Book Review: Gooseberry Patch Simple Shortcut Recipes

Busy cooks will rejoice at this collection of recipes streamlined by using an array of prepackaged mixes along with items most families have in their pantries and refrigerators. The recipes, gathered from around the country cover breakfast, soups, salads, side dishes, breads, dinner, entertaining and yummy deserts. Several make use of a crock-pot or slow cooker so dinner can be assembled in the morning and ready to enjoy when you get home from work. Choose from Apple Jalapeno Meatballs served on pretzel sticks, kid-friendly Corn Dog Muffins, Just-Too-Easy Tortellini Soup that is ready in about 10 minutes, creamy Sopapilla Cheesecake and so much more. Helpful hints on nearly every page along with a handy substitution chart are included for those times when you don’t have buttermilk or self-raising flour on hand.

Crescent rolls, biscuit and cake mixes, refrigerated biscuits, canned goods and precooked meat products form the backbone of many of these recipes so it you are looking to trim costs and have more control over the mix ingredients, be sure to check out the many make-a-mix recipes available in books or online. Goose Berry Patch is to be commended for the nice, flat-laying binding that allows cooks to use the recipe they want without having to weight the pages in place and the print large enough to be read while mixing up a dish. Whether you’re a bride to be or a seasoned cook, this appealing collection will have you whipping up tasty fare in next to no time at all.

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