Why You Need the Cool & Serve Collection

Pampered Chef’s exclusive Cool & Serve collection features an exclusive gel insert (which have handy finger slots for easy removal) keeps veggies, fruit, cheese, deli meat, dip, and other snacks cool for 4–6 hours—even outdoors! You will reach for these again and again for your backyard barbecues, picnics, trips to the beach (or lake if you’re in MI!). We have a strict no-glass policy around our pool because we all know what can go wrong there! The white color contrasts with food making everything served inside a delicious display. Basically, they are necessities for your entertaining.

The Large Cool & Serve is the ultimate entertaining piece. It comes with two reversible white cooling inserts—each has one flat side and one side with 12 wells for deviled eggs. The clear inner trays each have 3 wells with solid walls to keep food from mixing. A clear lid and base snap together, so it’s easy to carry and store. This tray is incredibly versatile—use any combination of divided and cooling inserts depending on your needs! It measures 12×12″, has divided trays that can be used in multiple combinations, the lids nest underneath for serving and all pieces are dishwasher safe. The bottom insert, when inverted, can accommodate 24 deviled eggs.

The 2.5-qt Cool & Serve Bowl is the size for salads, side dishes and desserts. It includes a spill-resistant lid so it’s easy to take to your summer parties. The 1-qt. Cool & Serve Bowl is the right size for dips, 1-2 servings of salads and side dishes.

The fun-sized Small Square Cool & Serve measures 9×9 is just right for smaller servings, lunch on the go, and road trips. It comes with a clear insert divided into two compartments with a 1-cup dip well in the center.

The exclusive gel insert is cased in a slim, sturdy, BPA-free case that we store right in our freezer so they are ready for us when we use these pieces. Need more ideas for using these?

You will create the ultimate Veggie Tray with dip. Grab any of Pampered Chef’s seasoning mixes, some mayonnaise and sour cream and you are good to go! The Large Cool & Serve features two wells for dips, leaving 4 wells for cucumbers, peppers, jicama, celery, carrots, broccoli… you can see where I am going with this! You can stop worrying about your charcuterie board getting warm too.

Next up… deviled eggs! What are the biggest challenges when bringing your famous deviled egg recipe to parties? Messy transportation, sloppy presentation, and fear of spoiling. Once again, Pampered Chef has you covered! As I mentioned, each of the two cooling inserts in the Large Cool & Serve has 12 wells (24 total) to keep deviled eggs neatly in place and chilled for easy transport and display.

One of my favorite uses for it is for a burger and sandwich bar! I get to keep all of the toppings cool, fresh, and in one place. I fill insert with the standards: onion, tomato, pickle, and lettuce and my own special sauce in the dip wells. Did someone say tacos? Yup, you can use it for your taco bar too!

Let’s think beyond the veggie tray… what about a fruit tray with a Margarita Dip or a S’Mores bar stocked with everything you need for the fun? What about an ice cream toppings bar?

And once summer entertaining winds down, you’ll find yourself reaching for these for your tailgating parties. Remove the plastic inserts leaving the cooling bases in place and you can easily transport 16 cupcakes!

Grab your Cool & Serve pieces here: Shop Cool & Serve

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Grilled Sausages with Artichoke Topping (GF/DF)

True confession: each season I get a set of the new products Pampered Chef that will debut in the upcoming catalog release. This is a perk of being a consultant! Sometimes when I get a product, I open it immediately and use it right away. Other times, the product(s) will get put away and I feel guilt when I think I should be using them. Sometimes it just takes me a while to fall in love. The Indoor/Outdoor Portable Grill was one of those times when I received it and just didn’t embrace it right away.

I often thought that this grill would have been the perfect companion for me when I live in my apartment! But now that I am in a beautiful home, Bill does the cooking on his charcoal grill (he refuses to use a gas grill but that’s another story for another day) and when I was growing up, my dad did most of the grilling so it wasn’t anything I had any experience with.  

When a customer purchases a product and I find out they haven’t been using it as much as they thought they would, I always suggest pulling it out and leaving it out so it would remind them to use and it will be readily available.  Then once it’s in the cooking rotation, then it can be stored away.  So that’s exactly what I did with the grill! It’s set up on a table on our deck right outside my kitchen and ready to go when I am.

A neat feature of the grill is that it can be used as an electric grill or can be used with charcoal!  Isn’t that fun and cool?  And it’s super easy to clean and there is no prep when using the electric feature other than preheating which takes less than 5 minutes.

Of course going through my PC recipes, I have several for the grill and dreamed of making them at some point… you know what I mean… those “some day” recipes we all have stashed away… Well, these grilled sausages will make your grill sizzle with the zesty topping that is unexpected and a tasty surprise.  Serve it up with baked beans or potato salad (or both) and you have the perfect evening meal.

Grilled Sausages with Zesty Topping
Makes 6 servings
Adapted from: Pampered Chef

1 cup white wine
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup water
10-12 Italian sausages (about 3 pounds)
1 12oz jar artichoke salad (I use this one)
1 medium green bell pepper, cut into 4 wedges
1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered

  1. Heat the Indoor/Outdoor Portable Grill for cooking at medium temperature. Combine wine, stock and water in the 12” Skillet. Prick sausages several times. Place sausages in the wine mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 10-15 minutes or until sausages are no longer pink. Remove sausages from liquid and discard the liquid.
  2. Meanwhile, drain the artichoke salad using the Easy Read Measuring Colander, then chop the artichoke salad in the Manual Food Processor until coarsely chopped.  Quarter the tomatoes using the Tomato Knife and dice the bell pepper using the Quick Slice.
  3. Place the Grill Mat on the grill and add the artichoke topping.  Grill, covered, for 5 minutes.  Remove from the grill and keep warm.
  4. Add the sausages to the grill and grill, covered, 4-6 minutes or until sausages are evenly browned, turning occasionally with the BBQ Tongs. Remove sausages from the grill.
  5. To serve, place the sausages on serving plates and top with the artichoke topping. 

Enjoy!

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Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links. Colleen Finley is an independent advanced director for Pampered Chef. She earns a commission by linking to products she uses and trusts. If you purchase a product through her website link, your cost will be the same, and Colleen will automatically receive a small commission. Your support is greatly appreciated and helps us enrich lives, one meal and one memory at a time!

Everything on this site, recipes and photos belong to the author and any reprints are only by permission of the author.

Why You Need A Microwave Popcorn Maker

Have you ever looked at the back of the microwave popcorn bag and read the list of ingredients? Now have you ever looked at the back of a jar of popcorn and read that list of ingredients?

Let me enlighten you… On the back of the microwave popcorn bag, you’ll see ingredients in addition to popcorn such as:

  • artificial flavor
  • artificial coloring
  • ascorbic acid
  • extracts for coloring and flavor
  • high oleic oil
  • butter powder
  • citric acid
  • lactic acid
  • no-dairy butter flavor

What’s on the back of the jar of popcorn?

  • popcorn

Enough said. Some of the things I listed above I don’t even know what they are and I’m afraid to look them up!

The Microwave Popcorn Maker gives you the convenience of a bag of microwaveable popcorn without the extra cost and chemicals. Just fill the cup with popcorn kernels, add oil or butter if you want, and put it in the microwave—you’ll have a healthy snack in minutes.

This microwave popcorn maker does have a learning curve though. You definitely want to place it on the outside of the rotating plate in your microwave, not in the center. Do not use the Popcorn setting on your microwave (that is for the bags that you buy that have all that yucky stuff in them). You want to listen and let your ears tell you when it’s done popping, not the timing of your microwave, although once you have it down, you’ll know how long for your microwave. When the kernels slow down popping, remove it immediately. It will be HOT when it comes out of the microwave so you’ll need oven mitts to remove it. It will take a minute or two for the silicone to cool down enough to be able to hold it but the popcorn will still stay warm. You can add oil or butter or omit entirely (that’s what I do) for more of an air-popped flavor.

It collapses flat for easy storage and is dishwasher safe too and also comes in a family size!

Grabs yours here: Microwave Popcorn Maker

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Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links. Colleen Finley is an independent advanced director for Pampered Chef. She earns a commission by linking to products she uses and trusts. If you purchase a product through her website link, your cost will be the same, and Colleen will automatically receive a small commission. Your support is greatly appreciated and helps us enrich lives, one meal and one memory at a time!

Everything on this site, recipes and photos belong to the author and any reprints are only by permission of the author.