You know I don't think there is a Gooseberry Patch Cookbook that I don't like, and I also don't think there is a recipe I've ever tried from one of my cookbooks that I didn't like.
So when the opportunity presented itself for me to once again be an Early Bird Reviewer and get my hands on this little treasure, I jumped right on it.
Best part, is that after my review, I'll be giving you all the opportunity to win a copy for yourselves. YAY!
The minute I got the book, I sat down and went through it, I loved that as with all other Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks, the meals are so easy to prepare and they sound so yummy.
And I won't even mention the adorable tips, tricks and the illustrations littered through the book, they are one of my favorite things to browse through and get great ideas for get togethers and special occasions as well as everyday use.
I picked a main dish and a dessert and both were delicious and so easy to make.
So let's start with the dinner dish.
Easy Cheesy Manicotti. By far one of my 13 year old daughter's favorite food on earth. This girl loves pasta so when I have a new pasta dish to try, I turn to her for the verdict. She is not shy, she will tell me straight up if something is not up to par LOL
Luckily for me, she loved this one, so did the rest of the family.
Easy Cheesy Manicotti
4 to 6 qts. water
1-1./2 t. salt, divided
1 T. olive oil
12-oz. pkg. manicotti
8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 c. cottage cheese
12-oz. pkg. shredded Monteray Jack cheese
12-oz. pkg. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 T. fresh parsley, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
24-oz. jar spaghetti sauce
Bring water and one teaspoon salt to a boil; add olive oil and manicotti.
Allow to resume boiling; boil for 6 to 8 minutes. Drain boiling water; fill with cool water and set aside.
In a bowl, blend cheeses, egg, parley, garlic and remaining salt; set aside. Spread a thin layer of spaghetti sauce in an ungreased 13"x9" baking pan.
Spoon cheese filling into each manicotti until about 3/4 full; arrange on top of sauce. Pour remaining sauce over manicotti; bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes. Let cool 5-10 minutes before serving.
And to go with dinner, I made another batch of the Butterscotch Brownies. Another really easy dessert to put together and really delicious.
1/4 c. butter
1 c. brown sugar, packed
1 egg, beaten
3/4 c. all purpose flour
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. vanilla extract
1/2 c. chopped nuts
Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat; remove from heat. Stir in brown sugar until dissolved; set aside to cool to room temperature.
Blend in egg; add flour, baking powder and salt, mixing well. Stir in vanilla and nuts; spread in a greased 8"x8" baking pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes; let cool. Makes 9.
And now for the fun part where you get to enter for a chance to win a copy of the cookbook.
Guess what, because I love you all so much and I think everyone should get a chance to enjoy Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks, I am opening the contest to everyone, anywhere. Not just in the USA. :)
- Leave a comment on this post, make sure there is an email address where I can contact you if you win.
- Head on over to Gooseberry Patch's Facebook page and like it, be sure to let them know that Full Bellies, Happy Kids sent you.
- While you're there, don't forget that you can also find Full Bellies, Happy Kids on Facebook, so why not like it as well?
Giveaway will close on May 23rd and I will draw a winner using Random.org. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize, if they do not respond, I will pick a different winner.
Thank you to Gooseberry Patch for providing a book for me to review and an extra copy to giveaway. All opinions and thoughts are mine.