Easy Baked French Toast

I’ve been wanting to make this baked french toast recipe for ages but it makes too much for just the two of us. The perfect solution was to invite the family over for Saturday brunch. It’s so easy as all the preparation is done the night before, all you need to do is pop in in the oven, sit back and enjoy your coffee.

1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 tablespoons corn syrup
1 teaspoon Watkins maple extract
12 slices of bread (crusts trimmed)
1 1/2 cup whole milk
6 Large eggs
1 teaspoon Watkins vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt Continue reading Easy Baked French Toast

Turkey Pot Pie Surprise

This turkey pot pie recipe is delicious, the surprise inside is that it contains apples and raisins which compliment the flavor wonderfully! This is a great recipe for using up left over roast turkey.

1/4 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon butter or Watkins grapeseed oil
2 cups water
1/2 cup Watkins roasted turkey gourmet gravy mix
3 cups cubed cooked turkey
1 large unpeeled tart apple, cored and cubed
1/3 cup golden raisins
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon Watkins ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon Watkins black pepper
1 (9 inch) pie crust Continue reading Turkey Pot Pie Surprise

Elegant Carrot Souffle

Wow your dinner guests with this easy, but elegant carrot soufflĂ©. They’ll think you slaved in the kitchen all day, when this can be made ahead several days in advance and then put in the oven a hour before dinner!

Ingredients for soufflé:
1 lb. carrots, peeled and cut into one inch chunks
3 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
6 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons Watkins Vanilla
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 teaspoon Watkins Nutmeg Continue reading Elegant Carrot Souffle

Moms Homemade Pumpkin Pie

If you are craving homemade pumpkin pie just like Mom used to make, this one is for you! This is a fairly easy, basic, old fashioned recipe, that’s tried and tested. You can use fresh cooked pumpkin or canned.

1 Cup / 250 ml Sugar
1 Tablespoon / 15 ml All-Purpose Flour
1/2 teaspoon./ 2.5 ml salt
1 Tablespoon/ 15 ml Watkins Pumpkin Pie Spice
3 Large Eggs
1-1/2 Cups / 375 ml canned or mashed, cooked pumpkin
1 Cup / 250 ml Evaporated Milk
1 Unbaked 9-inch / 23cm Pastry Pie Shell Continue reading Moms Homemade Pumpkin Pie

Apple Pecan Stuffing Muffins

This is a wonderful side dish any time you serve chicken, turkey or poultry as the main course meal. These stuffing muffins are very easy to make, and they look and taste great. Poultry cooks quicker if you cook it unstuffed so these are a real time saver as well.

1 recipe Homemade Bread Stuffing
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
2 apples – peeled, cored and diced
1 egg, well beaten
Watkins cooking spray Continue reading Apple Pecan Stuffing Muffins

Quick And Easy Homemade Bread Stuffing

This is one of the quickest and easiest bread stuffing recipes you’ll ever make as it’s made on the stove top. You can whip this up in 10 minutes to serve with turkey, chicken and other poultry, it also goes well with pork or fish or any time you want bread stuffing. This recipe calls for items you can easily have on hand in your pantry or cupboard and tastes better than a boxed mix.

3 1/2 cups Bread Cubes, dry unseasoned
2 Tablespoons Watkins Parsley
2 Tablespoons Watkins Onion Flakes
2 teaspoons Watkins Chicken Soup and gravy base
1/2 teaspoon Watkins Poultry Seasoning
1 1/4 cups Water
2 Tablespoons Butter, Margarine or Watkins grapeseed oil` Continue reading Quick And Easy Homemade Bread Stuffing

Basic Whipped Cream Recipe

Nothing tastes better than real whipped cream, it makes an every day dessert extra special. Here’s a good basic whipped cream recipe, the powdered sugar helps act as whipped cream stabilizer so it doesn’t separate as easily.

watkins vanillaIngredients:

1 cup/240 mL heavy whipping cream
2 to 4 tbsp/30 to 60 mL powdered sugar, or icing sugar (depending on sweetness desired)
1 tsp/5 mL Original Double Strength Vanilla Extract

Directions: Chill the small bowl and beaters of an electric mixer. Beat the cream in chilled bowl until it begins to thicken. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until stiff. Use promptly, refrigerate or freeze any left overs. Makes about 2 cups whipped cream topping.

Tips from the kitchen: Continue reading Basic Whipped Cream Recipe

Traditional Roast Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing

Before you know it, it will be Thanksgiving so here is a traditional roast turkey recipe with chestnut stuffing and homemade gravy for you to enjoy with your family. Roast turkey makes a wonderful meal any time of the year so don’t save it just for the holidays.

roast turkey with stuffingIngredients for the chestnut stuffing:
1/4 cup whole chestnuts or dried if you can’t find whole
1/4 cup raisins
2 Tablespoons Watkins grapseed oil
1 onion, peeled and diced
2 celery ribs, diced
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
1 teaspoon Watkins sage
1 teaspoon Watkins rosemary
1 teaspoon Watkins thyme
1 cooking apple, peeled, cored and diced
1 egg, lightly beaten
5 cups stale bread, cubed
1 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon Watkins Chicken soup and gravy base

Ingredients for the turkey: Continue reading Traditional Roast Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing

How to Cook Rice

Rice is one of the easiest things to cook but it can be one of the most challenging as well if you don’t know how. Rice is convenient, goes well with many dishes, tastes great and it’s good for you too, especially if you choose brown rice. It’s available in a wide number of varieties, you can choose white long grain, short grain, jasmine, red, whole grains and my personal favorite is basmati rice.

Here’s how to cook long grain rice:

rice1 cup white long grain rice
1 & 1/2 cups water

Place rice and water in a 1 quart sauce pan, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover with a light fitting lid and cook for twenty minutes. (see tips below)

If you prefer a healthier whole grain version, here’s how to cook brown rice: Continue reading How to Cook Rice