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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

weeknight dinners: review and giveaway


It's that time again...time for a Gooseberry Patch early bird review and giveaway!!!  I just love doing these.  As you've probably noticed, Gooseberry Patch is hands-down my favorite cookbook company.  It's such an honor that they've allowed me to get sneak peaks at their soon-to-be-published books, share them with you, and then give one away to one of you!



Weeknight Dinners is the newest book, and it's an absolute delight.  Cookie Bandit and I sat down with sticky notes to flag all of the recipes we wanted to try - we flagged just about every other page!  There is a different chapter for each weeknight - Meatless Monday, Tex-Mex Tuesday, Italian Wednesday, Comfort Food Thursday, and Just for Fun Friday.  Each chapter has recipes for main dishes, side dishes, and desserts.  With such a great variety, there's sure to be something for everyone's tastes. 

As usual, there's also tips on the bottom of each page...that's over 200 tips!  These are my favorite parts.  I always get such great ideas for crafts, entertaining, and cooking.  These tips are why I always think of my Gooseberry Patch cookbooks as "page turners." :)


Once again, we picked a recipe from each chapter to try out and share with you.  Here they are, each given its own "reward"!
Simplest Delight
Savory Onion-Roasted Veggies from the chapter "Meatless Monday"

Cookie Bandit is a self-proclaimed meat lover, and he LOVED these.  I mean, the guy normally tells me we don't need a vegetable side with out meat...and yet, he almost picked these as his favorite of the bunch!  You can bet that I'll be making them again.  They took about 5 minutes to prepare (very little chopping) and they cooked in the oven while I made the rest of dinner.  The flavor was just out of this world.  I am one happy cook when I can serve up simple veggies that everyone loves.
Most Challenging
Golden Sopapillas from the chapter "Tuesday is Tex-Mex Night"

I've decided that sopapillas are something that practice makes perfect.  And we have definitely not hit perfection.  I'm not sure what the issue was - maybe our oil wasn't hot enough?  But, while they browned beautifully, they didn't puff up like the sopapillas you see at restaurants.  Either way, we simply loved them and will make them again.  They tasted so good, who cares if they weren't hollow in the middle?  We just poured our honey straight on top and chowed down.  They were deliciously fluffy and a delight to make.  Maybe next time, we'll get closer to perfection.
 
Make-Ahead Favorite
Chicken Tetrazzini from the chapter "Wednesday is Italian Night"


This was a delicious, creamy recipe, and yet it was our least favorite of all that we tried.  I guess that gives you an indication of just how good this cookbook was.  While it lacked the depth of flavors that the others had, it had a lot of other great things going for it.  This one, simple recipe made two casseroles!  I baked one immediately and put another in the freezer to have at a later date.  Both were deliciously creamy.  This is one make-ahead meal that I'll be making ahead many times to come.
Most Comforting
Aunt Nada's Salisbury Steak from the chapter "Comfort Food Thursday"


Cookie Bandit thinks I'm nuts, but I've always loved those salisbury steak TV dinners.  I always thought of them as the epitome of comfort food (at least when it came to frozen dinners).  Well, this recipe for salisbury steak blows those others out of the water!  Even Cookie Bandit - the man who is skeptical of salisbury steak (cause it's not real steak, you see) - loved them.  It's an easy and quick recipe...perfect for busy mommas with hungry men to feed!

 Best Bite-Sized Burgers
Chicken-Apple Sliders from the chapter "Just for Fun Friday"

These are seriously some of the best burgers I have ever had!  We are normally beef people when it comes to hamburgers, but we couldn't resist trying this combination of apple, ground chicken, and bacon.  Um...can you say delicious?  I don't know if I can go back to beef now.  We especially love how easy and quick these were to make.  If you only try one recipe from this cookbook, this needs to be it!

When it came to figuring out which recipe we should share with you today, the decision was pretty simple.  :)


Begin by peeling and grating an apple.  The recipe calls for a tart apple like Granny Smith, but we used a sweeter variety.  Still tasted amazing.  My point - use whichever kind of apple you like best!


Combine grated apple, chopped celery, seasonings, honey, ground chicken, and 4 slices of crumbled, cooked bacon.  Form into 8 small patties and grill until chicken is no longer pink.


Serve on rolls with cheese, additional bacon, lettuce, mayo, and favorite burger toppings.


Chicken-Apple Sliders
from Gooseberry Patch's Weeknight Dinners

  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and shredded
  • 1/4 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 t. poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 t. pepper
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 2 T. honey
  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 8 slices bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled, and divided
  • Optional: 2 slices favorite cheese, quartered
  • 8 mini rolls, toasted and split
  • Garnish: mayonnaise, shredded lettuce, sliced tomato, and onion

In a large bowl, combine apple, celery and seasonings; toss to mix.  Add honey, chicken and half of bacon.  Stir until combined; do not overmix.  Form into 8 small patties.  Grill or pan-fry patties about 4 minutes on each side, until chicken is no longer pink.  If desired, top with a piece of cheese during the last few minutes of cooking.  Place patties on rolls; top with remaining bacon and other toppings, as desired.  Serves 8.

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91 comments:

  1. I would love to see the Sopapillas recipe. We LOVE Mexican!

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  2. Chicken Tetrazzini because I am always looking for make ahead meals..thanks bjn1957{at}gmail{dot}com

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  3. Aunt Nada's Salisbury Steak looks delicious!

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  4. Aunt Nada's Salisbury Steak sound great, post that one next :)

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  5. I love how excited you sound in this post! And sopapillas might be a dangerous addition to my homemade repertoire, but I'm willing to suffer!

    Luci’s Morsels – fashion. food. frivolity.

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  6. I also would love to see the sopapilla recipe - they're so delicious!

    DebNJoizee919@aol.com

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  7. The chicken apple burgers look absolutely fabulous! What a healthy and tasty way to do dinner! Yum!!!

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  8. aunt nada's salisbury def.
    marlene

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  9. I would love to see the Aunt Nada's Salisbury Steak
    thanks

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  10. I would like to see Aunt Nada's Salisbury Steak

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  11. Love the chapters! I think TexMex Tuesdays would be my favorite night!

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  12. LOVE Gooseberry Patch! I just bought some ground chicken and wasn't sure what I was going to do with it. Now I know! I think my family will love the chicken, apple, and bacon combo!

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  13. Love my Gooseberry Patch cookbook!

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  14. I am so glad you shared the ground chicken burger recipe! YUM! I also pinned this post so I remember it! :)

    I think the salsbury steak recipe would be great to post too!

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    1. I am curious about the sopapilla recipe. :)

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  16. Aunt Nada's Salisbury Steak from the chapter "Comfort Food Thursday, please!

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  17. Aunt Nada's Salisbury Steak from the chapter "Comfort Food Thursday. Love Salisbury Steak with a mushroom and onion gravy.

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  18. Chicken apple sliders with a side if savory onion roasted veggies! Where do I sign up so I can have you share that meal with me?!

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    1. That sounds like a heavenly meal!!! The slider recipe is shared above. You'll have to look for the cookbook for the other one!

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  19. I love Gooseberry Patch...and am glad to have discovered your site today! Salibury Steak with onions and mushroom gravy sounds like a recipe that I'm ready to make!

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  20. The sopapillas would be so good thanks

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  21. the salisbury steak...I have not made that before.

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  22. Aunt Nada's Salisbury Steak looks Amazing!!!

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  23. The Salisbury Steak!
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  24. Oh my goodness! The Chicken Apple sliders look so yummy! They are going on this weeks menu! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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  25. Salisbury steak
    mjebe@jebe.org

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  26. I would like to see the Salisbury Steak recipe. It looks scrumptious.

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  27. Oh, I'm just drooling over the roasted veggies!!!

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  28. Salisbury Steak recipe PLEASE!!

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  29. I'd like the golden sopapillas!

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  30. Of the ones shown, Salibury steak.It looks like it has more of a savory sauce than a creamy gravy-ish one--my dad would like it.

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  31. The golden sopapillas - yum!!

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  32. Aunt Nada's Salisbury Steak Is the one I would like to have!! Thank you so much

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  33. The roasted veggies - looks like something I'd make all the time

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  34. It all looks delicious - Great book!

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  35. The Salisbury Steak!

    Brenda D
    bkd154@aol.com

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  36. Those chicken sliders look yummy!

    angelhomemaker at yahoo dot com

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  37. Onion-Roasted Veggies

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  38. I also would love to see the Sopapillas recipe. Mexican style food is always welcome in my home. I also enjoy Gooseberry Patch recipe books!

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  39. Salisbury steak looks yummy!

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  40. Oh the apple sliders sound just perfect! Many thanks!

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  41. Salisbury Steak!! That is a family favorite here but I don't know how to make it homemade!

    Michelle
    mmwright@bex.net

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  42. Chicken-Apple Sliders sound quite tasty!

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  43. I think the salisbury steak would be something we'd like to eat.

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  44. Chicken apple sliders sound wonderful for something different!

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  45. They all look so yummy!!!

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  46. Savory Onion-Roasted Veggies sound so delicious and healthy I would love to see you make this recipe !!
    Thanks Val

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  47. This new cookbook looks & sounds amazing! It will answer the daily question of "What's for dinner?"! All the recipes look yummy & I can't wait to try them! Thank You!

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  48. Those onion roasted veggies sound wonderful!!! all the recipes would be great to try. thanks!!!

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  49. Chicken tetrazzini!

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  50. Umm Gooseberry Patch, only good things from them, love anything Gooseberry!

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  51. I would love to see the oven roasted vegetables recipe!

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  52. The oniojn roasted veggies sound great!

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  53. Looking forward to trying new recipes! I like the title and thanks for you comments.

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  54. The oven roasted veggies look amazing!

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  55. They all look great. Love Gooseberry!

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  56. I love Chicken tetrazzini. That is my choice. Thank you for the chance to win your cookbook!!! mjmcgowin@wildblue.net

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  57. I love Gooseberry cookbooks. In my job I get to look at them but never take them home.

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  58. The comfort foods look great

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  59. chicken apple sliders

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  60. you can't loose with chicken tetrazzini---or any of the recipes in this book. Looks like comfort food is another winner!!!

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  61. Reta C
    Aunt Nada's Salsbury Steak please!!

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  62. Love all the Gooseberry Patch Books.

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  63. i just love these cookbooks but not sure if a canadian can win

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  64. I love Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks

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  65. Chicken tetrazzini---please! :)

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  66. Would love any recipes featuring south of the border!

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  67. Would love the recipe for the Salisbury Steak...looks sooooo yummy and comforting!!! :) PS...Gooseberry Patch was my Mom's FAVORITE cookbook company too and she loved the home decor and kitchen items you could order as well. I always thing of you and her when I'm doing a recipe from Gooseberry!

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  68. I would love the Salisbury Steak - Yum Yum!!!

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  69. Aunt Nada's Salisbury Steak. Thanks

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  70. Onion roasted veggies!!!

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  71. I thought all of the recipes look delicious and I can hardly wait to make each and every one of them!!!! Can you publish them all?
    dmh5858@msn.com

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  72. Salisbury steak I love making it and also new takes on this dish, thanks all of the above looks really delicious

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  73. Salisbury steak! I remember eating that at my great-aunt's house when I was a kid!

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  74. I am ALWAYS looking for new, fun recipes to share with the family. This cookbook looks great!

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  75. I would love to see the Savory Onion-Roasted Veggies! They sound great!

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  76. Ohhh I need this book.. The recipes look fabulous.. Can you say YUMMY.. 250 times?? :D

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  77. They all look good! And fast to put together. Lots of new ideas to rev up my dinner table. Just what this busy mom needs!

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  78. I would love the Salisbury Steak and Roasted Veggies Recipes! Looks and sounds delish!

    Just found you today from Gooseberry Patch! Keep trying to win this cookbook!
    Lisa Durst
    slldurst3@yahoo.com

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  79. They all look yummy, but gooseberry patch recipes are always yummy.

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  80. Everything looks so good & would love to win. Susan C

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  81. These chicken sliders looks so amazing and out of the ordinary! Thanks for linking up with us this week!

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