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Pampered Chef: ? about -Cheesy Ckn Chilaquiles from 29m-Vol2

  1. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

    One of the ingredients is "queso fresco' or Farmer's Cheese can be substituted.

    Where on earth would I find them??? My stores aren't backwoods country-stores, they have alot of variety items, including those big exotic cheese coolers by the deli. But I can't find these, and I think the recipe looks delicious.

    Is it something I can leave out or substitute NORMAL ingredient for? (I hate cookbooks that use weird ingredients most people wouldn't touch or try, let alone FIND. Not too many things in the Vol 2 cookbook interest me. )

    Thanks :D
    Apr 27, 2009
  2. ChefPaulaB

    ChefPaulaB Veteran Member

    I almost think that Walmart here carries the Queso Fresco... it's a white cheese that comes in a round block... I've never had it (have some in my fridge but haven't tried it yet) so I don't know as far as subbing it... sorry!
    Apr 27, 2009
  3. kam

    kam Legacy Member Staff Member

    The ONLY place I could find it was at a Walmart grocery store. I could NOT find it anywhere else.

    Also, it calls for Salsa Verde. I also had a hard time finding that! My normal Supermarket is the largest around here - and it has 3 shelves of Salsa - but not one Salsa Verde. Ugh! Had to make a special trip for that too.

    Good Luck! I can sympathize.
    Apr 27, 2009
  4. DebbieJ

    DebbieJ Legend Member

    ask someone at the store. They'll help you find it or order it for you if they don't have it.
    Apr 27, 2009
  5. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

    I found it at Wal-Mart but it's not with the regular cheese. Ours was over by the cream cheese. I think there is a substitution at the bottom of the recipe.
    Apr 27, 2009
  6. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

    Farmer's Cheese is usually near the cottage cheese.
    Apr 27, 2009
  7. pamperedlinda

    pamperedlinda Legend Member Gold Member

    google it - there are substitutions. Personally, I think this is THE BEST cookbook that PC has developed and I'm selling them like crazy! I love it (well, not so much on the potato crusted tilapia recipe)
    Apr 27, 2009
  8. kam

    kam Legacy Member Staff Member

    Sounds like you have a nice store. Mine "says" they will order - but they never get the product in.

    Just recently, our store was out of enchilada sauce (they only carry Old El Paso red) and regular taco shells for over a month (closer to 2 months). I finally asked about it.
    Here is the response I got from a manager. "Oh, yeah, a lot of people have been asking about that. I don't know. We must be having a problem with that brand".
    That's it - no offer of help, or that he'd check into it. Nada.
    Apr 27, 2009
  9. cookingwithlove

    cookingwithlove Advanced Member Gold Member

    Check out any Mexican Grocery stores or a place that caters to Latino food. you will have a better chance there. Even if it just a little mom and pop place.
  10. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

    In the ad for Aldi's that came in Sunday's Paper, they have a whole selection of Mexican cheeses that they are featuring this month.
    Apr 27, 2009
  11. PCJenni

    PCJenni Veteran Member

    well, being in CA it makes it easy to get any ethnic ingredient really. We had hispanic, asian, african, indian and every other kind of supermarket to choose from.
    Apr 27, 2009
  12. pampchefsarah

    pampchefsarah Senior Member Gold Member

    Queso Fresco (a really good, salty cheese) can be found in the 'international' section of the refigerated section, near the cream cheese, at WalMart. Usually they'll be a few different kinds of Mexican cheese, tortillas, and other hispanic ingredients. If you're not shopping at Walmart, you could try the refrigerated area in the produce section. Some stores stock these kind of things there.

    For salsa verde, look in the hispanic section of your grocery store (don't ask me why, but the hispanic section is usually not in the same place as the 'international' section).

    I suggest not asking a general store manager for help, but the department manager (if you want to ask why a certain product isn't stocked), or a stock person (if you're trying to find a product). Just like any job, if you don't work in that particular area, you probably don't know the right answers.
  13. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

    Funny how Walmart of all places would have it. Thanks for the tips!
    Apr 27, 2009
  14. Jolie_Paradoxe

    Jolie_Paradoxe Senior Member Gold Member

    If you happen to have the any queso blanco left over.....crumble it up and mix with a pico de gallo.....very yummy on tortilla chips.

    In regards to the salsa verde....you can substitute with the "Green Enchilada" sauces sold. Hatch is a good brand and usually inexpensive....
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