There’s pumpkin loaf cooling on the countertop. A vanilla candle is flickering downstairs, while I pour a cup of apple cider. James Taylors October Road is playing, and oooh, the coziness.

No, it’s not November – it’s what I’m doing right now! I am a sucker for autumn any time of year, and when given the chance to review the new Gooseberry Patch The Harvest Table cookbook, the warmth and cozy started spreading in my heart! Gooseberry Patch is the epitome of the cozy, country living that I love, and anything harvest-y is icing. Let’s take a peek inside!

The chapters speak for themselves – Hearty Autumn Brunch, Soup Supper with Friends, Simple Harvest Supper, Thanksgiving with All the Trimmings, Festive Fall Flavors, and Save Room for Dessert. In true GBP style, the pages are chock full of sweet illustrations and helpful tips & tricks. A few favorite tidbits from the pages:
 Serve your favorite yummy hot or cold dip spooned into crisp wonton cups!
Coat a muffin tin with a non-stick vegetable spray, then press a wonton wrapper gently into each cup. Spritz with a little more spray and bake at 350*  for 8 minutes, then fill.
Drop unpeeled cloves of garlic into a cup of cold water for a few minutes…
the garlic will pop right out of its skin.

As always, there are a zillion recipes I want to try. I’ll be sharing a few of the ones that I did make, but know that there are SO many more. Honest to pete. But even better than the recipes are the stories behind them. Each one belonged to a grandma or auntie, was a long-standing family tradition, kept friendships close, and filled kitchens and homes with aromas of autumn. Can’t you just picture a farmhouse kitchen, warm and welcoming, bursting with the smell of Country Harvest Pie, Brown Sugar Bacon Squash, Creamy Turkey Soup, Slow Cooked Stadium Beans, Parmesan Potatoes, Harvest Cider, Cranberry Orange Drops… mmmm.

The first thing I made from the Harvest Table was Brown Sugar Muffins. They were super tasty and super crumbly. But it was a good excuse to just eat the tops, since that was the only part that came out of the pan {wink}
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Brown Sugar Muffins
from the Harvest Table
Gooseberry Patch

1 c. quick cooking oats, uncooked
1/2 c. milk
3/4 c. brown sugar, packed
1/4 c. butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 egg, beaten
1 c. all purpose flour
1/2 c. chopped walnuts (I left these out)
2 t. baking powder
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Mix oats, milk and brown sugar in a large bowl; let stand for 5 minutes.

Smooch those cheekers.
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Add butter and egg; blend well. Stir in remaining ingredients just until moistened. Fill greased muffin cups 2/3 full.

Make at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes clean.

Makes one dozen.
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The sweet ladies at Gooseberry Patch sent me a copy of the Harvest Table to give to one of YOU! Hooray! Entry is easy:

  • MANDATORY ENTRY: leave a comment on this post sharing one of your favorite things about Harvest season! I can’t wait to hear about your favorite autumn traditions, stories, smells and foods!

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That’s a total of 4 possible entries. Be sure to leave your email in your comment(s) so I can contact you. The giveaway will be open until Friday, June 8th. I’ll use random.org to select a winner from the comments. I’ll email the winner, who then has 48 hours to reply before drawing another winner. Giveaway only open to US residents.

I’ll be posting several more recipes from this new book, and keep your eyes open for another Early Bird Review soon! Like next week soon. Seriously soon. =)
-anna
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*I received free product from Gooseberry Patch for review purposes – as always, opinions are my own.

anna
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