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  1. DessertDivaFL

    DessertDivaFL Veteran Member Gold Member

    I know we had a thread like this for products but I was curious as to everyone's thoughts on the recipes we use. I can't wait to hear everyone's responses.
    Mar 23, 2009
  2. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

    I think this is hard. There are many recipes that others love, and I don't. But then, also vice-versa.

    I don't like:

    Asian Pork & Noodle Skillet
    Microwave Cakes - in any form, large or small
    Grilled Chicken Al Fresco Pasta
    The Caramel Brownie thing where you add the brown sugar

    Ones that I LOVE:

    Jerk Chicken Nachos (made with chipotle instead)
    Pina Colada Upside Down Cake
    Mini Pesto Pizzas
    Steamed Wonton Purses
    Creamy One Pot Pasta
    Deluxe Cheeseburger Salad
    Fresh Pineapple Salsa


    Mar 23, 2009
  3. stefani2

    stefani2 Veteran Member

    I agree with the ones you DISLIKE - Dump Cake - :yuck:, the Caramel Brownies are TOO RICH! I like the Asian Pork and Noodle Skillet but ONLY with Chicken!

    I still like Cool Veggie Pizza - to eat FOR SURE - makes an OK demo too. But I like doing more up-to-date recipes to promote the Recipe Books....
    Mar 23, 2009
  4. DessertDivaFL

    DessertDivaFL Veteran Member Gold Member

    I agree that the Warm Nutty Caramel Brownies are too rich. That also goes for the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Torte. You need milk or vanilla ice cream to cut the sweetness.
    Mar 23, 2009
  5. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

    YES! Or a really strong cup of coffee.
    Mar 23, 2009
  6. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

    They're rich, but I still love them. Definitely need milk to go with them, though. ;)
    Mar 23, 2009
  7. I LOVE the Sausage and Sundried Tomato Risotto...a great show recipe. Uses the food chopper, Deep Covered Baker, forged cutlery and cookware.
    Mar 23, 2009
  8. pampchefsarah

    pampchefsarah Senior Member Gold Member

    Our (my family's) all-time favorite PC recipe is the Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup (from the Chicken Power Cooking).

    A close runner-up is the Ham & Cheese Breakfast Squares (I'm making that for dinner this week, but adding spinach and mushrooms). A hint for the H&C BS is to use O'Brien hash browns (potatoes cut in tiny cubes). I think this works so much better in the recipe.
    Mar 23, 2009
  9. chefsteph07

    chefsteph07 Legacy Member

    Becky, why don't you like the penne pasta??

    I love...Mexican lasagna...made for dinner tonight
    Penne pasta al fresca
    30 min chicken

    Jerk chicken nachos
    creamy one pot pasta
    Mar 23, 2009
  10. jrodeo

    jrodeo Member

    It's fun seeing what everyone else's tastes are. Since the Jerk Chicken Nachos seem to be such a favorite I'm going to have to make those soon.

    I Luh-huh-hove:

    Polenta Lasagna!!:p (29 min. Vol. 2)
    Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Stew (29 min. Vol. 1)
    Beef Enchilada Casserole (29 min. Vol. 1)
    Warm Nutty Caramel Brownies-Yes, with Vanilla Ice Cream
    Tropical Torte with Fresh Pineapple
    Jalapeno Popper Pizzas

    I don't really like:

    Pork and Noodle Skillet:yuck:
    Bread Bowl Artichoke Dip (something about it being warm I didn't like)
    Satay Chicken Pasta Salad
    Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Torte (funny-I thought this was way too rich, but not theCaramel Brownies)
    Mar 24, 2009
  11. DessertDivaFL

    DessertDivaFL Veteran Member Gold Member

    Oh, I have got to try that one! I never thought about how well it demos the higher priced products. Good point!
  12. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

    I made it exactly as written - except using the end of the box of pasta, and adding double cheese. My whole family thought it was bland, and not enough sauce. We eat pasta for the sauce...and this just didn't have enough flavor for us.

    The leftovers were much better - I added a blend of red sauce, and basil pesto, and it finally tasted like it had enough flavor and enough sauce.
    Mar 26, 2009
  13. missyciccolella

    missyciccolella Advanced Member

    I'll probably catch a lot of heat for this, but I hate any recipe involving Crescent Rolls! I think they have been used to death, expensive, and not all that healthy...I do however love to just eat them (another reason why I don't buy them), but hate using them in recipes.
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  14. pamperedval

    pamperedval Member Gold Member

    I don't hate the recipes with crescent rolls - but I agree with Missy that they are way over-used and not healthy at all.

    My kids won't eat any of the rings/wreaths/braids. I guess that is good - but what kid doesn't like crescent rolls?!

    I also do not like the one pot creamy pasta - made it twice and both times it just wasn't good.

    I need to make more recipes from the 29 mins to dinner cookbooks - but a friend who just bought volume 2 made the artichoke and red pepper risotto and said it was excellent.

    I am a chocoholic so I liked the nutty caramel brownies and the PB torte - but I agree that they are rich.

    Sorry for the randomness of this post - just responding to a lot of the earlier observations!
    Mar 26, 2009
  15. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

    I rarely demo anything with the crescent rolls - and I've never done a ring, wreath, or braid for a show. I've had them a couple times, but don't care for them.

    I think I've mentioned this before, but I'm a bit of a food snob.:rolleyes::eek:
    and if I don't like it, or think it's sort of a "substandard" food - I won't make it for a show either. (for instance - I won't be making anything that includes Ramen Noodles in the recipe, either.)
    Mar 26, 2009
  16. rennea

    rennea Legacy Member Gold Member


    That's my girl!!!! I to am a bit of a snob and I'm not scared to admit it. I'm still deciding which recipes are my favorites.
    Mar 26, 2009
  17. nldavis321

    nldavis321 Member Gold Member

    Love the Skillet Lasagna, BLT Mac and Cheese, Velvet Cake in the Microwave, and Tuna and Sundried Tomato Pasta (all from 29 min. except cake)

    Will not make again...Almond Chicken Stir Fry. I (sorry Becky..lol) loved the fried Ramen Noodles, but this recipe took a LONG time to do. 29 minutes my foot! lol
    Mar 26, 2009
  18. DessertDivaFL

    DessertDivaFL Veteran Member Gold Member

    Thought I would bring this thread back up again from a year ago and get everyone's thoughts on the new recipes we've gotten.

    I really love the Strawberry Coconut Tres-Leches Trifle. It is a new favorite. Also like the Chili Cornbread Bake.

    Anyone have some new favorites?
  19. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

    I really didn't care for the Tres Leches Trifle. Actually, it tastes okay, but I think it's too much work for the end result. If I'm going to put that much fuss into making something, I want it to be SPECTACULAR...and to me, that trifle isn't. There are too many trifles that are much easier to make that get just as much of a WOW from guests.

    My favorite is the Cool & Crunchy Chicken Tacos - made as a Taco Salad.:love::chef: It's been WOWing guests at my shows too!
    Apr 19, 2010
  20. pampchefsarah

    pampchefsarah Senior Member Gold Member

    I love the Chipotle Chili Cornbread Bake, too (and, tell my guests it takes longer to say it than to make it!!). My only problem with it is my cornbread topping is never cooked all the way through!

    We also love the Easy Tortellini Toss (this recipe is true to its name!), but I make it with chicken and bacon.

    My Director made the Strawberry Coconut Tres-Leches Trifle for a meeting. My friend/recruit and I both thought the strawberries were out of place, but our daughters and everyone else loved it!

    We made the Quesadilla Cups with Nectarine Salsa for a show, and it was soooo easy!! I keep meaning to make it at home, but, instead of the salsa, use the new Sauces.
  21. ChefMary412

    ChefMary412 Advanced Member

    -asian noodle skillet- with chicken instead or beef... and asian stir fry noodles not ramen
    -turkey tetrazinni
    -anything in the rice cooker!!!

    -Mexican lasagna
    Apr 19, 2010
  22. pamperedlinda

    pamperedlinda Legend Member Gold Member

    LOL! I made this last night for my family and I thought it was good, but it just didn't WOW me. I was also thinking that it would be much better as a salad though and I'll try that with the left-overs. Not sure I'd do this one at a show though (I thought it was to much slicing and chopping and used too many bowls)....I'd love to see your show outline for this one, maybe that would change my mind - afterall, I think you are the queen when it comes to show recipes :D
  23. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

    Okay Linda Lou....here's what I do:


    Put chicken in DCB with a squeeze of lime, and a dusting of Chipotle Rub, and cook in micro until done. Leave in micro w/ lid on.

    Peel mango, and slice part way. (using serrated peeler)

    Peel jicama most of the way. (I buy the jicama, and I've only been finding super huge jicama, so I quarter it, and just bring a quarter of it to use)

    Open lettuce and arrange on large bamboo tray (yes, I have my host buy packaged lettuce. I know I could use the salad spinner, but I don't want to haul it to shows. If it was an upcoming host special, I'd bring it)

    Put cilantro in 1 cup prep bowl, ready to chop.
    Put limes in Bamboo Snack Bowl (the larger one)

    Put Mayo in 2 cup ERMC, and add cumin. (I double the recipe for the salad)

    Pour tortilla chips into smallest Collapsible bowl.


    Show cooked chicken in DCB - talk about the magic pot and all it's wonders. Chop up chicken with mix n chop.

    Cut mango - talk about knives, cutting boards, and tips for picking a ripe mango and how to best slice it.

    Peel jicama - talk about jicama, and serrated peeler. Then julienne jicama with the julienne peeler. (Sorry, I think the UM is out of place here, and makes more work than necessary - it's SO easy to julienne the jicama - and faster! - at my last show, EVERYONE bought one!)

    Place mango & jicama in small SS bowl.

    Chop cilantro with the food chopper, and to SS bowl.

    Cut lime in half & squeeze lime juice into SS bowl - mix everything together.

    Make dressing - more lime juice, and 1 tsp chipotle rub added to the mayo/cumin mixture.

    Toss part of dressing with chicken in DCB.

    Place chicken on top of lettuce, then add Mango mixture. Drizzle a little more dressing around the edges , where it's just lettuce, and then crunch a few tortilla chips over the top. Serve with the Bamboo Claws. Have extra dressing on the side in the Bamboo Snack Bowl (the one the limes were in) with the bamboo little ladle. Oh, and serve extra chips on the side too. :)

    I like this much better as a salad - and it's so pretty on the Bamboo Platter!
    Apr 19, 2010
  24. pamperedlinda

    pamperedlinda Legend Member Gold Member

    OMG Becky!!!! This is so much better than the original recipe! I knew you'd convert me on this one. I did like it, it just wasn't wowwing me.....The PC Test Kitchen really should hire you.

    The Julienne Peeler!!!! that is perfect for this recipe!
  25. Dotty

    Dotty Member Gold Member

    A friend and I made 3 of the Power Chicken recipes. We had the smokey black bean tortillas and LOVED them!! A new favorite for me.
    Apr 19, 2010
  26. kaiser

    kaiser Member Gold Member

    roasted potato bites (stoneware inspirations) I LOVE IT!!!!!
    Apr 21, 2010
  27. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

    This is basically what I do and I like it much better than trying to do tacos at a show!
    Apr 21, 2010
  28. BethCooks4U

    BethCooks4U Legend Member Gold Member

    I also do basically what Becky does. The big difference is I serve it in the large dots bowl or the trifle bowl.
    Apr 21, 2010
  29. chefheidi2003

    chefheidi2003 Senior Member Gold Member

    So what do you do..just make a salad and then add all of this on top of it?

    I think I would like that..I liked the taste of this..but..I am not a fan of hard taco shells..because I feel as if they are too messy..so I don't see me making this..but I might like it as a salad.

    Forget it..after I posted this..I saw that my question was answered..I missed the whole second page of the thread.

  30. mrshamel3808

    mrshamel3808 Member Gold Member

    I've had rave reviews when I make the Chocolate Velvet Cake with Strawberries from the Chocolate Bliss theme show. I did a show the day before Valentine's day and wanted to do a chocolate dessert and chose that one. People LOVED the cake and were amazed that it was done in the microwave and still so moist! I made it again for an open house I did (to display the new cake pedesetal) and people raved about it again. I like how it showcases a piece of stoneware that most people would probably think they wouldn't use if they're not really into baking.
  31. MLinAZ

    MLinAZ Member Gold Member

    Not for a demo but just for eating...I LOVE the Korean Style Beef Bowl in um, 29 Mins to Dinner, vol 2 I think. Even my non-rice eating husband and my non-beef eating daughter SCARFED down this dinner!

    I did not like the Beef Fried Rice one from one of the 29 Mins to Dinner books. It was really bland.

    The Cool, Crunchy Chicken Tacos are one of my absolute favorite foods right now and I've never ever bought jicama and we rarely eat mango. I did it as tacos at home, a salad for a show, and as tacos for a potluck at work. Everyone has loved it.

    For shows btw, I actually take my 12" skillet and cook the chicken in it while preparing everything else. I sold a 12" skillet doing that and I don't usually sell them even when I use them for the garlic bites with the 30 Minute Chicken. So I was pleased with that outcome :)
    May 2, 2010
  32. mscharf

    mscharf Advanced Member

    These are all favorite of mine!! Love the noodle skillet with steamed wonton purses (used ginger wasabi for dipping). Microwave cakes- instead of oil use 16 oz of sour cream!! Make the cake LOOK beautiful (gives a full, fluffy look) and taste great!! WCNB- LOVE how rich they are!! Keeps me from eating 4 at a time:blushing::eek:

    So funny how different we all are!!
    May 3, 2010
  33. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

    Yeah, my dislikes are alot based on the use of highly processed foods.

    At home, we don't/can't eat ramen noodles, or cake mixes. The brownies are just way too much sugar for me. Couldn't even choke one down. I had one bite, and just about gagged!

    I do know that I'm not normal though.:eek:

    My son has allergies to wheat, corn (including corn syrup), MSG, dairy/casein, nuts of all kinds, etc....so although I considered myself a "from scratch" cook before, I'm even more so now. It's a challenge.
    May 3, 2010
  34. letmepamperu13

    letmepamperu13 Member

    For shows:
    Love: 3 Cheese Garden Pizza supplemented w/ a 30-minute chicken
    Caramel Brownies- I have totally tweaked the recipe to my liking (to the point that I'm thinking the only similarity is two steps from the recipe) and to add more pricey tools
    15-minute fajitas w/ pineapple salsa (aka rush hour fajitas)
    Anything else the is economical, easy, done in 20 min. or less AND shows over $400 worth of product for a demo!
    (I'll be running the recipes in bold -and only these recipes- for at least the next 6-8 months)
    Hate for shows: Anything with repetitive steps (ex: anything in the mini muffin pan), recipes that require alot of bowls for different steps (like most of the trifles) - hate how it clutters my workspace, anything that shows under $400 in tools and can't be tweaked to incorporate more tools, also any recipe that is just plain complicated with multiple trips to micro or stovetop. :) Just made the pb choco. bars in SB and loved them but would never make them at a show-felt like I was running a marathon with all the trips to the micro and all the bowls I had to wash at the end-ick! :)

    In a nutshell, it better have affordable ingredients, be easy and duplicatable to make and have enough high end products to entice people to book, join the company or raise my show sales! Remember peeps the recipe is just a vehicle to get us to these three results-nothing more, we soooo aren't the caterer! :) As a good friend puts it at her shows "Now that I am done with the recipe you can all go in and get a TASTE TEST of the recipe that I prepared".
    Fun post! enjoyed reading everyone's opinions!
  35. mscharf

    mscharf Advanced Member

    OH MY, my youngest has severe nut allergies (all kinds!), and I thought that was a lot to get used to. Bless his heart!
    May 3, 2010
  36. debbie mc

    debbie mc Member

    Very wise words.....I printed it out to post at my desk to remind myself what I need to remember when choosing a recipe for my shows. Thanks!!
    May 3, 2010
  37. ChefGwendolyn

    ChefGwendolyn Member Gold Member

    Strawberry Cream Trifle
    Chocolate-Peanut Butter Crunch Bars
    Bacon, Linguine, Tomato Toss
    Deluxe Cheeseburger Salad
    Grilled Chicken Penne Al Fresco- I add Italian Seasoning or sundried tomato & herb rub to the chicken when grilling and when cooking the tomatoes and garlic. MUCH better taste and everyone loves it with the pull apart garlic bites
    Easy Tortellini Toss- I make with chicken too

    Jalapeno popper pizzas
  38. Nep2nfly

    Nep2nfly Member

    I"m new to all this - but I love the very easy Chicken fajitas in the DCB. Nearly everyone at my show asked for the recipe, I sold five DCB's at one show using it, and the three that booked from that show all asked for me to use that recipe at their shows. I also love the Apple Crisp (for the DCB as well) made from all natural ingredients that someone posted on here a while back. The top is perfectly crisp and yummy, and it is so fast and easy to make.

    I'm not a huge fan of the Chipotle Chili Cornbread. It tastes fine, but I don't love it.
    May 3, 2010
  39. DessertDivaFL

    DessertDivaFL Veteran Member Gold Member

    I have had a lot of success lately with DCB recipes, especially the 30 min chicken. Some people are so hesitant to try a "microwaved" chicken. At my show Wednesday, I won't tell them it was microwaved until after they taste it. Should be interesting. I will have it prepared and cubed and then have the different sauces for them to try.
  40. letmepamperu13

    letmepamperu13 Member

    to: ChefGwendolyn--I didn't like the jalepeno popper pizzas at first (wayyyy to time consuming cutting up the dough and in the end I didn't feel I got enough for my effort!) Soo what I have done for past shows is just make it one big pizza- way easier and it feeds more! Plus I double the bacon :)
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