Gooseberry Patch Early Review: Meals in Minutes — 10th Anniversary Edition — Butterscotch Brownies (Plus a giveaway!)

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I echo Jen’s earlier post on how excited we were to be asked to be Early Bird Reviewers for new Gooseberry Patch books.  I collect cookbooks, and have been a fan of Gooseberry Patch since my sister-in-law, Rhonda, gave me my first as a gift many years ago (I think it was Celebrate Autumn).










I love their cookbooks (I’ve got 14, and can’t begin to tell you how many I’ve purchased as gifts!) and “cook booklets” (too many to count!).  Unlike most of the cookbooks in my collection (many of which are purchased during our many family travels as souvenirs, and to be honest, contain ingredients I would never purchase and include directions I would never take the time to tackle), the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks are put to good use. I think it is because most of the recipes come from people much like you and I — busy and trying to eat well on a budget! So, Meals in Minutes — 10th Anniversary Edition was perfect for my turn to be a reviewer!  I’ll be posting several recipes this week which are the result of the sneak peek we’ve been privileged to have for this new book which will be hitting the bookstores soon, and we will even have a copy to give away!  Read through this post to find out how to enter to win a Gooseberry Patch cookbook before it hits the stores.













As soon as I heard from Jen that the books had arrived I started bugging her to get them to me so I could start my review process.  As you can see from the picture below, I didn’t have any trouble finding 2-3 recipes to try-out … the problem was actually deciding what to try!  Best of all, I already had all of the ingredients on hand to try every single recipe I tagged.











And, because life is short, I started with dessert first!  These things were so good that I proceeded to make a second batch to take into the office — I doubled all ingredients and baked in a 9″ x 13″ pan which made the bars just a little bit thicker.

Butterscotch Brownies

(page 197)

Alice Flood

Dallas, TX





¼ cup butter

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1 egg, beaten

¾ cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. vanilla extract

½ cup chopped nuts (I used pecans purchased at Priester’s, one of our favorite stops when roadtripping north on I-65)


Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat; remove from heat.  Stir in brown sugar until dissolved; set aside to cool to room temperature (cool enough that the eggs don’t start to cook when you add them!).  Blend in egg; add flour, baking powder and salt, mixing well.  Stir in vanilla and nuts; spread in a greased 8”x8” baking pan.











Bake at 350° for 25 minutes; let cool.  Makes 9.

Note:  I melted the butter in a small glass mixing bowl in the microwave oven, and then mixed all ingredients with my Kitchen Aid mixer.


Do you want a copy of Meals in Minutes — 10th Anniversary Edition 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 March 10 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 March 11, 2012.


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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96 Responses

  1. Crystal Willich
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    I have three favorite soups….Broccoli Cheese, Taco Soup, and Baked Potato Soup!!! Thanks for this opportunity!!! :)

  2. Jen
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    Comment from Maureen: I love chicken Wild Rice soup

  3. Maureen M.
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    I have loved and adored and heavily-used Gooseberry Patch cookbooks for several years now! My favorite soup this past winter has been White Chili w/Chicken…yum!

  4. Julie
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    favorite soup is chicken noodle
    favorite sandwich is toasted cheese

  5. tamara
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    My favorite soup is the Broccoli Cheese!! YUM!!

  6. Sherrie R.
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    Baked Potato Soup is always a hit with my whole family!!

  7. Amy Harder
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    Beef barley soup is my favorite soup!

  8. Connie Clay
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    Luv the broccoli cheese soup; luv the cookbooks and all the recipes!

  9. Joan C.
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    That’s not a fair question, because there are way too many favorites to chose from. Let’s just say I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks. Great recipes!!!!!

  10. Robin
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    I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks. I love any type of soup and love it even more if I can put cheese in it, on top it or on the side of it. Thanks for the chance to take part in this giveaway.

  11. Wendy
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    Favorite soup is White Chicken Chili or Chicken Tortilla soup. Favorite sandwich has to be homemade Chicken Salad using a recipe I created after tasting Chicken Salad at a tiny, seasonal restaurant. :)

  12. Emily Bazemore
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    Please I love gooseberry patch

  13. Elizabeth
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    I love the classic bowl of cream of tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich :-)

  14. Brenda
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    I love the Taco Soup

  15. Donna Connolly
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    My FAVORITE soup is Mushroom, although I basically like them all!!! Thank you for the chance of winning this wonderful cookbook! I LOVE their recipes!
    Have a wonderful weekend,

  16. Sheri
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    My favorite soup is Taco soup and sandwich is a Reuben, with mustard

  17. Mary H
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    My very favorite soup is Crock Pot French Onion! mmmmmmmmmmmmmm have trouble waiting for this to get done ;)

  18. Judith Robertson
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    Sandwich is my fav. Love the cookbook Ü

  19. Judith Robertson
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    all looks good to me !

  20. April W
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    My favorite soup is potato soup.

  21. Connie
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    Would love this book…the brownies sound delicious!

  22. Xan
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    Love potato soup!

  23. stacy baumeister
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    favorite soup is turkey wild rice . simply the best

  24. Lisa P.
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    I love gooseberry patch and i love all soups. But Cablecar chowder is my favorite.

  25. Jean Strunk
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    Favorite Sandwiche is the Nebraska “Runza”. Nothing else like it:)

  26. Lynn
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    My favorite soup is taco soup. My favorite sandwich is grilled cheese.

  27. mary fanara coleman
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    Grilled cheese and tomato soup hits the spot.

  28. Arlene Otto
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    Potato soup . The brownie recipe sounds great

  29. Suzette
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    My favorite soup is White chicken chili from Gooseberry patch’s Christmas book. I make it all year long!

  30. Krista
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    My favorite soup is chicken noodle with homemade noodles, yum!

  31. Christi Couch
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    I love love love Chicken Tortilla Soup. I found a really nice recipe in one of your posts. Thanks!

  32. Cindy B.
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    My favorite sandwich is the classic BLT.

  33. Debra Valles
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    I love Cream of Potato!!! Homemade of course.

  34. Melissa
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    I really love your cookbooks. We use the 5 ingredients or less cookbook all the time and have enjoyed every meal. Would love to win this cookbook to add to my collection. Thanks!

  35. Gina K.
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    I love one called “Cheesy Chicken Chowder”.

  36. Becky
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    Just about any of them

  37. Sharry M.
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    Any soup that is thick and creamy…so much more filling to me than the broth based. With that said…I choose Broccoli Cheese Soup!

  38. Tandy
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    My favorite soup is taco soup:)

  39. Kelly Marriott
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    I love soup period, but I guess my favorite is a tie between Cheddar Broccoli and Baked Potato. Yummy!!

  40. Alberta
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    My favorite soup is Cheesy Potato.

  41. Amy L
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    My favorite soup is Broccoli Cheddar. YUM!

  42. Renae Lusk
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    Broccoli Cheddar soup is my absolute fave!

  43. miranda
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    we love white bean chicken chili.yummmmmm.These butterscotch brownies sound delicious.

  44. christine sandmann
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    My favorite soup is potato soup and sandwich is BLT

  45. Tina McRorie
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    I absolutely love potato soup and broccoli cheddar soup. :)

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