Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Cookbook Review And Giveaway! ~GBP Fresh From the Farmstand

The folks at Gooseberry Patch has again asked me to review a new cookbook, Fresh From the Farmstand !(click on "Fresh From the Farmstand" to view more) This is a wonderful cookbook! The recipes are full of yummy fresh veggies and fruit! The hard part was choosing recipes to share with you!

Here in Ohio our weather has been so cloudy and rainy, and of course for me that is PERFECT soup weather! The first recipe I chose to review was Miss Mary's Potato Soup. Such a comfort food! I love soup and I love comfort food!

Miss Mary's Potato Soup

1/2 lb. bacon diced
1 onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
8 c. water
1/4 c. chicken soup base
4 c. milk
6 potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 t. pepper
1/2 t. dill weed
1/4 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. all-purpose flour

In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook bacon and onion until bacon is crisp. Add celery and cook for about 10 minutes over medium-low heat; drain. Stir in water and soup base; bring to a low boil. Add milk, potatoes, pepper and dill weed; cook until potatoes are soft, about 15 minutes. To thicken, blend butter and flour in a bowl ; add one cup fo hot soup broth and mix well. Add to soup and stir well; cook and stir until thickened. Serves 8.

I'm always looking for recipes for lunch. That is our break time in between chores. So, I like to find something that is easy and quick. Mom's Meat Rice was perfect!

Mom's Meat Rice

1 lb. ground beef
3 green, red and/or yellow peppers, chopped
1 sweet onion, chopped
1 T. canola oil
3 c. cooked rice
salt and pepper to taste

Brown beef in a skillet over medium heat; drain and remove to a bowl. In same skillet, cook peppers and onion in oil; drain. Add beef and cooked rice to vegetables; season with salt and pepper. Warm together over low heat until hot and bubbly. Serves 4-6.

And of course, that brings us to my favorite thing...dessert! We LOVE carrot cake at our house. It has carrots in it, so that means it's healthy. That's what I'm sticking with anyway...as I have a second helping!

Made-From-Scratch Carrot Cake

4 eggs, beaten
3/4 c. canola oil
1/2 c. applesauce
1 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar, packed
1 T. vanilla extract
2 c. all-purpose flour
2 t. baking powder
2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 T. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
3 c. carrots, peeled and grated
Optional: 1-1/2 c. chopped pecans, divided

In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil, applesauce, sugars and vanilla. Add remaining ingredients except carrots and pecans, mix well. Stir in carrots; fold in one cup pecans, if desired. Pour into a greased 13x9" baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes; turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. Frost; sprinkle with remaining pecans, if desired. Serves 12-18.


1/2 c. butter, softened
8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
4 c. powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Beat until smooth and creamy.

Gooseberry patch has sent me an extra copy of this book to give away! I'm so excited to find someone to give Fresh From the Farmstand to!

You have two chances to win!

1. Comment on this blog post about how you would like this book! Don't forget to include your email address so that I am able to contact you.

2. Like our Down on the Farm facebook page and leave a comment there. (click on "Down on the Farm" to go to the facebook page).

Deadline will be December 18, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. and the winner will be announced on December 19.

Good Luck!


grammy and papi said...

I sure could use some potato soup about now. Love it!!

Have a God Filled Day

moonsword said...

The recipes for Orange-Glazed Blueberry Scones and Pear Spice Pie sound so good! Thanks!

Lori said...

My oh my that carrot cake looks delicious! I've been wanting to make one since August but still haven't done so. Your picture is going to push me over the edge! lol Thanks for a chance to win.

Gooseberry Patch said...

Sounds perfect for this time of year...did you have tiny snowflakes this morning? We did! :)

Lisa said...

I would like this book for sure. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com

Snowmanlover said...

Wow, how lucky to review the book. Your recipes look soooo great. I am going to pin them on Pinterest and follow you also. Your blog is delightful!
Thank you for the chance to enter. I give Gooseberry Patch cookbooks as gifts but do not have one myself!
Hugs! barb at http://www.snowmanlover.blogspot.com

Amy said...

I love Gooseberry Patch and am so excited for this new book. Growing up on a farm I love recipes that use farm fresh ingredients!!!


Snowmanlover said...

Ooops, I don't think my post showed up so will try again.
I LOVE your site and am following you. Congrats on being featured in Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks!
I adore these cookbooks but always give them as gifts and am thankful for the chance to win one!
Your recipes look great. I am going to pin them on Pinterest.
I wish you had a "subscribe" button so I could get your updates by email .I did follow you in google reader though.
Thank you!
barb at http://www.snowmanlover.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win this cookbook!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sara Voges


Rosanne said...

I love these recipes, and creating homemade goodness for my family so would definitely use the book!

Anonymous said...

Teresa G
Cookbook sounds wonderful! Would love to win a copy!

Luvenia Jenkins said...

This looks like a wonderful book! Nothing better in the winter than potato soup!

Unknown said...

mmmm...I love carrot cake! I always have lots of potatoes and carrots on hand. Some potato soup and carrot cake sounds pretty good right about now!

MARY STOTT said...


Anonymous said...

Gooseberry Patch cookbooks never disappoint!


Anonymous said...

I have a country mom, and this cookbook sounds like home cooking, comfort style! Love it!


SavannahsSmiles said...

I would love to win!

Anonymous said...

Sounds delicious -- I love carrot cake! And I love Gooseberry Books!! :)

guileys at bellsouth dot net

Anonymous said...

Ohhh! I love gooseberry books and this one sounds like one I need :) -- I have never found a potato soup I was happy with -- think I might have to try this one!!!


jodi at hilltop dot net

Anonymous said...

Yum! you are making me hungry! :) Gooseberry Patch has the neatest books!


morgan at morgandenise dot com

Lynne said...


I love when you post recipes! I
made the Salisbury Steak last night for company and it was delicious! I can't believe that is one Goosebaerry Cookbook I have yet to buy. Hmmmm...maybe it's going to be a Merry Christmas to me! LOL

Lynne from GLU

Unknown said...

The carrot cake looks yummy. I would to get a chance to win. luckypookers9213@yahoo.com

Ruth Naylor said...

mmmm...I love carrot cake! I always have lots of potatoes and carrots on hand. Some potato soup and carrot cake sounds pretty good right about now! felicesr@gmail.com

Kim said...

We have chickens and a large garden so this cookbook would be a perfect pair!! I LOVE new recipes and my triplets love to help me cook new recipes too!

kwhorton (at) bellsouth (dot) net

Kim said...

I liked you on Facebook too!

kwhorton (at) bellsouth (dot) net

Robin said...

This book sounds great to me! We are just now finishing up our greenhouse on our new little farm! I hope I win this! Thanks for the opportunity! Blessings

Robin said...

Just "liked" you on Facebook!

gamermom1970 said...

This sounds like a great cookbook! May have to try the carrot cake recipe. That is my son's favorite! Health has put me off work so I've been turning to cooking and baking. Something I have done VERY little of til now. Cookbook would come in very handy.

Anonymous said...

Would love to win this cookbook! The carrot cake looks delicous. And, I love your blog!!!!

Betty said...

I would absolutely love to win this cookbook! Gooseberry Patch NEVER fails to supply great recipes!
Thank you for the opportunity!!!


Christine said...

My family and I love home cooking and are always looking for new healthy recipes. I would love a copy of the book!
Thank you for the chance to enter.


Rebecca W. said...

Oh, I would love to win this cookbook. The potato soup recipe alone takes me back to my childhood. My Nana always made me potato soup when I came to visit as it was my favorite. If a chicken and dumplings recipe is in there too I'll be in heaven!!!!


~Audrey~ said...

I would really like a copy of this book. I have a few of your other books and really love them.



Anonymous said...

Love to make fresh veggie recipes. Would love this for some new ideas. rutter_k@hotmail.com

Keri said...

I've loved everyone of your books and I'm sure I'm going to love this one too!

papel1 said...

I would love to win this cookbook. The carrot cake looks so good.

Anonymous said...

I liked Down on the farm on facebook & left a message. I would love to win Fresh from the Farmstand. I love Gooseberry Patch. Thanks, Teri

Laura said...

I'm a follower and I love Gooseberry Patch!

Jill said...

I just love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks! The recipes you posted sound wonderful and that carrot cake looks like a must have!!

~Jill (luvcooking2@yahoo.com)

Jill said...

I like you on FB

patti keil said...

This would be an awesome addition to my cookbook collection!


patti keil said...

I "like" you on facebook also!

patti keil said...

Oops guess I forgot to leave my email on the facebook fan message!


Anonymous said...

I have about 20 of Gooseberry Patch cookbooks. Every recipe is a winner!

Mel4972 said...

I can't wait to try the recipes! I'd love to have this cookbook..

Mel4972 said...

I can't wait to try the recipes! I hope I can get this cookbook!!

KarenPB said...

I love to try new recipes so I would love to have a chance to win this cookbook. I will try both recipes listed as my family loves potato soup and carrot cake.

Anonymous said...

I've caught a few of the free cookbooks and have reviewed several recipes that have been posted on the site. Really, I'm impressed and would love to have a copy of the cookbook to share ideas and hints with my daughter. If I should be so lucky, my e-mail address is vmhmkam@yahoo.com.

TammyJae said...

I would love to win this cookbook. My husband and I put in our very first container garden this past summer. Had lots of veggies, but need more ideas/recipes on how to use our home grown veggies.
I want to try making the potato soup, looks yummy!!
Thanks for the chance to win your cookbook!!

TammyJae said...

I would love to win this cookbook. My husband and I put in our very first container garden this past summer. Had lots of veggies, but need more ideas/recipes on how to use our home grown veggies.
I want to try making the potato soup, looks yummy!!
Thanks for the chance to win your cookbook!!

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