Quick and Easy Christmas Cookbook Giveaway with Gooseberry Patch Recipes

Welcome to another Gooseberry Patch cookbook review and giveaway! Most of their cookbooks are around 200 recipes and cost between $16-$20.  I have easily cooked at least 1/4 of the recipes in each book.  So for 40-50 new recipes I pay $20.   Such wonderful and tasty value for the money.
Quick & Easy Christmas

This month, as an Early Cookbook Reviewer for Gooseberry Patch, I bring to you the brand spankin' new Quick & Easy Christmas Cookbook. It will not be released for sale until Mid-June.  So you have a chance to get this hot cookbook in your hands before the general public! That is very exciting and I hope you win! The more entries you do, the greater your chance of winning. 

I did a poll a few weeks back to see which categories/chapters that you wanted me to cook from.  Here are the Chapters, a few of the tasty recipes and the winning 3 chapters with recipes! Enjoy.
  1. Breakfast & Brunch- Creamy Cinnamon Rolls, Auntie Ruth's Shoo Fly Pie, Artichoke Squares, Yuletide Orange Smoothie, Brandi's Egg & Spinach Bake, Creamed Eggs on Biscuits
  2. Snacks & Appetizers- Doodads, Chutney-Topped Brie, Feta Squares, Holiday Ham Cracker Spread, Dill Pickle Dip, Peanut Butter Popcorn, Warm Welcome Reuben Dip
  3. Soups, Sides & Salads- Dad's Fried Stuffing, Beckie's Garlic Soup, Walnut-Parsley Pesto Linguine, Easy Cheesy Orzo, Quick Cream of Chicken & Leek Soup, Asparagus Casserole
  4. Mains-Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu, Chicken Rosemary Pizza, Trim-the-Tree Casserole, Fric-A-Dilli, Southern Sausage & Pintos, Spicy Baked Linguine, Cabbage & Noodles
  5. Desserts- Cherry Christmas Pizza, Eggnog Cake, No-Bake Fruitcake, Man Bars, Eggnog Fudge, Licorice Caramels, Molasses Popcorn Balls, Grandma Ruth's Hot Fudge Sauce
  6. Slow Cooker- Vegetable Beef Soup, Simple Stew for Two, Buffalo Chicken Wing Soup, Corn Pudding, Unfried Refried Beans, Tangy Ham Steaks, Coconut Curry Chicken, Chicken Cacciatore, Mediterranean Pork Tenderloin, Hoolipsey, Wacky Beef Roast, Citrus Party Fish
Continue reading to get the recipes and ENTER THE TASTY Cookbook Giveaway!
Dill Pickle Dip (printable copy)

8oz pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 c. sour cream
5-6 whole dill pickles, chopped
1 1/4 t. garlic salt or to taste
pickle juice (optional)
potato chips

Mix together all ingredients except chips. Stir in pickle juice to get the consistency you want. Cover and chill 24 hours. Serve with chips. Serves 6-8.

MY KITCHEN NOTES: I didn't read the directions before planning the dip so I made it on the day we needed to eat it.  It was VERY TASTY and I wondered why you needed to wait 24 hours to eat it. We had leftover dip so I covered it and put it in the fridge. I pulled it out the next day and WOW I then discovered why you should eat it the next day. It was even better after the ingredients had time to form together. Very tasty and we will make this again, and again and again.
Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu (click for printable copy)


2 tablespoons margarine
4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breast
salt and pepper to taste
.87-oz chicken gravy mix
3/4 c. water
1/4 c. dry white wine or apple juice
1/4 c. deli ham, chopped
1/4 c. shredded Swiss cheese


In a skilled over medium heat, melt margarine. Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes or until browned; drain. In a bowl, combine gravy mix, water, wine or juice and ham. Pour gravy mixture over chicken in skillet. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for 15 to 20 minutes, until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken to a broiler pan; sprinkle with cheese and broil until cheese is melted. Serve chicken with gravy mixture. Serves 4-6.

MY KITCHEN NOTES: I used butter instead of margarine. I also used a sweet red wine instead of the dry white.  This recipe would be great to use the leftover holiday ham for sure.  I've always loved Chicken Cordon Bleu but have never made it from scratch because I thought it was too much work.  Just a month ago we had some premade and I was making a comment on how it is too much work to make.  This recipe solved my problem because it is SO EASY to make and SO TASTY! Love it and will make it again and again.

 Coconut Curry Chicken (click for a printable copy)


6 frozen boneless, skinless chicken breast
14-oz can coconut milk
2 tablespoon yellow curry
cooked rice (click to get my Coconut Rice recipe which went PERFECT with this recipe)

Place chicken in a slow cooker. Mix together coconut milk and curry; pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low setting for 4 hours, or on high setting for one to two hours, until chicken juices run clear. Serve over rice. Serves 6.

MY KITCHEN NOTES: This recipe was extremely easy and tasty! Serve it with my coconut rice. It went  with it perfectly.

Quick & Easy Christmas
1 copy of Quick & Easy Christmas
Ends June 4, 2011

Mandatory Entry: Follow my blog with Google Friend Connect (right side bar) and tell me something that you like cooking around the Christmas Holidays. Leave your email address with this entry so you can be contacted if you win.

*Each entry below is a bonus. Do as many as you want. The more you do the greater your chance at winning. If an entry is worth more than ONE entry then you leave the same exact entry that many times more. So if it is worth two entries, leave that same entry twice.  GOOD LUCK! and Check back over the next 2 weeks for more recipes from this cookbook AND extra bonus entries*


1) Follow my blog via Twitter, Facebook, Email subscription or RSS Feed (Click link or find ALL on right sidebar.) Each with 2 bonus entries

2) Stop over at the Gooseberry Patch Blog and leave a comment on one of their blog post. Come back here and tell me which one so I can verify your entry.  This is worth 2 entries and you can do it as many times as you want.

3) Follow Gooseberry Patch on Twitter or Facebook. Tell them SusieQTpies Scraps of Life sent you. 2 entries each.  (IF you are already following them, still leave the comment and you still get the bonus entries)

4) Go check out my SusieQTpies Personal Recipes and leave a comment on any of them. 2 entries for each one you comment on and unlimited. Come back here and tell me which ones so I can verify your entry.

5) Two weeks ago I did a POLL so you could tell me which chapters to cook from.  IF YOU participated in that poll (Comments #1-45) you get 5 BONUS entries into this giveaway.  Leave a comment that you entered. 

Thanks for playing! The winner will have 48 hours to contact me once I email them that they won. Thanks to Gooseberry Patch for a copy of the cookbook to review and one to giveaway to one of my readers. My own tasty words and opinions are expressed here.
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