Here at Equips, some of us look forward to the cold. It’s not because we are thrilled about the freezing temperatures, or shoveling our driveways, or even having to start our cars 10 minutes before we leave for work. We enjoy the cold because it gives us good reasons to stay inside and cook. Throughout the course of many winters, our team has perfected some delicious recipes. Here are a few that we enjoy during the cold season, and now so can you!

Perfect Pumpkin Pie  (Adam York, CEO)

Ingredients

  • 9” pie crust, unbaked

  • 1 (15oz) can pumpkin puree

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 3 eggs

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Prepare your pie crust by rolling it out and putting it in a 9 inch pie pan.

  3. In a large bowl mix together all the ingredients except the eggs. Once blended together add eggs one at a time. Beat for an additional 3-5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Pour into prepared pie crust and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 35-40 minutes. Make sure the center of the pie is set and is no longer jiggly. 4. Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature. Cover and keep stored in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Homestyle Turkey, the Michigander Way (Beth Gettig, VP)

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 pound) whole turkey

  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided

  • 4 cups warm water

  • 3 tablespoons chicken bouillon

  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley

  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion

  • 2 tablespoons seasoning salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Rinse and wash turkey. Discard the giblets, or add to pan if they are anyone’s favorites.

  2. Place turkey in a Dutch oven or roasting pan. Separate the skin over the breast to make little pockets. Put 3 tablespoons of the butter on both sides between the skin and breast meat. This makes for very juicy breast meat.

  3. In a medium bowl, combine the water with the bouillon. Sprinkle in the parsley and minced onion. Pour over the top of the turkey. Sprinkle seasoning salt over the turkey.

  4. Cover with foil, and bake in the preheated oven 3 1/2 to 4 hours, until the internal temperature of the turkey reaches 180 degrees F (80 degrees C). For the last 45 minutes or so, remove the foil so the turkey will brown nicely.

Chicken bacon Alfredo Bread Boat (Jenny Tetting, Marketing Manager)

Ingredients:

·       1 loaf French bread

·       1 1/2 cups Alfredo sauce

·       1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

·       1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

·       1 teaspoon salt

·       1 teaspoon garlic powder

·       2 cups cooked chicken, chopped

·       1 cup cooked bacon, chopped

·       1 cup tomatoes, diced

·       1/2 cup green onions, thinly sliced

·       1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded

·       Chopped parsley, garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Cut the top of the French bread, off, and remove the bread inside to hollow it out. Place on a large baking sheet.

  3. Spread 2/3 of your Alfredo sauce evenly inside the loaf. Cover with a layer of mozzarella cheese. Mix Italian seasoning, salt, and garlic powder and sprinkle over cheese.

  4. Continue layering: chicken, bacon, tomatoes, remaining Alfredo sauce, green onions, and top with Parmesan cheese.

  5. Bake for about 15 minutes or until cheese melts.

  6. Remove from oven, top with chopped parsley if desired, cut into slices and enjoy! Make sure to serve Chicken Bacon Alfredo Bread Boat warm!