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  1. mountainmama74

    mountainmama74 Advanced Member Gold Member

    My hostess for Sunday wants to do a recipe that doesn't use very many tools. While I do want to show how easy the recipe is, I also want to demo enough tools that people will HAVE to have them!! :D

    What do you think I can add to this recipe to demo a few more tools? I think I'll add an onion, chopped with the Food Chopper of course! Any other suggestions? Also if the cheese comes in a block I'll use the rotary grater if I can borrow one, or the microplane grater... thoughts?

    Cheesy Chicken Chilaquiles
    1 1/2 lb (750 g) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    1 tbsp (15 mL) Southwestern Seasoning Mix
    1 3/4 cups (425 mL) salsa verde
    1 cup (250 mL) 33% reduced-sodium chicken broth
    3/4 cup (175 mL) chopped fresh cilantro
    12 cups (3 L) authentic restaurant-style tortilla chips (see Cook's Tips)
    2 cups (500 mL) shredded Chihuahua cheese
    1 cup (250 mL) crumbled queso fresco (4 oz/125 g)
    Sour cream or crema (optional)

    1. Cut chicken into 1-in. (2.5-cm) pieces with Utility Knife. Combine chicken and seasoning mix in Deep Covered Baker; mix well. Spread chicken evenly over bottom of baker. Microwave, covered, on HIGH 4 minutes; stir to separate chicken. Microwave, covered, an additional 4 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Drain using small Colander.

    2. Combine salsa and broth in (4-cup/1-L) Easy Read Measuring Cup. Chop cilantro using Santoku Knife (except I don't have it so we're back to the Utility Knife here!). Arrange half of the tortilla chips over bottom of same baker, breaking chips; top with half each of the chicken, salsa mixture and cheeses. Sprinkle with ½ cup (125 mL) of the cilantro. Repeat layers one time ending with cheeses.

    3. Microwave, covered, on HIGH 5-7 minutes or until cheeses are melted and most of the liquid is absorbed. Let stand, covered, 5 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup (50 mL) cilantro. Serve with sour cream, if desired.
  2. colegrovet

    colegrovet Veteran Member Gold Member

    you will be using one of the best tools in your bag.. the DCB!! I have used it at the past 3 shows and it's help book shows (women want it at 1/2 price!!) and some just can't wait and buy it right then and there...
    Nov 12, 2009
  3. AmyDare

    AmyDare Member

    You could "chop" the cilantro in a prep bowl with the kitchen shears, too.
    Nov 12, 2009
  4. Jolie_Paradoxe

    Jolie_Paradoxe Senior Member Gold Member

    You could use the kitchen shears and prep bowls to cut up the cilantro. Use your simple additions small bowls for the sour cream. Use your trivet for serving, and your cooling rack for prep work with the DCB. Of course, you'll be using your cutting board and your scraper (even if it's for adding the sour cream).

    I agree with above....the DCB is the one to highlight. :)

    Have a great show!
  5. vonfirmath

    vonfirmath Member

    From another standpoint: Is the customer going to start thinking hos difficult this recipe is because you are using SO MANY DIFFERENT TOOLS, so there will be all that cleaning to do afterward?

    Could you demo some tools while you wait for it to cook perhaps?

    I was originally sold on the salad scissors when I got a chance to use them myself while the main meal was cooking. IE it wasn't for food we were going to eat. Just an excited "You have to check this out"
    Nov 12, 2009
  6. mountainmama74

    mountainmama74 Advanced Member Gold Member

    Of course I'm super excited about using the DCB and try to highlight it whenever I'm talking about PC!! But I'm trying to do an interactive show, so I want there to be enough for the guests to play with, without making it overwhelming.

    I think I'll not cut up the chicken, then use the salad chopper to cut it after it's cooked. And if I leave the chicken breasts OF COURSE we'll have to use the pocket thermometer to check and make sure it's done before we chop it...

    Thank you for your help!! I'm feeling better about it now!!
  7. Nanisu

    Nanisu Veteran Member Gold Member

    Cross sell cross sell cross sell. Every time you pick up a tool, talk about it. I see salad chopper or food chopper, measuring spoons, small mix n scraper, rotary grater or mandoline, mix n chop to break up the crumbled cheese a little better, batter bowl to put it in to crumble it....
    Nov 12, 2009
  8. erinyourpclady

    erinyourpclady Veteran Member Gold Member

    J~ Just come over and borrow whatever you want!

    Love ya girly!!
  9. mountainmama74

    mountainmama74 Advanced Member Gold Member

    Erin, if we were both still in Oki, you know I would!! :D
  10. loreo

    loreo Banned

    For fun, put the sour cream in the decorator.
    Nov 12, 2009
  11. mountainmama74

    mountainmama74 Advanced Member Gold Member

    I totally would but I don't have it!! I gotta call Julie and see what I can borrow.... :D
  12. chefjeanine

    chefjeanine Legacy Member Gold Member


    How did your Host pick a recipe? It sounds like you'll be able to show lots of tools for this recipe but did you let her just choose whatever she wanted?

    To make your life easier, you decide what recipes you are willing to demo (then you can choose those that highlight the tools you want to show) and you can get a good grasp on a handful of recipes. Looking at your profile you are new and this will allow you to be more confident in your presentations.
    Nov 13, 2009
  13. Suzballard

    Suzballard Novice Member

    I think you'll be okay with the DCB, kitchen shears, salad chopper, prep bowls, SA pieces, pocket thermometer.

    One note on this recipe though....I have made it and it tastes really good but because of the chicken broth the chips are soggy. DH & I didn't like the texture, kind of like a casserole I guess. The next time I made it I eliminated the broth and basically made nachos with the ingredients. It was a big hit then.
    Nov 13, 2009
  14. mountainmama74

    mountainmama74 Advanced Member Gold Member


    I actually do have a list of recipes, but this particular host came back with this recipe after I gave her my list, and when I tried to bring her back to my list, she said she still wanted this one! So...I'll do it... But I totally agree with your advice!!
  15. mountainmama74

    mountainmama74 Advanced Member Gold Member


    Thanks for the heads up!!
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