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The holidays are a wonderful time for families to gather, especially for some incredible meals! This season offers so many beautiful flavors, aromas and unique dishes. I always turn to my bookshelf filled with cookbooks for different festive meals, desserts and drinks during the holiday season. In that bookshelf, I host a ton of Gooseberry Patch cookbooks. This is one of my favorite publishers because it has a very familiar, friendly feel to it, has amazing recipes from other cooks and bakers around the United States, AND offers amazing kitchen tips.
In 1984, JoAnn and Vickie were next door neighbors that would chat over the backyard fence about home cooking and making memories with family and friends. This is how Gooseberry Patch was created! Since then, they’ve been publishing nationally best selling cookbooks that offer simple recipes for real folks that love to cook for their friends and family. How cool is that?
Sure, you can go online and find recipes. But there’s something very comforting, relaxing and personal about cracking open a cookbook. You can feel the pages, mark them and make your own notes in them, and you don’t need the internet to access your favorite recipes! Plus, there’s nothing like a great collection of cookbooks that you can pass on to your kids when they start a family themselves.
So, what makes Gooseberry Patch different from other cookbooks? Readers send in their tried and trusted recipes to Gooseberry Patch, and they are published for all of us to enjoy! I love seeing a recipe from real people all over the nation. Each recipe has a special quote from the cook that sent it in. Some let you know it’s a family recipe that’s been passed down for generations. Others offer quick tips to help you create the best version of their recipe. And I really like when they talk about what inspired them to create their recipes.
I found this amazing Snickerdoodle Muffin recipe from Lana Rulevish in Ashley, Illinois in my new Gooseberry Patch The Christmas Table cookbook. This recipe was so simple, I couldn’t believe it! And oh my gosh, they turned out better than I expected! Look at those…they are moist and full of Snickerdoodle goodness, in muffin form. Mmmmmm! It felt like a friend guiding me through the recipe instructions, as I was reading it. You don’t get that familiar, personal feeling from just any cookbook, that’s for sure!
I won’t spoil the fun, but I wanted to point out some of the awesome little tidbits you’ll find in Gooseberry Patch cookbooks. These great tips are found throughout the recipes, and are really helpful! Here are just a couple from The Christmas Table cookbook:
- A budget-friendly source for cooked ham…ask for the end cuts at the deli counter. Ends too small to return to the slicer are often sold at a reduced price. Just remove the casings and dice!
- To mix up a no-mess meatloaf, place all the ingredients in a large plastic zipping bag. Seal the bag and squish it until everything is well combined…then just toss the empty bag!
- Always make candy just one batch at a time. Don’t be tempted to double or triple the recipe, because the candy may fail to set up properly.
Head over to Gooseberry Patch and check out their amazing selection of cookbooks. They really embrace every season and every type of cook in their books. In fact, some even highlight crafts and gifts, canning and preserving, entertaining and more. You’ll find cookbooks for summertime, slow cookers, quick & easy, comfort food, baking, Christmas and lots of others, as well!
Give someone that loves to entertain, bake and cook the gift that will make their kitchen glow! I know Gooseberry Patch cookbooks are on my wishlist….are they on yours, too, now!? 🙂