Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Gooseberry Patch 101 Cozy Casseroles {Review & Giveaway}

Gooseberry Patch has added another cookbook to their 101 cookbook series. The latest addition is "101 Cozy Casseroles".

I'm not sure if you're familiar with the 101 cookbook series, so here's a little background. Each cookbook is a spiral bound photo cookbook with a durable soft cover. Each cookbook has at least 100 tasty pages.

The best part about the 101 Cookbook Series is that each recipe is paired with a beautiful, full-color photo. I think the photos are my favorite part. I love being able to see what each recipe looks like instead of trying to imagine them in my head.

101 Cozy Casseroles is the 4th cookbook I own in the 101 cookbook series. This new cookbook is packed full of tried and true recipes from readers and home cooks just like you me and you.

Who doesn't love a hot bubbly casserole right out of the oven? My husband that's who, he isn't big on casseroles, but I love them. I'm not saying he won't eat them I just have to choose wisely when it comes to casserole choices.

I have always loved the simplicity of one dish meals. Casseroles are budget friendly, easy to prepare and a comfort to enjoy. Just pop them the in the oven and you have dinner in a flash.
Pair with a salad and rolls and you have a perfect well rounded meal.

101 Cozy Casserole has four yummy categories:
  • Quick- to - Fix Casseroles
  • Mom's Favorite Casseroles
  • Potluck - Perfect Casseroles
  • Hot & Bubbly Sides
I think my favorite chapter is Moms Favorite Casseroles. Most of the recipes in that particular chapter remind me of home. Kickin King Ranch Casserole, Chicken Broccoli Divan, Beef Burgundy, Eggplant Parmesan, Hobo Dinner Packets, Daddy's Shepherd's Pie and Ham & Cheese Spaghetti just to name a few.

The Ham and Cheese Spaghetti reminds of a dish my mom always made with leftover spaghetti, but minus the ham. She would mix the sauce and the noodles together and then top it with American cheese. Add it to a casserole dish and bake.

I know it was only leftover spaghetti, but it sure tasted like a new dish. My mom was great with leftovers and never let anything go to waste. If she could make it into a casserole than that's just what she did. Don't you just love that about moms?

It was hard deciding on which casserole recipe to make. Mom's Texas Hash popped out at me, so that was the first dish on my list. We had just harvested fresh bell peppers and onions from our garden, so I knew they would be perfect for this recipe.

This particular casserole calls for only 6 ingredients and isn't complicated at all. Just saute the veggies add in the tomatoes and spices and pop into a casserole dish and bake. The end result was quite tasty and reminded me of Stuffed Bell Peppers. I served this easy Texas Hash over a bed of white rice. This recipe is defiantly a keeper.

Next on the list was Taco Filled Pasta Shells. I knew this one would be good because I have actually made this one before. Pasta shells stuffed with a mixture of taco meat and cheese. Three cheese to be exact, cream cheese, cheddar and Monterey jack. Lawrdy you know it's good with all that cheese.

When stuffed shells come to mind I tend to think of the Italian version. Well, these are the same concept, but Mexican inspired instead. This recipe uses salsa and taco sauce instead of the traditional marinara sauce. To add a bit more variety I think the addition of black beans or Mexicorn would be a nice touch.

Well as usual Gooseberry Patch has hit a home run with another great 101 recipe cookbook. If you're a casserole lover than this cookbook is for you. Right now you can purchase it through Amazon for $13.95.

That's right my friends this yummy cookbook hit the shelves on June 16th, so it's available right now! Hop on over to Amazon because they're also offering free super saver shipping on orders over $25, so go ahead and buy two. This cookbook would make the perfect gift.

Now for a little Goosey Fun!
My friends over at Gooseberry Patch have been generous enough to include an additional copy of 101 Cozy Casseroles to use in a reader giveaway! I have to say Gooseberry Patch is always awesome like that. Thank you Vickie and Jo Ann : )

See below for the complete details on how you can win a free copy for yourself.


How to Enter the Giveaway:
Just leave a comment on this post telling me what you're favorite casserole is? (Mandatory entry) For me it's Chicken Divan or my Friendship Casserole.

Additional Entries:
You can do any or all of the following for extra entries. Please leave a separate comment for each one.

1. Become a Fan of Gooseberry Patch on Face book. When you have done that, return to this post and leave a separate comment letting me know that you're a fan.
2. Join Gooseberry Patch "Circle of Friends" so you can stay Gooseberry Patch updated.
3. Become a fan of Mommy's Kitchen on Face book. (If you're already a fan that counts too)
4. Mention this giveaway on your face book page. Come back and leave a comment telling me so.
5. Tweet the following for another entry: Win a copy of @gooseberrypatch "101 Cozy Casseroles" @mommyskitchen http://tiny.cc/d6n5fw #giveaway

Last day to enter this giveaway will be Midnight on Friday June 29th (CST). I will pick a random winner using random.org and announce the winner on this blog, face book and twitter.

Contest is open to U.S & Canadian Residents only due to shipping charges. If you leave an anonymous comment please include your email address in your comment. That way I can contact you in the event that you're the winner. Winner will have 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen. Good Luck to everyone that enters!!!

Gooseberry Patch provided me with a copy of "101 Cozy Casseroles" for the purpose of this review. They also provided an additional copy to use in a reader giveaway. With that being said the opinions & comments stated above are entirely my own. I would like to thank Gooseberry Patch for choosing Mommy's Kitchen as a "Early Bird Reviewer"


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keshakeke said... #

I tweeted this giveaway. https://mobile.twitter.com/#!/keshakeke/status/217105843588579328

keshakeke said... #

I shared this giveaway on Facebook

Anonymous said... #

Became a fan on facebook! Thanks!


Sheila (Welcome To My Kitchen) said... #

I just love your recipes. This looks so good.

Kay Dee said... #

My favorite casserole is what we call "hamburger, green bean, mashed potato casserole". I guess it is kind of like a shepherds pie. I got it off of a Durkee french fried onions can years and years ago! A family favorite for sure.

Kay Dee said... #

I just became a fan of yours on Facebook. Can't believe I've been missing out on your Facebook!

Anonymous said... #

Cheesy Chicken Casserole. It's so yummy!

Stella B's Kitchen said... #

We love a good ol' pizza hotdish/casserole here! What's not to love! Thanks for a chance to win a copy!!

beth clark said... #

Fan of Gooseberry Patch and Mommy's Kitchen

Anonymous said... #

my favorite casserole is Tater Tot Casserole.

Anonymous said... #

My favorite dish is the Taco filled pasta shells!!!

Anonymous said... #

i am a fan of both sites on facebook & I have shared on my facebook =)

Tracy said... #

My husband's grandma's chicken casserole is my favorite. Yum-o! :)

Mitchell4 said... #

My fav is hashbrown casserole. Yum. Cheese and potatoes. You can't fail.

Amber S. said... #

I'd love to win this book! I have a few Gooseberry Patch cookbooks, and LOVE them, but none of the 101 series. Thank you for this opportunity! :)

Tracy said... #

I'm a fan of Gooseberry Patch on Facebook. :)

Mitchell4 said... #

I'm a fan of Gooseberry Patch.

Amber S. said... #

Oops, sorry, forgot to mention my favorite casserole:
Jambalaya casserole with smoked sausage, rice, tomatoes and peppers... YUM!

Also, I'm now a fan of Gooseberry Patch on FB. Thanks!

Unknown said... #

I am a fan of Mommy's Kitchen on Face book

Unknown said... #

I am a Fan of Gooseberry Patch on Facebook

Sarahs Flowers and Gifts said... #

I like GP on Facebook!

Sarahs Flowers and Gifts said... #

I like Mommy's Kitchen on Facebook!

Sarahs Flowers and Gifts said... #

I belong to Circle of Friends

Unknown said... #

Actually, I have 2 favorite casseroles. Shepherd's Pie, and breakfast casserole.

Unknown said... #

I tweeted the giveaway.

lamassett said... #

Wow, so many to choose from...Texas Hash looks really yummy, & so does The taco stuffed shells! I've become a fan on facebook, too!

Crystal said... #

Green Bean Casserole and anything w broccoli!

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Crystal said... #

FB fan-Crystal Marie

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Crystal said... #

Mommy's Kitchen FB fan-Crystal Marie
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Crystal said... #

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JillW said... #

I'm a fan of Mommy's kitchen & Gooseberry patch on facebook. My favorite casserole is over night blueberry french toast casserole

Donna Kilfoyle said... #

Mexican Chicken aka King Ranch Casserole!!!

Cindi said... #

I like a yummy Shepherd's Pie.

susilydon said... #

LOVE LOVE this contest you have today and the recipes are great too! Cant wait to try. I posted this info on my page for my friends and family to view. Good luck everyone and thank you for the blog!
susi lydon

Cindi said... #

I am a Fan of Gooseberry Patch on Face book.

Cindi said... #

I belong to Gooseberry Patch's "Circle of Friends".

mountainrags said... #

I'm a fan of Mommy's Kitchen and Gooseberry Patch. Burrito Casserole is a favorite.

Cindi said... #

I am a fan of Mommy's Kitchen on Face book.

oldtimecook said... #

I think my favorite recipe is stuffed pepper casserole. I devised this for my grandaughter 2 yrs ago because she hates to have to cut a filled pepper but loves stuffed peppers. I usually make this, even in this heat, at least 2 x per month for her and her friends. My 2nd in line would be homemade chix and rice casserole w/homemade cream of chix soup and french's french fried onions. she would eat a 3 qt pan full if she could.

Deb said... #

I am a fan of Mommy's Kitchen and Gooseberry Patch Circle of Friends on facebook. I was raised on casseroles, so there's no way I could ever pick a favorite. Sure would LOVE to win this cookbook! :-)

Emily Wells said... #

Mine is Chicken Divan too!

Susan said... #

My favorite casserole is Taco Casserole.

Susan said... #

I'm a fan of Gooseberry Patch on FB.

Susan said... #

I belong to GP's Circle of Friends.

Susan said... #

I'm a fan of Mommy's Kitchen on FB.

Susan said... #

I tweeted about the giveaway. @sebh55

Susan said... #

I shared on FB.

Dar Strater said... #

My current favorite casserole is Chicken and Spinach casserole.

Kim said... #

I am a fan of Gooseberry Circle of Friends on facebook.

Teya said... #

We love the chicken and rice casserole! Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful recipes.

Michelle Barganski said... #

I like a good Green Enchilada Casserole with Rotel and Green Chilies, plus other goodies. Yummy!

Lizzy said... #

My favorite casserole has and will always be herb chicken and rice casserole. I love this dish so much I make it at least once a month.


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