Monday, April 28, 2014

Gooseberry Patch's "Grilling and Campfire Cooking": Review and Giveaway

Do you smell that? Someone must be grilling in the neighborhood. Isn't that a wonderful smell, the smell of food cooking on hot coals? It doesn't even matter what's cooking - just so some of it ends up on my plate. Gooseberry Patch has responded to the call of the grill and has devoted a cookbook to grilling and campfire cooking. It's the perfect cookbook for summer.

As you can see from the table of contents above, this cookbook has got your grilling needs covered whether you're cooking in your backyard or at a campsite. Of course, the meat lovers are covered from chicken, beef, pork, and even seafood. I chose to feature one of the easy chicken recipes. But, there are also lots of recipes for you fruit and veggie lovers out there: Balsamic Grilled Tomatoes, Grilled Portabella Blues, Mini Parmesan Corn Cobs, Grilled Peaches, and Yummy Banana Boats.
If you prefer your outdoor cooking around a campfire, you can make one of the many soups and stews such as Chicken Booyah and New Mexico Green Chile Stew. Side dishes, salads, and sauces/rub recipes are plentiful, too. And, what meal would be complete without dessert? Chocolate Burritos, Pie Iron Apple Pies, and Strawberry Gratin should satisfy your sweet cravings.
With Father's Day just around the corner, I couldn't help but think what a great gift this cookbook would make for the special man in your life. Combine this cookbook with some grilling utensils and an oven mitt and you've got one satisfied man on your hands. Summer if finally here!

Sweet and Spicy Chicken
Sweet and Spicy Chicken
Submitted by Kristin Pittis
Dennison, OH
1/2 c. light brown sugar, packed
2 T. chili powder
1 t. seasoned salt
1/2 t. garlic powder
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
In a large plastic zipping bag, combine all ingredients except chicken. Pat chicken dry; add to bag. Seal bag and rub brown sugar mixture into chicken. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Place chicken on an oiled grate over medium-high heat. Grill for 8 to 10 minutes on each side, until chicken juices run clear. Makes 4 servings.
Gooseberry Patch provided me with a review copy of the cookbook and also sent along a copy of the cookbook to give away to one of my readers. If you're interested in adding a fun, summery cookbook to your collection, enter in the giveaway widget below. It may take a few moments to load.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Blog Tour: A Year with Six Sisters' STUFF

Those popular sisters from Six Sisters' STUFF have recently released their second cookbook, A Year with Six Sisters' STUFF. If you're a fan of the family's blog or enjoyed their first cookbook, you'll want to add this book to your collection as well.

Sitting down to eat as a family is one of the most important themes that runs throughout the Six Sisters' STUFF blog. This cookbook expands on that theme with this simplified layout - 52 menus to inspire readers to cook a three-course meal at least once a week for the entire year. All of the recipes are geared towards the home cook and are perfect for beginners. While I would probably mix and match a few of the recipes, I did find several menu ideas that included three recipes that I loved together.

Some of my favorite menus include:
  • Menu 21 - Honey BBQ Meatloaf, Creamy Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes, and Butterfinger Blondies
  • Menu 33 - Oven-Fried Chicken, BBQ Macaroni Salad, Oatmeal Scotchies
  • Menu 39 - Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Loin, Brown Sugar and Bacon Green Beans, 5-minute Creamy Key Lime Pie
  • Menu 42 - Parmesan-Crusted Tilapia, Asparagus with Maple Mustard Glaze, Take 5 Cake Mix Bars
  • Menu 51 - Buffalo Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Mom's Potato Salad, Cheesecake Cheese Squares
If you're busy like me and have simply run out of ideas for meals, you will be able to find inspiration in A Year with Six Sisters' STUFF. Each recipe features a full-page, full-color photo that will have you planning your own menu for the week.

Disclaimer: The publisher provided me with a review copy of this cookbook; however, the opinion expressed here is my own.

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