Jul 132013

I don’t recall us eating much meatloaf when I was a kid.  I’m sure we did because it’s, you know, meatloaf.  An absolutely classic comfort food.  It’s a dish that when combined with mashed potatoes and gravy is called the “all-American meal” – despite the fact that a version was found in a Roman cookbook in the 5th century!

Meatloaf isn’t something I make regularly.  In fact, I can only recall a couple of times previously that I’ve cooked it.  It’s one of those dishes that have a lot of variables: will it stay together, will it be tough, will it be dry, etc.  But hubby loves meatloaf so when I saw this recipe for Mom’s Meatloaf in the new Garfield… Recipes with Cattitude! cookbook from Gooseberry Patch I knew I wanted to give it a try.

Mom's Meatloaf Recipe from the Gooseberry Patch cookbook "Garfield... Recipes with Cattitude!"

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May 102013

Thank you to Gooseberry Patch for providing a cookbook to try out this yummy frittata recipe.

Breakfast foods have always been some of my favorites.  Eggs, hashbrowns, pancakes, bacon.  They’re so versatile – and delicious – but I often end up serving them the same ‘ole way.  So when I saw the recipe for an Easy Bacon Frittata in Gooseberry Patch’s new cookbook “101 Farmhouse Favorites” I knew it was the first thing I wanted to try.

While I’ve always enjoyed frittatas, this was my first time attempting to make one.  I’m glad I gave it a whirl.  It was easy to complete and makes a nice change from standard breakfast or brunch fare.

Easy Bacon Frittata Recipe

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Mar 222013

Savory Cheese Biscuit Recipe from Gooseberry Patch's "Weeknight Dinners"

Rustic Cheese Biscuit Recipe

Rolls are one of my favorite things about going out to eat at a restaurant.  Almost all of them bring you a basket of rolls or biscuits, loaves of bread, or bread sticks.  Some have great flavored butters or provide you with dipping sauces.  No matter the form or the accouterments  it’s always good.

We do try and serve a few of our own bread sides with our meals at home, too.  Usually it’s heat-and-serve rolls or garlic bread, homemade cornbread, or on occasion a homemade loaf of bread.  One thing I’ve wanted to try that I hadn’t so far, though, were cheese biscuits.  They are a family-favorite when we go out to eat (Ashley says she could live on them) and I hoped that any homemade variety that I tried would be similar in taste.

Then I found this Savory Cheese Biscuit recipe in the new “Weeknight Dinners” cookbook from Gooseberry Patch.  The recipe was submitted to the cookbook by J.C. Schmeltekopf and they are extremely fast and easy to make.  They’re also really good.  Hubby had one and said, “Hey that’s good”.  Five minutes later he was saying, “Hey that’s really good” and kept commenting on them throughout the night.  Always a good sign! Continue reading »

Sep 172012

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After a summer of unusually high temperatures – we’re talking multiple weeks of 100+ degree weather – the recent signs of fall have been a welcome treat.  We’ve even put on a hoodie a time or three over the past few days.  It’s also nice to be able to play outside more with Bubbles and not worry about melting.

Growing up in Maine, fall meant harvest.  It was hard work, and by dinnertime we were definitely hungry!  Casseroles always hit the spot as they were filling and warmed you up.  Now fall is a time for football, trips to the zoo, picking apples and pumpkins, and watching the leaves change color.  Much less stressful activities but casseroles still fit the bill for each of them.

Yummy casserole recipes from Gooseberry Patch - perfect for fall!

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Oct 262011

My husband and I love asparagus but aren’t that crazy about green beans.  That means that a holiday staple – Green Bean Casserole – is off the menu for us.  So I was excited to find the recipe for Asparagus Casserole in the Gooseberry Patch Quick & Easy Christmas cookbook.

Asparagus Recipes from Gooseberry Patch

We decided to give it a try tonight as a pairing with chicken cordon bleu.  Generally we make Parmesan roasted asparagus to go with it but the fresh asparagus in our area hasn’t looked too hot lately and this recipe called for frozen, so it was a good fit.  We did change it up just a bit by omitting the peas and reducing the amount of water chestnuts a bit.  You could certainly make other changes based on your preferences!

Tasty Tuesday - Asparagus Casserole
Serves: 8-10
  • 8 oz pkg. frozen cut asparagus, slightly thawed
  • ½ of a 5 oz can water chestnuts, drained and thinly sliced
  • 1 C (8 oz) Velveeta, cubed
  • 1 can (10¾ oz) cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can (2.8 oz) french fried onions, divided
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a bowl, mix together frozen asparagus, water chestnuts, cheese, soup and half the onions.
  3. Pour mixture into a lightly greased 8x8 casserole or baking dish. Bake, uncovered, for 25 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with remaining half can of onions; bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.


Asparagus Recipes - Asparagus Casserole

It’s a very rich, filling casserole.  I would have liked to see the cheese melt through and mix just a tiny bit more, so next time I might grate it instead of cubing.  The original recipe does call for a full can of the water chestnuts but I’m also glad we halved it.  A full can would have been a little much for me but if you really love them you could certainly do the full amount.

What is your favorite asparagus recipe?