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.


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