Friday, May 25, 2012

The Christmas Table~ Recipe Review

It's May, Memorial Day weekend and we're hot here in Ohio! Is everyone ready for the big cookouts and the weekend welcome to summer??
I have some recipes, and even though the cookbook is Christmas, these will be extra yummy for your holiday weekend.

I'm doing a review for Gooseberry Patch, and the cookbook is called The Christmas Table. This is a really good cookbook! And everything is made with ingredients that I have on hand.

The first recipe I made is called Easiest Baked Mac & Cheese. All I can say is YUM! And so easy! I think this recipe is perfect for a cookout. In fact, I may end up making this and taking it to a get together next weekend.

Easiest Baked Mac & Cheese

2-1/4 c. water
2 c. elbow macaroni, uncooked
1/4 c. butter
16-oz. container sour cream
2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

In a saucepan over high heat, bring water to a boil. In a greased 13"x9" baking pan, stir together uncooked macaroni, butter, sour cream and cheese. Pour boiling water over top; stir to combine. Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Serves 4-6.

*I used Dreamfields penne pasta in place of the elbow macaroni. It was what I had. :)

Francie's Greek Salad

1 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
1 onion, diced
2 tomatoes, chopped
4-oz. pkg. crumbled feta cheese
1 c. pitted black olives

In a large serving bowl, combine all ingredients. Toss with Greek dressing just before serving.
Serves 8.

Greek Dressing

1/3 c. canola oil
1/3 c. olive oil
1/3 c. red wine vinegar
1 T. dried oregano
2 t. salt
1 t. pepper
1 t. garlic powder

Combine all ingredients in a tightly covered jar; shake well.

Cinnamon Roll Cake

18-1/2 oz. pkg. yellow cake mix
1 c. brown sugar, packed
1 T. cinnamon
2 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. milk
1-1/2 t. vanilla extract

Prepare cake mixture according to package directions; spread half the batter in a greased 13"x9" baking pan. In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over batter. Top with remaining batter. Run a table knife through the layers to create swirls. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. In a bowl, combine powdered sugar, milk and vanilla, adding more milk if needed to reach desired consistency. Spread over warm cake. Cut into squares and serve. Serves 10.

 How would you like to have a copy of this cookbook?? Leave a comment on this blog post and you will be entered! Please leave an email address so that I am able to contact you. :)  Giveaway starts now, and will end June 10, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. I'll announce a winner at 7:00 p.m.

Have a great holiday weekend!


suburban prep said...

mac & cheese is a favorite meal in my family. This recipe looks good.
Have a great weekend.

msgb245 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Great recipes! Might have to make the cinnamon cake one this weekend (I have a sweet tooth!)

Would love to add this book to my collection!


Cyndi - YaYa said...

Oh my goodness! Everything looks great.. I'll be trying them out soon! By the way.. I'm going to be stalking.. I mean following your blog! hahah

Anonymous said...

The Mac/Cheese recipe sounds so simple but tasty..will be trying this one really soon...Thanks for letting me sign up for a chance to win a GP book too...LOVE them of course. I've not been published but one time but I know you've been in there several times...may I ask how many times you've been published?


Cindy said...

Hi Renae,
I actually already will be receiving this cookbook as I am published in it with my French Apple Cobbler recipe but I wanted to say your post is great. The recipes look scrumptious!You are doing a great job with the reviews and everything on your blog! Love it all!
Cindy Beach

Mardell said...

Hi Renae,
Nice to see you again! The cake sounds delicious and easy. It's way too hot to turn on the oven though. I've copied it down to save for another day. Thanks and have a great holiday weekend.

Julie said...

I would so love to win this :)
thanks and have a great weekend

ddmilner said...

Mmmm, the mac and cheese and the cinnamon roll cake sound like great comfort food! Would love to win this cookbook as mine are in storage until we move into a house in July. I'm sure my family is ready for something new!

A Nest in the Rocks said...

Oh, I love mac 'n' cheese, and that one sounds yummy!

Erin said...

Looks delish. Love GBP.


Anonymous said...

These recipes look great! I can only imagine how yummy all the recipes are in this cookbook. I hope I'll get to find out! Oh...and I love the cover!!!!


Anonymous said...

These all look really good and i would love to try them


flowerchild said...

Sounds and looks like a yummy mac and cheese

Anonymous said...

Hi Renae,

I love your site, it is so colorful! I think the Cinnamon Roll Cake looks very good. I am going to make it this weekend.


C. Hope said...

Love Greek Salad...can't wait to try this one! Thanks so much for this opportunity!

Jill said...

I would love to win this - I love Gooseberry Patch!! The cinnamon roll cake sounds wonderful :)

luvcooking2 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to try the recipes. They sound so good. Thanks for reviewing the cookbook.


Anonymous said...

I can't wait to try these yummy looking recipes. Would love to win this cookbook to add to my collection.


Anonymous said...

Anxious to try the cinnamon cake. I'm hoping to add this cookbook to my collection. Have a wonderful day!


Carolyn said...

Mac n cheese is a favorite of mine!Your recipe sounds easy & yummy! Good combo! :) Love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks - they are my favorite of any cookbooks I have ever had! Would like to add this one to my collection! Thanx and God bless! :)

Carolyn said...

Sorry, I forgot to leave my email address in th last comment - it's Carolyn -

Traci said...

I'd love to win a copy of this book! And I just may have to try that mac & cheese recipe.

Anonymous said...

I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks. Thank you for the giveaway!


Anonymous said...

The mac & cheese and cinnamon cake look/sound awesome. Will have to try them soon. I am enjoying your blog.
Thanks for taking the time to do the reviews.

Kellykcmom said...

Yaaay Gooseberry Patch!! I love their cookbooks too! I think that the Cinnamon Roll Cake looks divine!! Just imagining slathering a warm cake with powdered sugaer frosting made my mouth water! :) Thanks so much for sharing!

Anonymous said...

That looks so good. I just love Gooseberry Patch!!!

Staci said...

Wow! All of those recipes sound delicious and the mac and cheese looks comforting!

Anonymous said...

This cookbooks looks terrific, but then again all of the Gooseberry Patch look yummy! If I am not lucky to win one...I will be sure to buy it. Can't wait to try the recipes!

grammy and papi said...

This cookbook sounds really interesting....please enter me in the contest to win one. Thank you for hosting the review.

Have a God Filled Day

flowerchild said...

Did you choose a winner?

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