Gooseberry Patch's Rush-Hour Recipes Review & A GIVEAWAY!!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Guess what? My friends at Gooseberry Patch are cranking out new books again and that means REVIEWS!! Not just one, but 2 this month!! That also means GIVEAWAYS!! Both this week and next I will be reviewing books so stay close by so you can get entered in for the giveaways.

The first book that arrived at Faithfulness Farm was Rush-Hour Recipes!
I say RUSH-HOUR and we all can picture what that looks like......


Whether you have a commute back and forth to work that resembles that or not we ALL have days when we have RUSH-HOUR in the kitchen trying to get a meal to the table or something prepared for a potluck or a party. Rush-Hour Recipes has your back for those times. As I browsed thru the sections - 5-Ingredient Favorites, One-Dish Dinners, Slow Cookers to the Rescue, Soup's On, Make-A-Meal Sides and my FAVORITE section, Speedy Potluck & Party Foods - I was amazed at the wonderful recipes offered. Knowing I had 2 occasions to plan for in that week, dinner with a friend AND a family meal with the kids here, I picked the recipes I wanted to make.

First up was my meal with a friend. The menu was Shrimp Scampi, Garlic Butter Asparagus and Cheese & Garlic Biscuits -- I know, a pretty garlic intensive meal but no one complained, and there were no vampires in attendance lol.

My First comment is on the recipes. They are clearly written, easy to follow and use simple pantry ingredients -- my only purchases were the shrimp (I usually have some in the freezer but didn't this time) and the fresh asparagus and I would have shopped for this occasion anyway. I wish I had been able to find peeled, raw shrimp but in my small town, that was not available so the peeling of the shrimp was a little time consuming but I did it in advance of my company arriving so it wasn't a huge deal. The only other things I did in advance was the assembling of all the ingredients, the mixing and scooping of the biscuits and trimming of the asparagus - everything else was while we chit-chatted. The meal came together quickly and pretty effortlessly and best of all, tasted like someone had been slaving over it for hours.

Shrimp Scampi
GBP Rush-Hour Recipes (contributed by Vickie)
(Printable Version)

2 lbs, uncooked, peeled large shrimp
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup oil
2 Tbsp white wine or lemon juice (I used some chardonnay I had in the refrigerator)
1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced (I used flat-leaf parsley)
1 Tbsp garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
Pepper to taste
Optional: lemon wedges (I wedged 1 lemon and broiled it with the shrimp and that was wonderful)

Place shrimp in a large bowl; set aside. In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, combine remaining ingredients except lemon wedges. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring often, until well-blended. Pour most of the butter mixture over shrimp; toss to coast well. Arrange shrimp on a 15x10-inch jelly-roll pan in a single layer. Broil 3 to 4 inches from heat for about 5 minutes. Transfer shrimp to a serving platter; drizzle with remaining butter mixture. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired. Serves 6.


Garlic Butter Asparagus
GBP Rush-Hour Recipes (contributed by Jennifer Jones)
(Printable Version)

2 to 3 Tbsp butter
2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. asparagus, trimmed
Olive oil to taste
Salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and asparagus. Cook for about 10 minutes, until crisp-tender. Just before removing asparagus from skillet, drizzle with olive oil. Drain asparagus on paper towel, if desired. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serves 4.


Cheese & Garlic Biscuits
GBP Rush-Hour Recipes (contributed by Lori Vincent)
(Printable Version)

2 c biscuit baking mix
2/3 c milk
1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 c butter, melted
1/4 tsp garlic powder

In a bowl, combine biscuit mix, milk and cheese. Stir until soft dough forms; beat vigorously for 30 seconds. drop dough by tablespoonsful onto a parchment lined or greased baking sheet. Bake at 450°F for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly golden. Mix melted butter and garlic powder; brush over warm biscuits. Serve warm. Makes 1-1/2 dozen.


Now on to the important details. You can pre-purchase this book before it's release here.


IF you would like the opportunity to WIN this book AND a Faithfulness Farm Apron (don't you love that the hens look like they are *rushing*, lol) & Tee-Towel Combo, you need to:

1. Leave a comment on this post.

2. Follow Faithfulness Farm (new followers are good - leave a comment saying you follow).

3. Blog about the giveaway (leave a comment so I can visit your blog).

Stay tuned all week long because there will be 4 more recipes from this book reviewed and posted AND some bonus opportunities for the giveaway! The winner will be drawn and announced on December 22, 2011!!

150 comments:

  1. sayer13 said...:

    Cookbooks, that's my thing. I would love to win this cookbook.

  1. sayer13 said...:

    I definitely follow Faithfulness Farm!

  1. Lynnie said...:

    Those cheesy biscuits look great and we were just talking about making some this weekend! Perfect timing for this weeks dinner menu.

  1. Lynnie said...:

    I am a loyal follower! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  1. Lynnie said...:

    You are now up on my blog, you know where I am at:
    www.lameinbothfeet.blogspot.com
    Thanks again for such a great giveaway opportunity and wishing you the Merriest of Christmas Seasons!

  1. Dragonlady said...:

    I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks and would love wo win this one...
    thanks for the recipes
    Brenda

  1. Dragonlady said...:

    I follow your blog in my google reader and on facebook
    Thaks
    Brenda

  1. Erin said...:

    Love GBP. Please enter me.

  1. Erin said...:

    I'm a follower.

    Erin
    eparker@arkwest.com

  1. Lori said...:

    I would love a chance to win a GBP cookbook and your apron and towel! LOVE those chickens!!
    wifeofcop83(at)yahoo(dot)com

  1. Lori said...:

    I am a follower of yours!
    wifeofcop83(at)yahoo(dot)com

  1. dlgilbert said...:

    That meal looks delicious! I love your cooksbooks. Would be a wonderful gift for someone.

  1. Lisa Cox said...:

    I love new recipes. I'm always collecting them to try. I am a new follower!

  1. Too much garlic? never I say! This menu sounds so good and those biscuits oh my! Love cookbooks so please enter me in this great giveaway. cute apron also! hugs, Linda

  1. I am a follower of you fabulous blog!

  1. Great recipes you posted! They all look so yummy. Thank you for the great giveaway!!

  1. This whole menu looks soooo good! I love shrimp, but unfortunately am very allergic to it. I've found that chicken can sometimes be a good substitute... but I miss shrimp!

  1. Quilting "b" said...:

    I love cookbooks and this one looks perfect. The Apron and tea towel are adorable. thank you for a chance to win

  1. Quilting "b" said...:

    I am a follower and I love your blog. Thank you so much for sharing

  1. LyndaLoo said...:

    I can always use another Gooseberry Cookbook! :) The tea towel & apron would be an added bonus! And of course I follow you Gail! :)

    Lynda

  1. LyndaLoo said...:

    Well, I did an oopsie...it's not an apron! LOL I will still take the tea towels along with the cookbook should I win! ;)

    And I don't have a blog, but I will share this on my facebook page!

  1. jem said...:

    It sounds like a great cookbook. I have a 2 lb. bag of shrimp in the freezer and this is a new way of cooking it for me. I love the idea of broiling the lemon wedges with the shrimp. I may make just the shrimp for a New Year's Eve appetizer party at my house.

  1. jem said...:

    It sounds like a great cookbook. I have a 2 lb. bag of shrimp in the freezer and this is a new way of cooking it for me. I love the idea of broiling the lemon wedges with the shrimp. I may make just the shrimp for a New Year's Eve appetizer party at my house.

  1. BumbleBeeLane said...:

    Seems this is what I need right now Fast and Yummy! Warm Blessings!~Amy

  1. This is a really nice giveaway. Thanks to you and Gooseberry Patch for hosting this giveaway :) :)

    I really like biscuits...cheese and garlic. Now you have all three rolled into one ;) :)

    Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  1. I follow your blog on Blogger AND on Facebook, too :) Thanks for hosting the giveaway. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  1. Katie Paxton said...:

    I would love to win a Gooseberry Patch cook book and the apron is so cute the chickens remind me of a childhood story about the sky is falling.
    Thank you for the opportunity

  1. Katie Paxton said...:

    I am a follower of yours and have been for some time.

  1. Katie Paxton said...:

    I am now going to my blog at katie-primitivewoolens.blogspot.com to blog about your give away.

  1. The biscuits look wonderful!

  1. papel1 said...:

    I love your very cherry blog and I am ready to try those biscuits. I would love to win the book.
    Judy

  1. I've hopped over from Primitive Woolens and became a follower! And boy am I glad I did! Yummy food which is making me hungry! Count me in to win this cookbook and great apron!!
    Thanks!

  1. Lori said...:

    I love Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks, I would love to win their newest cookbook. This is my first time at Faithfulness Farm, I'm now a follower. Hope you have a Merry Christmas. Lori

  1. Laurie T said...:

    Would love to win this for my daughter-in-law who wants to decorate her kitchen in chickens and roosters! And who wouldn't love the Rush Hour recipes?

  1. M.j. said...:

    Thanks for a fantastic giveaway..ciao4now64@yahoo.com

  1. Laurie T said...:

    Would love to win this for my daughter-in-law who wants to decorate her kitchen in chickens and roosters ;) And who wouldn't love the Rush Hour Recipes? Thanks for the chance!

  1. M.j. said...:

    I follow you on fb too..ciao4now64@yahoo.com

  1. Laurie T said...:

    I am now a follower!

  1. Verlan said...:

    I am a follower and these recipes look yummy!

  1. Verlan said...:

    I would love to win this cookbook. Gooseberry Patch cookbooks are always a fun read as well as loaded with great recipes.

  1. Lillian Child said...:

    I adore Gooseberry Patch recipes! Always easy and always delicious!

  1. Lillian Child said...:

    I am also a new follower. What a delightful blog you have!

  1. Lillian Child said...:

    I've blogged about it here:

    http://lillianchild.blogspot.com

  1. Molly said...:

    It would be great to win a cookbook and apron! I love gooseberry patch!

    mmjacobs1@yahoo.com

  1. Gail, that apron and tea towel are absolutely adorable! The cookbook looks like fun; thanks so much for reviewing it for us.

    Hugs,
    Pam

  1. I'm a follower, and happy to be so!

    Hugs,
    Pam

  1. I'm posting your giveaway on my blog's giveaway page.

    Hugs,
    Pam

  1. KarenR said...:

    I'd love to win the cookbook! Thanks.

  1. Can't have toooo many cookbooks. Please enter me and I'll post on my sidebar. I'm a follower.
    Lois

  1. Terri said...:

    I am in love with cooking and cookbooks.
    Thanks

  1. Joan said...:

    I hope I win. I love cookbooks and aprons too! This sounds like a great cookbook for weeknight meals.

  1. Joan said...:

    I follow with GFC.

  1. linda said...:

    Gail, I love your aprons! Sure would like one of those if I were to win the cookbook.

  1. I love their cookbooks, and am already a follower!!

  1. christinaburrell@hotmail.com
    Would love to win.

  1. Gypsy Heart said...:

    Garlic is the best! I use it in everything...except desserts. :-)

    I am a follower and I LOVE cookbooks! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win.

    xo
    Pat

  1. Carol said...:

    I love cookbooks! Please count me in.

    Carol

  1. Carol said...:

    Long time & loyal follower :)
    Carol

  1. I just became a follower. Your blog looks very intersting!
    Happy Holidays

  1. I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks! Looks like a good one!

    Tina
    offthewallexp@gmail.com

  1. I could so use this cookbook. I also love love love the chicken apron and tea towels. My kitchen has a chicken and rooster theme. These recipes will definitely be on my table this week.
    Brenda S
    whtfeathergrammy@aol.com

  1. I could so use this cookbook. I also love love love the chicken apron and tea towels. My kitchen has a chicken and rooster theme. These recipes will definitely be on my table this week.
    Brenda S
    whtfeathergrammy@aol.com

  1. Jill said...:

    Just love this giveaway - would be excited to win!!

    ~Jill (luvcooking2@yahoo.com)

  1. Mary said...:

    Gail, I think your meal sounds wonderful. I love to visit here.I never leave empty handed and I always have a new recipe or tip to add to my kitchen cache. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary.

  1. DianeM said...:

    Even though it's only 5am here, my mouth is watering...Yum! Please enter me for a chance to win the cookbook, I am a follower.
    Thanks!
    Smiles, DianeM
    basketblessed@yahoo.com

  1. Mrs.T said...:

    What great recipes and what a generous giveaway! I love Gooseberry Patch books and have many, but would love to win this one too. I always enjoy visiting your blog and I especially enjoy your great music.

  1. Mrs.T said...:

    I follow Faithfulness Farm by email and am glad that I do. Always fun to see your posts in my Inbox.

  1. Mrs.T said...:

    Just blogged about your giveaway here: Rush Hour Recipes Giveaway .

  1. We all need some rush hour recipes!!

  1. Kim said...:

    Hi Gail,
    I'm a new follower. I would love to be entered in your giveaway. I'm a cookbook fanatic!
    Kim
    P.S. I'll blog about it later tonight.

  1. Martha said...:

    You always have delicious recipes. It's fun to follow your blog and see your wonderful ideas.

  1. Katherine said...:

    Definitely have to try that biscuit recipe. Sounds yummy, but that's what I expect from Gooseberry Patch (I'm a fan, too). I'm one of you new followers, too!

  1. Jill said...:

    I follow Faithfulness Farm!

    ~Jill (luvcooking2@yahoo.com)

  1. Nikki said...:

    It would be so nice to win this.:)We could use a new cookbook.:)

  1. Nikki said...:

    I blogged about your giveaway at our blog http://ourlittlehaven.blogspot.com

  1. Cyndy said...:

    I love the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks and could really use a new one!

  1. Wow this book looks awesome. I had to print the Garlic Butter Asparagus right away!! Can't wait to try them. Thanks!

  1. wow friend..i have to scroll a long way to leave a comment..lol

    nice post! thanks for sharing friend...happy holidays...

  1. Rhonda said...:

    I would so love to win Rush Hour Recipes!! I have put it on my wish list, but winning a copy would be awesome!
    rhondaree1958@yahoo.com

  1. Rhonda said...:

    I am a follower of yours!
    rhondaree1958@yahoo.com

  1. LDH said...:

    The recipes you have shared from this new book sound delicious and convenient to make. I would love to win a copy! Thank you for entering me in your giveaway! :)

  1. LDH said...:

    I too am a follower~

  1. Love Gooseberry cookbooks! I have so many and enjoy thumbing through them over and over when I am looking for something new or even something tried and true.

  1. Tina said...:

    I'd love to win this cookbook! Quick recipes is what I seem to need most these days! Life just gets so busy sometimes! Love the little chicken towels too!

  1. Tina said...:

    And I share your post on my Gramma's in the Kitchen page!

  1. loretta said...:

    a follower for 18 months

    would love tea towel and cookbook!

  1. Yummy and fast that's what I like! In fact I think two of those recipes will fit in my weekly menu- asparagus was on sale 1.99lb at the market. I would love the book and aprons, chickens are my thing!

  1. Shug said...:

    Follower??? Oh yes indeed! And...I do love ALL the Gooseberry cookbooks...
    don't have this one yet, so I can't wait..
    Hugs,
    shug

  1. Bonnie said...:

    The book looks amazing and I am certain that I would use it. New cookbooks are always so much fun!

  1. Bonnie said...:

    I am also a brand new follower.

  1. Carla said...:

    Hi there. i cm over from The Kings Table. Thanks for the giveaway!

  1. Alicia said...:

    Yeah, I came from ..King's table too. Lovely blog!

  1. Alicia said...:

    I"m a new follower

  1. Alicia said...:

    And how I do the "rush"-- order [pizza! but we can only do that so often, you know!

  1. kitty said...:

    I am a follower already & would LOVE to win this cookbook!! Who couldn't use a time-saving cookbook to add to their collection??!!

  1. Those recipes look delicious! I just bought some asparagus...will have to try it out.

  1. acorn hollow said...:

    I love the brownie recipe put me in for the the cookbook
    Cathy

  1. acorn hollow said...:

    I am a follower for sure.
    Cathy

  1. deb said...:

    I love Gooseberry cookbooks! This one looks wonderful!

  1. Leisha said...:

    I just found your blog and am so excited to look around more at all the goodies that are just my cup of tea!! A girl can NEVER have too many coobooks or aprons!! ;-)

    Leisha

  1. Leisha said...:

    I just found your blog and am so excited to look around more at all the goodies that are just my cup of tea!! A girl can NEVER have too many coobooks or aprons!! ;-)

    Leisha

  1. Leisha said...:

    What can I say, sometimes it is a good thing to be a follower!! ;-)

  1. Leisha said...:

    What can I say, sometimes it is a good thing to be a follower!! ;-)

  1. ProjectHope7 said...:

    would love to win this for my granddaughter... she usually is the one that has to cook for all her younger siblings... form age 5 to 11.. Think she would love this!
    Cathy B pbprojecthope at yahoodotcom
    palmbreezeliving dotblogspot dotcom

  1. ProjectHope7 said...:

    am already a GFC follower!
    Cathy B
    pbprojecthope at yahoo dotcom

  1. ProjectHope7 said...:

    for some reason my posts arent showing up!
    I am a long time follower on GFC!
    Cathy B pbprojecthope at yahoodotcom

  1. ProjectHope7 said...:

    hope my comments are showing up... am not seeing any of them. thanks!
    Cathy B pbprojecthope at yahoo dot com

  1. LindaTN said...:

    I love cookbooks! Thank you for the chance and I am a follower of your blog.

    Linda-TN
    ChenL99290@aol.com

  1. Jennifer Gail said...:

    That's one good looking apron.

  1. Jennifer Gail said...:

    Posting on my blog. Merry Christmas

  1. Sallie said...:

    I would love to win this. Thanks for the chance! Merry Christmas!

  1. Sallie said...:

    I'm a new follower.

  1. JustPam said...:

    I would love this cookbook with quick recipes. Thanks for the chance.

  1. JustPam said...:

    I am a new follower.

  1. Sharon said...:

    OMG the butterd garlic is wonderful....Happy Holidays

  1. Sharon said...:

    Oh yes I am a follower

  1. sassysherree said...:

    I am a brand new follower ... as soon as I figure out how ... LOL ... LOVE shrimp and am definately going to try those recipes ... sound yummy ... would love to win the cookbook and towels ... always room for another cookbook ... thanks

    Sherree

  1. Liz said...:

    I cant wait to try out the biscuits for Christmas dinner with my in-laws. They look & sound so delicious!!

  1. Although I've been reading your blog for quite some time, I just today signed up as a follower. :)

    More amazing recipes! Thanks for the chance to win the cookbook and other goodies.

    ~~Anne
    diligntmom@gmail.com

  1. StillyBee said...:

    Yummylicious recipes!! I think I need to RUSH a order for that book too...
    Merry Christmas!

  1. StillyBee said...:

    I follow you here and on Facebook too..

    angeldove7dt@gmail.com

  1. RadioDJGirl said...:

    I would LOVE to win a copy of RUSH HOUR Recipes!! I'm battling cancer (NH Lymphoma), & it would be great to make meals that are quick, yet, taste fabulous!!

  1. RadioDJGirl said...:

    I would adore winning a copy of this cookbook! I'm battling Lymphoma, and it would be great to have easy recipes we can make that taste great!

  1. RadioDJGirl said...:

    I'm a newbie to following FAITHFULLNESS FARM!

  1. Stephanie said...:

    I have become addicted to Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks! I download ebooks, find them at our church rummage sales, and also buy them but I have yet to win one. I love that it is teamed up with your apron (how adorable!) and tea towel! Would love to win this!

  1. Teri said...:

    The biscuits look delicious. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks. :)

  1. Trac said...:

    Yum! Everything looks so good. Thanks.

  1. Donna said...:

    I would love to win this cookbook!!

  1. Donna said...:

    I am already a follower and love your site!

  1. Donna said...:

    My secret to a rush hour dinner is breakfast for dinner.... pancakes!!

  1. Susan said...:

    I read cookbooks like novels. I would love to peruse this one!

  1. Susan said...:

    I am a follower of Faithfulness Farm!

  1. Susan said...:

    My guys are all about cheese. They would love the cheesy biscuits!

  1. The Wotring's said...:

    I love Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks. This one looks fabulous!

  1. Carol said...:

    I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks and would love to add this one to my collection.
    Thanks!
    Carol

  1. Carol said...:

    I'm a long time follower.

  1. Cindy said...:

    I follow and am blessed that you take the time to do what you do. In this busy, fast paced life we live we often hurry so fast that we forget the simple. Your blog inspires me to recapture the simple things in life:-)

  1. Unknown said...:

    Love your blog! already have printed off some of the recipes you have posted. Plan on making the Company Breakfast Casserole for Chritmas morning. Thanks!

  1. Bethany said...:

    I would love to win this cookbook [I have a recipe published in it (c= ]. I haven't make those biscuits yet, however, and they look very good. I'm a new follower. Please check out my blog. I am going to blog about this on the "General/Generic ME!" page.

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