Gooseberry Patch winner!

September 10, 2011

I am so pleased to announce the winner of Gooseberry Patch’s Autumn with Family & Friends!

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There were 89 comments on the giveaway post on Blogger, and 2 comments on the giveaway post on WordPress. So I added the two WP comments, and did a random drawing of 91 entries.

(Part of the problem of maintaining two sites… but I had some die-hards who started with me on WordPress, and it has been hard to convince them to move over to Blogger. Cause I love you, I stick with both!)

The winner is…

random winnerNumber 28 from the Blogger site… hondagal!

Please email me to claim your prize – alarmclockwars-at-gmail-dot-com, or use the “Talk to the Clock” link on the sidebar.

Congratulations!

Special thanks to Gooseberry Patch for providing me with this great cookbook to try and share with you. If you would like to purchase this or other cookbooks, please visit their store. If you would like to see other great recipes, check out www.realfarmwivesofamerica.com.


Gooseberry Patch cookbook giveaway!

August 30, 2011

I have had a blast cooking through Autumn with Family & Friends with the Real Farmwives of America & Friends and Gooseberry Patch.

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I hope you have found a recipe or two that you have wanted to try!autumnfamilyfriends And now, it’s time for a giveaway, so you can try the recipes I’ve shown you, and all the others you want!

I did not have any trouble picking out recipes to try from this book… The trick was narrowing it down to ten!

We tried some great main dishes like

Perfect Cheesy Pasta Bakemelty goodness sm 

Sweet Autumn Pork Chopsafter oven sm

Connie’s Meatloaf Rollfinished-1

Pumpkin-Sausage Pennepasta

Party Ham Casserolefinished sm

I checked out a new comfort food recipe – Dad’s Best Mac & Cheesebaked

There were the kid- and adult-friendly Crunchy Chicken “Toes”chicken dinner

Some fantastic side dishes…

Cinnamon Pineapplenaked pineapple sm

Grandma’s Buttery Mashed Potatoesmashed sm

and a new favorite, Garlic Bubble Bread (I am so making this to go with lasagna tonight!)garlic heaven sm

And I managed to stick to only one dessert (but, oh, was it good!) – Pumpkin Custard Crunchpiece of custard sm

Are you hungry yet?

I have a copy of Autumn with Family & Friends to give away!! Try all these recipes, and tons more! How about New England Cider Doughnuts… Apple-Cinnamon Pancakes… Bacon Bread (Hubby Doc has been after me to make this one)… Pumpkin Bread Pudding! They all sound so good… who can choose? (I think I’ve held off on the desserts long enough!)

You can earn entries in this giveaway for a copy of this wonderful cookbook by…

Be sure to leave me a separate comment for each entry.

The giveaway will close at midnight (Central time) on Friday, September 9. I’ll announce the winner on Saturday, September 10!

Good luck! I know you will love each and every recipe!


Bonus side dishes, recipe #10+

August 27, 2011

Don’t tell anyone, but I’m giving you two side dishes in this post. And you’ll love them both, I promise!autumnfamilyfriends

First… Warm Cinnamon Pineapple.

Start with a whole pineapple. Cut off the top and bottom, and then slice off the skin.

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Mix together 2 cups of sugar (I used Splenda) and 1/4 cup cinnamon.cinnamon sugar sm

Roll the naked pineapple around in the cinnamon sugar until he is nice and sticky. (I had a bunch of leftover cinnamon sugar. Next time I would only make up half the amount.)

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Wrap the pineapple in aluminum foil, put it on a baking sheet, and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

When it is warmed through, take him out of the aluminum foil, stand him upright, and slice vertically around the core. Throw out the core, slice the pineapple thinly, and serve warm.cooked pineapple sm

Trust me, you will love this!!

Second, Grandma’s Buttery Mashed Potatoes. Because no Autumn meal is complete without mashed potatoes!

Peel, cube, cook, and drain 6-8 potatoes. cooked potatoes sm

Add 1/2 cup butter, and 1 cup evaporated milk.

Beat everything to a pulp.butter and milk sm

I didn’t pay attention, and added a whole can of evaporated milk, instead of just 1 cup. So things got a little runny. Lucky for me, I had some instant mashed potato flakes in the pantry. I added some of these, and things perked right up.mashed sm

Of course, I could have boiled some more potatoes to correct the runny problem. But I wasn’t feeling that patient.

Seriously? Some of the best mashed potatoes I have ever tasted!

Special thanks to Gooseberry Patch for providing me with this great cookbook to try and share with you. If you would like to purchase this or other cookbooks, please visit their store. If you would like to see other great recipes, check out www.realfarmwivesofamerica.com.

Printable recipe cards:cinnamon pineapple recipe card mashed potatoes recipe card

Next up? A giveaway! I have a copy of Autumn with Family & Friends to giveaway to one lucky reader! Get ready…  It’s coming next week!


Party Ham Casserole, recipe #9

August 26, 2011

We’re getting closer to Autumn (well, some days it feels more like it than others), and I’m wrapping up my cooking from Autumn with Family & Friends from Gooseberry Patch!

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I’m always looking for something new to do with ham, so this recipe was calling to me!

I started with one of our ham steaks, cut it into cubes, and gave it a quick cook in some olive oil. I may have also used some of Shoup’s Seasoning. It’s a possibility. ham sm

You can start with a pre-cooked piece of ham. We didn’t have any of that “fancy” food. 🙂

This recipe calls for medium egg noodles. I am a big fan of the Amish-style noodles, and used those instead.noodles sm

I cooked and drained half the package of noodles, and set them aside foe a few minutes. In the same saucepan I cooked the noodles, I combined 1 can of cream of mushroom soup and 1/2 cup milk, and stirred over low heat until smooth. Then add 1 teaspoon of minced onion, 2 teaspoons of mustard, and 1 cup of sour cream. Heat, stir. Beautiful.sauce sm

The recipe calls for layers here. Noodles, ham, soup, repeat. My casserole dish was clearly the wrong size, so I just dumped it all in at the same time.casserole dish sm

Mix together 1/2 cup bread crumbs and 1-1/2 tablespoon melted butter for the top, and then top with grated Parmesan cheese. Yum!toppings sm

Bake at 350 degrees, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes, and it is ready to go!finished sm

I will advise you to stick to the medium egg noodles. The noodles I used were so long, it was hard to serve this casserole without everything pulling apart.

Other than that, this dish was a hit!   

Special thanks to Gooseberry Patch for providing me with this great cookbook to try and share with you. If you would like to purchase this or other cookbooks, please visit their store. If you would like to see other great recipes, check out www.realfarmwivesofamerica.com.

Printable recipe card:party ham casserole recipe card

Next time… a two-fer! I made two quick and easy sides, and I’m going to give them both to you in the next post!


Dad’s Best Mac & Cheese, recipe #8

August 19, 2011

I have already told you about one of my favorite comfort foods – homemade macaroni and cheese. While I am perfectly happy with my family recipe, I am also always on the lookout for some variations. And boy did I find a good one in this cookbook!!autumnfamilyfriends

Mix together one egg, 1 tablespoon hot water, 1 teaspoon ground dry mustard, and 1 teaspoon salt.egg

Add the egg mixture, and 1 cup of milk to cooked elbow macaroni. (Or spirals. I like spirals. I just didn’t have any.)pasta and milk 

Add most of a 12-ounce package of shredded sharp cheddar cheese.cheese

I had only bought an 8-ounce bag of cheddar. So I added some mozzarella to make up the difference. Mix that all up. (We’re not aiming for cheese melting, just everything mixed together.)more cheese

Spread one tablespoon of softened butter in the bottom of your pan…butter

And then pour in the macaroni.almost ready

Top with extra cheese.garnish

And bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes, until the top looks like this.baked

Oh, yum!! This was mac & cheese heaven!

I do like a crunchy topping, so maybe next time I would add some crushed cereal with butter to the cheese on the top… But this was still so good!

We had this with Gooseberry Patch’s Crunchy Chicken “Toes” and garden broccoli.chicken dinner

I will say, all that butter in the bottom of the pan made for some seriously yummy mac & cheese, but it left my stoneware pan feeling pretty greasy. I ended up using a little bit of dish soap to clean the stoneware (which you’re not really supposed to do). There was no other way of getting around the butter. But it was so worth it!

Special thanks to Gooseberry Patch for providing me with this great cookbook to try and share with you. If you would like to purchase this or other cookbooks, please visit their store. If you would like to see other great recipes, check out www.realfarmwivesofamerica.com.

Printable recipe card:dads best mac and cheese card


Crunchy Chicken “Toes,” recipe #7

August 15, 2011

 
I don’t cook with chicken very often. We just don’t have much chicken in our freezer! We end up eating a lot of red meat and pork, which I love, but a little chicken every once in a while is a nice change of pace. We just loved this take on chicken fingers!autumnfamilyfriends

Mix together 1 cup of crushed corn flakes, 1 cup plain bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon allspice.

(Did you know that you can buy corn flake crumbs? They are right next to the bread crumbs. I had no idea until after I made this recipe!)

I realized, a little too late, that I did not have any ground allspice in the house. So I did a little internet researching, and found that allspice is basically equal parts cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves. I didn’t have any ground cloves, either. So instead of 1/2 tsp allspice, I used 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp nutmeg. (It still turned out great!)corn flakes

Okay, so mix all that together (with whichever parts of the spices you have on hand, apparently) and then add some olive oil.add olive oil

Mix it up so the corn flakes/sugar/spice mixture is nice and moist.mixed crumbs

Now line up shallow dishes with the corn flakes/sugar/spice mixture, 2 eggs (beaten), and 1/3 cup flour.line em up

Cut 1.5 pounds of chicken breasts into bite-size pieces, and dredge in the flour.dredge in flour

Then in the egg.dredge in egg

Then in the corn flakes.dredge in corn flakes

Spread your chicken “toes” out on a non-stick baking sheet, and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. spread em out

While you are waiting, mix up some dipping sauce – 1/4 cup honey mustard and 1/4 cup barbecue sauce. sauce

And that’s it! I swear! Super easy, and so yummy!

I’m not particularly a fan of either honey mustard or BBQ sauce for dipping, BUT this combination, with the sugary coating on the chicken, was great!

We had the chicken with a homemade macaroni & cheese recipe from this cookbook (coming soon!!) and some broccoli from our garden. And the dipping sauce, of course.chicken dinner

Special thanks to Gooseberry Patch for providing me with this great cookbook to try and share with you. If you would like to purchase this or other cookbooks, please visit their store. If you would like to see other great recipes, check out www.realfarmwivesofamerica.com.

Printable recipe card:crunchy chicken toes card


Pumpkin-Sausage Penne, recipe #6

August 13, 2011
Is it Saturday already? How the heck did that happen?!?
 
With no further ado, here is the post I had planned to have up last Tuesday!

Recipe number 6 from Autumn with Family & Friends from Gooseberry Patch!autumnfamilyfriends

This is another one I cooked for girls night. We do love our carbs!!

First, I browned up a pound of pork sausage. This was supposed to be maple-flavored sausage, but I didn’t have any. So I cooked the sausage in real maple syrup. It worked – the sausage had a great maple flavor when it was done!sausage

Once that was done, I put it in a bowl and set it aside. I used the same pan to make the sauce…

8 ounce package of cream cheese, cut into cubes; 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese; 1/2 cup butter, cut; and 1/2 cup milk.sauce

(The girls said, “anything is great with cream cheese and butter!”)

Once the cream cheese was melted, and the sauce was creamy, I added the spices…

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper and some nutmeg.spices

Stir that all up, and then add 1 cup of canned pumpkin. Be a little patient here – it takes some stirring and some time, but I promise, this will turn a beautiful gold color, and have a fantastic creamy texture!pumpkin

Then add the sausage back to the sauce and stir it all up, and add a 16 ounce package of cooked penne pasta.Toss to coat.pasta

And that’s it! No need for oven baking for this dish!

I used whole-wheat pasta for this, and the brown color of the pasta really did not complement the beautiful gold of the sauce. I think next time, I will stick to good old regular white pasta.

It is entirely likely that I made a double batch of Garlic Bubble Bread to serve to four people with this dish. And I didn’t have many leftovers!

Special thanks to Gooseberry Patch for providing me with this great cookbook to try and share with you. If you would like to purchase this or other cookbooks, please visit their store. If you would like to see other great recipes, check out www.realfarmwivesofamerica.com.

Printable recipe card:pumpkin-sausage penne recipe card