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random taste tester

The first weekend of October my sister had an "open house" of sorts to show off her newly renovated kitchen. She asked me if Party in a Box would make a couple of things for her guests to enjoy. We decided on Deviled Eggs, Chicken Salad Cups, Spinach & Artichoke dip, chips, salsa and a trail mix served in waffle cones. 

We decorated with pumpkins, candles, fresh flowers, pine cones, etc. Everyone loved the look of the new kitchen and enjoyed snacking on my food.

A few days before the party, I was shopping at the new Neighborhood Market for the necessary ingredients. While checking out, the cashier asked what I was going to do with 4 boxes of fillo pastry shells. I explained that I was going to fill them with my homemade Chicken Salad for a party. She started telling me how she loved chicken salad and never thought to serve them in the pastry shells.

She said a couple times more how much she loved homemade chicken salad so I said, "people seem to love the way I prepare it, but most of those people are family. I should bring you some and let you taste for yourself." She said she'd love to taste some. I thought she was simply being polite to a customer.

Weeks go by and I'm asked to make more chicken salad for a cousin's birthday celebration. I'm back at the market with more fillo cups in my cart and Diane is again my cashier. Seeing the fillo cups, she says, "I've not forgotten about that chicken salad..." I told her I was making some that evening and I'd bring her a sample the next day. So I did. With a tube of Ritz crackers.

It was a couple of weeks before I saw Diane again. Before I could ask her what she thought, she started telling me how good it was. She had intended to share with her daughter but ended up eating it all during her lunch break. She mentioned she had my container in her locker and if I had a minute, she'd go get it. I told her, like I tell everyone, if you like it and give me the container back, chances are good that you'll get more. Her response, "Hold on! I'll go get it right now!" I guess she really did like it!

Makes me so happy to see others enjoying something I cook. People have often stated that I should sell my chicken salad. My answer, "It's way more fun to make and give away than it would be to make and sell." 


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Reader Comments (1)

Ha! That's a great chicken salad story. How kind of you to take her some!
November 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDixie

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