GBP's 101 Cozy Casseroles Review & Giveaway -- ONE MORE RECIPE & BONUS!!

Monday, May 14, 2012
Well, I told you that I just could't help myself -- I had to SHARE one last recipe from this super comfort food cookbook!
Gooseberry Patch's 101 Cozy Casseroles

This book has been super fun to preview and review. I only have one copy to giveaway to a lucky reader -- IF that doesn't happen to be you this time, check back next week for a review of another great book - and you can order this book before it's release at the link right under the book photo. The big drawing will be Wednesday :)

The final recipe I am going to share with you is for Chicken-Broccoli Divan. I didn't have a lot of experience with this dish until a few years ago. When we lived in Minnesota, I spent a lot of time at a local Assisted Living Facility - I would go in and cook for them occasionally - then pretty regularly. One of the friends I met there was Bertha -- she was over 90 years old and a fabulous cook in her day. She was trouble for the other gal who came in to cook and then she stopped coming in all together - Bertha was just in her way and always criticized everything she did - well, Bertha gave me lots of *input* too BUT I enjoyed it and asked her lots of questions and we got along famously - most of the time, lol - once when I asked her what she wanted me to cook, she instantly answered Chicken Divan. I had to hunt down a recipe but it was so worth it to see the look on her face when I served it. I then started making it occasionally for my family. This version is both yummy and super fast to fix. I don't think Miss Bertha would approve of the use of canned soup, lol (she didn't approve of anything coming from a tin can) but it makes a nice sauce. Watching your carbs? Instead of the canned soup melt down a brick of cream cheese and add a splash of cream and chicken base for the flavor of the soup -- then the rest of the sauce ingredients as stated -- both yummy and lower carb. BTW, when I am over 90, I hope to still be quilting daily and giving *trouble* to whomever is doing the cooking for me :)

Chicken-Broccoli Divan
Gooseberry Patch's 101 Cozy Casseroles (submitted by: Tiffany Mayberry, Harriman, TN)
(Printable Version)

2 c. cooked chicken, cubed
16-oz. pkg. frozen broccoli flowerets, thawed
2 10-3/4 oz cans cream of chicken soup
3/4 c. mayonnaise
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Place chicken in a greased 13x9-inch baking dish. Layer broccoli on top. In a bowl, stir together soup, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Pour soup mixture over broccoli; top with cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350°F for 45 minutes, or until bubbly. Serves 4.

NOW to the important stuff -- this is your LAST opportunity to earn a bonus entry for the giveaway of a copy of Gooseberry Patch's 101 Cozy Casseroles, a Faithfulness Farm Vintage-Inspired apron AND the set of 4 individual casserole serving dishes -- The way Gooseberry Patch is able to publish such great cookbooks is because YOU, the home cook, share your recipes with them. For bonus entry, click over to Gooseberry Patch and SHARE A RECIPE - one of your family's favorites and then come back to this post and leave a comment telling me what recipe you submitted and why it is a favorite with your family. NOT ONLY will you given bonus credit, YOUR recipe may appear in an upcoming book and Gooseberry Patch will send you a contributor's copy - THAT makes everyone a winner :)