Monday, September 22, 2014

Slow-Cooker Fall Favorites~Review & Giveaway!

It's the first day of Fall, and the weather here in southeast Ohio is cool, cloudy with a few rain showers, which is a perfect fall day for me!

It's also perfect for a recipe review of Gooseberry Patch's newest cookbook, Slow-Cooker Fall Favorites. Chock full of comfort food recipes!

In addition to the wonderful recipes you expect from a Gooseberry Patch cookbook, there are also  memories shared by Gooseberry Patch fans, in the first chapter, Autumn's in the Air. Other chapters include, Morning Frost on the Pumpkins, Tailgating with Family & Friends, Off to the Pumpkin Patch, Gather 'Round the Table and Sweet Treats Around the Bonfire.

My family loves soups & stews when the weather gets colder.
We especially enjoyed the Zuppa Pizzeria.

Zuppa Pizzeria
submitted by: Melinda Schadler of Fargo, ND
1 lb. ground Italian pork sausage, browned
14-1/2 oz. can diced tomatoes with garlic, basil and oregano
4-oz. an sliced mushrooms
14-1/2 oz. pkg. pepperoni slices, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
1 c. water
1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
Garnish: 1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
Brown sausage in a skillet over medium heat; drain. Combine sausage, undrained tomatoes, undrained mushrooms and remaining ingredients, except garnish in a slow cooker; stir to mix well. Cover and cook on low setting for 4 to 6 hours, until vegetables are tender. Ladle into bowls; sprinkle with cheese. Serves 6 to 8.
Sandy's BBQ Pulled Pork with Root Beer
submitted by: Diane Holland of Galena, IL
3 to 4 lb. pork shoulder roast
2-ltr. bottle favorite root beer
18-oz. jar favorite barbecue sauce
8 to 12 hoagie buns, split
Place pork roast in a slow cooker; add enough root beer to cover roast. Cover and cook on low setting for 8 to 9  hours, until pork is very tender. Remove from slow cooker to a large bowl; drain and discard root beer and drippings. Shred pork with 2 forks; return to slow cooker. Add barbecue sauce to desired consistency; cover and warm through. To serve; spoon pork and sauce onto hoagie buns. Serves 8 to 12.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
submitted by: Marsha Baker of Pioneer, OH
2 c. milk
1/2 c. brewed espresso or 3/4 c. strong brewed coffee
2 T. canned pumpkin
2 T. sugar
2 T. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Garnish: whipped cream, cinnamon
Combine milk and espresso or coffee in a mini slow cooker. Whisk in pumpkin, sugar, vanilla and spice until combined. Cover and cook on high setting for 2 hours, or until warmed through. Whisk again before serving. Top mugs with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon. Serves 2 to 3.
You have a chance to win a copy of this cookbook!
Leave a comment on this blog post or on our fb page, what is your favorite fall activity?
Mine would be the upcoming Barnesville Pumpkin Festival. We go every year and enjoy a lot of good food!
The giveaway starts today, the first day of fall, and I will pick a random winner on Sweetest Day, October 18, at 9:00 p.m. What would be sweeter than winning a copy of this book??
Contest is open to the the U.S. excluding Hawaii and Alaska. Winner will be notified by email, and will have 48 hours to respond. After that, another winner will be chosen. Please include and email address so that I can contact you! Thanks!
Good Luck! :)


Connie Gail said...

I was real happy to see that Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe! I love making them at home so I can have them anytime I want. lol! Favorite fall activity? Taking walks through our neighborhood (we live in the mountains) to behold all the beautiful fall colors and making yummy fall time dishes! :-)

Linda Harris said...

Has to be Trick or treating at Hubby's campground the first week of October, Always a fun time with awesome soups at the end of it around the fire!!!

Gert said...

Love the pumpkin spice latte recipe! In the fall we love to go to the local apple orchard and get different apples! There are so many recipes I enjoy with apples!

Thank you for offering this wonderful giveaway!


PS This would be the sweetest

Amy Long said...

Apple picking by far!

Mrs Creager said...

Love the pumpkin spice latte! My favorite thing to do in the fall is going out in the country and just sight seeing and taking beautiful photos of the different fall colors. I love fall!

Christie said...

Apple orchard and hayrack rides!

Anonymous said...

My favorite Autumn activities are baking, driving through the country seeing the gorgeous colors, picking out a pumpkin and carving it, and going to football games :) My email is Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

Anonymous said...

My favorite fall activity is high school football. It is a chance to see the high school marching band in action.
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Jeanette Smith said...

Racking leaves with my children, watching them jump in the piles, then filling those garbage bags that are decorated to look like jack-o-laterns with the leaves. We then use them to decorate our front yard with along with great looking gourds, corn stalk bundles and of course some real jack-o-laterns!!!! Then we go in have some hot cocoa and warm delicious soup that has been cooking in the slow cooker all day while we've been having fun.

Lynda Richardson said...

Trick or Treat in the 50s was the best! Never afraid to go to any house or take any treat (really preferred getting homemade ones!)...innocent times long gone, for sure.

Anonymous said...

My favorite fall activity is going to our local Pumpkin Patch. It is so much fun!
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Anonymous said...

I like to play outside in the leaves with my dogs. They think it is so much fun!
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Jeanne E. Caia said...

The Naples Grape Festival!

Patricia Spencer said...

Everyone needs this cookbook!

Connie Lee said...

My favorite fall activity is taking walks in the colorful fallen leaves.

cindy steele said...

I enjoy watching my kids playing in the piles of leaves they've made & just soaking up the beautiful scenery and colors. this is also my favorite time to cook. email is

Unknown said...

Anything outside in the fall. Love the colder weather and the bright colors. Indoors is finally cool enough for daily baking and canning. One can never have enough cookbooks to look through

Anonymous said...

I love taking walks thru the woods with the different colored leaves falling all around me. I also love the fact that I can wear a hoodie and be comfy!!

Love this season!!

Anonymous said...

I posted above but realized I should have written my full name - sorry Renae.

I love everything about this season.

Marion Clark

Anonymous said...

going to local place called GreenBluff. getting pumpins and apples with the family.

Granny Val said...

I love going for drives and taking in all the fall colors and sites and smells ! Also football games , bonfires , hot chocolate ! What's not to like about Fall ?! ~

Brenda Peterson said...

My favorite fall activity is going to Papa's Pumpkin Patch in Bismarck, North Dakota, with the grandchildren. This year my grandson took me. It was fun watching my great-granddaughter.

lisamcf said...

going camping

Anonymous said...

My favorite fall activity - drinking a cup of pumpkin spice latte while watching the leaves fall.


Shannon Dunn said...

I simply adore taking trips to the apple orchard and the pumpkin patch, but my favorite fall activity is most definitely decorating my home with charming little Halloween and Harvest touches. It just warms my heart and makes my surroundings such an enchanted place to be. I love fall!

Tabitha Greatorex said...

Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love the leave changing, pumpkin patch, the weather. It just doesn't last long enough!!

Lori said...

Hiking and baking are my favorite things to do in the fall♡

Elizabeth said...

Our favorite fall activity when we were kids was raking the leaves and jumping in them over and over again. However, we live in an area where it's pines and evergreens, so very little to rake. With my children we like to make soups and chills and even best of all - homemade apple pie and gingerbread. The house always smells delightful this time of year!

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