Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Gooseberry Patch Recipe Review....and a giveaway!!!

I am having so much fun doing the Early Bird Reviews! Gooseberry Patch cookbooks are wonderful and it's so easy to review their recipes!

The cookbook I'm doing a review from this week is Mom's Very Best Recipes. It was so hard to pick just 2 recipes to review, but I can guarantee I'll be making more from this book soon! I've found that the recipes are so easy, and I seem to have the ingredients on hand. Just looking through this cookbook reminds me of the food my Grandma fixed for me. How wonderful to go back to being a kid and coming home to comfort food!

The first recipe I made was with my daughter in mind. She loves mac and cheese and hot dogs, so this was perfect!

Cowboy Macaroni and Cheese

3 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
10-3/4 oz. can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
pepper to taste
3 cups Cheddar cheese, divided
Optional: 4 hot dogs, diced
2 cups French fried onions, divided

Cook macaroni, according to package directions; drain and set aside. Blend soup, milk, mustard and pepper; stir in cooked macaroni, hot dogs if using and 2 cups of cheese. Sprinkle with half the onions and mix well. Transfer to a 13x9 inch baking pan sprayed with non-stick vegetable spray. Cover; bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from oven; top with remaining cheese and onions. Serves 6-8.



The second recipe I made today for our dinner, and it's gone...already! It was yummy! And so easy!


Creamy Wild Rice Soup

6-oz. pkg. long grain and wild rice mix, uncooked
1 lb. ground beef
14-1/2 oz. can chicken broth
10-3/4 oz. can cream of mushroom soup
2 c. milk
1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/3 c. carrot, peeled and shredded
1-oz. pkg. ranch salad dressing mix
Garnish: chopped green onions*

Prepare rice mix as package directs. Measure out 1-1/2 cups cooked rice and set aside, reserving the remainder for another use. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven over medium heat, brown beef. Drain; stir in cooked rice and remaining ingredients, except garnish. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring often. Sprinkle servings with green onions. Serves 6-8.
*We didn't use the green onions because of a food allergy that my husband has. But they do sound like they would be yummy!






Now, for the giveaway! Gooseberry Patch sent me an extra copy of Mom's Very Best Recipes, and I want to give it to someone!
Very easy to be entered, just leave a comment here on this blog, letting me know you would like to win this book. If you are on Facebook, please share with your friends so that they can have a chance too! When you leave a comment, make sure I have a way to get in touch with you if you are chosen! I'll be posting the winner on this blog and on Gooseberry Patch Facebook page and on my own FB page. And comments left between today, February 16 through Sunday, February 20, 8:00 p.m. will be entered. Drawing will be done randomly Sunday evening at 9:00 p.m.

In addition to the cookbook, we will also be including 1 lb. of our Farmstead-Artisan Raw Milk cheese. Summer Swiss will be the variety, it's been a favorite of mine! :)

Keep checking here also, there will be another giveaway and review next week! We'll be talking about cookies! And who doesn't love cookies?!

Good Luck! :o)


97 comments:

Anne F said...

Oh my I would love to win this new book. The receipes you posted look so yummy I think the weekend I will be trying both. Thanks for sharing and for doing this drawing. I am going to let all know on facebook. Thanks again Renae.

Cindy said...

The soup looks great! What kind of bread did you serve with it?

grammy and papi said...

Yum!! Those two recipes sound so GOOD!! Pleae enter me in your giveaway. THanks

Have a God Filled Day

Renae said...

Cindy~ I made Banana Bread, and we had it for dessert. Well...some of it was sampled before we had the soup! ;o)
I can post the recipe, or if you have the GBP cookbook From Grandma's Kitchen, it is in that book on page 44.

Colleen said...

Thanks for sharing those two recipes, they look yummy and so easy to make. Would love to be entered to win this GBP cookbook. Thanks

colleengb@hotmail.com

luckypookers9213 said...

the recipes look yummy. i would love to win this book so i can try them. i love gooseberry patch and have almost all their books. this one would also be great to add to my collection.

Katie (thebearwoman2004@yahoo.com) said...

I love your blog site and love Gooseberry Patch anything! The cookbooks have been my big passion for such a long time - I give them as gifts to my sisters. I would love to have a copy of Mom's Very Best Recipes in memory of my mom, Rose. Thank you.

Tony, Jimi, Nicki, Joey, Ryan and Kaycee said...

Hey Renae...Looks like today is my lucky day...:) I haven't been to your blog in so long! Kinda got sidetracked on some of my blogging and trying to get back into it again.
And I come here and you are doing a giveaway...double lucky! :)
Hope all is good with you all. Keeping busy I am sure. We will have to catch up sometime.

LyndaLoo said...

Just found your blog via Gooseberry Patch....what a wonderful giveaway! I own several GP books, but not this one so it would be a great addition.

Thanks for sharing their recipes!

LyndaLoo

Laurie said...

I already shared on FB, but I am anxious to try both of these recipes! I love GP cookbooks!

Anonymous said...

Would love to be entered in your give away! We love cookbooks around here especially Gooseberry, and especially love your cheese. You know where and how to find us.

Thanks for sharing!

Marie

Lynn n John said...

Hi Renae,
We tried the Cowboy Mac n Cheese : )
Very good I made it with my home made Cheddar added the french fries..yum yum
Have a great day
Lynn Livezey

enter me into the contest too ! : )
Thanks !

MsPat said...

Renae~I'd LOVE to win this book. Really want to try the mac & cheese recipe! Sounds yummy!! But, even more would love to try your cheese!
Have a super day!
Pat W

Mama Rodz said...

I would love to win this book. I will share on FB as soon as I get home tonight.

Mardell said...

Hi Renae,
MMmmm, everything looks sooo good! I sure would love to win this cookbook. I really like recipes that I can make from ing. on hand. Hate always having to run to the store for something "special." And your cheese? Oh my, what a bonus that will be. Talk about something special! :o)
Thanks & hugs,
Mardell
mlamb9(at)yahoo.com

Patricia O'Reilly Jarrett said...

Recipes look good - I would love to win the cookbook! I am on Facebook...Patricia O'Reilly Jarrett!

Rachel Adams said...

I must say the bread looks super yummy with the soup, sure I'd love to win the cookbook but the cheese sounds like the best part :)

StillyBee said...

THx for those 2 recipes... yummylicious!! This title is on my NEED list.. so crossing my fingers! Gonna repost this giveaway in Facebook too ASAP. 8)

angeldove7dt@gmail.com

Michele Littlefield said...

I would be thrilled to have this book. You're a nice lady to do this give away. My email is moondazzle16@hotmail.com
Enjoy your weekend.

Leah @ Beyer Beware said...

Yummo! Can't wait to try these recipes. Hoping I can win the cookbook.

Melissa Olivero said...

Hi! I'm so glad to find your blog. Great review and thank you for the contest. :)
I'll be fanning you on FB too. Thanks and take care!

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this cookbook!
mkonk@kci.net

kbw1spirit said...

Both recipe's sound amazing...I would like to be entered to win the cookbook and your homemade cheese also. Thanks so much

kbw1spirit@verizon.net

marsha said...

I would love to win this cookbook.
I like all of their books. The 2
recipes that you printed sound yummy. Thanks.
mmgood@pwrtc.com

Helen Wachowiak said...

That's sweet of you to offer the extra copy for your readers because I bet you know a lot of people that would have loved to get that as a gift! I hope you get some great business from having more people try the cheese too.

Jeanne said...

I love GBP cookbooks and would love to add this one to my collection. Thank you for sharing the recipes. I can't wait to make that soup tomorrow. It's cold in upstate NY and that'll help warm us up and stay comfy! Hunt44@twcny.rr.com, Jeanne Hunt, NY

Diane said...

Would love to win the cookbook!! :^)
horseyfrymier16@yahoo.com

Rebekah★All Thingz Related★ said...

That soup looks amazing! I could use some of that on a rainy day like today!

Kathy M said...

Please enter me in the contest - I love the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks and am always looking for new easy ideas. Thanks!

Bobbi Wivell said...

Both recipe's sound amazing. I would love to be the winner of the cookbook and your home made cheese. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks Bobbi

kbw1spirit@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this cookbook. I am a huge fan of Goosberry Patch and have had 2 recipes published!
My email is jmcrafts07@yahoo.com

Bobbi Wivell said...

Both of these recipe's sound amazing. I would like to be entered in your drawing to win both the cookbook and your homemade cheese. Thanks so much

kbw1spirit@verizon.net

Denise said...

Thanks for the recipes! I love the fact that you have cows. I get my raw milk from jersey cows, the best! Please enter me!

Jetta said...

Renae,

Saw your blog today on facebook and checked it out. I would love to win this cookbook. My Mom was a terrific Mom to nine children. She was a wonderful cook. We lost her to Alzheimer's several years ago, but when I make something that she used to make it takes me right back to our family table. A lot of things my Mom cooked she did not use a recipe, therefore we are not able to fix them the way she did and we do miss them. (So everyone if you have your favorites make sure you write them down.) When I read the title to this book, I just had to share.

Sheryl Martin said...

I LOVE Gooseberry Patch cookbooks and would love to add this one to my collection! All the recipes look so yummy!!

Sheryl samartin5@sbcglobal.net

Natasha said...

I would love love to win this book!! I absolutely love gooseberry patch cookbooks! So many yummy recipes!

Kristi Mongold said...

I just recently started buying Gooseberry Patch Recipe books and just love the recipes they have!!! I would LOVE to win the cookbook and start using it!! My family loves the recipes! One store I visited there was a Man worker there and he seen me looking at the cookbooks, he came over and said, "You would not believe how delicous those recipes are, I purchased the Slow Cooker ones and fixed them and they are wonderful" needless to say, I purchased it and have fell in love with it! I can stick it on before I leave for work and it will be ready when I get home!! Thanks! I am on Facebook...Kristi Mongold

flowerchild said...

that soup looks delicious :0) i love gooseberry patch cookbooks, would love to be entered into your giveaway! that is if it is open to Canadians?? thanks

flower_child_23(at)hotmail(dot)com

Kimberly R. said...

I'd love a chance to enter for the wonderful recipe book and especially your cheese!!
Thanks :)
kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

Jenn said...

Yum! Great recipes! Thanks for sharing! Will be back to check out more of your blog! Lucky you to get to do the early reviews! Keeping fingers crossed to win the cookbook!

Jenn

Anonymous said...

I love all of the GB books and have collected a few...I would love to add this one to my collection.
rockwido@yahoo.com

Marilyn said...

The recipes look yummy, especially the
Creamy Wild Rice Soup! I have a recipe that I often use but this one has some interesting ingredients. I will definitely be making this one!!

Mary Kay Frazier said...

I have been looking for a quick and easy wild rice soup recipe and this one looks great. I would love to enter the drawing.

Mary Kay Frazier @ mkfhjf@yahoo.com and on facebook

Lori said...

What a SweeT Giveaway!! Thanks for sharing!!

Susan said...

I would love to win. Thank you so much for the chance you are giving us to win. elaine1255(at)yahoo(dot)com

~~THE GONZALES TRIBE~~ said...

I absolutely love GBP cookbooks and I would love to add this one to my collection! Thanks for the opportunity!!
Nicole
luv2teech71@hotmail.com

Kelly said...

I would love to win this cookbook. In the process of looking for new and flavorful recipes for our family dinners. Fingers crossed :)

Kelly said...

Just left a comment, but if chosen as the winner, you can contact me at kellables@gmail.com , or on Facebook Kelly Kyler MacDonald

Jules said...

I would love to win this!! That macaroni sounds great!

juliesimpson73@hotmail.com

jenny said...

Hi Renae-Can't wait to try the Cowboy mac n cheese...I've copied the recipe to carry to the grocery store with me. I'd love to win the cookbook and your cheese is a super added bonus. Thanks for all you do with your site...it's absolutely wonderful! Jenny S Morrell
elmo4@shtc.net

maskedraiderfan said...

I can't wait to try the Cowboy Mac and Cheese. I have a 2 yr old granddaughter who loves Mac and Cheese. I would also love to have the new cookbook because I find myself cooking more often since my daughter and granddaughter moved back in with me.
Thank you
maskedraiderfan@yahoo.com

Lori said...

I am trying your soup recipe tomorrow. We are supposed to have a winter storm and this will be perfect. Especially beings I have all of the ingredients on hand and live 60 miles from the grocery store! :)

Love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks!

Nevadanne said...

This soup looks so yummy! We're having a rainy day here today so it would be extra warming! Think I'll make it tonight!

Anonymous said...

ok -- now that I'm going to have to make the soup - I'm going to have to get some cheese to go with it! I'd love to win!! - pupnpony

lmjrocko said...

Great book. Thanks for the chance to win it!

Mrs. Gooding said...

I would looove to win this Gooseberry Patch Cookbook! Yum! You can email me at kapopovi@purdue.edu! Thanks!

Paula said...

Love to find new blogs, how exciting that you make your own cheese. My cousin's husband is a vet in Ireland and they have a dear friend who has had great success in producing cheeses on her dairy farm, best of luck in this venture. Love Gooseberry also, the recipes you cooked look yummy!

maggie liz said...

I would love to win this Cookbook....thanks for the chance......

Ruth Messenger said...

I would love to have a copy of this cookbook!! The recipes sound great!

Nicole Lord said...

Thanks so much for sharing the recipes. They look scrumptious! I would love to win this gooseberry patch book.

Linda Dubbelman said...

Thanks for sharing those recipes, they sound yummy. I'd love to win the cookbook!!! :)
lcdubbelman@telus.net

mschatham said...

I would love to win this cookbook as I am always trying to find new recipes to try for my family. The soup recipes sounds yummy and will be making them soon!

RISE'N SHINE said...

Oh my, what a treat winning that book would be. Thanks for giving it away. I'll be waiting for your email at risenshine165 (at) gmail.com

Dorothy Payette

Lori said...

I would love a shot at winning this book. Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

I really need....another Gooseberry Cookbook!!! :-)
Wanda Newman

Angela Regan said...

I would like a copy of this recipe book, you can find me on my facebook page (Angela Dunman Regan). Thanks!
Angela

kim said...

happy to have found your blog.....i love gooseberry patch!the cheese sounds yummy....kimbearly123@aol.com

Patricia P. said...

The recipes sound really good. Would love to win.
choirlady27@hotmail.com

Judie said...

The recipes sound yummy...can't wait to try them! I have been buying from Gooseberry Patch for years and LOVE everything, especiallly the cookbooks. I do not have this one and would really like to be entered in the drawing to receive it! Thanks for posting your recipes! Judie (I'm on Facebook)

Barbara said...

Both sound really good, off to the kitchen I go, which one for supper tonight?

Cindy said...

That soup really does look yummy! I would love to win this cookbook! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

mjcook said...

Thanks for the great recipes.Your cookbooks are wonderful and i would love to win one.Good food always makes me smile.God Bless..

Mary Paz said...

I would love the cookbook. That soup looks yummy. Just perfect for a rainy day like today.

bairdmtn said...

Looks like some great recipes! Mom's cooking is always better than anyone else's, isn't it!!! I would LOVE to win this cookbook so I can try all of "Mom's" recipes!!

Sandy said...

All these recipes sound soooo good. I would love to add this book to my collection..

Anonymous said...

Both recipes sound good! Please enter me in the drawing - Nancy Swecker on FB, nannyrae2003@yahoo.com

Pam Baer said...

I love your recipes, and the helpful hints at the bottom of the recipe pages.I would love to win the cookbook.My mom who passed away 3yrs ago. These cookbooks with mom on has a very special meaning in my heart..... Thank you
Pam Baer

Donna Patterson said...

I would love to have the book! Everything looks so yummy!

NO REASON NEEDED said...

Please count me in... YOUR BLOG ROCKS!!!

daldak01 at yahoo dot com

carkat said...

It would be sooo great to win the cookbook!!!! I have 2 girls who are preteen and love to help in the kitchen. They love to try new things and this would just be a great addition for learning to cook.
jeffdebbie1995@msn.com, or on facebook.. Debra Calkins cottage grove,oregon

Anonymous said...

Hi, Renae!

I would LOVE to win this Gooseberry Patch cookbook. I love the ones I have, and this one sounds expecially good!

Melanie
(on Facebook - Melanie Fonseca Kohler)

bethclm06 said...

I would love to win the cookbook, interested in trying new recipies all the time. Absolutely love Gooseberry Cookbooks, recipies are so easy and call for ingredients I usually have on hand! Thankyou for sharing and giving everyone a chance to win a great cookbook
bethclm@hotmaill.com

Anonymous said...

I too would love to try a Gooseberry Patch Cookbook. So put my name in that drawing. And thank you for sharing.
Lisa
batchbee@yahoo.com

Rachel Ground said...

My kiddos would like the Cowboy Mac and Cheese. We will have to try that one! Thanks for sharing!

I am looking forward to cookie book though!

Rachel Ground

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this cookbook! Ksunnenberg@hotmail.com

Aunt lodi said...

Would love to win the cookbook,
the cheese & extra special bonus. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks for sharing the recipes.

Charles said...

I love your cheese and of course I would like to win a book. Hope everything is well.

Angie I said...

Thank you for the reviews and the giveaway. I would love to win this cookbook.

Lynn Rogers said...

What a neat idea, Renae! You have a great blog here and are such a super person. I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks and would enjoy a new one. But the best thing would be some of your wonderful cheese!! Gotta support those Jersey farmers!

Brenda said...

Both recipes look really good. I will try them out this week. Gooseberry Patch cookbooks have such wonderful recipes with things you normally have in your kitchen and are cost effective for the family. Got to love them! I would like to win this book. Cheese sounds great too. Havn't got a chance to make goat cheese yet. My Dad raises goats and I have always wanted to try it. Thanks! Brenda!
brlee58@yahoo.com

Becca said...

New to the Gooseberry books, would love to be entered into your drawing to win the book, thanks!

Ann Brandau said...

Neat website. Love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks but would love to win this one.....

Romantic Dinner said...

Yummy, Lovely and colorful its recipe i loved that and great your idea . thanks for nice sharing .........

Anonymous said...

I would love to win "Moms Very Best Recipes cookbook so I could sit with a cup of tea and remember when....

Joanne Rappleyea
Cato, NY
Chasetaz@hotmail.com

Susan said...

Thanks so much for chance to win. These recipes look so good.

Anonymous said...

Terry said : I'm a newly retired school counselor keeping her 3 grandsons with the time to cook now. Would really like to start with this cookbook from Gooseberry Patch.

Carol Ann said...

I would love to win this cookbook. I enjoy the simple, down-home creations in the Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks.

Carol Ann
carolagregg@me.com

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