill Pan, season 2 chicken breasts, about 6 oz each, with salt and black pepper. Heat Grill Pan over medium-high heat 5 minutes. Spray pan with oil. Cook chicken 4-6 minutes or until grill marks appear. Turn chicken over; cook 4-6 minutes or until center of chicken is no longer pink and Digital Pocket Thermometer registers 170°F.

 © 2013 The Pampered Chef used under license. 

Everyone got to participate who wanted to and even those who say they don't cook got in the action.

Shawnne, my consultant, gave out tickets through out the class and had a drawing for some door prizes at the end.  Natalie won a chip clip but it's multi functional.

While everyone was checking out and of course Petey wanted to help, I had a little art project set up in the dining room. 

I purchased some very nice heavy wine glasses from the Dollar Tree and got a Martha Stewart paint kit from Michael's with a coupon of course. 

I had some inspiration pics streaming on my iPad that I had pulled from Pinterest. Everyone had a blast painting their glasses and each one turned out a little different.

Pampered Chef products are really some awesome products and their parties are fun times.  If you are invited to one or have a chance to host one I definitely recommend it. Guys can participate too.  She'll tailor the party to the group and can even do a grilling one.  Now I can't wait to get my items in that I'm going to order.  


  1. You are such a great party planner! I think you missed your calling. Loved painting the wine glasses!!

  2. I can't wait for my items! Looks like you all had a great time!