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Friday, December 30, 2011

rush-hour recipes: review and giveaway


Thought I'd disappeared???

Nope.  I was just busy celebrating the holidays, traveling, turning the big 3-0, and letting my husband do the cooking (that's what you do when you are pregnant, right?).  I was also testing out some delicious recipes from one of Gooseberry Patch's newest cookbooks...Rush-Hour Recipes! 


This is an awesome cookbook for those of us who need a quick meal or who want delicious food without spending all day in the kitchen.  I especially appreciated it at this point in my life...I've now got the figure of the Pillsbury Dough Boy and am moving at the pace of a snail.  It was nice to know that I could provide delicious meals for my husband even though I haven't really felt like cooking.  Everything was so easy that I didn't mind being in the kitchen one bit!

Rush-Hour Recipes is full of 230 recipes for those busy times in life.  I love the fact that it includes slow-cooker meals and potluck dishes as well as the run-of-the-mill family dinners.  You can find something for every occasion in this cookbook!  And like all of Gooseberry Patch's signature cookbooks, it's full of those cute little drawings and kitchen tips to make the cookbook just as fun to read straight through as it is to cook from.  I highly recommend it!

Once again, we picked a recipe from each chapter to try out and share with you.  Here they are, each given its own "reward"!

Messiest Main Meal
Crispy Corn Flake Chicken from the chapter "5-Ingredient Favorites"
 

These chicken legs were easy to assemble and had a wonderful flavor...but boy were they messy!  If you have kids, they'll love them (just make sure to have plenty of napkins on hand).  Being the refined adult that I am (yeah, right!), I think I'll use boneless chicken breasts next time so that I can use a fork and knife.  However you do it, the coating is delish!

Most Comforting
Tuna Tetrazzini from the chapter "One-Dish Dinners"


Tuna casserole is one of those dishes I associate with childhood, so it's perfect on those days when you just want something warm to fill you up.  I made this one when Cookie Bandit had a cold - I'm not sure he could taste much with his sniffles and all, but he ate every bit of it up.  I didn't have a cold, so I can vouch that it was excellent.  I loved how easy it was to put together, how creamy the texture turned out, and how much it reminded me of being a little kid.  It's definitely a must-try.

Most Flavorful
Tony's Peasant Soup from the chapter "Soup's On!"


Haha...so we have a confession regarding this soup.  We didn't actually follow the recipe.  We meant to, but I let Cookie Bandit make out the shopping list.  With him in charge, fresh basil turned into dried, and Italian sausage turned into sausage links.  We went with it though, and absolutely loved it!  I guess it just shows you how versatile this particular recipe is.  It's also an extremely quick fix if you use link sausage and precooked chicken breast like we did.  It was perfect for the one cold day we've had in Dallas...now if the temperature would go down, I'd make it again!


Richest Side Dish
Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes from the chapter "Slow Cookers to the Rescue"


These scalloped potatoes were made in the slow cooker!!!  Can you believe it?  I couldn't!  I was so intrigued by the idea that I just had to try it.  Man, my house smelled amazing that day.  Cookie Bandit walked into the door and just started sniffing...it was all I could do to get him to wait for dinner.  The potatoes cooked perfectly, and the sauce was creamy and delicious.  This recipe makes enough for a crowd, so it's perfect for a potluck!

Best Make-Out Bread
Quick Brown Bread from the chapter "Make-a-Meal Sides"


Odd choice of an award?  Yes.  But let me tell you...every time Cookie Bandit and I ate this bread, we started kissing!!!  We don't know why, but we liked it. :)  He was very, very sad when we finished eating the loaf.  So...just a warning...don't serve this bread to anyone you don't like!  On a more serious note, this bread was a fantastic find.  I whipped it up in about 5 minutes, and it finished baking just in time for the soup to be done.  It's made with all whole wheat and flavored with molasses, so it passed my "relatively healthy" test.  And, it's amazing in the morning with jam or Nutella.  Loved, loved, loved it!

Most Crowd Pleasing
Very Best Texas Caviar from the chapter "Speedy Potluck & Party Foods"


This stuff was so good!  It took just minutes to assemble, made tons of servings, and stole the show as the most colorful thing on the dinner table.  I ate it as an appetizer with tortilla chips, slopped it on top of my nachos, and later ate it straight up as a side.  Either way, I thought it was delicious.  The nice thing about making this dish yourself is that you can adjust the heat by changing how much jalapeno you include.  It's also a great source of fiber and veggies.  Lately, it's been unusual for me to go gaga over a vegetable, but I really loved this.

Cookie Bandit gets to pick which one of the above recipes I share with you.  It didn't take long for him to decide on his overall favorite...of course he picked the bread!  What husband doesn't love kissing his wife??? :) 


 Combine the milk and vinegar and let it just sit and coddle...or, use straight up buttermilk instead!  Your pick!


Mix together the whole-wheat flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda...


Mix together the egg, molasses, and shortening or oil with the buttermilk mixture...


Then combine the wet and dry ingredients and pour the batter into a greased loaf pan!


Thirty minutes later at 350 degrees, your bread is done!


Be sure to try some warm and slathered in honey butter...yum.


Quick Brown Bread
From Gooseberry Patch's Rush-Hour Recipes
1 cup milk
1 T. white vinegar
2 cups whole-wheat lour
1 t. salt
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup shortening, melted and cooled, or oil

Combine milk and vinegar in a small bowl; let stand for a few minutes.  In a separate large bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.  Mix thoroughly and set aside.  Add remaining ingredients to milk mixture.  Add milk mixture to flour mixture; stir just enough to barely mix.  Pour batter into a well-greased 9"x5" loaf pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center tests clean.  Makes one loaf.

So...how can YOU win a free copy of Rush-Hour Recipes?  Just leave me a comment answering the following question - which of the other recipes featured above would you like me to share?  I'll tally up the answers and share that recipe when I announce the winner!  (Please also make sure I have access to a valid e-mail so that I can contact you if you win.  No contact info, no entry!)  Giveaway ends January 8 at midnight (Central time).  Winner announced Monday, January 9.

PS - Gooseberry Patch gave me a free book to review as well as another to give away, but the views and opinions (and pictures!) presented in this post are entirely my own!   Disclosure...check!

116 comments:

  1. Hi! I'd like to see Italian Hamburger Mac recipe. Thanks so much for posting the ones above. They sound so yummy!

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  2. Sorry, I misread your question. I would like to see the recipe for Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes. That sounds wonderful, esp. for cold nights here in WV!

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  3. I am also curious about the Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes!

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  4. Would love to try the chicken recipe ...looks so delicious my mouth is watering!
    doodlebugroad@gmail.com

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  5. Would love to try the chicken recipe ...looks so delicious my mouth is watering!
    doodlebugroad@gmail.com

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  6. I like the Tuna Tetrazzini from the chapter "One-Dish Dinners"..ciao4now64@yahoo.com

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  7. Tuna Tetrazzini! That's my pick!
    wifeofcop83(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  8. I am drooling at the thought of you sharing the Very Best Texas Caviar! Yum!

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  9. Okay, so where can your mother purchase this cookbook.......tax season is upon me and I need all the help I can get!!! All of the recipes you talked about above made me hungry all over again. And we just had supper!!!! Hays Kansas

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  10. Oh, the chicken and the bread look AWESOME :) :) Definitely share the chicken recipe :) :)

    Oh, I started the GAPS diet recently, so everything I eat is gluten free now...but wow, it's really making a difference..so I can easily adapt this to fit me ;) :)

    Happy New Year to you and your family. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather ;)

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  11. I vote for the chicken!! It looks delicious!! sandy.horn88@yahoo.com Thanks :)

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  12. Terry says Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

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  13. I would love to hear more about the Texas Caviar - it looks wonderful and healthy and delicious! Thank you.
    thebearwoman@yahoo.com

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  14. oh please share the recipe for the Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes..sounds delish




    tnmommyx3@comcast.net

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  15. I would like try th Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes for the crock pot.
    rhondaree1958@yahoo.com

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  16. Tony's Peasant Soup sounds wonderful. I have yet to meet a soup recipe I did not enjoy. Thanks!!

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  17. I would love if you shared the Crispy Corn Flake Chicken please.
    cindyskitchen@yahoo.com

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  18. Marla said...

    I would love to have the Crispy Corn Flake Chicken recipe! It looks delicious! Welcome to Texas!
    tews (at) satx (dot) rr (dot) com

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  19. Crispy Corn Flake Chicken, looks yummy.

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  20. I would LOVE to try the recipe for Turkey Tetrazzin....looks wonderful!

    soccer_4_us@hotmail.com

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  21. The Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes!!

    lshumack@gmail.com

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  22. It is hard to choose out of these... but if I must it would be the cheesy potatoes for me. Spradlin.cindy@yahoo.com

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  23. I'd love to try the Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes! I plan on using my slow cooker more this winter, so these would be perfect!
    Can't wait to try the Brown Bread!

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  24. Tuna Tetrazzini and Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes! Yum!

    katenbranzmom@gmail.com

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  25. I would love to try the Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes too. Actually I'd like to try them all so please pick me to win a free copy of the cookbook!

    Thanks and Happy New Year to You!

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  26. By far the Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes, I love a slow cooker recipe, saves time of which I have none of. Sandysajos@mei.net

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  27. Susan said...
    The Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes is my vote. And thanks for a chance to win. I love Gooseberry Patch books.
    craftybikerbabe@live.com

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  28. So undecided...its between the fried chicken and the Texas caviar! Why not print them both? <hint, hint) Who wouldnt love all the Gooseberry Patch recipes anyway?

    Pearlie/CC tx
    paz0522@grandecom.net

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  29. I would love to have the recipe for the chicken.

    Shanniebitner@hotmail.com

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  30. I'd like to see the recipe for the Cheesy
    Scalloped Potatoes.

    bobbimccrea@hotmail.com

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  31. The Very Best Texas Caviar had me looking all over to see if I could find the recipe. I'd love to find that, it looks so delicious! Thanks for offering the book, it sounds wonderful.

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  32. The Texas Caviar looks wonderful!!!

    gnlandrews@gmail.com

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  33. The crispy cornflake chicken sounds yummy!
    christinaburrell@hotmail.com

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  34. i would love the tuna tetrazzini and cornflake chicken recipes. they look wonderful.

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  35. I would love the recipe for the cheesy scalloped potatoes first please!! And thanks for the giveaway opportunity

    -Jill
    luvcooking2 at yahoo dot com

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  36. Cornflake Chicken (even tho they all look yummy)
    Teresa @ lvslwnrdr@yahoo.com

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  37. The Texas Caviar looks great and very versatile. But all the others look good, too!

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  38. The Texas Caviar looks great and very versatile. But all the others look good, too!

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  39. Cornflake Chicken looks yummy!

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  40. Well, since I'm such a chicken lover, I vote for you to share the Crispy Corn Flake Chicken. And how I'd love to win this book...if I do, contact me at cindys-creations@cinergymetro.net

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  41. The cookbook looks like it will have to go on my wish list! Any of your picks look great, but I'm anxious to try the soup.
    Skibaa@chartermi.net

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  42. They all sound wonderful, but since I can only pick one (and since I am scheduled for jaw surgery), it will have to be Tony's Peasant Soup. The solid pieces in the soup should be small enough for me to chew them with only upper teeth and 1/3 of my lower teeth. Lillian (jkklane@surewest.net)

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  43. I THINK THAT THE Texas Caviar WOULD BE A GOOD WAY TO START USING THIS COOKBOOK.
    mandymend@rocketmail.com

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  44. Well, the bread definitely would have been my first choice too, but second would be the Texas Caviar!!
    cagirven@gmail.com

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  45. Since the potatoes are done in a slow cooker, I'd like to see that recipe.

    Jennie
    rmc18mom@gmail.com

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  46. It would be hard to pick a first choice, but I think the Corn Flake Chicken dinner would be delicious, but I agree the boneless Chicken Breast would get my vote. Would love to win so I could try all the other recipes also.
    msshirly60@yahoo.com

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  47. It was a really tough decision but since we had a whopper potato crop -I have to vote for the cheesy potatoes! Thanks! Hugs from snowy Ohio!

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  48. Tony's Peasant Soup because Winter is the perfect time for soup. It looks delicious, I could almost smell it. Happy New Year to the Gooseberry Patch group. We had your Garlicky Wings for our special New Year's fun food. Couldn't ask for better. Thank you for all the fun.

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  49. I think the cheesy potatoes look great. I like recipes that I can do in my crackpot while at work.

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  50. Would love to see the Texas Caviar..there r so many versions but this one looks and sounds extra good. I too am a fellow Texan in DFW..I love all the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks..never met a recipe in their books that I didn't like. Thanks! Laura..LCapaldo2005@yahoo.com

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  51. Would love to see the Texas Caviar..there r so many versions but this one looks and sounds extra good. I too am a fellow Texan in DFW..I love all the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks..never met a recipe in their books that I didn't like. Thanks! Laura..LCapaldo2005@yahoo.com

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  52. Would love to see the Texas Caviar..there r so many versions but this one looks and sounds extra good. I too am a fellow Texan in DFW..I love all the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks..never met a recipe in their books that I didn't like. Thanks! Laura..LCapaldo2005@yahoo.com

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  53. Hi.. I would love to have the recipe for the Messiest Main Meal (Chicken) Thanks lakelady@cruzinternet.com

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  54. I would love to have the recipe for the Cheesy potatoes too. It looks super yummy!
    ospccmft@gmail.com

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  55. The chicken is my pick. I can't wait to try it.Kathy = Luckypookers9213@yahoo.com

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  56. Tony's Peasant Soup sounds delicious and perfect for a cold winter's night!

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  57. The crockpot Cheesy potatoes sound great!
    elkin56@charter.net

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  58. I would like to see the recipe for the cheesy scalloped potatoes. stantzcindy@yahoo.com

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  59. I would love to see the recipe for Texas Caviar, though the other recipes look equally good. Thanks for the entry into the drawing. Love Gooseberry Patch! :)

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  60. My vote looks like its a lone one for the Tuna Tetrazzini. Looks like a great comfort food. becker34@jtt.net

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  61. The Tuna Tetrazinni looks yummy to me!
    kathym226(at)yahoo.com

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  62. Cheesy scalloped potatoes!
    justinsilvers@ sbcglobal.net

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  63. They all look delish. Thank you for sharing. I love all of your cook books.

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  64. cornflake chicken

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  65. Please share the chicken recipe - the messier the better with my boys! krisostrander2001@yahoo.com

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  66. I vote for the cornflake chicken! Miss you guys!
    -Monica

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  67. Would love to also see the recipe for Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

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  68. cheesy scalloped potatoes ....and texas caviar!!

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  69. Definitely the scalloped potatoes!

    amybradsher@gmail.com

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  70. I'm so excited you shared the bread, that's the one I was hoping for and I'm going to make it tomorrow! But my second choice is the soup! One can never have enough soup recipes!

    bowleslindsay@gmail.com

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  71. The texas caviar looks awesome! I would love to see this, thanks!

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  72. Cheesy scalloped potatoes, please!!! Yummy :)

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  73. Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes look yummy!

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  74. The chicken...love love love chicken! Cant wait to try it!!!

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  75. Debbie Gower from ColoradoJanuary 7, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Crispy Cornflake chicken! === the homemade air freshners sound intriguing too! This sounds like an awesome cookebook to add to my collection! ! !

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  76. I would love to have the recipe for the Slow Cooker Cheesy Potatoes! Yum! Can't ever have enough crock recipes.

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  77. The cheesy potatoes. Please.

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  78. Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes ....looks heavenly
    Bunky20041@yahoo.com

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  79. I would love to have the recipe for the Slow Cooker Cheesy Potatoes, love gooseberry cookbooks.

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  80. Tony's Peasant Soup looks awesome and soo good would love to have the recipe to this one and would also love to win this cookbook!!

    Thanks Bunches
    Patii ilovesweeps2011@hotmail.com

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  81. my name and email addy kinda pushed together my email is


    ilovesweeps2011@hotmail.com

    thanks

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  82. I would love to see the recipe for the Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes. YUM!

    My email address: katislittlecorner@gmail.com

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  83. I would love the recipe for Texas caviar. My boys thinks it looks yummy, and what a better way to get more veggies in them!!

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  84. I would love for you to share Tony's Peasant Soup recipe! It looks so good it makes my mouth water! :) Email address: coombsd1@mymail.nku.edu Thank you!

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  85. I would love the recipe for th Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes...looks delicious ! ! ! And the chicken looks really good too ! ! !

    My email address: lrenner@charter.net

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  86. I really, really liked the sound of the Texas Caviar. My husband and I absolutely adore hot, spicy foods and this sure sounds like a good one to add to the many we have already collected and prepare regularly. I have a feeling we would be adding more than one jalapeno pepper to the mixture though. As I said, we like it "hot". I would love to have the recipe for this wonderful dish!
    fdowens@roadrunner.com

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  87. I would love the Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes Please! redvande@gmail.com

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  88. The Peasant Soup looks delish! Soups are a favorite in our home on cold winter nights. You can never have too many soup and/or stew recipes. wildwest29745@yahoo.com

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  89. Definitely the cheesy scalloped potatoes
    cps1950@gmail.com

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  90. Love to see Tony's Peasant Soup. We have lots of cold nights in upstate New York! bettydun8716@gmail.com

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  91. I too would like to see the slow cooker cheesy potatoes. Always in search of something tasty with potatoes! email me when I win :) tessyear2020@aol.com

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  92. I vote Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes! They look yummy!!!

    tami.spear@gmail.com

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  93. Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes from the chapter "Slow Cookers to the Rescue"

    I can't wait to try the bread. Thanks for posting.

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  94. Tony's Peasant Soup from the chapter "Soup's On!"

    rclark59@bellsouth.net

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  95. Oh, those potatoes look yummy!!!!!!!!

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  96. Crispy Corn Flake Chicken!!

    ksue2@verizon.net

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  97. I want to try the chicken. it brings back memories of my mom making similar with corn flakes as she had to eat gluten free.
    Sue
    buzzbrian@aol.com

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  98. Tony's Peasant Soup looks inviting for a cold January day!
    Cynthia
    ssmith16@verizon.net

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  99. My son Jacob would love the Crispy Corn Flake chicken, so that will be my choice.

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  100. Denise can be contacted at drmcneal75@aol.com (oops)

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  101. I would love to see the Crispy Corn Flake Chicken.

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  102. I'd like the chicken recipe, although the potatoes sound wonderful too. grandma_no1@hotmail.com

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  103. Crispy Corn Flake Chicken it the recipe I'd most like to see.

    anitashammer@yahoo.com

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  104. The tuna tetrrazenni...looks delish!

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  105. We don't have a lot of cold weather where we live. However when it turns cooler it's time for homemade soup in our house. Right now I have vegetabe beef and turkey noodle in the frig. The Tony's Peasant Soup seems like a pleasant change for my family.

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  106. would love to see more of the chicken recipe. but they all look so good.My e-mail address is brunellabrunet@bellsouth.net. Hope I win. Thanks.

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  107. I would love love love to see the recipe for cheesy scalloped potatoes. I am a potatoe-aholic!!! My husband says I am going to turn into a potatoe lol! Thank you for your generosity for giving us a chance to win this wonderful cookbook. A mom can never have too many! :)-Michelle Mikolaszuk (dammcm@att.net)

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  108. I would love the recipe for the Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes. I work and anytime I can add to my slow cooker recipes, it makes me giddy!! And my family loves anything that includes potatoes AND cheese!!! Thanks so much for the awesome recipes! And for the chance to win this cookbook. Gooseberry Cookbooks are my weakness...I LOVE THEM!!!!

    Thanks again,
    Kristi Underwood (kristi_underwood@hotmail.com)

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  109. I would like to see the cornflake chicken.

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  110. The cheesy scalloped potatoes would be our choice. Thanks for the giveaway--these are so much fun.
    Jane
    guileys@bellsouth.net

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  111. I would love to see the Tuna Casserole recipe. It's one of my very favorite casseroles to make on Sunday and take to work all week for lunch, and that casserole looks yummy!

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  112. How about the tuna casserole recipe. Love tuna!!

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