Sunday, May 23, 2010

Another Cookbook Review

In a care package from my Mom the other day, she sent another cookbook from Gooseberry Patch. This time, it's "101 Homestyle Favorites (2008)." 

Amazingly enough, I couldn't find this book on Amazon to link to! Who'd a thunk?

Anyway, this was a little bit different from the other Gooseberry Patch cookbooks. It's seems like more reader-submitted recipes and none of the little sayings, quotes and cute decorating/recycling ideas that have been in the G.P. cookbooks in the past. I actually found myself missing those and it takes away from the overall feeling the book. This didn't feel like a true G.P. cookbook.

For supper tonight, I had a friend and her daughter over. I made the Pepperoni Puffs (page 7), Sunday Chicken & Dressing (page 49) and Mandarin Orange Cake (page 97), each with a few changes.

I paired the Pepperoni Puffs with Bertolli spaghetti sauce for dipping, kept warm in a fondue dish. Since I don't have a muffin tin right now, I made this as a small bread loaf instead. It turned out very well but it seemed to lack a little something. Michelle and I both agreed that next time, I should try adding either garlic powder or oregano to the mix.

1 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 c. milk
1 egg, beaten
1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 1/2 c. pepperoni, diced

Combine flour, baking powder, milk, eggs and cheese; mix well. Stir in the pepperoni and let it stand for 15 minutes. Spoon into greased mini muffin cups, filling each 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes (I checked it at 25 minutes and decided to bake it for an additional 5 minutes.) until golden (that extra 5 minutes did make a difference). Makes 2 dozen mini muffins.

The next thing on the menu was the Sunday Chicken & Dressing. I didn't have any chicken but I did have ham and ham broth in the freezer. I also added 1 1/4 c. fresh diced celery.

However, I have to tell you that because this was such a GREAT one dish meal, I'm not  going to share this recipe with anyone reading this entry. If you want it, you'll either have to search the internet for it yourself or order the book for yourself from Borders through the link above. :)

For dessert, I made the Mandarin Orange Cake, but since I was out of Mandarin Oranges, I used sliced peaches instead. However, even with baking it for an additional 5-10 minutes (recommended baking time was 25-35 minutes), the center was mushy and undercooked. It was also pretty tasteless, so I'm not going to share that recipe either.

The desserts from G.P. are starting to disappoint me. Thankfully, their appetizers and salads are still of a really high quality.

There are several recipes in this book that I marked for future meals. I think it's going to be a keeper.


  1. Hi Amy!

    Thanks for sharing our Pepperoni Puffs recipe...those little nibblers are really delicious. Definitely adjust the seasonings to your taste next time!

    For the cake, we're wondering if adding bigger, juicier peaches over mandarin oranges might have affected the cooking time & texture. We hope you'll give it another try with mandarin oranges and see how it turns out. :)

    Thanks again and if you're ever looking for a link for a book, be sure to check our website. You (or your readers) can take a look inside our books and more there!

    Here's the link for 101 Homestyle Favorites:|cartprocess=tcertona

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    See you there!

  2. Awesome email, G.P.! :) I think the cake being mushy was just a fluke. But I did take the size of the peaches into consideration before adding them, as I did cut them into mandarin orange size.
    Who won't be enough to keep me from trying it again. :)

    And BTW, the leftover Sunday Casserole was even better today for lunch! It reminded me of the "Stuffed Soup" recipe that's a part of the Express 101 cookbook that gets advertised on TV late at night. Excellent meal in itself!

    Thanks for commenting.

  3. Thank you for sharing. I love food book reviews!