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. Carol
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    Favorite soup Broccoli and Cheese hands down.

  2. Sandy
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    I love GBP everything. From the books to the wallpapers and everything in between. You asked for our favorite soup. My family”s is Cauliflower cheese Soup. Yum. :) Love it.

  3. Sherri Rigby
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    Hi Deb, my favorite soup is taco soup, especially on a cool or rainy evening.

  4. Sheila
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    looks great :-)

  5. Kelly Waltman
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    My favorite soup is hamburger soup my mom makes!

  6. Deb
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    Our family favorite soup for this winter season has been Chicken Tortilla Soup! We’ve probably eaten once a week…anytime we’ve had leftover chicken! :-) I love Gooseberry Patch and join you in the “addiction” to their cookbooks!

  7. Michelle M.
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    I can’t decide. I love everything GBP! I have sooooo many books I have lost count. Thank you!

  8. Linda Welz
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    My favorite soup is Taco Soup!!!

  9. Carrie
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    My favorite sandwich of all time is from the deli down the street from my office. It’s called California Dreamin’. The French bread is amazing. The turkey, Swiss, guacamole, ranch, and lettuce make me come back once a week.

  10. Melissa Dalton
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    My favorite soup is Broccoli and Cheese, love it!!!

  11. Melissa
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    Favorite Soup. Crock Pot French Onion!

  12. Sharon
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    I am so thankful for Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks! I love them and are the only cookbooks that I currently use!! The recipes are so easy and quick. I usually buy one whenever I see a new one at CrackerBarrel and have given them as gifts many times. Keep up the good work and I look forward to owning more!

  13. Ellie
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    Our favorite soup is Ham and Wild rice soup.

  14. Robbi Buckles
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    My favorite soup is cheesy potato. Thanks for this chance to win!Robbi

  15. Phyllis
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    Wisconsin Cheese soup!

  16. Amy
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    My favorite sandwich is a really good grilled chicken sandwich with BBQ sauce, honey mustard, provolone, bacon, lettuce, and tomato. YUM!

  17. Mary Tullila
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    My favorite soup is my MIL’s Hodgepodge soup.. of course with my own southern seasonings 8) To SASS it up per say hahaa.

  18. Donna Achenbach
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    My favorite sandwich is chicken salad with almonds and grapes served on a croissant. Favorite soup is tomato with basil and parmesan sprinkled on top.

  19. Jewel Cooke
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    I love cheeseburger and cheesy wild rice…hands down..Thanks for giving us the chance to win of of your delicious books!!

  20. Kathie Annis
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    Tuna sandwich with green onions and sweet pickles!

  21. Chrissie
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    I love all Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks, they are awesome! Thanks for the chance to win one

  22. Maria
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    My favorite is cheese soup with a little bit of tomato.

  23. Robin
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    I love the recipe you’ve posted for brownies. They look yummy. Soup for me is the thing I turn to when I need to get warm or feel comfort. It really doesn’t matter what it is as long as I can put cheese on it, in it or with it.

  24. Rachel
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    My favorite sandwich has to be egg salad! Love looking through these cookbooks for new recipes.

  25. Saundra
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    My favorite soup is homemade Potato, nice and thick with just the right amounts of onion and cheese. Yum!

  26. Melissa
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    Favorite soup/sandwich is a Reuben with french onion soup

  27. Jodie
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    Cheesy potato is my favorite soup.

  28. Lisa
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    I love turkey bacon club sandwiches!!!!

  29. Lisa
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    I love Turkey Bacon Club Sandwiches

  30. Pamela Shepard
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    My favorite soup is Cream of Chicken & Wild Rice

  31. Norma Underwood
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    I love cheesy potato.. I just got the “Soup” cook book and can’t wait to try some new recipes.

  32. Karen
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    I love Onion soup…yum

  33. Donna Roysdon
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    My favorite soup is Chicken Tortilla Soup. Just the right amount of spiciness on a cold day.

  34. Shari
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    My favorite soup is taco soup – Love It!!

  35. Jennie
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    I enjoy the pork bbq my husband makes every Memorial Day. He makes enough to last all year.


  36. Donna Roysdon
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    My favorite soup is the Chicken Tortilla Soup. Just the right amount of spiciness on a cold day.

  37. Tiffany
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    I love Gooseberry patch!! I cook from their cookbooks at least twice a week!

  38. Deb L
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    LOVE taco soup and everything GBP! Thanks for hosting the give-away!

  39. Valerie
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    Wisconsin cheese soup!!

  40. Brenda Taylor
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    My favorite soup is french onion. And I like it with my favorite sandwich, a BLT!

  41. Lori Pople
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    Favorite soup is cream of potato with ham, favorite salad is julienne and favorite sandwich is turkey.

  42. Loretta Kirby
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    Our favorite soup is potato cheese soup. Thanks for sharing the brownie recipe. Will be trying it this week.

  43. sandra bonander
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    Love all the Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks and even their calendars are cool!!

  44. Judy Langlie
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    Our favorite soup is Turkey Wild Rice Soup.

  45. Susi Dickinson
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    My favorite soup is Chicken Wild Rice, but I never met a soup I didn’t like! :)

  46. Judy Langlie
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    We love Turkey Wild Rice Soup.

  47. Renee Bailey
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    Love, love, love Stuffed Green Pepper Soup! :)
    and my home made cream cheese philly’s is my favorite sandwich! mmmmmmm

  48. patti keil
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    I love a grilled cheese sandwich with bacon and tomato!

  49. Teri Brian
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    my favorite sandwich is a Reubin. Love the flavors. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks! :) Teri

  50. Vivian
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    Gooseberry Patch cookbooks are my favorite. Potato soup is
    one of my favorites.

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