Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Gooseberry Patch's "Simple Shortcut Recipes": Review and Giveaway

Spread love wherever you go;
first of all in your own house.
~Mother Teresa

Simple Shortcut Recipes Cookbook

Are you like me? Are you tired of looking at cookbooks and seeing recipes that take up an entire page or, worse, more than one page with long lists of ingredients that will require a trip to the grocery store and also blocking out a period of time on your schedule so that you can actually prepare the dish? Those kinds of recipes are interesting to read but are impractical for the most part. I don't have the time or motivation to pull off those elaborate recipes and I'm guessing that you don't either.


That's why we need a cookbook like Gooseberry Patch's Simple Shortcut Recipes in our lives. It is filled with simple, delicious recipes that require very few ingredients and very little time. I love to take shortcuts in my cooking. Store-bought rotisserie chickens have become my best friends lately. In this cookbook, you'll find plenty of recipe shortcuts as well as helpful time-saving tips to make your cooking and your life easier to manage.


The cookbook is divided into six chapters: Beat-the-Clock Breakfasts, Simple Soups, Salads and Sandwiches, Fast-Fix Sides and Breads, Dinner Express, Oh-So-Easy Entertaining, and Piece-of-Cake Desserts. Each chapter holds tempting recipes such as Hearty Sausage Squares, Margarita Chicken Soup, Sweet Onion Casserole, Tybee Chicken, Mingling Mini Quiches, and Creamy Lemonade Pie.

Because there are so many wonderful recipes in Simple Shortcut Recipes, I’ve decided to feature them throughout the month of March. Let’s start with appetizers (my favorite course).




Jezebel Sauce
Submitted by Diane Price, Nappanee, IN

10-oz. jar apple jelly
10-oz. jar pineapple preserves
8-oz. jar prepared horseradish
1 tbsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. cracked pepper
8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
Snack crackers

Combine all ingredients except cream cheese and crackers in a bowl. Cover; refrigerate overnight. To serve, spoon sauce over cream cheese; serve with crackers. Serves 10 to 12.




 
Hocus Pecos Dip
Submitted by Tracee Cummins, Amarillo, TX

2 8-oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened
1 c. picante sauce
1 c. green onions, finely chopped
2-1/4 oz. jar dried beef, finely chopped
1 tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. dried oregano
½ tsp. garlic salt

In a bowl, beat cream cheese and picante sauce until smooth. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover; refrigerate before serving. Serves 10 to 12.


Gooseberry Patch provided me with a preview copy of this book. Views expressed here are my own. No additional compensation was received.

***Giveaway***


I am so fortunate to have been asked to review Gooseberry Patch’s Simple Shortcut Recipes and want to share my good fortune with you. Gooseberry Patch has sent me an extra copy to give away to one of my readers.
Here's How to Enter:
If you would like to enter to win a free copy of the cookbook, you may enter by simply choosing to follow my blog through Google Friend Connect, Linky Followers or Networked Blogs (in right-hand column) and by commenting on this post to let me know you're interested in the cookbook. Also, include your e-mail address so that I may contact you if you're the winner. If you are already a follower, just leave a comment here letting me know you're interested in the contest.

Entry deadline:
March 24, 2012

Thanks and Good Luck!!!

70 comments:

  1. I would love to get a copy of this cookbook. With raising 3 boys who are all in different sports, it is hard to get a good meal on the table. Love your blog!

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  2. I am already a GFC follower! eatcakefordinner@digis.net

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  3. I'm a follower and would love to win a copy of this book - thanks for hosting such a great giveaway. I don't like to leave my email in comments, but you can easily contact me through my blog if I'm the lucky winner (just click on ButterYum). Thanks so much!

    :)
    ButterYum

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  4. Of course I follow your blog & Face Book Page!
    Plus I am a follower of Gooseberry Patch as well!

    I REALLY want this cook book to add to my collection!

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  5. I follow your blog through Google Friend Connect, and I'm interested in the cookbook.
    cindyskitchen@yahoo.com

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  6. I follow thru GFC - and seriously, this cookbook has a perfect theme! Simple recipes are the best :) Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

    fantasticalsharing@yahoo.com

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  7. Follow through GFC. Thanks for a chance to win such a pretty, practical cookbook! Terri myboyblue11@gmail.com

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  8. I follow though GFC. I would love to win this cookbook! I'm a huge fan of Gooseberry Patch! Thanks for the opportunity! khovater@cfl.rr.com

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  9. I've been a follow and would love a chance to win.The Jezebel sauce sounds good think I'll try it tomorrow.Warm Blessings!~Amy
    cottageprims@hotmail.com

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  10. I follow you through GFC and would love to win this book! I'm always looking for shortcuts, with four kids in sports, we need all the help we can get :)

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  11. Wow, those are some intriguing and unique recipes! :D Thank you for sharing the recipes {I love your blog so much, I am always finding something new I want to try!}. I follow through GFC. :)

    Blessings!
    ~Miss Rachel~

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  12. I follow you through GFC and would love to get this cookbook. Too fun. homemadeministry@yahoo.com

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  13. GFC follower- tlcfromtn

    I'd love to win this book!

    braaisjo at gmail dot com

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  14. I would love a copy of this cookbook!

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  15. I would LOVE to win this book. Each of my Gooseberry Patch books becomes one of my favorites. irish9795@hotmail.com

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  16. I always like a good shortcut!

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  17. I'm the director of a rural public library. The staff and patrons LOVE all the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks. We need a copy of this new one for our collection.

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  18. would really like a copy of this book.


    dostitch@comcast.net

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  19. i just signed up to follow your blog. I would love to win the cookbook, we all need shortcuts in our life. Thanks Lori @ bergmanslbb4@gmail.com

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  20. Would love to win this cookbook. I'm all for shortcuts!
    kristines30@hotmail.com

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  21. I would love to have this cookbook! I am disabled and can't stand for more than a minute at a time so my cooking is very limited. I need easy shortcut recipes so I can do more cooking.
    bettykass@sbcglobal.net

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  22. This book sounds like something I could get use out of. I have cook books but like you say the recipes are way more then I want to put into it. Love to win this one.

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  23. I am a follower and would love the cookbook. lovestephanieann at gmail dot com

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  24. Love everything Gooseberry and would love to have this also. Carole at cbdb1993@sbcglobal.net

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  25. I am following on google friend connect. I am interested in this cookbook. thanks for a chance to win. janita
    nannyjsewsweet@gmail(dot)com

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  26. This cookbook sounds great!! I signed up to follow you thru Google friend connect!
    cinnalady@yahoo.com

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  27. I too love Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks. Thank you for hosting this giveaway. I am a follower through google, and would love to add this book to my collection. knejdl58@gmail.com

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  28. I love Gooseberry Patch books. I would so love to win this book and add it to my collection. I also love your blog. You have very tasty recipes. Kathy = Luckypookers9213@yahoo.com

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  29. I am new and I just added this to my list I always like new ideas for decorating and other things. I love to bake and try new things as much as possible.

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  30. I also love the Gooseberry Patch books and yes I also would love to win this book to add to my collection that I Have. Karen=karentaylor2009@hotmail.com

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  31. I'm a new follower!! YAY!! I'd love to win this cook book, thank you so much for the chance!! I'm going to have a look around your blog. Come visit my blog sometime!!

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  32. Love your blog! have been following for awhile now. This cookbook looks perfect and I appreciate you sharing it!
    dcopland@usresources.com

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  33. Following via GFC. would love to win this cookbook. I really need to learn some shortcuts that result in tasty dishes. Thank you for having the giveaway! bspears_82@yahoo.com

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  34. Love your blog!! It would be the prefect time to get a new cookbook as I am opening a new ice cream and bakery shop. Thanks for offering to share. Good luck to all. thecuckoosnest1226@yahoo.com

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  35. Would love to win this cookbook because it was meant for me! I work full time as a Realtor so I dont have a normal schedule to know when my family is going to eat. With a book like that I may be able to give up my hamburger helper! LOL

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  36. I would love this cookbook. The recipes are simple and not "fussy" so my wonderful Hubby will like them all!! My email address is yankeedoodle1995@yahoo.com Thank you!! Shannon

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  37. I love Gooseberry Patch Books. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks! :) Teri

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    1. Sorry, I forgot to leave my e-mail address. jtbrian@wavecable.com
      Thanks! :) Teri

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  38. I follow your blog and would LOVE to win a copy of this cookbook. Please count me in.

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  39. Yes, I'm interested, please! I still don't have a single Gooseberry Patch book.

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  40. ALERT * ALERT * ALERT!!! I am in desperate need of this 'shortcut' cookbook! If something doesn't give and get me more time for myself, i may be lost forever!!! LOL I'm just so busy, like the rest of us pursuing my dreams, following my bliss that a little time saved here and there are like tiny precious jewels in the string necklace of my day! and with Gooseberry Patch recipes, i find i can never go wrong! hugs and blessing, arlene Marie Pitts email carpediem5790@yahoo.com

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  41. I already follow you on google friend connect, facebook, twitter and email subscribe. Thanks for sponsoring the giveaway! hugs arlene Marie Pitts email carpediem5790@yahoo.com

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  42. I am already a follower and the Jezbel sause is wonderful. ssher1992@hotmail.com

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  43. I'm a follower, and I'd love a coy of the book! email billandimyskid@sbcglobal.net

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  44. I would love to own a copy of this book. I follow your blog and facebook page!

    Pattikaye5258@yahoo.com

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  45. Id love to win this cookbook to add to my collection! My friend started me off with 5 of the cookbook fro Christmas a few years ago and I've been collecting ever since! I follow ur blog on fb also!
    barb at babergbower@gmail.com

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  46. This is wonderful that they are giving you a book to give away. Sounds like my kind of cookbook. I found you on flour me with love and I am now going to follow you. Love your blog so far.

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  47. thanks for chance to win this cookbook

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  48. I just followed you and would love to add Simple Shortcuts to my collection. Thanks!!

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  49. I would love to win this!
    Thanks for the chance!

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  50. Oopsie my e mail is destiny.woman@shaw.ca, thanks again!

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  51. I am following via GFC
    I would love to win this cookbook. I am a huge fan of Gooseberry Patch cookbooks
    My email is tammileetips at hotmail.com
    Thank you!
    Tammilee

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  52. I have been an avid Gooseberry Patch follower since the days of their catalogs filled with goodies and the fantastic cookbooks. I would love a copy of this cookbook to add to the ones I already own. ujwzwei74@gmail.com

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  53. Looks like an awesome cookbook. Who doesn't love shortcuts to make great food?? Gooseberry Patch has the BEST cookbooks! Following you on networked blogs.


    favoritesis64@yahoo.com

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  54. I just followed you and would love a copy basketballmomma@gmail.com

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  55. Exactly the cookbook I need right now. Would love to win one!
    herbalwiz@att.net (Granny Lala)

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  56. Hi Kim I would love a chance to own this book. I have been ill for a few years now and haven't been cooking much, which is a shame as I'm a great cook. I need simple new recipes that could help me get back into the kitchen without a lot of fuss but yet I want to serve good food. Thanks for sharing. babidoll2012@gmail.com Eva

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  57. I would love to win a new Gooseberry Patch cookbook. I am a big fan of theirs. I love the artwork in the books. Thank you for the chance to win! My email is BevQuilter@aol.com

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  58. I just joined as a follower & I am excited after reading about what you talk about in your blog. I recently moved to MO from AZ & the cooking is so different from what I'm used to. Thanks for offering the cookbook, oh, how I'd love to win! My email is: sallydav45@gmail.com

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  59. I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks, and this one certainly looks great for busy moms! I follow on FB and GFC and appreciate the chance to win the GP cookbook. Thanks, Kim, for another great giveaway!

    Bonnie
    bdmltm at gmail dot com

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  60. Is there ever a Gooseberry Patch cookbook that is less than wonderful? I just don't cook like I used to. I don't put my email in a blog comment so best wishes to the lucky winner!

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  61. I'm a follower and would LOVE to have a copy of the book! I love Gooseberry Patch and usually make my Holiday menus with their recipes :) Thanks for the great giveaway!!

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  62. I'm a new follower w/GFC and I'm definitely interested in the cookbook! Gooseberry Patch cookbooks are great! My email is JanetM813@gmail.com or JanetM52@aol.com

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  63. I'm love the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks!!! I'm always looking for something new to fix!!:)My e-mail is orrclutter@yahoo.com

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  64. I love Gooseberry Patch and would love to win this "shortcut" cookbook. My email address is aliyah.babygirl@yahoo.com
    I love looking at and trying new recipe's and always short for time. This cookbook would most certainly help when I'm in a pinch for time. Also, I love all extra wonderful readings in each of the cookbooks as well. Thanks for the opportunity of winning this!

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  65. I love the thought of possibly winning the give-away of the "shortcuts" cookbook. I love Gooseberry Patch and all the fun "extras" that they have in the book. They not only have fun, easy to do recipes, but the stories and awesome ideas are both refreshing and have all proved to be worth trying! My email address is aliyah.babygirl@yahoo.com. Thanks again!

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  66. I would love to get a copy of this book. Sue Klapper @ wklapper1@wi.rr.com

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  67. I love cookbooks and am always trying new recipes! liliodine24@yahoo.com

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  68. I'm now following your blog. I would love to have this cookbook. Thanks for chance to win. elaine1255(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  69. I follow you and I would live a copy!
    Connie
    cos1950@gmail.com

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