Gooseberry Patch Early Review: 101 Soups, Salads, and Sandwiches (Plus a GIVEAWAY!)

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The four of us here at Thread Together LOVE Gooseberry Patch books.  Debbie has even had a recipe featured in one of the books.  We could barely contain our excitement when we were offered the chance to become an Early Bird Reviewer for their upcoming cookbooks.  Over the next few months, we get a sneak peek at the books that will be hitting the bookstores soon and we will even have a copy to give away!  It is a match made in heaven!  Read through this post to find out how to enter to win a Gooseberry Patch cookbook before it hits the stores.

The first book that we reviewed is 101 Soups, Salads, and Sandwiches.  I was excited when I pulled the first review because my favorite thing to eat is soup and salad.  To me, it is comfort food.  If I can’t think of anything to make for dinner, I throw a pot of soup on the stove and make some grilled cheese sandwiches.  It always hits the spot.

This book, 101 Soups, Salads, & Sandwiches, is pages and pages of savory soups, tasty sandwiches, salads and toppings that compliment all of the above.  When the book arrived, I immediately started going through it and marking recipes I wanted to try.  The recipes are easy to prepare and each one that I tried turned out perfectly.  I am watching what I eat right now, so I paid attention to the ingredients as I flipped through the book.  I think that the recipes that call for not so healthy ingredients could easily be substituted.

The first recipe that I chose to try was Seafood Salad for a Crowd.  We have this little local restaurant that serves the most delicious seafood salad.  I have tried to duplicate it but haven’t had much luck.  This recipe comes pretty close!  The recipe is for a crowd and they aren’t kidding.  This would be perfect to take to a potluck or a big family dinner.  Since I was just making the salad for myself, I cut the recipe to almost one third of what each ingredient called for.  I still have enough salad leftover for dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow.  My changes to the recipe are italicized in the parenthesis.

Seafood Salad for a Crowd  (Seafood Salad NOT for a Crowd!)

3 8oz pkgs cooked frozen shrimp, thawed (1/2 8oz pkgs of cooked frozen shrimp, thawed)

2 lbs imitation crabmeat, cut into bite-sized pieces (1/2 lb imitation crabmeat, cut into pieces)

4 cucumbers, peeled and diced (1/2 cucumber, peeled and diced)

6 tomatoes, diced (1 tomato, diced)

1 bunch green onions, chopped (2 green onion pieces, chopped)

1 head lettuce (one heart of romaine, chopped)

4 avocados, halved, pitted and diced (1/2 avocado, diced)

Seasoned salt with onion and garlic to taste (season salt to taste)

2 16oz pkgs shredded Colby Jack cheese (sprinkle of cheese on finished salad)

Ranch dressing

Toss together all chopped, diced and cut vegetables.  Add shrimp and crabmeat.  Divide salad into individual bowls.  Top with Colby Jack cheese and dressing.

This salad was full of bright colors that put me in a much better mood than the cloudy gray skies outside.  The seasoned salt (I used my Tastefully Simple seasoned salt) gave the salad a little kick.

Stay tuned this week for a few other recipe reviews from the book!  Tonight we are having grilled chicken and zucchini wraps for dinner!

Do you want a copy of 101 Soups, Salads, and Sandwiches before it hits the bookstores?

How to Enter

We will be giving away ONE copy of the cookbook.  If you would like a chance to win, leave us a comment in this post and tell us what your favorite soup, salad or sandwich is.  Leave your comment before December 20 at 9:59 CST.  Don’t worry about being creative in your comment, the winner will be chosen by a random number generator.  Please make sure that you fill out the required fields by putting your first name in the name field and your email address in the email address field.  We do not share email addresses and you will not receive emails from Threaded Together unless you win.


We will choose ONE winner randomly and announce the results here on Threaded Together on December 20, 2011.


One comment per person per giveaway post.  Duplicate comments and anonymous comments will be discarded.  Please make sure that the email address in your comment form is valid so that we can contact you (email addresses are never made public).  Winners must claim their prize within three business days after the date of notification of such prize.  We will disqualify any entries that we believe are generated by scripts and other automated technology.  No substitutions including for cash are permitted, except that Threaded Together reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater monetary value for any prize.  Winners shall be responsible and liable for all federal, state, and local taxes on the value of their prize.  Relatives of Threaded Together are not eligible to win.

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103 Responses

  1. Dee Kaye

    My favorite salad would have to be antipasto pasta salad, with rotini, cubes of sharp cheddar and ham, pepperoni strips, and sliced black olives, with Italian dressing! Yummy at any time of year.

  2. Kathryn Swift

    My favorite sandwich is a monte cristo!

  3. Teri Brian

    My favorite soup is baked potato soup. Yum! Please enter me in your drawing for the Gooseberry Patche cookbook. Thanks! :)