Monday, May 28, 2012

Gooseberry Patch The Christmas Table Cookbook Giveaway

Welcome to an early Christmas with a review of the new, up and coming release of The Christmas Table Gooseberry Patch Cookbook. Make your holidays extra special with their new, abundant collection of delicious seasonal recipes, creative tips and sweet memories.

As with all Gooseberry Patch cookbooks, this is another tasty one. As soon as I get a new cookbook, I grab my pack of post it notes and go off somewhere alone to enjoy the book. This was one especially FUN because I LOVE the entire Christmas season and go all out with decorations, host a huge open house and more! I love the sights and sounds of the season, the fun new foods to create as well as preparing the traditional foods.

As you can see by the below picture, I found just a FEW new ideas! I can't wait to try all of them. The book is geared toward Christmas but I found a lot of recipes that you could make anytime! So it isn't just for Christmas!
Chapter by Chapter Review- I love cookbooks and doing reviews of them. Below I list the chapters and some of the recipes that I want to try in each one. I hope some of them sound good to you, too!

Chapter 1- Cozy Christmas Brunch:Quiche Muffins, 24-Hour Never-Fail Cheese Souffle, Whole-Wheat Gingerbread Pancakes, Jenn's Creme Brulee French Toast (I am making this for Father's Day and will post the recipe & pictures after that), Jingle Bell Java, Snowflake Hot Cocoa, Kitchen Cupboard Waffles, and Snickerdoodle Muffins.

Chapter 2- Chill-Chasing Soups & Breads: Winter Artichoke Soup, Nana's Slovak Christmas Eve Soup with Homemade Noodles,  Poppy Seed-Cheese Bread, Easy Oatmeal Rolls, Lori's Kid-Friendly Chili, Fiesta Bubble Bread (making this on Friday and will post pictures & recipe), Holiday Posole, Mom's Lefse and Colonial Brown Bread.

Chapter 3-Caroling Party Supper: Swiss Alps Casserole (making on Friday and will post recipe and pictures after that), Brazilian Rice & Beans, Ginger-Panko Fried Chicken, Mexican Baja Quiche, Kentucky Hot Browns with Mornay Sauce (making this next week and will post pictures and recipe), Chicken Pizzaiola and Barbecups.

Chapter 4-Classic Christmas Dinner: Easy-Made Braciole, Winter Squash Risotto, Cauliflower Gratin and Red-Top Salad.

Chapter 5-Festive Holiday Fare: Bread-Bowl Crab Dip, Pine cone Cheese Ball, Figgy Tapenade, Snow-Covered Cranberries, Cannoli Dip, Blue Cheese & Buffalo Chicken Dip, Mushroom Poppers, Beer Cheese Spread, Evergreen Cheese Ball, Holly Jolly Kabobs, Vada's Christmas Eve Wassail, Snowed-In Snack Mix, Grinch Cocktail and Make-Believe Champagne.

Chapter 6-Sweet Treats to Share: Grusti, Fudgy Brownie Cookies, Grandma's Vanilla Balls, Cobblestone Cookies, Aunt Barbara's Gingerbread with Butterscotch Orange Glaze, Kipplens, Triple-Chocolate Coffee Brownies,
Coffee Cream Fudge, Tres Leches Cake, White Chocolate Mousse Trifle and last but surely not least, Peppermint Ice Cream Truffles!!

Here are a few recipes. Check back over the weekend and next week for a few more recipes that I have planned. Those recipes will count in the giveaway so you have to check them out to get your extra entries!
Jingle Bell Java-This mix also looks nice layered in a jar and makes the perfect gift. I will be doing these this year for my chocolate coffee loving friends!


2 c. powdered non-dairy creamer
1 1/2 c. baking cocoa
1 1/2 c. instant coffee granules
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg


In a bowl, combine all ingredients, mixing well. Store in an airtight container. To serve, add 3 tablespoons to a mug and add boiling water to fill. Makes about 30 servings.


My take on the recipe: I topped mine off with whipped cream, more nutmeg and gingerbread marshmallows! Yummy! This is perfect for that afternoon pick-me-up anytime of the year. We bought extra gingerbread marshmallows at the end of the season and just keep them in our freezer to pull out for cups of coffee or hot cocoa all year long. I can't wait to give this as gifts.
Snowflake Hot Cocoa-This is for the slow cooker! How fabulous and great for my open house or any office party.


2 c. whipping cream
6 c. milk
1 t. vanilla extract
11-oz pkg. white chocolate chips
Garnish: whipped cream, chocolate syrup, candy canes, crushed creme de menthe things


In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients except garnish. Cover adn cook on low setting for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally, until chocolate chips are melted. Stir before serving; garnish as desired. Makes 12 servings.


My take on the recipe: I love the idea of having this in the crock pot. I have a hot cocoa and hot drink station at my open house with Christmas mugs that I have collected over the years, people give me as gifts or from garage sales. I have about 100 mugs that I bring out every Christmas season. Each year people come and find their favorite mug and fill it with their favorite warm beverage. I also have all different toppings available including marshmallows, whipped creams and various chips and stirs.
 Oh and don't mess with this elf! She is jacked up on sugar! This past open house I had photo booth props and took pictures of all the guest. I then mailed them the pictures as a thank you for attending. It was a huge hit and one worth repeating!
Aunt Barbara's Gingerbread


1/4 c. boiling water
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 1/2 t. ground ginger
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/8 t. ground cloves
1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
1/2 c. light molasses
3 c. all purpose flour
1/2 t. baking soda
1 t. salt


In a large bowl, pour boiling water over butter. Add spices, brown sugar and molasses; mix well. Beat in flour; chill dough thoroughly. Roll dough out on a floured surface to a 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters; place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375 for 10-12 min. Cool completely. Frost or ice. Makes 2-4 dozen depending on size of cutters.


My take on the recipe: It is a good one! Everyone loves sweet gingerbread men. Make it fun and don't ice them. Instead let your guest do it when they come over to your home. They will have a lot of fun making their own gingerbread person or animal! 
Want to win a copy of The Christmas Table Gooseberry Patch? Enter below on the easy Rafflecopter form. I give you a lot of options so enter as few or as many as you want. Come back over the weekend and in another week because I will post more recipe from the cookbook which will give you more entry options! Good luck and Merry Christmas!

a Rafflecopter giveaway Thanks to Gooseberry Patch for sending me a copy of the cookbook to review and giveaway as part of their Early Reviewer Team. My own tasty words and opinions are expressed here. 








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