When we found out that Nancy Girard was blogging, we were thrilled. She's a Gooseberry Patch friend from way back and has a whopping 12 recipes published in our books.
You're going to want to bookmark her blog and add her to your list of online recipe resources.
Say hello to this week's Featured Friday blogger...
Nancy's recipes are tried & true, homestyle fare (right up our alley!) and her photos will make you hungry any time of day. She may not post each and every day but there's more than enough delicious goodies on her blog to keep you inspired! We asked Nancy a few getting-to-know-you questions and here's what she had to say.
Tell us a little about yourself, your family and where you live. What originally inspired you to start blogging?
My name is Nancy Girard and my husband and I currently reside in Chesapeake, Virginia. My husband, Gerry, retired from the military a couple of years ago and now works as a defense contractor. We have two children, Michael, 28, and Libby, 26.
Mike is an IT Specialist at Seaworld Orlando and Libby is the Curator at the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier at Pamplin Historical Park in Petersburg, Virginia.
We also have a Jack Russell Terrier, named Zippy, and my daughter has two dogs, a boxer/terrier mix, named Zoey, and a new addition, a Beagle named Hamlet. Being empty nesters is great!
What inspired you to start blogging?
Since my kids are now on their own, I originally starting blogging so they would have a place to find all their favorite recipes.
What's the best thing to happen so far because of your blog?
I think two great things have happened since I started blogging - the most important is that I have "met" many, many great bloggers, cooks, and photographers since I started this journey. There are so many talented folks out there. The second is helping new bloggers - giving suggestions, my experiences, etc.
We know you're a fantastic cook, not just because of your blog, but also because of the recipes you've sent to be included in our cookbooks! How did you first hear about Gooseberry Patch cookbooks?
I bought the very first cookbook Gooseberry Patch put out in the catalog and I was hooked! I have collected EVERY SINGLE cookbook, I am happy to say. I have a HUGE cookbook collection - over 1200! - and there are very few that I use and love like the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks! In fact, my Gooseberries are on a shelf in my dining room and I've had many guests thumb through them!
In my kitchen, we never run out of _____ !
In my kitchen we NEVER run out of garlic!
Care to share a favorite recipe?
My favorite recipes change with the seasons and right now my favorite is Ribbon of Pumpkin Coffee Cake. I am a diabetic so I don't get to eat but a bite and it's so good and perfect for the upcoming holidays.
Pie or cake? Cookies or fudge?
Aside from family, friends and your pups, what are 5 things you just can't live without?
Five things I can't live without (in no particular order) - my iPhone, my cookbooks, my Kindle, diet pepsi, potatoes
Tell us something that no one would guess about you.
I don't think anyone would guess that I went to a bullfight in Spain when I was 15 yrs. old (I lasted about 20 mins). I've always had a soft spot for all animals and I think that it really made me more aware of how we treat animals and it's one of the reasons why I try to always adopt animals no one else wants.
Thanks for sharing so much goodness from the kitchen...keep up the good work, Nancy!
Can't get enough from the hundreds of recipes on the blog? Check out this amazing 800+ recipe collection on food.com! (We told you she was a resource.)
Nancy's recipes appear a DOZEN times in Gooseberry Patch cookbooks. Here's one of our favorites that appears in our book, Autumn with Family & Friends. It's the perfect hearty dinner for this time of year.
Caramelized Onion Pot Roast
One of my favorite slow-cooker recipes! Long, slow cooking transforms a budget-friendly roast into a scrumptious meal that's good enough to serve to company!
Heat one tablespoon oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Brown roast on all sides. Remove to a plate; sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Add remaining oil to pan and cook onions until deep golden, stirring frequently. Add remaining ingredients to onions in pan. Spoon half of onion mixture into a slow cooker; place roast on top. Top with remaining onion mixture. Cover and cook on low setting for 8 to 9 hours. Serves 6.