There are few products that I am loyal to. However, I love to cook and when it comes to cooking I love Pampered Chef. Recently I decided to sign up with the company but not because I wanted a business. Honestly, it was for purely selfish motives. As much as I like to cook; I also like to be cheap and signing on as a consultant would allow me to get products that I wanted at a discount! So I ordered my starter kit and was on my way. It didn’t take long before I realized that others wanted to purchase from my web site and earn hostess bonuses by hosting shows. I hadn’t thought of this aspect of being a consultant! I wasn’t prepared for it and wasn’t sure how to revamp my plan with the company. The extra money would be nice but my utmost concern was how to use this opportunity to glorify God. It didn’t take long before I had my answer.
Within days my friend Faith posted on a social network that she would be re-entering treatments for the cancer that she has been battling for awhile. A little bit about Faith: she is, by far, one of the strongest women that I have ever known. Her strength, passion for life and love of Jesus is so incredibly inspiring that as soon as I read her news I knew I had to do something for her and her fight against cancer. The result was that, once I heard God telling me to trust Him that He would continue to take care of our family financially; I could give up any profits from my new little business to bless others. So that’s what I decided to do. To kick off my little project; for the entire month of May 2012 any profits I would normally earn from any party or order will go to the American Cancer Society in honor of my friend and sister in Christ, Faith.
I started brainstorming and decided that if “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” then a new recipe inspired by using Pampered Chef’s Smokey Applewood Rub had to be just spicy enough to scare away that mean ol’ cancer! This is the result!
Smokey Applewood Rub is designed for grilling but we just moved into a new house after living abroad for awhile and simple haven’t bought a grill yet. I decided to use the oven, a cookie sheet and two small cooling racks that I would normally use for cookies. I simply placed the cooking racks next to each other on the cookie sheet (so that the cookie sheet could catch any drippings). Then while preheating the oven to 350 I took five boneless, skinless chicken thighs and rinsed them well then laid them on the cooling racks like I would a grill. I sprinkled each with the Smokey Applewood Rub then placed the whole set up in the oven on a center rack for about 10 minutes. Then with my tongs I flipped them over, sprinkled the second side and placed them back in the oven to finish oven grilling.
Meanwhile, I sliced 4 small red delicious apples into thin slices and placed in a small sauté pan with a dollop (2-3 tbs) of butter, 1/8c sugar and several good shakes of the Smokey Applewood Rub. I turned the heat to a low simmer and allowed the butter to melt and stirred occasionally to combine all the flavors. Once my chicken was done in the oven I decided to add a little sear by heating up a cast iron flat pan on the stovetop. Once it was good and hot I placed all the thighs on it for a minute or two, then flipped them to sear the other side as well. I then placed them on my serving dish and added my sautéed apple topping. The result was a hit! The slightly spicy chicken was so good with the sweet flavor of the apples and the family loved it!
If this is a recipe you would like to try, stop by my Pampered Chef website and Get cookin with Kim!
That’s where you will find the Pampered Chef Smokey Applewood Rub and remember everything I would make from your purchase during the month of May will go to the American Cancer Society in honor of Faith.
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.