A Hometown Harvest by the editors of Gooseberry Patch (Gooseberry Patch Books, $16.95)
The cookbooks from Gooseberry Patch are always a joy since they reflect American cooking that is authentic and fun. This collection of recipes is geared from the autumn season and is a wonderful blend of nostalgic memories and foods that are a perfect fit with changing leaves and cooler days.
The recipes are divided into seven main chapters: Hometown Pancake Breakfast; Church Social Soup Supper; Thanksgiving Dinner to Remember; Game Day Get-Together; Pumpkin Patch Sweets; Slow-Cooker Potluck Pleasers; and Over the River & Through the Woods. The recipes include such traditional favorites as Beef Barley Soup and the unexpected selections as Green Chile A
The recipes are easy to prepare and accessible, another bonus for the cook who is short on time.
Hometown Christmas by the editors of Goodberry Patch (Gooseberry Patch Books, $16.95)
It isn’t too early to begin thinking about the holiday season and this delightful collection of recipes might help take away a little of the stress, especially when it comes to food prep.
The recipes are divided into seven chapters” Breakfast with Santa; Sledding Party warmers; Old-Fashioned Christmas Dinner; Open House…You’re invited; Tree-Trimming Treats; Slow-Cooker Comfort Foods; and Coming Home for Christmas. In my house, it is the slow-cooker that is a focus of attention, especially during the busy holidays. The recipes in this chapter include Fruity Granola Oatmeal, Chicken Stew, and delicious Buttermilk Pork Chop & Mushrooms which I served over rice.
In addition to traditional Christmas recipes, there are unexpected new dishes that are certain to add to the celebration of the festive season.
Garfield…Recipes with Cattitude by editors of Gooseberry Patch (Gooseberry Patch Books, $16.95)
These 230 quick and easy recipes inspired by one of America’s favorite felines are fun and underscore the fact that no one enjoys delicious food — especially lasagna – more than Garfield.
The recipes are grouped into six main chapters: Breakfast is Served…Time to Get Up; First Lunch, Then a Catnap; Snack Attack; Lotsa Lasagna, Pasta & Pizza; It’s Dinner Time…Now; and Dinner is Over…What’s for Dessert.
In addition to the recipes, there are cooking tips, simple substitutions and even ways to lighten up the choices a little. Naturally, Garfield, Odie, Jon and the gang frolic over almost every page. As Garfield advises, “Life is short…eat now!.”