Wednesday, August 21, 2013

everyday simple suppers | review and giveaway


I've been a little M.I.A. lately (when did the end of summer get so busy?!), but I'm excited to announce that I've got another Gooseberry Patch giveaway for you!  Everyday Simple Suppers is a fabulous book.  It's not one of their traditional spiral bound, but it's full of pictures of the recipes that they feature.  This is great news for those of you who like to see a picture of the food you are getting ready to make.  There's 260 recipes, each with its own picture!

The book contains 8 delicious chapters: One-Dish Wonders, Farmers' Market Favorites, Sizzling Skillet Suppers, Pronto Pizza and Pasta, Speedy Sandwiches and Salads, Breakfast Anytime, Super Simple Sides, and Short and Sweet Desserts.  I've already bookmarked tons of recipes that I'll be making, including Chicken Cordon Bleu, Stuffed Artichoke Chicken, Potato Puff Casserole, and Florence's Meatball Surprise.  There are a lot of delicious-looking slow cooker recipes as well, like Best-Ever Slow-Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos, Lillian's Slow-Cooker Beef Stew, and Slow-Cooker Tortellini Harvest Soup.  We are huge fans of big breakfasts, so Nutty Maple Waffles and Mountaintop Bacon will be appearing on my table soon.  And who could resist the Peanut Butter Bars and Easy Cherry Cobbler?

As usual, we've picked a few recipes and given each a reward.  I just love this part of my review!

Most Filling
Chicken Fajita Chowder from the chapter One-Dish Wonders
This fajita chowder comes with an impressive list of ingredients, but it takes surprisingly little time and energy to put together.  Full of corn and beans, it's also amazingly filling.  Seriously.  This bowl is all I needed to feel totally satisfied after dinner.  We really enjoyed this soup, and it feeds a crowd!
Most Deceivingly Healthy
Granny's Overnight Pancakes from the chapter Breakfast Anytime
I was intrigued by these pancakes because of the overnight factor - I've never heard of anything like it!  Well, folks, they are delicious.  You soak oats in buttermilk the night before, and then in the morning you add the remaining ingredients.  They not only include oats but also whole wheat flour.  I added some flax seed in for some more fibrous fun!  They were incredibly healthy with all of those whole grains, but my family would never know. :)
Most Unique
Fried Pecan Okra from the chapter Super Simple Sides
We are okra LOVERS in this house.  Pan-fried okra is pretty much a staple here, so I knew that I had to try this recipe.  It's unique, not only because you fry whole okra, but also because the batter contains ground pecans.  I thought the pecans added a unique dimension to the flavor.  It was a bit hard to get the batter to stick to the okra, but I loved it anyway!
Quickest Sweet Fix
Snowballs from the chapter Short and Sweet Desserts

These little balls of chocolate have stolen my heart.  They took just minutes to make - no baking required!  Next time my sweet tooth rears its ugly head, I'll be whipping these babies up.  Is there anything better than chocolate?

It was hard to pick a favorite recipe to share with you in this post, but we ended up settling on the dessert...not surprisingly!  We hope you enjoy these treats as much as we did, and be sure to enter the giveaway below to win your own copy of this book!

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 1/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut

Combine chocolate chips and milk in a double boiler; heat over hot water until chocolate melts.  (Kristin's note: if you don't have a double boiler, just place a large bowl over the top of a saucepan...see example below.)  Stir to blend well.  Remove from heat; stir in powdered sugar and nuts.  Cool slightly.  Form into one-inch balls; roll in coconut.  Makes about 2 dozen.

PS - this is my homemade "double boiler."

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  1. I'd love to see the recipe for the overnight pancakes :)

  2. Chicken Fajita Chowder looks delicious especially with fall right around the corner.

  3. I hope you share the Chicken Fajita Chowder soon, it looks delicious :)

  4. The overnight pancakes for sure!!!!!

  5. Chicken Fajita Chowder sounds yummy!

  6. My vote is chicken fajita chowder. Living in New Mexico, it would fit right in our eating choices. Have been using Gooseberry recipe cards for years and would love having the newest addition to their library. Thank you.

  7. They both sound awesome, but I'd definitely love to see the chicken fajita chowder. Love the Mexican/Southwest flavors! Another winning cookbook from GBP would fit in just great with my collection!

  8. Those chocolate balls I am definitely making this weekend!!

  9. Love snowball cookies. Cannot wait to try them. Also the overnight pancakes sound delicious!!

  10. I'd like to see the Chicken Fajita Chower recipe. The all look great.

  11. We just got a bag of fresh okra- the pecan okra would be useful... though the fajita soup sounds delish too.

  12. Chicken Fajita chowder would be my fave !
    Gloria at

  13. I'd like to any of your recipes featuring Kale.

  14. I would love it if you shared the over night pancakes with us

  15. The chicken Fajita chicken sounds and looks really good!

  16. Yes, the overnight pancakes sound great!

  17. yes the overnite pancakes would be nice. also the cook book would be great to own

  18. I wish you would share the Chicken Fajita Chowder recipe.

  19. My vote is Chicken Fajita Chowder!!!

  20. I'd like to try / have you feature Potato Puff Casserole and Florence's Meatball Surprise!

    Angela Rhodes Ingles
    nofearpapertiger AT

  21. I think that the Stuffed Artichoke Chicken sounds really good...thanks!

  22. YUM! That chicken fajita chowder looks delish!

  23. Do share the Chicken Fajita Chowder!

  24. The Chicken Fajita Chowder looks great!

  25. Chicken fajita chowder looks awesome and perfect for fall! Maryleigh7(at) aol dot com

  26. The okra looks great, would love to try it before my okra is gone. Please share the recipe.

  27. The oat overnight pancakes seems wonderful!


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