Gooseberry Patch's 101 Soups, Salads & Sandwiches - Review & GIVEAWAY!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Next up in the 101 Recipe Series for Gooseberry Patch is 101 Soups, Salads & Sandwiches. I got my first look at a 101 Recipe Series book last December when one came to my mailbox for review. I love the traditional Gooseberry Patch books with the fun illustrations and plastic combbinding, so I hadn't ever purchased a 101 Recipe Series book to that point -- I have corrected that error. These are gorgeous, full-color, spiral bound treasures. Not only have I caught my collection up but have found occasion to give these as well-received gifts.

So my friend, The Farmer came for supper.

I enjoy cooking for The Farmer -- he is not a picky eater - claims he only likes 2 kinds of foods -- HOT FOOD and COLD FOOD, lol. He has been an eager guinea pig for trying new things from my kitchen....recipes from this newest book included. His only request -- *nothing fussy* - easy enough from a book titled 101 Soups, Salads & Sandwiches, lol. I found 3 *nothing fussy* recipes that looked perfect as well as a 4th recipe for a lunch later in the weekend with my daughters. That covered all 4 of the books sections - Simmering Soups, Sensational Salads, Satisfying Sandwiches and Terrific Toppings! Our menu for the evening -- Bean & Sausage Soup, Annelle’s Special Veggie Melts and Refrigerator Pickles.

First I have to say that because this was during the work week, I assembled the soup the night before and then put it into the slow cooker to simmer on low the day we ate it -- I did wait to add the spinach until the last hour, which was perfect.

I only had to put the sandwich together which was quick and easy and supper was ready!
This was a hearty, satisfying meal - the soup has a bit of a warm bite to it at first that you hardly notice after the first spoonful. Very delicious. I was leary about serving a veggie sandwich but it was very hearty and very satisfying. The pickles were a perfect compliment and yummy! All three recipes were a hit -- especially the soup - it will be in my regular soups line-up! Thanks Gooseberry Patch for great recipes assembled in wonderful cookbooks -- add this one to your collection - especially, if like me, soup = comfort food in the winter!




Bean & Sausage Soup
GBP 101 Soups, Salads & Sandwiches (contributed by Janet Parsons)
(Printable Version)

5 Italian pork sausage links
1/4 c onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/4 to 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
15-oz can diced red tomatoes
32-oz container chicken broth
2 15-oz cans white kidney beans
4 c spinach, torn
Garnish: grated Parmesan cheese

In a Dutch oven. Sauté sausages, onion and garlic in oil until sausage is golden. Remove sausage links and slice into one-inch pieces; return to pot. Add remaining ingredients except garnish. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer, covered, for 2 to 3 hours. Garnish with cheese. Serves 6.


Annelle’s Special Veggie Melts
GBP 101 Soups, Salads & Sandwiches (contributed by Amy Butcher)
(Printable Version)

1 c sliced baby portabella mushrooms
1/4 c olive oil
1 loaf focaccia bread, halved horizontally (I used a ciabatta loaf I had on hand)
15-oz jar whole roasted red peppers, drained
1-1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
1 c. shredded Fontina Cheese

In a skillet over medium heat, sauté mushrooms in olive oil until tender. Place bread halves on an ungreased baking sheet. On one bread half, layer peppers, mushrooms and Italian seasoning. Top both halves evenly with cheese. Broil until lightly golden. Assemble sandwich and cut into 4 pieces. Makes 4 servings.

Refrigerator Pickles
GBP 101 Soups, Salads & Sandwiches (contributed by Kay Barg)
(Printable Version)

3 c cucumbers, peeled and sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
3/4 c sugar (I used 1/2 c Truvia)
2/3 c white vinegar
1/2 tsp celery seed
1/2 tsp mustard seed
1/4 tsp salt

Mix cucumbers and onion in a glass or plastic bowl; set aside. Stir remaining ingredients together in a microwave safe container. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Pour over cucumber mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours before serving to blend flavors. Keep refrigerated. Makes one quart.

Now on to the IMPORTANT business -- THE GIVEAWAY!! It includes your very own copy of Gooseberry Patch's 101 Soups, Salads & Sandwiches AND A Faithfulness Farm Funky Dotty Chicken Apron & Tee Towel Combo AND a Funky Chicken Timer!

Since this is the week of CHRISTmas I plan to make this easy. The giveaway is open to Followers of Faithfulness Farm (old and new) - Just leave a comment on this post and you are entered in. I will post some bonus entry opportunities and another recipe from this GREAT book so look for those! Giveaway drawing will be WEDNESDAY December 28th!

89 comments:

  1. Lillian Child said...:

    Those sandwiches look AMAZINGLY delicious! Will definitely be giving them a try. And I adore trying new soup recipes, so with your rave review, I'll be adding this recipe to my list of "must try" for January snow days! And LOVE the Farmer's take on his favorite foods - cold and hot - made me laugh out loud! I am already a follower of your delightful blog! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  1. Susan said...:

    The cook book looks like a winner. I would like the soup too! Have a blessed holiday!

  1. Sallie said...:

    Looks like a great cookbook! Thanks for the chance to win! Merry Christmas!

  1. I love soup and sandwiches and this cookbook looks awesome! Thanks for the chance to win and I am already a follower of you wonderful blog. Hugs, Linda

  1. DianeM said...:

    Wow! Another giveaway...thank you! Please enter me for a chance to win, I am always looking for easy meals to prepare.
    Smiles, DianeM
    basketblessed@yahoo.com

  1. DianeM said...:

    Wow! Another giveaway...thank you! Please enter me for a chance to win, I am always looking for easy meals to prepare.
    Smiles, DianeM
    basketblessed@yahoo.com

  1. I love soup anytime. This cook book looks awesome. What a great way to start the New Year.

  1. Lynnie said...:

    Yes, the soup look amazing, but really all of them do! Merry Christmas Gail!

  1. Sharon said...:

    Oh I am a true soup lover ...sounds like a wonderful book. Oh and I am indeed a follower. May you have a wonderful Christmas with your family and the best in the coming New Year....

  1. Sounds like a great GBP book!! I would love a chance to win. :)

    Merry Christmas!!

  1. Jennifer Gail said...:

    The chicken timer is adorable. Yes, I follow.

  1. Shug said...:

    I must agree....Hot food or Cold food! Being the soup lover that I am, I think this is a "souper delicious" recipe! I don't think you can ever go wrong with soup and a sandwich. Can't wait for the give-away....The Perfect gift!
    Hugs and many Blessings..
    shug

  1. Donna said...:

    This cookbook looks great!!
    I will definately want to win this!!
    Merry Christmas!!

  1. Delena said...:

    I am a follower and we only eat homemade soup. Thanks for the chance to enter your wonderful giveaway!

  1. Louise said...:

    The soup and sandwiches look YUMMY!! The cookbook sounds like a fun cookbook to have with interesting recipes in it. Thanks for sharing the photos of them too.

  1. Louise said...:

    The soup looks YUMMY and the sandwiches look great. Thanks for sharing the photos with us. The cookbook sounds like a great book to have in this cold Winter weather we are having here in Nebraska!!

  1. We love soup...well at least my husband and I! This would be a great addition to my cookbook collection. Thanks for hosting a chance to win!

  1. We have been going through a soup phase...can't wait to try this one! Merry Christmas!

  1. BumbleBeeLane said...:

    I love soups! Easy enough to throw in the crock pot or stove and leave simmer all day.Count me in.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  1. Susan said...:

    Soup and Sammies look so good. Would love to have the cookbook. Love your blog and Gooseberry Patch. Thanks for chance to win.

  1. sassysherree said...:

    I LOVE soup ... veggie sandwiches not so sure ... LOL .. I make the Finnish version of the cucumber pickles in the summer when cukes are in season ... would love to win your cookbook and apron ... too cute ... thanks ...

    Sherree

  1. tylo said...:

    Looks like an intersting cook book. Happy Holidays

    tylo

  1. tylo said...:

    Interesting cook book, thank you for the chance to win one.

  1. Those sandwiches look yummy...will have to try it! Thanks to Gooseberry Patch for referencing your blog! I enjoyed visiting.

  1. Molly said...:

    Love! Love! Love! anything Gooseberry Patch!

  1. barb pfister said...:

    I love to make soup in the winter and a recipe I can follow is just the ticket. I think this soup sounds perfect can't wait to try it. Thanks for the recipe.

  1. barb pfister said...:

    I love to make soup in the winter and a recipe I can follow is just the ticket. I love when I get a chance to try a new recipe. Thanks

  1. Liz said...:

    The sandwhich looks soooo delicious & my husband would love the soup.. Mostly bc anything with pork, he devours!

  1. momof3under8 said...:

    I love soup!!!!! Thanks for the chance to win! Merry CHRISTmas!

  1. Lisa said...:

    I'm a new follower with gfc (Lisa Otis).and I have to say that I'm so glad I found you!!
    Love your blog. Especially the section for cast iron cooking and the bake sale recipes!!
    lisa.otis6 at gmail dot com

  1. The soup and sandwich sound wonderful. Look forward to trying them. We make a similar pickle in the summer when cukes are plentiful. Yummy.

    Thank you for hosting this great GBP giveaway.

    Have a God Filled Day
    Shirley

  1. Peggy said...:

    Will definitely try the recipes!!

  1. Ashley said...:

    I'm a gfc follower.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

  1. Betty said...:

    I can't wait to try this soup and the pickles! I am a widow and live with my son and his family. His wife is Italian and cooks pasta nearly every meal. For a change, I usually go down to the local diner and have soup and a side of okra 3-4 times a week. Thank you for the opportunity to win this cookbook. I am a new follower of yours!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

  1. Doodlesnap said...:

    The soup looks delicious! Definitely a recipe worth trying. Thanks for a chance to win. :)

  1. Everything looks wonderful - can't wait to try them. I also copied your laundry soup recipe. My husband was a Scoutmaster for 17 years and taught the boys how to do their own laundry at summer camp with a washboard and Fels-Naptha soap.

    Carol Maggio

  1. Grammsie said...:

    This is my first time on your website and I am so impressed. Found it very interesting, enlightning and parts of it comical. I would love to be entered in the give away. Will definitely be a regular visitor to this site. Loved the recipes.

  1. Linda said...:

    Nothing better than a good hot soup on a cold day!!! and I also printed out the recipe for the refrigerator pickles. That will be something new for me to try. Merry Christmas to you....and new hope for the new year!! :)

  1. RuthAM said...:

    Recipes sound great... I would love to win this cookbook and the apron,etc.

  1. Lori said...:

    That sandwich sounds amazing! Sign me up!!! Love all the goodies you have to give away!
    wifeofcop83@yahoo.com

  1. Hi friend~
    I am on here yah!
    It works when I click from your email post.
    Count me in on your wonderful drawing!

    Have a very Merry Christmas!
    Sending you prayers for peace and blessings!

  1. kitty said...:

    Oh my, the soup & sandwich look so good! I am a follower fo yours already & would love a chance at this give-away. Merry Christmas!!

  1. MsSharonK said...:

    Thanks for the lovely pictures that accompanied the recipes. It's always great to see what something looks like before you make it. I LOVED the music, too!

  1. The soup and sandwiches look absolutely delicious ;) :) I'm so hungry right now. I guess I better make some dinner ;) :) Thanks for hosting the giveaway :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather ;)

  1. loretta said...:

    Nothing can beat soup and sandwhich--especially in the wintertime. Some new recipes would be great!

  1. linda said...:

    The sandwiches look amazing! I love your aprons and if I can't win one I want to know if you sell them!?

  1. Teri said...:

    The food looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing the recipes. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks!

  1. Definitely going to give these recipes a try this winter season!

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    ~~Anne
    diligntmom@gmail.com

  1. Thearica said...:

    Those sandwiches look scrumptious! And the soup does too!

    My hubby is a tobacco farmer and he will eat most anything... even his oatmeal at breakfast and his spinach at dinner. :)

    Please include me in the drawing! I am your newest follower!

  1. Goosegirl said...:

    Oh my!! The recipes look wonderful! We are big soup lovers in our house and I adore salads and hubby adores sandwiches. I need some new exciting recipes too. Thank you for the chance. Sivje Parish
    Merry Christmas!

  1. GRANNY said...:

    Oh, I haven't met a soup I didn't like, so would love this book, and that adorable Chicken Apron is to die for!!! Thanks for a chance to win.

  1. GRANNY said...:

    Oh, I haven't met a soup I didn't like, so would love this book and of course we need a sandwich to go with it! That Chicken Apron is to die for too!

  1. JustPam said...:

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    Merry Christmas!

  1. Busy Mama said...:

    This looks like a wonderful cookbook! Love those Gooseberry Patch products :)
    Merry Christmas!
    Michele

  1. Busy Mama said...:

    This looks like a wonderful cookbook! Love those Gooseberry Patch recipes :)
    Merry Christmas!
    Michele

  1. Busy Mama said...:

    This looks like a wonderful cookbook! Love those Gooseberry Patch products :)
    Merry Christmas!
    Michele

  1. Barbara B said...:

    I can't think of a better way to start a celebration of a birthday than with a breakfast casserole, fresh fruit, OJ, Cranberry juice, and coffee on Christmas morning. Merry Christmas!

  1. Lisa Cox said...:

    I love cookbooks. I have a nice collection of them going and have tried recipes out of all of them.

  1. StillyBee said...:

    Everything looks so yummylicious! Thx for the recipes.. excited for the new GBP book coming out!

  1. Angela Collins said...:

    I love Gooseberry Patch, I use them for everything! Thanks for the great recipes and chance to win!

  1. amom22kids said...:

    What a wonderful selection of recipes, nothing better than soup & sandwiches!!! Yumm!

  1. donnad said...:

    This cookbook looks great! Since we got our first snow the soup looks good too.

  1. Patti said...:

    I am fond of the farm cookbooks as well as recipes of the south. I have several Gooseberry Patch Books and I am able to find anything I want right in their books. I received the Slow Cooker book for Christmas.

  1. nannyrae2003 said...:

    I'm so glad Gooseberry Patch tells us on Facebook about these cookbook giveaways. I enjoy seeing new blogs and recipes from their cookbooks.
    Hope your Christmas was especially blessed.

  1. Nancy said...:

    The soup looks delicious. I will definitely want to try this one. Soup is definitely a comfort food. I am a new follower, looking forward to visiting your blog again.


    Nancy

  1. Patti said...:

    I am most fond of the farmer cookbooks as well as recipes of the south. However, I have several Gooseberry Patch books and am able to find whatever I want to cook right there in their books. The 101 soups, salads & sandwiches sounds great. I could use it now...it' a cold, rainy day in MD

  1. Kwynn said...:

    I am so excited that I found this blog! I am looking forward to start receiving emails. What a great way to minister to people! Your heart must have over floweth!

  1. Deb said...:

    Since I see that we are family, celebrating CHRIST~mas.....I'll first of all say how glad my heart is, to find you! My husband joins me in only desiring A) to grow in reflecting He who ALONE is Faithful...and B) we use and enjoy our yearly Gooseberry Patch, journal style calendar, with recipes inside :)
    It warms my momma heart, too...having lost a child nearly 19 yrs of age, work accident...simply this. Gooseberry Falls, on MN North Shore....was his, our, favorite camping location, as we raised our family <3

  1. Kwynn said...:

    I am so excited that I found this blog. I can't wait to start receiving emails. What a great way to minister to people.

  1. Deb said...:

    Since I see that we are family, celebrating CHRIST~mas.....I'll first of all say how glad my heart is, to find you! My husband joins me in only desiring A) to grow in reflecting He who ALONE is Faithful...and B) we use and enjoy our yearly Gooseberry Patch, journal style calendar, with recipes inside :)
    It warms my momma heart, too...having lost a child nearly 19 yrs of age, work accident...simply this. Gooseberry Falls, on MN North Shore....was his, our, favorite camping location, as we raised our family <3

  1. tripletmomma said...:

    I am anxiously awaiting this cookbook to come out! I love soup in the winter and can't wait for some new recipes to try :)

  1. Marilyn said...:

    The soup especially looks yummy! I can eat soup year round!

  1. Connie said...:

    I am so glad I found your website and I would love to win a copy of this book.

    Hope you had a wonderful CHRISTmas and a blessed New Year!

  1. Connie said...:

    What a wonderful website. I would love to win a copy of this new book. The recipes sound wonderful!

  1. M.j. said...:

    What a fabulous book to own...don't have this one either...ciao4now64@yahoo.com

  1. Melanie said...:

    I love GB cook books! I gave several as gifts this year! I haven't seen this one, but I bet it is awesome! And your blog is fabulous!! You are book-marked for sure!

  1. MCissell said...:

    It definitely is soup season. Love trying new soups.

  1. LilNerdy1107 said...:

    omg those sandwiches looks so nom nom nommy! I think I'm going to have to make some. =)

  1. Linda0828 said...:

    Even though winter hasn't hit us yet, I know it's coming. There's nothing better than a bowl of hot steaming soup on those cold snowy days!! I'm always looking for new recipes and often turn to the Gooseberry books I already have. Their Soups, Salads and Sandwiches sounds like a perfect winter read.

  1. Jill said...:

    I would love a chance to win - love your blog and Gooseberry Patch!

    -Jill (luvcooking2@yahoo.com)

  1. Hope I'm not too late to enter. I would love the cookbook, apron etc. What a wonderful giveaway.

    Nann

  1. Denise said...:

    I am a follower but am a bit late I'm afraid for the drawing. Hope whoever wins really enjoys the cookbook.

  1. Sally said...:

    What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

  1. Sally said...:

    My daughter made a new sweet potato dish that we will cook again next year!

  1. Deb said...:

    Enjoy your blog. I'm a follower. Happy 2012.

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