Butternut Bisque and a Gooseberry Patch Cookbook Giveaway

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Butternut Bisque - threadedtogether.comWell, the calendar says it is past the middle of October, and last week here in NW Florida we had a fleeting glimpse of cool, window-open kind of fall weather. Unfortunately, the heat and humidity are back this weekend. At least it isn’t raining, so my favorite farmers market, Palafox Market, was open, the Fall Festival for my neighborhood, Historic North Hill, was well attended, and I’m sure pumpkin patches and corn mazes were being enjoyed by many.  The weather is sure to get cooler as the holidays approach … and we know they’re coming. We might be celebrating fall festivals now, but Santa is already on the roof of Lowe’s and Christmas items are slowly populating all of my favorite store shelves.

Once again it is Threaded Together’s privilege to be an Early Bird Reviewer for Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks . I spent the evening going through  Slow-Cooker Christmas Favorites. I had a hard time finding just one recipe to try! I decided even though it might not be considered soup weather yet in my corner of the country, the Butternut Bisque from JoAnn, one of the Gooseberry Patch founding family members, just looked too good to pass up (I’ll just crank up the A/C). I didn’t have a fresh butternut squash on hand, but I did have some frozen product which needed to be used up.  If you are interested in participating in the giveaway, please see the directions below. 

Butternut Bisque - threadedtogether.com

Butternut Bisque - threadedtogether.com



Butternut Bisque
Serves 6
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Cook Time
8 hr
Cook Time
8 hr
  1. 2 Tablespoons butter
  2. ½ cup onion, chopped
  3. 1 large butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  4. 2 cups chicken broth
  5. ½ teaspoon dried marjoram
  6. ¼ teaspoon pepper
  7. 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  8. 8-oz. package cream cheese, cubed
  1. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat; cook onion until almost tender.
  2. Spoon onion mixture into a slow cooker; add remaining ingredients except cream cheese.
  3. Cover and cook on low setting for 6 to 8 hours, until squash is tender.
  4. Working in batches, ladle squash mixture into a blender or food processor; cover and purée until smooth.
  5. Return puréed mixture to slow cooker; stir in cream cheese.
  6. Cover and cook on low setting for about another 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  7. Whisk until smooth. Makes 6 servings.
Adapted from Gooseberry Patch Slow Cooker Christmas Favorites
Adapted from Gooseberry Patch Slow Cooker Christmas Favorites
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You know what?? I was so hungry, and it was so good, that I forgot to take a “presentation” picture! Take my word for it, I had a lovely bowl of goodness!!




Do you want to win a copy of the book for yourself?

How to Enter

We will be giving away ONE copy of the cookbook to one lucky winner. If you would like a chance to win, leave us a comment in this Threaded Together blog post (Facebook comments will not be counted) and tell us about your favorite holiday time-saver. Leave your comment before October 26, 2014 at 9:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

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We will choose ONE winner randomly and announce the results here on Threaded Together sometime October 26, 2014.


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35 Responses

  1. Saundra Bowers
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    I prep and prepare for recipe items the day or two before the holidays.

  2. Kay black
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    Prep and freeze weeks in advance.

  3. Rosanne Woody
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    My favorite time saver is the overnight french toast – we always have it on Christmas morning…and many other times throughout the year! <3 Thanks for this opportunity to win!!!

  4. liz Jorgenson
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    Just made this today…yum. Love all my Gooseberry Patch cookbooks.

  5. Crystal Balzer
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    My favorite holiday time saver is making one big batch of cookie dough that can be adjusted to make multiple kinds of cookies. It is such a huge help. My family likes lots of choices but I don’t always have time to make 6 different kinds of cookies.

  6. Brenda Peterson
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    My holiday time saver is to try out NEW recipes at least one week before you actually want to serve it. Don’t wait until the special day and then have a disaster on your hands. :(

  7. Denise
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    We usually have an early Turkey dinner. When I am prepping vegetables, I make sure and cut up enough to make soup. Once dinner is over, and I am cleaning up, I take the meat off of the bones and start boiling the bones with the prepped veggies. Then I have a nice broth all ready made. I just add the meat and more veggies and we have a great turkey soup to go with our sandwiches later in the evening.

  8. Robbi
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    I like to use a lot of gift bags instead of wrapping paper. It saves a lot of time and I can enjoy the holidays more!

  9. Melody
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    I guess my favorite holiday timesaver would be ordering things online instead of having to go shopping in stores.

  10. MarilynR
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  11. April
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    I cook and bake what I can the day before, like desserts and deviled eggs! Great time saver! :)

  12. Sue Sommerfeld
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    Make ahead cookie dough and freeze.

  13. Ann
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    Making the soup …. Sounds great!

  14. barbara n
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    My favorite holiday time-saver is to make lists of everything I need and cross them off as they are completed!

  15. patti k
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    My favorite holiday time saver is a great recipe my daughter found for mashed potatoes that are totally done in the crock pot… Cooked, mashed, kept warm and served. Awesome!!

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  17. Michelle
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    My holiday time saver is to start creating gifts early in the year so that I don’t have to worry about them as much once Christmas rolls around!

  18. Kim
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    I always prepare meals the week before and freeze them. All I have to do is pull them out and pop them in the over! YUMMY

  19. Connie Lee
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    My time saver is making plans ahead of time, making sure you have all your ingredients for your recipes, and enlisting the help of a willing family member to help with prep work.

  20. Shari Kalous
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    I love food period! I love Gooseberry Patch products too! I am also excited to look around your blog!

  21. Renee
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    Our holiday time savor is making dressing in muffin pans. That way everybody has a chance for some.

  22. Kristi Trim
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    I like to make all my candies-which is a lot ahead of time and store in tins for our get togethers-they are fresh and ready to go -also if I want to give some candy to a person for a gift I already have it ready to give!

  23. Sue
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    I keep a notebook with each person’s name that I purchase a gift for Christmas. As I find a gift throughout the year, I write it on their page. As I am shopping and find a bargain, I know if I need, or have purchased their presents. Then, I buy girt wrap in the same colors for adults or children, needing only one color of ribbons and bows.

  24. Jenny Plassio
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    Make cookies with the family earlier and make alot of the meal in a crock pot and/or roaster to leave more time to spend with family and friends.

  25. Bonnie Ellis
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    My husband makes Stollen every year for our Christmas morning breakfast. He makes it on Christmas Eve, so all I have to do is make the coffee!

  26. LJ Richardson
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    The Internet for all my shopping! Leaves sooooo much more time for cooking and baking the Gooseberry Patch way!! :-)

  27. Pat B.
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    I bake several days before the holidays and finally prepare casseroles and set tables the day before.

  28. cindy
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    We cook the stuffed turkey the day before then de-bone it and put the stuffing in a bowl. Do not over cook it. We have even done this a week a head and freeze it. Our bird is always juicy.

  29. Elliott E. Fisher
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    Any excuse for a celebratory meal. I l-ooooo-ve food

  30. Elisa R.
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    My favorite time savers are online shopping and freezing meals. With a baby due at the beginning of December, this is the only way I will be able to get everything done!

  31. Colleen
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    Prep as much as possible as you can ahead of time and involve family…bring back the family inspired holidays!

  32. Julie
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    Finding the best slow cooker recipes as possible

  33. mary maxine
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    I buy all needed groceries ahead of time. I’m not fighting the crowds nor am I stressed from not having enough time

  34. lisa
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    Freeze and shop early

  35. Debby
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    Shop ahead of time and a make the day before breakfast casserole.

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