Monday, January 14, 2013

Slow Cooking All Year 'Round....Review & Giveaway!





I'm excited to share some recipes with you from Gooseberry Patch's newest cookbook,

 
The first recipe I chose, Chicken & Wild Rice Soup, from the chapter
"Warming Winter Dishes".
My family enjoyes soups during the cold winter months, and I love that it is ready when I come home from work!
 
 
Chicken & Wild Rice Soup
 
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs cubed
1/2 c. onion, chopped
1 c. celery, sliced
1 c. carrot, peeled and diced
6-oz. pkg. long grain and wild rice mix
3 14-1/2 oz. cans chicken broth
2 c. water
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 T. dried parsley
Optional: 2 t. white vinegar
 
In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients except vinegar; mix well. Cover and cook on low setting for 6 to 7 hours, or on high setting for 4 to 5 hours, until chicken is tender. Stir in vinegar, if desired. Sprinkle with parsley. Serves 9.
 
 
 
Shamrock Breakfast Bake a recipe that is ready when you wake up in the morning. I put it together and started it as I went to bed. The house smelled yummy when we woke up! It's  is from the springtime chaper called "Simply Speedy Springtime".
 
 
 
Shamrock Breakfast Bake
 
1/2 lb. ground pork breakfast sausage, browned and crumbled
4-oz.can diced green chilies, drained
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced
1-1/2 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
10 eggs, beaten
 
Spray a slow cooker with non-stick vegetable spray. Add 1/3 of sausage to slow cooker; top with 1/3 each of chilies, onion, pepper and cheese. Repeat layers, ending with a layer of cheese. Pour eggs over top. Cover and cook on low setting for 7-8 hours, until cooked through. Serves 4 to 5.
 
 
The chapter "Slow & Easy Summer" I chose Chicken & Black Beans. We like to serve this over white rice.
 
 
 
Chicken & Black Beans
 
4 to 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
15-oz. can corn, drained
16-oz. jar salsa
8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, cubed
 
Place chicken in a slow cooker. Add beans and corn; pour salsa over top. Cover and cook on high setting for 4 hours. Add cream cheese. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes longer, or until cream cheese melts. Stir sauce before serving. Serves 4 to 5.
 
 
Now, my favorite season of all for cooking and baking....fall. And "Hearty Harvest Favorites" chapter is full of some wonderful, cozy fall recipes! I chose Penny Social Pulled Pork. It was a wonderful treat to come home from work one evening to these sandwiches.
 
 
 
Penny Social Pulled Pork
 
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 lb. boneless pork loin
2 T. garlic, minced
32-oz. container beef broth
18-oz. bottle barbecue sauce
16 sandwich buns
 
Place onion, pork, garlic and broth in a large slow cooker. Cover and cook on high setting for 6 to 7 hours, until pork is fork-tender. Drain slow cooker; shred pork with two forks. Add barbecue sauce, a little at a time, until you have it as saucy as you want. Reduce temperature to low setting. Servie on buns with additional sauce, if desired. Makes 16 servings.
 
 
 This cookbook is full of yummy, easy recipes. Perfect for our busy schedules. It's wonderful to come home from work and school, and sit down to a hot meal!
 
 
 Giveaway!
 
If you would like a chance to win a copy of this cookbook just leave a comment to this blog post, along with an email address so that I can contact you if you win. In your comment, just for fun to go along with the theme of the cookbook, what is your favorite season. Giveaway begins tonight, January 14, and ends
Thursday, January 31 @ 7 p.m.
Good Luck!!!
 
 
 
 

101 comments:

Kim said...

I love spring and fall....but in Alabama we typically get summer and more summer with a little fall! :)
kwhorton (at) bellsouth (dot) net

Michelle said...

I love my crock pot!There is nothing like one dish meals and the welcoming fragrance of a meal that feels like someone else made it. ;) As many different types of food as I have made in my crock pot I've never made anything for breakfast. I am going to try the Shamrock Breakfast Bake. My family enjoys breakfast together on the weekends. Thanks for the Gooseberry Patch Reviews. I had never heard of their cook books until you started reviewing them. Now they are one of my favorites. I appreciate the chance to enter the give away.

Wendi said...

Spring is my favorite. I love when things start to green up and the flowers are blooming. The warmer weather isn't to bad either!

Lynne said...

Fall and it's all of course! :-)

I just may have to try the Chicken Soup this week! Our weather has turned bitterly cold once again.

Lhazeleyes61@gmail.com

Take Care Renae!
Lynne from GLU

Terri Steffes said...

All of them sound so good! Terristeffes1117@gmail.com

Terri Steffes said...

Oops! Forgot my favorite season! It's always the one I am in!

Maggie said...

Maggie Ham
hamfam00@att.net
Fall :) just love the colors, the cooler weather, and all the apples and pumpkins :)

Anonymous said...

Katrinia Monroe, katloubyemtbc@yahoo.com

My favorite season is Spring. They temperatures are just right and everything starts to bloom and chirp around me. Thanks for offering the opportunity to win this cookbook. I love to cook and love Gooseberry Patch.

Anonymous said...

My all time favorite season is Fall! I love the crisp air, the beautiful colors, Halloween! But especially the wonderful recipes for comfort foods, and creative desserts! I'd love a copy of your new cook book! Thank-you in advance if I win!
~April Lynn Kelley
tallibaby@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Jessica Isaac
jmisaac525@hotmail.com

Fall is my favorite season! Love the cool weather, the colors, and fall festivals! I love everything Fall I cant get enough!!

Deborah said...

I love crock pot recipes and fall is my favorite seasons.

Anonymous said...

I love summer - I hate shoes and all the sweaters, etc. and anything cool to eat makes it even better. Thanks! BettyeKelley1@aol.com

Connie said...

I love spring and summer because I am an outdoor person but autumn is a favorite just for the sheer beauty that we are privileged to see. No artist has ever painted a more beautiful picture than the one we see in God's handiwork!!

Anonymous said...

I love all of my Gooseberry Patch Cook books. My slow cooker is one of my favorites also because I'm able to do other things then being stuck in the kitchen. With these two I'm able to find recipes that feed the kids.

Anonymous said...

I love the vivid colors and crisp, clean air of fall. But I'm very partial to the promise of spring: the brightness of new green grass and new leaves unfurling on the trees! Can't wait to try the Penny Social Pulled Pork...YUM!

Jan said...

I Love Spring when God's earth is turning green & everything seems to come to life. When you planting your garden, The birds are singing in full volume. I love new recipes & trying them out on the family.jlm_4_christ@yahoo.com

Virginia-Ann said...
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Virginia-Ann said...

Fall is my favorite season, and I love seasonal recipes. Thanks for the most generous contest for a wonderful and useful cookbook. Gmaginnie@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite season is fall - I love the colors, the smells - the weather!!

Brooke Cassinelli said...

My favorite time of year is FALL... although right now Spring and Summer are sounding really good in ID where it's a balmy 19 degrees!!

robinns said...

Fall is my favorite season and slowcooking is my favorite way to cook! Gooseberry Patch has so many great cookbooks. I'm sure their newest one will be a winner too!

Kerry said...

Love fall, love crock pot meals, love Gooseberry Patch! Win, win, win! kerry.mohondro@comcast.net

Claudette Adams said...

After Cancer I love them all!

Shirl Huscher said...

This is a beautiful book and I have been wanting some crockpot recepies! Fall is my favorite season with the weather cooling down and the pumpkins appearing. I love Thanksgiving foods too! Thank you so much!
bubberachel@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I love the Fall! I love baking so when the air starts to turn cool...that means it's time to turn the oven on! I could use a cookbook with good slow cooker recipes! That is one book lacking in my collection!

Sharry M. at shysaver2@yahoo.com

flowerchild said...

My favourite season is the Fall. Thanks for the giveaway
flower_child_23(at)hotmail(dot)com

Jen said...

My favorite season is autumn. But I love to use my crockpot all year round. This looks like a wonderful book.

Anonymous said...

I love the goosebooks very much the recipes are very easy and simple. I really like the ones with the soups in and all of the baking ones also lol.

Anonymous said...

Spring is my favorite season ~ I love watching everything come back to life with the warmer weather!

Nancy
rgmnjm@msn.com

Anonymous said...

Love my crockpot. Would be great to have more recipes.

mabarts1@charter.net

Anonymous said...

I would like to win this book, because I do cook in my crockpot a lot and I run out of ideas to use. My husband & I work at a Technology Center of an evening and I bring our supper every evening. I use either my crockpot or an electric skillet to cook in. I would like some healthy and easy recipes to be able to use.

Anonymous said...

I enjoy new crockpot recipes.

Anonymous said...

I love ALL of them....Snow in the winter, flowers in the spring, boating & fishing in the summer and turning of the leaves in the fall. "These are a few of my favorite things"! pmbeach@insightbb.com

Kathy M. said...

I love spring when everything is begining anew.
kay___41@hotmail.com

Cyndi - YaYa said...

Winter.. definitely Winter is my favorite month!!! Slow cooking goes right along with it too! Anxious to get this book and try the recipes. I love,Love...LOVE slowcookers!!!

Anonymous said...

Love new crockpot recipes

Beth said...

My favorite season is Fall. I love the cooler weather and the Fall colors.

bethhall87@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I love spring. Everything seems all fresh and new again.
nitithom@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

These recipes all sound yummy, especially the chicken and black beans! My favorite season is summer! I hope I win!
jenny.brooks@verizon.net

Jenny in Florida

stef42678 said...

My favorite season is summer, when I can swim and wear flip flops everyday in the warm sunshine!

stef42678@cox.net

Denise said...

I love Autunm! It is so colorful and " sweater-weather" is the perfect forecast!

Mackey136@yahoo.com

Michelle said...

So, I read some of the comments from yesterday and realized that I didn't follow directions...I didn't talk about my favorite season. I like warm weather, so usually late spring through early autumn. However, I like cooking cold weather foods better like soup, bread, casseroles, etc.

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said...

I love Fall because of all the beautiful colors :)

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Renae,
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Gayle said...

My favorite season is Spring since my birthday is on the first day of Spring..next favorite would be Fall...thanks so much for the contest..the recipes you posted sound so yummy; I plan to try several of them. Gayle email addy: gdaniel5@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

I get teased that my slow cooker is my BFF. Hey, I could do worse! My favorite season is Spring. The world coming back to life after a long winter's nap.

linda_behling said...

Hi Renae,
I love your blog and will be following you. My favorite season is usually the one we're in. I know that sounds strange, but I tend to love the seaon we're in. In the Spring I'm excited about the new growth and the promise of beauty in our gardens...in the summer ~~ I love the outdoor activities that it brings. Fall is spectacular with color and winter is full of Christmas (my favorite holiday), family, friends, coziness, cuddlyness ..and winter sports. I hope this makes sense.. LOL..

Anonymous said...

Renae thanks for the review! This book sounds like a must have! I love having dinner ready when i walk in the door. Gonna have try the recipes you posted!
Elizabeth

elizabethcassinos@yahoo.com

Terri Steffes said...

This is awesome!

Zoe said...

Love to set slow cooker then go to work. It smells and tastes so good when I get home. So easy to do but need more recipes. Running out of my own. Resqzoe@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I need something else to fix in my crock pot besides chili and this chicken soup sounds easy! Love it!!

apple blossom said...

oh, thanks for the chance to win a Gooseberry Patch cookbook

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Reza said...

I can't wait to try the recipes you posted! Please enter me to win a cookbook. :-)
mommyrazz@gmail.com

Deanne G said...

I LOVE fall. With football season and then all the Holidays PLUS getting over the heat of the summer, it's the best time of year.

Thanks!
dcartegroves[at]gmail[dot]com

Laurie Cox said...

I LOVE WINTER!!!!!! I love to cook soups and breads for dinner and love to be nice and warm in the house on a cold winter's evening. This cookbook sounds awesome!!!
jnlcox(@)cleaninter(.)net

Anonymous said...

I think Fall is my favorite season during the summer months, but during the winter, I can't wait for Spring! This sounds like a great cookbook. Thanks for the chance to win!
June in KS
jaybeesbiz@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Fall is ny favorite season. With 2 kids, a full time job, girl scouts & cheerleading the slow cooker is a life saver. This sounds like an awesome cookbook!
Stacy
brownlpn30@yahoo.com

Cathy Young said...

The Shamrock Breakfast Bake looks awesome. I would love to win the cookbook!
gpd628@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I love these books....better thank romance novels...LOL!! Hope I'm the lucky one....just once in my life! Thanks...Deb

dnelson252@earthlink.net

Devi @ Diddles and Dumplings said...

My favorite season is Fall! I loveeee the weather! :)

Sherri M said...

Fall is my favorite season. I would LOVE this Year round crockpot cookbook.

Sherri M said...

I forgot to leave my email. smorri32@utk.edu. ANd again I love Fall.

David Majocha said...

Nobody is better than these ladies!

Rebecca G (rgdowski77@yahoo.com) said...

I love Winter.

Anonymous said...

I love FALL!! The smells of cinnamon and nutmeg would make anyone want to bake up something with apples!!
Melissa Bucur
buctwins@att.net

Anonymous said...

Julie J (jk-jones@rogers.com)
My favorite season is Autumn

Anonymous said...

I love all the seasons. I love when things start to grow, flowers bloom, the vegetables ripen, the leaves change and the snow falls! Kmccall1963@hotmail.com- Karen

susanlulu said...

My favorite season is fall.
susanlulu@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I love spring the best :)
Lisa_sanders 59@yahoo.com

Marlene said...

Thanks for the opportunity to view the recipes, the blackbean and chicken recipe sounds so good. Actually Spring is my favorite season. I love the smell of fresh, new growth and the flowers with their green buds starting to form. The anticipation of the colors and fragrances of the flowers. So invigorating and exciting.

Anonymous said...

I'm gona have to say Spring and Fall tired of being cooped up all winter and Fall tired of all the hot weather. The Spring is bursting full of all the beautiful flowers and trees and the sweet smelling flowers. Fall is great for hikes in the woods with the beautiful leaves and cooler temps. I like to crock pot cook all year long! Meals are ready when the family comes home and I don't have to come home and cook!
Skullfox13@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Love your blog & thanks for a chance to win this great cookbook! Blessings!
Jo Gooden jgooden4slah@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

We love winter and all the comfort meals that come with it!!

Michelle
mmwright@bex.net

Annie said...

I love Spring! Its the renewal of the year to me. With the flowers and the trees in bloom! I was born on the first day of Spring. I love soups anytime of year, and will definitely be trying the Chicken soup!
P.S. Hello from Canada!

Anonymous said...

Fall and winter are my favorites for the slowcooker. Easy to do and the wonderful aromas are great to come home to.

Anonymous said...

My favorite time of year for using the crock pot is in the winter. So nice to come home to a home cooked meal at the end of a long, and usually cold day. With the weather here lately, you just never know!
burnett.tammy@gmail.com

Rebecca said...

I love using my crockpot in the Summer so that my kitchen stays cool. We also use it a lot for Church Potlucks and traveling.
rnjahnke@yahoo.com

deborah said...

Love to cook love gooseberry patch and love you cook books love to have your new one

Anonymous said...

Love Summer and Fall! Will be trying the chicken/rice soup recipe! Have many of your cookbooks! Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

Anita @ flaughera@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Paige
paigelfielding@yahoo.com

Favorite season is Fall. Absolutely in love with its colors, crisp air, comfort foods and Halloween!!! Love Gooseberry & my crock.

M.j. said...

I would love a chance to win. My ultimate favorite season is Fall. I could never leave the colors that appear in Ohio. ciao4now64 at yahoo dot com

Rebecca Carrion said...

i love winter just because i can make a warm meal and cuddle up with my love one and be all cozy. my email is mnncly@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Love fall and winter for the warm comfort foods. Great to cook in crockpot. My email is bawilliams2010@aol.com. This looks like a wonderful cookbook and would love to add to my collection.

Donna D. said...

I love spring because everything is fresh and new again. Here in Ohio we have a lot of winter gray skies. It's nice to see blue skies again.

Anonymous said...

As a single parent of 2 teenage girls, I use my crock pot a LOT! When I get home from work, supper's ready! My favorite season here in Colorado is Fall. Beautiful trees and great temperatures! Email/sgtbabs57@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...



Love Fall and love my crock pot . Use it a lot. Love crisp air and fall colors .Have their first crock pot cook book. Love me some Gooseberry Patch cook books . Nana27851@yahoo.com.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great recipes; hoping to get a lot more when I get the book!

Laura Larcom said...

Would love to add this cookbook to my collection!! Love a cookbook you can use all year and makes your life easier!

chastity said...

i love the fall season not to cold and not to hot and i also love ur cookbooks.

chastity said...

i forgot to leave my email address it cski1@hotmail.com sorry

sblady329 said...

My favorite season is Winter. I love to snuggle and cuddle by the fire with a good book. There is still time for me to cuddle up with this wonderful book! I hope I win, so I can! Thanks
sblady329@sbcglobal.net

Michelle Woster said...

I LOVE the Fall!!! Here in Oregon the colors are breathtaking when the leaves turn! It looks like the hills are on fire with red, yellow, orange, and more!! :) Time to bust out the crockpot and fill the house with the yummy smell that goes along with all the color!

Anonymous said...

I love all the seasons of the year! I grill just about all year long.

Crock pot recipes have changed a lot over the years and I am starting to change my mind about using a crock pot.

I haven't really used mine in years, but after seeing all of the delicious crock pot recipes on Facebook, I am pulling mine out of the back of the pantry. I just found a recipe for barbequed ribs that I am going to try this weekend.

Have a great day!

Renae said...

Thank you so much for visiting our blog and leaving a comment! So excited to announce a winner tomorrow! I've had so much fun reading which seasons you like and why. It's a toss up for me between Fall and Spring. Love mild weather with sunshine!

Waddels said...
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CJ Carrell said...

Love spring and fall. Spring for when we start gardening, Easter, new growth/flowers, birds, cool/crisp weather. Fall for the cool weather after an extremely hot summer. Love harvest season and Thanksgiving!

Thanks for a chance to win. CJ!

cjcarrell@windstream.net

Michelle said...

My favorite seasons are Spring and Fall,it just the right temperature to enjoy the outdoors.
seashellnc@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I love the fall, pretty skies, leaves and you couldn't ask for more perfect weather. Coming home to dinner being ready is the best!

Susan
Susanann67@centurylink.net

Anonymous said...

I must be the odd-man-out. I like the lazy-hazy days of summer. Grandkids are out of school, I get to spend more time with them, and things are not so rushed.
vbostic@sbcglobal.net

katie matthews said...

I Love Spring. The Smell Of Everything Blooming & The Crisp Weather Turning To Light Breezy Weather. Clothes Out On The Line & The Windows Open To Get The Winter Out Of The House. Ohhh How I Love Living In The Mountains :0)

Katie said...

Forgot To Leave My Email katiebear10584@yahoo.com

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