Homemade Turkey Pot Pie

Cooking with Camille

Turkey Pot Pie

Make the BEST turkey pot pie you will ever eat!



  • 1 box Pepperidge farm pastry shells
  • 1 1/2 cups cream
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Ground cayenne
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 1 cup diced turkey
  • 1/4 cup sweet corn
  • 1 small can peas & carrots
  • 1 small can green chilis
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded fiesta cheese
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp salted butter
  • salt & pepper to taste

    Servings: 2 medium pot pies

    Heat oven to 400 degrees.

    Prepare crust:

    1. Roll out pastry shells to the size of your palm
    2. Place one pastry shell on the bottom of a medium sized ramekin, poke holes in the bottom and bake for 10 minutes.
    3. Save the other pastry shell for the top

    Bechamel Sauce:

    1. Melt butter in small saucepan on low heat
    2. Add 2 forkfuls of flours to the saucepan and whisk the butter and flour together.  Whisk until toasted and it no longer smells like flour (appx. 45 seconds)
    3. Add pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
    4. Drizzle half and half into the saucepan whisking the entire time.
    5. Add 1/2 cup flour and more grated nutmeg continuing to whisk.
    6. Add pinch of ground cayenne
    7. Once thickened, remove saucepan from the heat
    8. Sprinkle in sugar and whisk together

    Prepare filling:

    1. Add corn, peas, carrots, and 1 spoonful of green chilis to bechamel sauce
    2.  Add diced turkey
    3. Fold in cheese

    Add filling to ramekin with precooked pastry shell on the bottom.  Set uncooked pastry shell on top, scrunch the sides and poke 3-4 holes in the top.

    Bake for 10-12 minutes until the puff pastry is browned and puffed up.

    Serve & enjoy!

    How To Quickly Clean Engineered Stone Countertops

    Kitchen Confidential 

    “Life happens in the kitchen”


    Countertops are expensive and the last thing you want to do is damage them.  Whether you have ink stains or other marks from regular use, these tips will solve 99.9% of any stains you get on your countertops!

    What is engineered stone?

    Engineered stone is a non-porous material made of crushed stone bound together by an adhesive to create a solid surface.

    I personally love engineered stone and have it in my own home.  It is very easy to clean, costs less than other materials, and is ideal for heavy use.  

    What NOT to do

    DO NOT USE countertop polish or oils. Since engineered stone is non-porous, polishes and oils won’t be absorbed into the countertop.  This will leave a grimey, greasy surface on top.

    How to clean engineered stone

    For regular everyday use stains (spilled wine, soup, spaghetti sauce, etc) use the following instructions:

    What You Need:

    1. A regular sponge with a soft-sided brillo pad
    2. Mild dish soap

    Gently use the sponge and dish soap together to wipe the counter.  Since engineered stone is non-porous it will not have leeched into the surface and the stain will be right on top.  You don’t have to use a lot of elbow grease to clean it up.  Often times I will actually just use a soft dish towel and warm water and it comes off easily.  

    For pencil, ink, crayon, etc stains use the following instructions:

    What You Need:

    1. Small can of full-strength acetone (Available at Home Depot or Lowes)
    2. Small toothbrush
    3. Soft towel

    Pour a small amount of acetone directly on the stain.  Use a small toothbrush or soft towel to gently rub the marks off.  

    Acetone is used to clean countertops in the shop during fabrication and it will not harm your countertops.  When we are fabricating the granite or engineered stone we wipe down the surfaces before we add the epoxy.  Make sure you use full-strength acetone, and not nail polish remover as they are not the same.

    Are you looking for help during your kitchen remodel?  Check out my program, Kitchen Remodel Rockstar, where you will learn how to design your dream kitchen in 2 weeks!

    The Ultimate Guide For Ready To Assemble Cabinets

    Kitchen Confidential 

    “Life happens in the kitchen”


    Are you planning a kitchen remodel and don’t know what types of cabinets to purchase?  

    Have you heard of ready-to-assemble cabinets or RTA, but aren’t sure what that means?

    This article will break down ready-to-assemble cabinets to help you make the most informed decision and hopefully save you money AND time researching! 


    The answer is actually quite simple.  RTAs are cabinets that are sent to you in a broken-down form ready for you (or your contractor) to assemble in your kitchen.  

    One of the most common reasons why people choose RTA cabinets instead of assembled cabinets is because of cost.  When the items are shipped to you unassembled it costs a lot less to ship.  It also makes it easier for you to store until you are ready to assemble.

    RTA cabinets have changed the design industry by giving homeowners more control of the remodeling process.  Homeowners are able to assemble the cabinets themselves without the help of a contractor, which is useful if you are looking to DIY your kitchen remodel and save money.

    Here are some of the pros and cons of RTA cabinets:


    • Easy to assemble

    • Can be cost-effective if you are doing the labor

    • Fast shipping

    • Easy to store


    • You are responsible for any mistakes you make while installing them and you may end up spending more money on repairs

    • You’re the one installing them.  Make sure you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into!

    • Takes a long time to install (correctly) if you don’t know what you’re doing

    • No guarantees from the manufacturer if you mess up since you are doing the work yourself.


    For us, premium RTA means that we can design ANY size and ANY color.  This is not typical in the industry and gives you an enormous advantage.  Not only are we less expensive than other online retailers (who import), but we also use higher quality materials.

    They use standard industry sizes and cheap materials like particle board and lower quality doors and drawer boxes, cheap hardware and hinges.

    We use premium BLUM soft closing slides and hinges, rated up 150lbs.  3/4″ premium pre-finished maple plywood boxes, 3/4″ shelves (all adjustable), dovetail birch drawer boxes with inset backs and bottoms.  This means each box is square, straight and will not come apart over time.  All of our cabinets are frameless with full overlay hardwood doors. Inset frames available upon request.

    So when you think of RTA cabinets, think premium and unlimited design and color for less $$.

    I hope you found this article helpful and it answered some of the questions you may have!

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    How To Pick The Perfect Cabinet Finish

    Kitchen Confidential 

    “Life happens in the kitchen”

    EP 32: How to pick the perfect finish for cabinets?

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    Wondering what cabinet finish you should choose?  Listen in and read the full article to learn everything you need to know!


    What is the difference between prefinished and unfinished cabinets?


    How do I choose a cabinet finish?


    What are the types of finishes?


    How do I protect my cabinets?


    How do I clean my cabinets?

    How To Pick The Perfect Cabinet Finish

    Kitchen Confidential 

    “Life happens in the kitchen”


    How To Pick the Perfect Finish for Your New Cabinets

    Should I get a white kitchen?

    Is that the right choice?

    Are white cabinets still in?


    These are just some of the questions I receive concerning putting white cabinets in a kitchen. There are a lot of concerns around white cabinets. Do they get dirty easily? How on earth am I going to keep them clean? What about damages? Are scratches easily seen? 

    Whether you are looking for a bright white, a cooler white tone, or a rich creamy white, white is still in style. I have white cabinets in my kitchen that I love! You will never go wrong if you choose white cabinets. I have seen multiple buyers wanting a white kitchen, rental properties doing white kitchens, and new builds putting in white cabinetry. What you need to be concerned with, no matter what color of cabinets you choose, is what finish you will use for your new cabinets. 

    I am going to break down what you need to know to pick the perfect finish to protect your gorgeous new cabinets without stress. I will also share with you a couple of tips to keep your cabinets looking brand new! 

    Things to Consider 

    Most of the cabinets that you will pick are pre-finished. The pretty pictures you see all over Instagram and Pinterest are not pre-finished. These are super high end kitchens and the builders install them unfinished. After they are installed a professional painter goes in. They are going over every small detail such as filling in nail holes and caulking around the crown molding. They are spending weeks if not months on this process. This is not a typical situation and will end up taking A LOT of time and money. 

    When you are working with pre-finished materials it is important to work with someone who can prepare you for what to expect with pre-finished cabinetry and will work with you to get the look that you want. A good cabinet maker will work with their clients to avoid caulking lines, nail holes, etc. How the cabinets are made and installed directly ties into how they are going to look once installed. This is very delicate work and takes the time and skill of a true professional to make the cabinets look seamless. 

    Know that it is very easy to cover up nail holes and caulking lines with lighter color cabinetry such as a light grey or white. If you are doing a darker kitchen with black cabinets then installing is going to take another level of delicacy. Your installer is going to have to be extra careful to avoid dents, chips or scratches as these will be easily seen and harder to cover up.  

    All finishes are not the same! All cabinets are not sprayed or finished in the same manner. When picking someone to finish your cabinetry know that they all do not use the same kind of products and are not all up to the same level of skill.

    Factors to consider when choosing the right person to finish your cabinetry: 

    • Skill and personality of the person 
    • Materials that are available 
    • How motivated the contractor is 
    • The level of care they have about their job 
    • How recent their training was and if they continue learning on a regular basis 
    • Their willingness to learn new techniques 
    • If they use the same tools over and over again such as the same spray gun 
    • Where they live at in the country

    Cheaper isn’t always better, especially when it comes to your cabinets. So, before you pick the lowest quote possible please know that it will more than likely be a low-end finish, the look will not be as sophisticated, the contractor will probably be using cheap materials, they may lack time and attention, and you have the possibly of a rush job. You will come out of the project thinking you saved a bunch of money, but the finish is probably not waterproof, may be uneven, and you could see wear in as little as a year after completion. 

    How to Choose a Finish 

    The finish you choose is incredibly important. Your cabinets will come into contact with spills, people bumping into them, dirty little fingers, and water. The point is that your cabinets will get touched daily and it’s important to have the right protection for your cabinets. 

    There are some other factors to consider when installing your cabinetry to best protect your cabinets: 

    • Your handles should be large enough that there is not need to touch the cabinet itself. 
    • You have true soft closing doors. 
    • You have enough space in your cabinets that you are not cramming items into the drawers.
    • Basic understanding of the high-traffic areas and how often you should clean them.

    The goal is to avoid touching the wood of your cabinets as much as possible. 

    Types of Finishes

    There are also so many factors that go into dictating the quality of the finish put on your cabinets. Your cabinets should last forever if you choose the right finish!

    Read carefully to choose the best option for you or head on over to the podcast and get even more details on the best choice for you. 

    Painted Finish 

    If you go with a painted finish you can choose between either water based and oil based. There are a lot of regulations now that are making options more environmentally friendly and a lot of types of paint are harder to come by now due to being so toxic. But, this is a good thing. We don’t want these toxins in your kitchen.  

    Oil base is a harder finish and more waterproof but more difficult to touch up because it’s oil based. You can spray an oil based paint, but a lot of the times it is hand painted. In my opinion. I would never do a hand-painted kitchen because how smooth the finish will be is all based on the skill of the painter. You will want to do a spray finish so you can get a smooth look. 

    There is a range of options when it comes to a paint finish. They do make a hybrid spray now and water based paint that is pretty durable, easy to spray, and touch up, but not as waterproof. Ask your cabinet maker what they are using for a paint and have them explain how that finish ends up being wateproof once it’s cured. If it’s not truly waterproof, meaning the chemical reaction in the paint doesn’t create a true a chemical bond that makes it waterproof, then you don’t want a painted finish. 

    Please note that just because it is a painted finish does not mean it is easier to touch up. Painted finishes are popular and often suggested to use because a lot of people are told that they are easy to do touch ups. You will still see the touch up whether you choose a painted finish or not. It will not blend in perfectly and is the same thing if you use a lacquer finish. Unless you re-spray the entire door you will still see the touch up because now the touch up is going to be raised up and will be thicker compared to your original sprayed finish. You may have to respray the entire door. 


    Lacquer finishes are typically clear or opaque and you can have a sprayed lacquer kitchen that is white. 

    There are precatalized conversion lacquers. Lower end cabinet shops are still selling this. A precatalized lacquer will feel dry to the touch, but it is not chemically catalized. What that means is that if you would pour acetone on your cabinet it will chemically open up the molecules again. It never fully cures, it’s not very thick, or water proof. 

    For example, say your child takes a Sharpie to your brand new cabinets and the only thing that is going to remove the marks is pure acetone. The acetone will burn into the white of the cabinet and will open to another chemical reaction. 

    You have to be choose your finish carefully. For me, its too risky to use. I don’t want a customer to melt their finish off not knowing. There is catalized lacquer that is chemically changed. However, it’s only about 20% better and it’s catalized in the can. 

    Conversion varnish 

    Is a catalyzed product. It is thicker, more waterproof, and it is chemically cured once it is dried. It’s called crosslinking and this is what we spray our cabinets with. It is a lot more expensive, but the quality is so much better. You mix in a catalyst and pour it into the amount of paint that you will be spraying. You only have about a day to use the spray as it has a certain open time before it is completely dry. 

    A conversion varnish cannot be chemically opened. For example, it can take off sharpie, crayon, or pencil mark and it will not melt the surface. It will be dry to the touch and chemically dry. This means that it leaves you with a large range of cleaning abilities. You can use pure acetone and the finish will remain intack. If you can, I highly recommend using a catalized product. 

    Cleaning and Touch-ups

    Remember that you should not be touching your cabinets in the first place. Make sure that your handles are large enough and there is plenty of space to avoid touching your cabinetry. Make sure that your drawers have adequate space to avoid cramming items into the drawer and possibly damaging the cabinet. The places that you will most likely see wear and tear and messes are: 

    • The top of the garbage can drawer
    • The cabinet where you have your plates 
    • The drawer you place your pots and pans in 
    • Upper cabinets that hold your cups and spices

    Never wipe down your cabinets with soapy water first. Use a one inch paint brush or similar brush and swipe away the dust first. Most of what is settling on your cabinets is crumbs, hair, pet hair, skin cells (yes, gross I know), and just general dust in the air. 

    If you use a wet sponge first you will risk creating a sludge mixture of all that debris. All you are doing is pushing that debris further and further into the creases of you cabinets. Overtime, this is what creates dark lines in your cabinets. Make sure your cabinets are finished with a catalized finish so you can use any product you wish to clean with. However, most of the time all it takes is some dusting and a little soapy water to take care of general messes. 

    You can go in with a soft sponge, some water, and a little bit of Dawn once you have dusted. You should not need a ton of water or product. Then just dry it off with a soft towel. This is all you should be doing. You should never use an oil or a polish spray. These products will cause your cabinets to not be able to be repaired because there is now an oil finish on the cabinets. 

    When it comes to touch ups you want to keep it as simple as possible. Use a small amount of paint that matches your finished color and grab a small painter’s brush similar in size to a makeup brush. You only want to paint where the knick is. Don’t get carried away thinking you need to paint a large area. This will only cause the damage to be more noticeable since you are painting on a smooth finish. 

    Before You Pick Your Finish

    Before you buy cabinets, take the time and ask the carpenter about their finishes. Ask what they are using and how they are spraying. Ask them why are they using what they are using and what else is out there in the market.  What feedback have they gotten? What can you use to clean it? Can you put marks on it and get it off without harming the finish. You can ask them to make you a test sample. Try putting sharpie on the sample, use acetone to clean it, and see what it does to the finish. 

    Don’t just take their word for it. If they can’t tell you what can be done to clean the cabinets. Ask for a sample and make sure yourself before you pay for them. 

    For more details on how to pick the perfect finish for your new cabinets check out this podcast episode!