Wednesday, May 18, 2011

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)

Ingredients
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

Directions
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)


Ingredients

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

Directions

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)


Ingredients

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)

Directions
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
GIVEAWAY ENDED
1 copy of Quick & Easy Christmas
USA/Canada
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*

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.

114 comments:

M.j. said...

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M.j. said...

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Melissa said...

I follow you via GFC. I love making my chocolate covered peanut butter balls. Yum-o!

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suburban prep said...

I bake a lot at the holidays because those are the some of the gifts that I give out to people.
I bake eggnog bread and eggnog cheesecake bars and saltine toffee.

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suburban prep said...

I made a comment on the March 20 friendship bread recipe.

suburban prep said...

made a comment on the March 20 friendship bread recipe.

April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears said...

I follow via GFC, and love making homemade eggnog!

Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

I am a follower! :)

During the Holiday's (Christmas)I always have some Hot Wassil ready to serve up.

M.j. said...

I commented on Zucchini Mini Chocolate Chip Friendship Bread from your favorite recipe's ....ciao4now64@yahoo.com

M.j. said...

I was commentor number 21 on your poll you took...ciao4now64@yahoo.com

M.j. said...

I am already following your google friend connect blog...and I love baking during the holidays..I make hungarian yeast torte, butterhorns and lots of other goodies.thanks..ciao4now64@yahoo.com

M.j. said...

I was commentor number 21 on your poll you took...ciao4now64@yahoo.com

M.j. said...

I was commentor number 21 on your poll you took...ciao4now64@yahoo.com

M.j. said...

I was commentor number 21 on your poll you took...ciao4now64@yahoo.com

M.j. said...

I was commentor number 21 on your poll you took...ciao4now64@yahoo.com

M.j. said...

I also follow you on facebook....thanks. ciao4now64@yahoo.com

M.j. said...

I commented on Zucchini Mini Chocolate Chip Friendship Bread from your favorite recipe's ....ciao4now64@yahoo.com

M.j. said...

I also commented on your homemade pretzel recipe..yummm.ciao4now64@yahoo.com

M.j. said...

I also commented on your homemade pretzel recipe..yummm.ciao4now64@yahoo.com

Rhonda said...

I follow you on facebook, through GFC and through email. I love your blog and Gooseberry Patch!!!

Rhonda said...

I follow Gooseberry Patch on face book and posted a comment.

Rhonda said...

I was commenter #6 on your poll two weeks ago.

Rhonda said...

I commented on GBP blog post It's Berry Season.

Rhonda said...

I commented on 2 of your recipes: PicoDe Gallo and Oooey Gooey Onion Cheese Bread.

Erin said...

I am a follower and I love to make peanut butter balls around Christmas.

Erin
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Erin said...

I am a follower on FB.

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Susan said...

I now follow your blog.

Susan said...

I'm now subscribed to your emails. (elaine1255(at)yahoo(dot)com)

Susan said...

I follow you on Twitter. (@sebh55)

Susan said...

I "Like" you on Facebook. (Susan Brown Hatcher)

Susan said...

I already follow Gooseberry Patch on Twitter and Facebook. I commented on their wall that you sent me..but that I'm already a fan. (Susan Brown Hatcher)

Susan said...

I commented on Gooseberry Patch's blog post It's Berry Season! (Commented as Susan H.)

Susan said...

I left a comment on your Cinnamon Roll recipe.

Susan said...

I commented on your Focaccia bread post.

readwatchrelax said...

i like that chicken cordon bleu! i've that same problem, like cordon bleu but don't want to make it - this recipe does look easy. thanks for sharing :)

Joan said...

I follow with GFC. At Christmas I like to make Peanut Butter Balls.
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Joan said...

I follow on Twitter as @southerncooker

Teslaca said...

Following you via GFC. I like to make eggnog at Christmas time. Everyone loves it!

Teslaca said...

Following you via Twitter.

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Following you via Twitter.

Erin said...

I follow your blog via GFC. I like making many things for the holidays one of which is candied sweet potatoes.
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Erin said...

I follow Gooseberry Patch on Twitter
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Erin said...

I follow you on Twitter
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Barbarawr said...

I follow you with google friends connect - barbara wright

I like making stollen for Christmas - it's a family tradition - and SO much easier with a breadmaker!

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I subscribe with google reader


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I like them on twitter and told them you sent me

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Barbarawr said...

I left a comment on your recipe for Chicken Teriyaki-ish

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Babes Mami said...

I'm actually never in charge of much because hubs loves to cook but I really look forward to making the desserts since I bake and my favorite is pumpkin bars. I just love when the holidays come and I can break that stuff out!
and I follow.
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Babes Mami said...

following on twitter as babesrockinmami

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following on twitter as babesrockinmami #2

Babes Mami said...

like you on facebook Stephanie M

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like you on facebook #2 as Stephanie M

Babes Mami said...

following gooseberry on twitter as babesrockinmami

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Bev said...

I follow you and I love to make martha washington balls

Bev said...

I follow you on twitter

Lori said...

My favorite thing to make for the holidays is my homemade cherry cream cheese braid. I started making this back in highschool, when I still lived at home with my Mom and have made it every year since!

Lori said...

Oh, and I follow your blog too!

Linda Dubbelman said...

I follow you using GFC and I love to bake cookies at Christmas time. :)
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Linda Dubbelman said...

I follow your blog via facebook.
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Linda Dubbelman said...

I follow your blog via facebook.
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My Crazy Family said...

I made a comment on your friendship bread post.

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My Crazy Family said...

I like on FB

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Shannon said...

I follow your blog. :) My favorite things to make during around Christmas time are a type of Hungarian pastry called Roshky...so flaky and yummy! :-)
Thanks for such a great giveaway!
Blessings,
Shannon

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Shannon said...

I follow on facebook!

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Linda Dubbelman said...

I follow Gooseberry Patch on Facebook.
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Linda Dubbelman said...

I follow Gooseberry Patch on Facebook.
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Shannon said...

I follow gooseberry patch on facebook!

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Anonymous said...

Terry said ---

I follow your blog on facebook . That's how I found out about blogs and I am HOOKED!!!!

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Shannon said...

I commented on a post on the gooseberry patch blog. Here's the link to the post to verify:

http://gooseberrypatch.typepad.com/blog/2011/06/fg-june-wallpaper.html#tpe-action-posted-6a010535fc1a27970c015432bf071d970c



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carpediem5790 said...

I tweeted about your blog and GPG on facebook! And found another entry giveaway! Marie

carpediem5790 said...

I went to facebook and liked your space, and wrote a comment there about your blog and giveaway!

carpediem5790 said...

I went to GBP and told them you sent me! Marie

carpediem5790 said...

When i posted on GBP blog, it was their general post for June 3 about the free background download with icecream! mmmm Marie

carpediem5790 said...

I already follow GBP on twitter and facebook. Marie

Steph K. said...

I follow your blog via google connect with addy of beacon_bear@yahoo.com

I love to make homemade sugar cookie and decorate them with my boyfriend to give to neighbors and friends.

Steph K. said...

I follow via twitter with name ladymakwa18

Steph K. said...

I follow/like on facebook with name Stephanie Knapp
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Steph K. said...

I subscribed to email with the addy of beacon_bear@yahoo.com

Steph K. said...

I subscribed to the RSS feed via igoogle and email beacon_bear@yahoo.com

Steph K. said...

Went to Gooseberry Patch blog and subscribed to them also left a comment http://gooseberrypatch.typepad.com/blog/2011/06/fg-june-wallpaper.html#comment-6a010535fc1a27970c014e88df58ca970d

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Steph K. said...

Follow Gooseberry Patch on twitter and mentioned that you sent me. Name on twitter is ladymakwa18

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Steph K. said...

Facebook fan of Gooseberry Patch and mentioned that you sent me fan under name Stephanie Knapp

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Steph K. said...

I commented on your recipe for crab rangoon. I love those things thanks for sharing.
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Anonymous said...

I like you on facebook.


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Anonymous said...

I post a comment on Gooseberry Farm Blog

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Anonymous said...

I follow Gooseberry on facebook.

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Anonymous said...

I subscribe to you via email.

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Anonymous said...

I would love to make the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls and the Lucky Brownies.


Cindy

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marnie said...

I found you thru the Gooseberry Patch Facebook page. Great blog!!
Just signed up as one of your followers and putting your blog on my fav list!!

Christmas time I do alot of baking but my favorite thing to make is home-made cinnamon rolls. They are such a great gift and make the house smell fantastic when I bake them. :)

Deborah Eubanks said...

Hope to win the cookbook. Already follow Gooseberry Patch on Facebook, that's how I found out about the giveaway. :)

I usually make a pretty good sweet potato flan for the holidays every year. My sister is wild for it. I should make it for her more often.

Please notify me of winning at reealit at yahoo dot com. Thanks!

Deborah Eubanks said...

I follow your blog on gmail now.

If I win the giveaway, contact me at reealit at yahoo dot com. Thanks.

Jenny.U said...

Already follow Gooseberry Patch on Facebook

Jenny.U said...

Posted on GBP Meal in Minutes Post

Jenny.U said...

Follow your blog with Google Friend Connect. My favorite holiday recipe is for Caramel Apple Pie!

Jenny.U said...

Commented on Coconut Dream Cake

Patti Keil said...

I have become a fan on facebook!

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Patti Keil said...

I left a comment on the Gooseberry Patch facebook page.

Patti Keil said...

I have subscribed to keep up with you through email!

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Patti Keil said...

just signed up to follow via GFC. Our new "must-have" at Christmas is Cookie Truffles!

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Marie Pitts said...

I posted all my tweeting, facebooking, joining so that I can be in the contest for a GBP cookbook--hours ago, but I don't see my comments! Help Arlene Pitts email: carpediem5790@yahoo.com

carpediem5790 said...

I have been looking at your recipes in your personal file (got so hungry I had to stop and eat!)
I commented on:
Jalapeno Popper Dip
Bacon Brownies
Bacon and Butterscotch Breakfast Muffins
Chocolate Cake Balls
Oreo Cake Balls

and I'm not done yet! You know i could spend a few years on your site! and I haven't even touched the tip of the iceberg! I have something fun to look forward to each day! (i am diabled and things like your blog, keep me...hmmm, entertained, excited, happy! Thank you! (Were you a teacher? I used to teach primary elementary school and hope to return after surgery.) Marie

carpediem5790 said...

Ok commented on a few more recipes:
Lazy Lasagna
Kaluha Tiramisu
Rockin Ribs
Don's Taco Salad
Skillit Chicken Cordon Bleu and
Lucky Mint Brownies

A few more entries for the GBP Cookbook. Thank you, Marie

carpediem5790 said...

Okay commented on Cheesy Superbowl Dip with Seneca Onions for 2 more entries in the GBP Cookbook Giveaway. I don't think its my computer, but it is slow to navigate around the blogsites. Marie

SusieQTpies said...

Random.org picked the winner. Congrats to comment #81 carpediem5790 for winning the cookbook. Email me at cafescrapper at gmail dot com with your mailing address.

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