Back in, oh about '92, I heard about this new "Tupperware like" company called Pampered Chef. Except instead of plastic food containers, Pampered Chef (PC) sold kitchen gadgets. At that time there were maybe two consultants in the entire bay area and none really close to me. I heard about it through someone at work who had a sister-in-law who sold the stuff in Michigan. Even back then I was addicted to food gadgets so in order to get even more gadgets, I became a Pampered Chef Consultant. Considering my trainer was in Michigan I pretty much was on my own out here in the big Bay Area.
I didn't do to bad as a consultant. I was able to get most of my friends and co-workers to have parties (and as an aside, my now husband, who was just another geek friend of my then roommate, even had a party to help me out and smack me in the head why didn't I see the potential of this guy back then? But I digress....). Most of the money I made I turned into buying more product and I even had plenty of money left over to get some new cookbooks. But just as the business was taking off, something else happened. Hockey happened. The Sharks started playing in San Jose. Having a full time job and being single didn't leave a lot of extra time to sell PC stuff. Add to that two or three hockey games a week and...well...I ended up choosing hockey over some extra cash (which I could have used to buy hockey tickets but that's beside the point). My extra job as a PC consultant came to an end.
But my love for Pampered Chef stuff has never wained. I still have most of the stuff I bought back then and it's all still in pretty good shape. It was only a few years ago that I tossed the veggie peeler they so admantly pushed back in the day. My favorite go to knife is still a PC one that came with it's own sharpener.
And yes, I still have, what was back then one of the biggest sellers and something they pushed, the "Cut-N-Seal". An ingenious gadget that will seal a filling between dough or pastry. I've used it to make cute little peanut butter and jelly sandwiches which are great to serve to kids but I have yet to use it to seal anything with dough inside. Though I'm thinking something with Nutella might be a future experiment. I think, though the website doesn't have both, that I have two sizes of these Cut-N-Seals. In fact, I think once I go through the boxes in the garage, I'll find that I own three or four of these things (and I'm sure my mom owns one too!). Would I be lost with out them? No. But they are pretty neat to use every now and then.
I do think sometimes about what would have happened should I have continued to sell Pampered Chef stuff. Would I have started to cook sooner? Would I be retired and a millionaire now as the grand dame of all those Pampered Chef consultants currently pervaiding the Bay Area? We'll never know. But I do have all my cute little PC gadgets to keep my company and to pull out and use every now and then. And yes, I still go to friends Pampered Chef parties and I still continue to buy more cute little gadgets.