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Friday, February 8, 2013

slow cooking all year 'round - review and giveaway


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It's time for yet another Gooseberry Patch Early Bird Review, and I think you are going to love this one.  Why?  Because it's all about slow cookers!  Ever since I got my first slow cooker in college, I've been on the hunt for good recipes.  Slow cookers are wonderful if you know what your doing, but I've also made some of the worst food ever in them!  Fortunately, Gooseberry Patch has come to the rescue with a new slow cooking cookbook, and the recipes are fantastic.
Slow Cooking All Year Round has four chapters - one for every season!  You'll find breakfasts, mains, sides, desserts, and even a snack mix.  And of course, there's always those amazing Gooseberry Patch tips at the bottom of each page.  Since many of the tips are slow cooker related, you are bound to learn something new.  I sure did.  For instance, did you know that if there's too much liquid in your slow cooker after you're done cooking your meal, all you need to do is tilt the lid and turn it on to the high setting.  Soon, the liquid will evaporate!  Awesome tip, compliments of page 200. :)

Once again, we picked a recipe from each chapter to try out and share with you.  Here they are, each given its own "reward"!
Easiest One-Pot Meal
Easy Chicken a la King from the chapter "Warming Winter Dishes"

This was so, so easy.  You don't even have to cook the chicken first...just dump everything in and turn it on!  I loved that it was a meat-and-veggie dish in one pot.  All I had to do was make the rice!  We added a little extra peas by accident, but the result was still delicious.  This is a great option for a busy mom on a busy day!
The. Best. Broccoli-Cheese. Soup. EVER.
Tea Room Broccoli-Cheese Soup from the chapter "Simply Speedy Springtime"

Okay, seriously...this is the BEST broccoli cheese soup I've ever had.  Unfortunately Cookie Bandit didn't get to have any.  I ate it all.  (Sheepishly hanging my head now.)  But it was just so good I couldn't help it.  It takes simple ingredients, makes a full 8 servings, and is good enough to feed your company.  Even Pebbles ate it up!  And it only took 5 minutes to prepare.  You can bet I'll be serving this the next time I have some friends over for a crafting day. 
 
Most like Dessert
Down-on-the-Farm Breakfast Cobbler from the chapter "Slow and Easy Summer"

This is one of my new favorite breakfast discoveries.  Apples topped with granola, cinnamon, sugar, and butter and then cooked to perfection?  It's like eating dessert for breakfast!  I will admit, this is one recipe that you have to play with a bit.  The first time I made it, I cooked it overnight on low and ended up with burned mush.  Fortunately, I tried it again, cooking it on high for just 3 hours - perfect!  You've got to figure out the configuration that works best for your slow cooker (mine apparently was too hot for overnight cooking), but once you do, you'll never want anything else for breakfast again.

Most Awesome
  Creamy Corn Pudding from the chapter "Hearty Harvest Favorites"

Cookie Bandit came up with the award for this recipe.  He just couldn't get enough of it!  We both really love cornbread, so it was no surprise that we loved this corn pudding.  However, I couldn't get over just how good it was.  The ingredient list includes cream cheese and nutmeg, both of which added a delightful complexity to the flavor.  This would make the perfect accompaniment to just about any meal - I'm sure we'll be having it pretty often around here.

I asked Cookie Bandit which recipe I should share with you...can you guess what he picked?  :)


Corn pudding!!!  I'm bummed that we didn't get a better picture of it.  Honestly, we ate it too quickly!

To make, blend the cream cheese, eggs, and sugar in a bowl.  Stir in dry corn muffin mix, frozen corn, creamed corn, milk, butter, seasoned salt, and nutmeg.  

 

 Pour everything into a greased slow cooker.


Then cook on high for 3-4 hours.  The edges should be pulling away, and the middle should be fairly set.  It's like cornbread...only better.


Creamy Corn Pudding
from Gooseberry Patch's Slow Cooking All Year Round

  • 8oz. package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 8 1/2 oz. package corn muffin mix
  • 2 1/2 cups frozen corn
  • 16 oz. can creamed corn
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 T. butter, melted
  • 1 t. seasoned salt
  • 1/4 t. nutmeg

Lightly grease a slow cooker.  In a bowl, blend cream cheese, eggs, and sugar.  Stir in dry muffin mix and remaining ingredients; mix well.  Transfer mixture to a slow cooker.  Cover and cook on high setting for 3 to 4 hours.  Serves 8.

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50 comments:

  1. The One pot meal looks so good!

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  2. I wanted to see the broccoli soup to see if it's as good as mine

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  3. i would love to see the broccoli cheese soup recipe! will definitely try the creamy corn pudding...thanks for sharing

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    1. I've made this before, for Thanksgiving, and everyone oohed and aahed over it!

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  4. LOVE the corn pudding recipe - the addition of cream cheese is wonderful! Would also love to see the Brocc/Cheese Soup recipe. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  5. The recipe I would like to see is the Cobbler breakfast, it is morning here and that looks great...Would be good for a dinner too with ice cream...Thanks and keeping my fingers crossed I win.

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  6. The broccoli soup looks amazing...would love to try it!

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  7. I love my crockpot! I love making soups and big meals in there. Still haven't made any dessert though - funny coming from a girl who lives for dessert! The cobbler looks great, but the broccoli soup is also very enticing!

    Luci's Morsels - fashion. food. frivolity.

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  8. I love my slow cooker and Gooseberry

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  9. Maybe because I'm freezing cold, but I would love the broccoli soup!

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  10. The. Best. Broccoli-Cheese. Soup. EVER.

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  11. I'd love to try Down-on-the-Farm Breakfast Cobbler!!

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  12. My slow cooker and Gooseberry, perfect match every time :-)

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  13. My slow cooker and Gooseberry, perfect match every time :-)

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  14. I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks. My Mom and I collected them and loved reading all the wonderful stories that reminded us of growing up - her in the 40's and me in the 60's. She's gone now but I still feel she's with me every time I pick one up.

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  15. I'm definitely going to try that corn pudding recipe!

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  16. I think I want to see the chicken recipe. Looks yummy. Can't wait to try the corn pudding.

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  17. This book looks fantastic. I have a lot of Gooseberry books but I may just have to add this one to my collection.

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  18. I'd like to have the Broccoli-Cheese Soup recipe. I'm going to share the Corn Pudding recipe with my sister and daughter too.

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  19. I love corn pudding but will have to wait a few days to make this recipe... you see I am having dinner for 12 women tomorrow night and I need my slow cooker for the potato soup! I am also making your cheesy bread.
    I use my slow cooker 2 to 3 times a week, so this cookbook is a must have for me because all the recipes I have seen from it are all YUM!!!!
    Thank you for this opportunity!
    Donna H dmh5858@msn.com

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  20. Easy Chicken a la King, please! Gooseberry Patch recipes are great. :)

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  21. Ciao from Italy! I've never tried a slow cooker so this must be the right chance! And I would surely try the recipe with corn, first because it's a completely different dish for me and.. well it appers so yummy! Thanks for the opportunity! Ciao and congrats!

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  22. I like simple things. I would like to know more about the broccoli/cheese soup.
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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  23. Easy Chicken a la King from the chapter "Warming Winter Dishes" That is the recipe I would like! Yummy lookin' !

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  24. I'd love to see the Broccoli and Cheese soup ever. This soup is my new husband's and I'd sure like to make it for him! I have several (5) Gooseberry Patch cookbooks and a calender put out by them which also features the best recipes! In fact I'm getting ready to check for a really good Banana bread recipe!

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  25. corn pudding looks awesome!
    sue g

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  26. The broccoli soup for sure...would be easy to freeze and heat up for leftovers!

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  27. The Chicken Ala King looks so Yummy!! I Love Crock Pot cooking

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  28. I've loved Chicken a la King since a child, but didn't know how to make it. I would like this recipe.

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  29. I need new recipes for my crockpot!

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  30. Would LOVE the breakfast cobbler recipe!

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  31. I would love to see the like dessert recipe!!

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  32. I love cooking in the crockpot! What a great giveaway!

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  33. A Breakfast Bread recipe that is done overnight would be yummy. Something with fresh fruit (not canned pie filling) and includes Oatmeal.

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  34. Would like to try the broccoli soup.

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  35. Would love to learn more about using my crock pot year round!

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  36. I'd like to try the broccoli soup!

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  37. The Broccoli Cheese Soup looks like something my family would love.

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  38. The. Best. Broccoli-Cheese. Soup. EVER. :)

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  39. breakfast cobbler
    thanks
    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  40. these recipes all look so good! I would love to have the cookbook! crock pot cooking is awesome! But I only have two recipes that I make in it....

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  41. I don't know what i did wrong with my last post....here it is again..these recipes all look so good! I would love to have the cookbook! crock pot cooking is awesome! But I only have two recipes that I make in it....

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