Saturday, August 24, 2013

Everyday Simple Suppers Gooseberry Patch Cookbook Giveaway

Gooseberry Patch is rolling out a new cookbook, Everyday Simple Suppers published by Oxmoor House. The cookbook is chocked full of tasty family favorites with 260 easy recipes! Seriously, 260 easy recipes! Here are a few we tried out and I have plenty marked to cook later.
Did you know that I'm a Early Bird Reviewer for Gooseberry Patch? That means that I get to check out their cookbooks before they hit the shelves and share recipes with you! My own opinions are always stated here on my blog!

Don't let the title of the cookbook fool you! Yes it is full of everyday simple supper ideas but they aren't just old stand by recipes. There are so many fresh new ideas and spins on old family favorites. I found that the simple part of these recipes is that most of them only use a few ingredients! All of the photos are mouth-watering fresh! There are 1-2 photos in each 2 page spread!
Whenever I get a new cookbook I make sure that I have a cup of coffee and post it note tabs to mark what I want to try first! I already started marking up this book! See the yellow and blue tabs?

Here are the chapters and a few of the recipes in each that I want to try:

One Dish Wonders-Stuffed Artichoke Chicken, Poppy Seed Chicken, Crispy Pecan-Chicken Casserole, Buffalo Chicken Wing Soup and Nacho Grande Casserole
Farmers' Market Favorites-Chicken Lo Mein, Garden Mini Meatloaves, Tuscan Pork Loin, Poblano Chowder, Gnocchi & Vegetable Toss
Sizzling Skittle Suppers-Chicken Chimies, Lemony Pork Piccata, Pizzeria Sausage Supper, Parmesan Fish Sticks & Homemade Tartar Sauce and Mom's Salmon Patties
Pronto Pizza & Pasta-Deep Dish Sausage Pizza, White Pizza, Topsy Turvy Pizza, Poppy's Onion Pizza, Creamy Chicken Lasagna, Cajun Chicken Pasta, Best Friends' Greek Pasta
Speedy Sandwiches & Salads-Cobb Sandwiches, Apricot Cashew Salad Sandwiches, Toasted Green Tomato Sandwiches, Green Goddess Bacon Salad, Mediterranean Beef Salad Lemony Dressing
Breakfast Anytime-Make Ahead Pumpkin Pie French Toast, Breakfast Apple Sandwiches, Country Style Breakfast Pizza, Crab Corn & Pepper Frittata
Super Simple Sides-Roasted Corn with Rosemary Butter, Zucchini Fritters, Crunchy Green Bean Salad, Lemony Orzo Salad, Spicy Baked Chili Fries
Short & Sweet Desserts-Grandma's Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, Chocolate Icebox Cake, Gooey Toffee Scotchies with Toffee Sauce, Peanut Butter Bars, Ice Cream Tacos, Angel Ice Cream Cake

Here are a few recipes I'm sharing today and then the giveaway below! I do have more recipes to share so keep in touch by signing up for my email list below!



Slow Cooker Creamy Apricot Chicken

Ingredients

8oz bottle of Russian salad dressing
12 oz jar apricot preserves
1-2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast

Directions

Combine salad dressing and preserves. Set aside. 
Arrange chicken in a 5 quart slow cooker, pour dressing mixture on top.
Cover and cook on high setting for 1 hour and then low for 3 hours or until  hi ken juices run clear.
Serves 4-6

Kitchen Notes

To save time, I just added the chicken to the crockpot and then poured on the dressing and preserves. This way I had one less bowl to clean up. Also my local market doesn't carry Russian salad dressing. I haven't seen it in years. I just used Spicy French dressing. Is that the same thing? Either way this was so tasty. Everyone loved it. The juices from cooking worked great on top of the Herbed Mashed Potatoes from this cookbook (recipe will be posted in a few days)



Chocolate Icebox Cake

Ingredients

3.4 oz pk. cook & serve vanilla pudding
3.4 oz pk. cook & serve chocolate pudding
3 c. milk, divided
2 sleeves graham crackers
Garnish: whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles

Directions

Prepare pudding mixes separately according to package directions, using 1 1/2 cups milk for each one; cool slightly. 
Line the bottom of an ungreased 13" x 9" baking pan with whole crackers. 
Line sides of pan with halved crackers.
Spoon vanilla pudding over crackers. 
Cover with another layer of crackers.
Spoon chocolate pudding over crackers.
Crumble remaining crackers on top.
Refrigerate until chilled.
At serving tie, dollop individual portions with whipped cream & garnish with sprinkles. Serves 8-10

Kitchen Notes

This was a huge hit and everyone loved it. I picked this recipe because I had pudding and graham crackers on hand. Everyone wants me to make it again. It was gone in 24 hours with one of the teens eating it for breakfast. 

Enter by giveaway below and then go check out the recipes & enter at Goodness Gracious and Threaded Together’s GiveawayDelightful Country Cookin’ and Grandma's in the Kitchen.

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