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


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


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


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


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.

Easy enter below. Ends 9/7 and open to USA/Canada.

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Susan said...

Simple meal for us is grilled salmon filets, brown rice, and roasted broccoli.

desiree reilly said...

we do not have any thing in chose so we jsut use the george forman alot to cook

gibberish said...

My ideal simple meal is one that someone else cooks! Honestly, I hate cooking!
My rafflecopter name is Julie G.

suburban prep said...

Plain old mac & cheese with Canadian bacon

Andrea said...

I love a meal that is simple and yet very tasty. Thanks for the chance to enter.

Andrea D.

TeresaK said...

Either grilling something like a chicken breast and adding a baked potato, or just having soup and sandwich is a good simple supper!
Thanks for the chance to win!

M.j. said...

My crispy parmesan chicken is a crowd pleaser in our home...ciao4now64 at yahoo do com.

apple blossom said...

Spaghetti is a quick simple meal for me

April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears said...

Mine is spaghetti w/ salad & garlic bread!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE Gooseberry Patch cookbooks!

Patti Keil said...

My idea of an everyday simple supper is BLT sandwiches! Sure would love to win a copy of this cookbook. Actually pages through one late last week and almost bought it but decided it had to wait until the next (or even the next!) paycheck!

LeAnn Smith said...

the Chocolate Icebox cake looks great

Lisa said...

Breakfast for dinner is quick and easy and my son loves it.

Sonia said...

love using my crockpot so dinner is ready and the house smells great when we walk in the door!

amp said...

Easy suppers for me are often breakfast for dinner items-pancakes, or eggs-like a western omelet or a fritatta-easy and nutritious and cheap

apoalillo {AT} hotmail dot com
alyce poalillo

Meg D said...

Spaghetti marinara with cheese on top!

Tracey said...

I would love to win this book! Gooseberry is fun!

Tracey said...

This would be a great cookbook to have!

Brenda B. said...

My favorite easy recipe is Ham & Cheese Crescents. Ham, mozzarella cheese, roll up, bake as directed on Crescent roll directions. Dip in ranch or your favorite dipping sauce. We add garlic powder & parmesan to the top for added flavor.

christina r said...

Icebox cake sounds very interesting!

Kim Decker said...

I've started collecting the Christmas books & I love them,
I don't have any other cookbooks from Gooseberry, but I would love this one to add to my collection :)

Gloria Morris said...

Just visited your site .... love it and love Gooseberry Patch !!
Would like to win this cookbook ....

Anonymous said...

I like easy fast meals but really love making deserts and breads. I love Gooseberry Cookbooks.

Dawn said...

I love to cook out on the grill and we cook marinated tenderloin steak, grilled asparagus and then make a salad filled with romaine lettuce, fresh garden tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, and whatever else I have in the refrigerator at the time. Occasionally, instead of a salad we may substitute baked sweet potatoes and/or white potatoes for the salad.

Julie Walker said...

I love to fix Crispy Roasted Rosemary Chicken and Potatoes. It's all in one pan in the oven and I can fix another side to go along with it and have my meal done in no time!

Cindy W. said...

Simple cassarole meals are my go to easy meals to make such as cheesy chicken & veggie bake or ay kind of pasta with a meat sauce. Just add a salad and side vegetable or fruit for a dinner that is always a hit at my house.

Stephanie Orr said...

My favorite simple meal is either tacos (if I have hamburger) or chicken & noodles or chicken & rice! I'd love to win the cookbook! :) Thanks!

Courtney Pomietto said...

A simple meal to me is something that can be thrown in a pot and cooked together in one dish for a complete meal.

Courtney Pomietto said...

I love one-pot meals or slow cooker meals where you have a complete meal at the end! That's a simple supper to me

Nofearpapertiger said...

We love making veggie stir fry with veggies fresh from the garden! Pop some rice in the rice cooker and it's done!

Angela Rhodes Ingles
nofearpapertiger AT

TZel said...

So fast, easy and healthy!
Tricia Z

Anonymous said...

my family's everyday simple supper meal is pasta! the kids love it just with butter, hubby likes sauce and meatballs and I love it loaded with veggies! bjn1957{at}gmail{dot}com

Stacy Lane said...

My simple dinner is stuffed peppers. I make them low carb for my husband! It is one of our favorites.

Jennifer Blanton said...

easy simple meal for me is spaghetti, salad and bread

Anonymous said...

pizza and garlic bread

Megans Cookin said...

A French Dip is my go to meal. Easy and delicious!

momchou said...

pasta is always our go to - simple and cheap and always have the fixins on hand -

Nancy Skinner said...

Marinated Steak and a big salad in the summer or something in the crockpot in the winter. :) I love Gooseberry Books!

Anonymous said...

We will tonight get take out chicken from Farm Fresh deli, and I made my favorite salad: Diced cukes, tomatoes, onions, sliced blk and green olives, diced avocado,and feta cheese with balsamic vinegarette dressing. My family loves it. Sometimes I make the salad with shrimp and crab meat as a complete meal. Francene Kaufman,

Emma said...

Simple meal for us is grilled hamburger or chicken and salad.

Kim Reid said...

I usually have a salad with grilled chicken or a omelette, thanks!

kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

Anita Goodman said...

OMG! That Chocolate Icebox Cake looks so yummy and easy to do I can't wait to put it together.

Anita Goodman said...

My family's ideal simple meal is Goulash. I have to agree that for me it's a simple on to put together.

Susie Buetow said...

Thanks for all the entries! Stay tuned because I have ANOTHER GOOSEBERRY Cookbook review & giveaway coming your way! The winner was picked and emailed and she claimed her cookbook just a few minutes ago.

Thanks all! Susie

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