Whether you watch the ball drop at home (like us!) or head out to ring in the new year at a party with friends, everyone loves a little finger food. We love to make a meal of appetizers any time of year, but there's something about snacking on New Year's Eve that inspires us to make something special.
So tell us...
What are your favorite NEW YEAR'S EVE APPETIZER recipes? Share 'em all in today's Recipe Round-Up!
Italian Egg Rolls These extra-special appetizers were shared by Carolyn Scilanbro from Hampton, Virginia. She writes, "Everyone loves egg rolls! These are stuffed with sausage and spinach for an unexpected twist...yummy!"
1/2 c. onion, chopped 1/2 c. green pepper, chopped 2 t. oil 1 lb. ground sweet or hot Italian pork sausage 2 10-oz. pkgs. frozen spinach, thawed and drained 1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese 3 c. shredded mozzarella cheese 1/2 t. garlic powder 14-oz. pkg. egg roll wrappers olive oil for deep frying Garnish: pizza sauce, warmed
In a skillet over medium heat, sauté onion and green pepper in oil. Remove to a medium bowl and set aside. Brown sausage in skillet; drain and combine with onion mixture. Add spinach, cheeses and garlic powder; mix well. Top each egg roll wrapper with 3 tablespoons of mixture; roll up, following directions on egg roll package. Heat 3 to 4 inches oil in a deep fryer. Add egg rolls a few at a time, frying until golden. Drain on paper towels. Serve warm with pizza sauce for dipping. Makes 8
Only a few days left in 2011...can you believe it? We can't either, but we're looking forward to ringing in a new year and wish all of you the very best to come.
Is there a special dish you enjoy on New Year's Day to encourage good luck to come your way? Whether it's pork & sauerkraut, black-eyed peas or another family recipe, tell us...
What's YOUR favorite NEW YEAR'S DAY recipe? Share 'em all in today's Recipe Round-Up!
Here's a recipe to inspire you from Jolly Holidays, one of our only cookbooks to feature a whole chapter of New Year's Eve and Day recipes, crafts and ideas!
Barbecued Pork Shared by Darrell Lawry of Kissimmee, Florida, it's delicious served as an open-faced sandwich on crusty bread…add some slaw and you'll get your good-luck cabbage in too!
1/3 c. plus 1 T. water 2/3 c. onion, chopped 1/2 c. carrots, chopped 1/4 c. catsup 2 T. vinegar 1 T. Worcestershire sauce 1 t. brown sugar, packed 1 t. chili powder 1/2 t. garlic powder 1/4 t. pepper 2 c. pork, cooked and thinly sliced 1/3 c. celery, sliced 2 t. cornstarch
Combine 1/3 cup water and next 9 ingredients together in a 4-quart saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Stir in pork and celery; simmer, covered, 5 minutes more. Whisk cornstarch with one tablespoon water; stir into meat mixture. Heat and stir until thickened and bubbly. Makes 4 servings.
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This week, we're featuring another of our favorite Christmas titles and as the holiday draws closer, we like to focus on what makes this season so special. The title of this cookbook seems to sum it up for us...we hope it does for you too!
With all of the coziness of Christmas wrapped up in one book, you'll love the chapters inside...
And, since each chapter has its own subheading, you'll know just where to look for what kind of inspiration!
Tune in later this week for a last-minute touch of cheer from Deck the Halls and another recipe to enjoy on Christmas Eve - it's only 4 days away! The recipe below is from Season's Eatin's...enjoy it with YOUR family at the holidays or any time of year!
Oven-Roasted Ribs This recipe was shared by Art Berkowitz of Los Angeles, California...thanks, Art! We think they're just fancy enough for company and still easy enough for every day!
1 c. peach preserves 1/4 c. lemon juice 1/4 c. Dijon mustard 4 lbs. beef or pork ribs salt and pepper to taste
Combine preserves, lemon juice and mustard; mix well. Arrange ribs in a large roasting pan sprayed with non-stick vegetable spray. Add salt and pepper to taste; spread sauce on top. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until tender. Makes 6 to 8 servings.
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Eat just one bite of either of these recipes from our cookbook, 101 Slow Cooker Recipes, and you're sure to have good luck all year long.
Best of all, they both simmer away in the slow-cooker, so your day is free to enjoy with family and friends.
Happy New Year (a day early) to you!
German Roast Pork & Sauerkraut Thanks to Sherry Doherty of Medford, New Jersey.
3 to 4-lb. boneless pork roast salt and pepper to taste 1 T. shortening 32-oz. pkg. sauerkraut 2 apples, cored, peeled and quartered 1 c. apple juice or water 14-oz. pkg. frozen pierogies
Sprinkle roast with salt and pepper. Heat shortening in a skillet over medium-high heat. Brown roast on all sides; place in a slow cooker. Add undrained sauerkraut, apples and juice or water; blend. Gently add pierogies so they are partly submerged in the sauerkraut (as the roast cooks, more liquid will cover the pierogies). Cover and cook on low setting for 8 to 9 hours. Serves 4 to 6.
Mom’s Black-Eyed Pea Soup Thanks to Dana Cunningham of Lafayette, Louisiana.
16-oz. pkg. dried black-eyed peas 10-3/4 oz. can bean with bacon soup 4 c. water 6 carrots, peeled and chopped 2-lb. beef chuck roast, cubed 1/4 t. pepper Combine dried peas and remaining ingredients in a slow cooker; mix well. Cover and cook on low setting for 9 to 10 hours. Makes 6 servings.
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Robert’s Corn Dip Thanks to Carole Snodgrass of Rolla, Missouri.
3 11-oz. cans sweet corn & diced peppers, drained 7-oz. can chopped green chiles 6-oz. can chopped jalapenos, drained and liquid added to taste 1/2 c. green onion, chopped 1 c. mayonnaise 1 c. sour cream 1 t. pepper 1/2 t. garlic powder 16-oz. pkg. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese corn chips
Mix all ingredients except corn chips together and refrigerate. Serve with corn chips for scooping. Makes about 6 cups.
Pizza Fondue Thanks to Michelle Golz of Freeport, Illinois.
1 lb. ground beef 1 onion, chopped 2 10-oz. cans pizza sauce 1 T. cornstarch 1-1/2 t. fennel seed 1-1/2 t. dried oregano 1/4 t. garlic powder 2-1/2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese 2 c. shredded Mozzarella cheese bread sticks
Brown ground beef and onion in a skillet over medium heat; drain. Add remaining ingredients except bread sticks; simmer until cheese melts. Serve hot with bread sticks for dipping. Serves 6 to 8.
Creamy BLT Dip Thanks to Barbara Thurman of Carlyle, Illinois.
1 lb. bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled 1 c. mayonnaise 1 c. sour cream 2 tomatoes, chopped Optional: chopped fresh chives
Blend together bacon, mayonnaise and sour cream; chill. Stir in tomatoes just before serving; sprinkle with chives, if desired. Makes 2-1/2 cups.
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Happy New Year! We have always loved the start of a brand new year. Hopes are high, dreams are cast...and everyone gets a fresh start.
It’s a new year for Gooseberry Patch, too. We're welcoming it with a little video...click below to see it!
We’ve been growing our community of cookbook lovers and contributors since 1992, and the heart of our cookbook community is you! You’ve told us year after year how much you’ve loved collecting our cookbooks, sharing them with family & friends, and contributing recipes for them.
Gooseberry Patch has many exciting plans for the New Year. We are planning on publishing more & more cookbooks throughout the year! This means there will be more ways for YOU to get your recipes published. Our cookbooks will now be offered in even more great retail stores in your local neighborhood like Cracker Barrel, Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores, Kroger, Safeway and many more to come. And of course, you can always find our cookbooks conveniently on our web store at www.gooseberrypatch.com.
Focusing all of our energy on cookbook publishing does mean one big change for Gooseberry Patch...we will no longer be offering a mail-order catalog. We know you’ll miss our “Country Store in Your Mailbox” as much as we will. But the future of Gooseberry Patch cookbooks is very bright. We are very excited about expanding our publishing so you’ll have lots of new cookbooks to enjoy for many years to come!
We’ll also be having more contests and giveaways than ever! We’ll continue to grow our online community by writing this Blog, keeping up with friends on our Page on Facebook and on Twitter. We’ll be traveling across the country and attending more events, like the Country Living Fair. We’re planning lots of new ways to meet our Gooseberry Patch friends, like you!
Most of all, we want to thank you for your continued friendship and support. Gooseberry Patch exists because of YOU! We look forward to sharing our love of cooking with you more than ever in the coming years.
So we wish you a Happy New Year...may yours be filled with family, friends and lots of yummy Gooseberry Patch recipes!
Good fortune will smile on everyone with these fun, be-ribboned favors! Whether you're watching the ball drop at a party or cozying up at home (our favorite!) they make a fun addition to any celebration!
Cut strips of paper one to 2" wide, as needed to fit into ornaments, and about 8-1/2" long. Write a fortune or quote on each strip of paper. (We've given you a few examples to get started below!) Roll each fortune into a tight scroll and tie with ribbon, leaving end of ribbon long. Place one fortune into each ornament; allow excess ribbon to trail out of top of ornament, if using glass. Leave ribbon inside if using plastic. Stack the favors in a dish and let guests choose (and read!) their fortunes at the strike of midnight!
Here are a few sample fortunes to get you started...
Remember, success is a journey, not a destination.
You will receive a new perspective in the new year.
Make every day in your life a special occasion.
Don't just spend your time. Invest it in what you love.
Keep an open mind...ideas come from everywhere.
Every mile is covered one step at a time.
The time is right to make new friends.
Follow your dreams and you'll never go wrong.
How are YOU celebrating the big night? We'd love to hear about it!
We go back and forth every year...should we make resolutions or let the year unfold as it may? This year, we decided to go ahead and make them, even if they're just hopes for the new year!
This year, I'm taking my usual "exercise more" resolution to the next level...I'm training for my first 5K run! I'm also really looking forward to making more time to be crafty and heading back to my knitting
classes! Vickie, let me guess...you'll be cleaning out your barn?
Jo Ann's right...much like the last 10 years or so, at the top of my list is cleaning out the barn! We use it for storage but you wouldn't believe the treasure that's stored out there...my old majorette boots and fire baton, a few years of Rolling Stone magazine, stacks of flowerpots, croquet balls, old computer equipment, ice skates...you name it, it's out there! This year is the year that's it's getting organized though, or at least I hope so!
How about you...what are your resolutions (or hopes) for the new year? We'd love to hear about them!