Cream of Asparagus Soup

Monday, May 18th, 2020

When I first signed up to be a Pampered Chef Consultant I had the opportunity to get the Deluxe Cooking Blender for 60% off. At first I thought “what would I do with another blender”, I had just bought a new, non cooking, blender a year prior. Then decided that if I’m going to sell it I’m going to learn to use it. WOW! So glad I made that decision.

The powerful motor in the Pampered Chef Deluxe Cooking Blender blends a professional quality, smooth frozen Margarita. No ice chunks! It makes nut butters, smoothies, alternative milks, jams, and SOUP! With eight preprogrammed settings and two custom settings, there’s no guesswork.

One of the things that kept me from making my own creamed soups is the babysitting in the kitchen. There was a lot of time involved to make just a few cups of soup, time I didn’t have. I love that I can throw everything in one vessel, press a button, and walk away.

The cookbook that came with my new PC DCB has lots of yummy looking recipes, but I like to cook with things I usually buy and are in my fridge or pantry, no extra shopping. My cousin has a foodie blog I subscribe to, The Lazy Gastronome.  She had posted a Cream of Asparagus Soup recipe I had been wanting to try, so I winged it in the DCB. WOW! Easy and delicious. This is the soup I make most often and everyone wants the recipe. Thank you CUZ!

The Lazy Gastronome’s Cream of Asparagus Soup
Cream of Asparagus Soup. This is one of my go-to recipes. I make it in the Deluxe Cooking Blender and substitute one clove garlic for the garlic salt. Make ahead and freeze single size servings in our Freezer Bowls for fast and easy lunches.
Click here for the recipe

Here is the instructions on how to adapt it to the cooking blender….

  • Measure out all ingredients
  • Substitute 2 cloves garlic for the garlic Salt
  • Use the PC lemon Pepper Rub
  • Make the roux on the stove
  • Add the roux to the blender
  • Add the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT the cheese
  • Set the blender to soup and start
  • When the blender is don’t cooking (beeps) add the cheese and blend until smooth and well mixed.

This recipe is yummy as is, however garnishing with crab is and indulgent and delicious addition.


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Wild Game Enchiladas

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

May 5th is National Enchilada Day !

This is a dish I’ve been making for 30 years, it’s a friends and family favorite and most requested recipe. I have used moose, elk, and antelope, I used antelope steaks in the photos your see here. Substituting beef or pork would work, just make sure to cut away as much of the fat as you can before cooking, game meat is very lean.

When choosing a sauce, pick one with lots of flavor, don’t use a mild sauce, the meat overpowers it and the dish will not have a balanced flavor. Las Palmas Medium Enchilada Sauce has proven to be the best for this recipe. When choosing a cheese be sure to spend a little more and get good quality cheese or the flavor will not be as good, and it will be greasy.

The Pampered Chef Carnitas Slow Cooker Seasoning is a new addition to my recipe. Pampered Chef Carnitas Slow Cooker Seasoning gives the meat a deep, delicious flavor while it slow cooks. My husband and I liked the flavor a bit better then cooking it in the enchilada sauce.

The assembly on this is quick and easy but very hands on. My Pampered Chef Toaster Tongs made it easier to handle the hot tortillas without ripping them. When filling the tortillas they will be hot, if your hands can not stand the heat let them cool just enough to touch before rolling.

My assembly line
My favorite memory of serving this was from many years ago,  when I brought some antelope to a friends house and made a batch. The kids woofed it down like they had not eaten in weeks. When we were near the end of the meal we told the kids what kind of meat they were eating. One of the boys' eyes got really big and he had a look on his face like we just told him he ate poo. LOL, he was the one who went back and filled his plate with extra servings.

Wild Game Enchiladas

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: Antelope, Elk, Wild Game
Author: TetonTrekker
Cost: $15


  • Slow Cooker
  • 12" Cast Iron Skillet
  • Cutting Board
  • 9” x 13” Rectangular Baker


  • 2 – 3 lbs Any wild game roast
  • 2 – 3 Cans red enchilada sauce medium or hot
  • 24 Corn Tortillas
  • 1-2 lbs Jack cheese good quality
  • 1-2 lbs Cheddar cheese good quality
  • 3-5 TBSP Pampered Chef Carnitas Slow Cooker Seasoning (or substitute with more enchilada sauce)
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Olive Oil

Optional ingredients:

  • Onions
  • Jalapenos
  • Olives


  • Clean the roast and place in your slow cooker, cover with water and add 1 TBSP of the Pampered Chef Carnitas Slow Cooker Seasoning per each 1/3 cup of water. (or substitute 1 to 1½ cans of enchilada sauce).
  • Set to high and cook for 6 – 8 hours, adding water as needed. Do not let the meat dry out.
  • 1 to 2 hours before assembling the enchaladas, shred the meat. Add a little water if needed.
  • Shred the Cheeses into separate bowls.
  • Make and assembly line with tortillas, meat, & cheese
  • In 12" Cast Iron Skillet heat 1 stick butter with 1 – 2 Tbsp oil over medium heat
  • Heat tortillas in butter & oil mixture, one at a time, on both sides until soft. Move to cutting board and fill with meat and Jack cheese. Roll and place in Baking pan. Repeat until pan is full. Enchiladas should be packed tight.
  • Cover enchiladas with enchilada sauce (1½- 2 cans) be generous or the enchaladas will be dry.
  • Top with optional ingredients & cheddar cheese
  • Bake at 425º until cheese melts and sauce is bubbling, about 30 – 40 minutes.


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The Zombie Apocalypse is Upon us

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

COVID-19 is here and the world has gone mad!

Ski Buds

One week ago today I was out skiing by myself, it was wet and snowing with a mean wind chill, the top of the mountain was full on winter, and conditions were dust-on-crust. I was doing laps on “R-Trail” and thinking of my missing ski buds. One was at home under self quarantine, she had just returned early from a Chamonix ski trip because the borders were closing. One was recovering at home recovering from a torn ACL/MCL ski injury, she had been run down by a teenager on skis earlier in the season.

Unbeknownst to me, this was the last day of the season. The tram was closed, and the gondolas were only being loaded at half capacity, not that I wanted to ride in any of the anyway. It was a chair lift day for me, and the mountain was not all that busy.

The current events of the previous week had me feeling like I was living in a Stephen King novel. Our president had announced he was closing travel to and from Europe and our town council canceled several of our large local events.

The next morning I got up and plugged in my ski boot warmers, made some coffee, and checked conditions. It had dumped two feet of heavy wet snow in 24 hours. Heavy wet snow on top of frozen crust equals high avalanche danger. The first notice from JHMR was that there would be delayed opening due to avalanche conditions, a bit later I received a notice that they would be closed for the day. Later JHMR announced they would be closed for the rest of the season by directive from our Governor. Targhee and Snow King closed the next day.

Holy Toilet Paper Batman! The Zombie Apocalypse has started, the world is falling apart, and the people are going mad!

AS of today, all the schools are closed, the Las Vegas Casinos are shuttered, as of this moment four states are on stay at home lock down. Salt Lade City had a 5.7 earthquake, Carson City had a 4.5 earthquake, our boarders are closed and the world gets weirder every day.

It was a rough 2019, I was looking forward to 2020 being a better year.
This meme made me laugh.

The Governor of Wyoming has ordered all public gathering places closed. That is restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, and other similar places of public accommodation offering food or beverage for on-premises consumption; Bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distillery pubs, wineries, tasting rooms, special licensees, clubs, and other places of public accommodation offering alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption; Cigar bars; Gymnasiums; Movie and performance theaters, opera houses, concert halls, and music halls. All child care centers and home day cares are ordered closed, except those providing care to essential personnel.

Even with all that, I still don’t understand the toilet paper hoarding, at the most we might be stuck in our house for a few weeks, but at the end of the day we only need enough toilet paper to last a few more days more than our food supply. – Then they started hoarding food, even perishables. Seriously, you can’t freeze lettuce!

We might remember this as The Great Toilet Paper Famine, but the young will remember their lost opportunities. I have friends who’s children were called back from studying abroad, one who’s winter Olympic training came to an abrupt halt, proms and graduation ceremonies have been canceled, and many well earned competitions are canceled.

But it is the adults that are truly losing it. Most of us, including myself, have become germaphobes, for good reason. I have a new appreciation of the little bottle of hand sanitizer in my purse. I use it after — pretty much every errand where I can’t wash imminently afterwards. I see adults doing everything from total denial, total breakdown, total isolation, hoarding, and the young adults are partying on the beach in defiance. The media isn’t helping either, yes this is a serious issue, but the media is sensationalizing it and making the matter worse!

It reminds me of the scene from The Stand where Frannie Goldsmith is listening to Rae Flowers on the radio being overrun by the military.

Frannie Goldsmith: This is a joke! Right? I mean, this has gotta be a joke!

All my music activities have also ceased, it is just practice at home for now. My many musician friends are left gig-less, and for the ones who make a living at it are jobless with no option for unemployment. In fact, many of us are out of work and I think that is what really scars most us, we have bills to pay so we can live with food on the table and a roof over our head.

A year from now I will come back and read this to remember where our life was at this moment.

We are all in this together. This shall pass… like a kidney stone, but it will pass. The world will be different but it will go on.

Our conductor keeping all our spirits up. Good job Zach!

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