Cooking is one of the things I really like to do - cleaning up after cooking - not so much :) Luckily I have a husband that likes to try new foods, and we raised the boys to be the same. We will try anything once. So you can imagine the amount of cookbooks and cooking magazines I have. Well, actually you might not imagine quite big enough :)
While browsing the net I found this wonderful site with some really great looking cookbooks! Gooseberry Patch has way to many cookbooks for me to mention here, but I'll tell you about a few. They have cookbooks for Autumn cooking, cookbooks dedicated to Canning & Preserving, two wonderful looking cookbooks for Kids cooking, and some that I've been really looking at are the cookbooks with Slow Cooker recipes! There are just so many cookbooks - you will have to go see them for yourself.
I was given the opportunity to review and do a give away for one of their new cookbooks Dinner's on a Dime.
Had to take the picture of it standing up because as soon as I got home, I grabbed a bunch of paper clips, sat down on the couch and started going through the cookbook. After my first pass through I had almost 20 recipes marked that I wanted to try right away :) Each recipe is on it's own page, is easy to read and uses ingredients that you would have at home or that are easy to get at the local grocery store and not to expensive. Luckily the cookbook came on a Wed. so I had the whole weekend to try a bunch of the recipes! I remembered to take pictures of them so I could show you and tell you a bit about them.
The first recipe we tried was the Cream of Broccoli Soup. YUMMY!! I had tried to make Broccoli Soup before, but it was quite green and the family didn't think soup should be green. This soup is creamy but not green :) We all really liked it and I will definitely be making this one again.
I made the Cheesy Batter Bread to go with it. You have to understand about me and bread - I have never been able to make it from scratch! It was always really short and as hard as a brick. Even my Bread Machine couldn't help me most of the time. But I thought I would try this recipe and see what happened. IT WORKED!! The bread was really light, fluffy and yummy! Another keeper recipe!
Oh - at the end of quite a few recipes are tips for cooking. At the bottom of the bread recipe was this tip:
A convenient place to let yeast dough rise is inside your microwave. Heat a mug of water on high for 2 minutes. Then remove the mug, place the covered bowl of dough inside and close the door.
I did just that it was worked wonderfully! There are many many other really great tips throughout the book.
Recipe #3 that we tried was the Cheesy Chili Dogs. This is all done in the slow cooker, one of my favorite kitchen appliances! I made this on Sat. morning for lunch, knowing that we would be outside all morning cleaning up the yard after the snow finally melted. It was so nice to come inside to smell the chili and know that I didn't have to do anything but set the table! Another recipe we will definitely be doing again! Doesn't it look yummy? All you need to add are the buns and whatever condiments you like.
Recipe #4 was a dessert. This one is called Graham Cracker Deluxe and it's so light, yummy and super easy to make. There are only 4 ingredients, it takes about 5 minutes to put together, let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours and WaLa! you are the greatest mom in the world! The recipe calls for vanilla pudding, but I'm going to try it with lemon or maybe chocolate sometime.
The last recipe we tried on the weekend was the Italian Mini Meatloaves. These are also easy to make and use very few ingredients. We enjoyed them but I would do them a little differently next time. But if your family loves meatloaf as much as mine - you will really like this recipe!
So over all I'm really really happy with this cookbook and will definitely be looking at getting more from Gooseberry Patch. I love the fact that the cookbook is a hard cover and very durable. The recipes are easy to read (almost without my reading glasses) and the cooking tips are wonderful! If you have time - also check out the section of their site all about Organizers. You can also register to join their site and share a recipe. If they pick your recipe for a new cookbook - you get a copy of the cookbook! Needless to say - I will be sending a few of our favorite recipes :)
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In fact - Gooseberry Patch has a promotion right now on their Facebook page. Go HERE to become a fan and sign up for the promotion!
NOW FOR THE GIVE AWAY!
One lucky person will receive their own copy of Dinner's on a Dime just in time for Mother's Day!
THIS GIVE AWAY IS CLOSED!!
Audrey's Country Crafts is in no way responsible for the mailing of the prize. After the name is drawn I will contact that person. They have 3 days to respond before another name will be picked! The name and address will be forwarded.
Thank-you for entering!!
Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary of this product by Gooseberry Patch, for review and giveaway purposes. No monetary compensation was provided and opinions of the product are solely my own.