101 Soups, Salads & Sandwiches: Review & Giveaway

New Gooseberry Patch Cookbook… Eeek!

Dear Reader,

As I mentioned on Facebook earlier today, I have been havin’ a heck of a time getting all my ducks in a row to be able to sit down a blog…

Does anyone else feel like the world just went from 0-60 now that the holidays are over?!?

Holy Moley!

I have TONS to tell you and so many fabulous recipes I am dying to tell you all about, but first a confession…

I have been keeping something from you…

Something yummy…

Gooseberry Patch Soups, Salads and Sandwiches

A while back my friends at Gooseberry Patch sent me their new  101 Soups, Salads & Sandwiches (to be released on Jan 6 – or you can get the Kindle Version today!).

Truth be told, I have been wanting to dig in and try some recipes in it ever since I saw all the yummy things that my pal Leah made from it a few weeks ago.

New Year, Eat Better

I finally found time to dig into it right around the time the new year hit with all it’s healthy intentions and efforts to eat better… and, I have to tell you this cookbook review has perhaps been one of my favorites. It sparked my creativity and while it is no means a “diet” cookbook, it gave me plenty of options to make some healthy choices– which I so appreciated.

Simmering Soups

This book has a whole chapter dedicated to soups… Surprise Bean Soup, Chicken Noodle Gumbo, Green Pepper Soup, Cream of Zucchini Soup, Pioneer Beef Stew, Chicken Corn Chowder, Tomato Ravioli Soup… just to name a few…

I so love soups…

And soups are an easy way to get in tons of veggies and a good amount of protein. Besides, who doesn’t love to be warmed up with a hot bowl of soup?

Hearty Soup for the cold winter months

We decided to go for the BBQ Sloppy Joe Soup on a hunch that it might be a little like one of our favorite soups… Texas Ranch Soup.

It was chock-full of veggies and the BBQ sauce gave it a zing that the family loved. Further more, it was a cinch to throw together. We will definitely be adding this to our growing soup list… especially for the winter months.

Sensational Salads

As a recent salad convert, I really appreciated this chapter. From the Skillet Tossed Corn Salad to the Sunny Quinoa Salad to the White Bean and Tomato Salad, I am excited to broaden the horizon of my taste buds in this formerly neglected area of my life.

Tarragon Steak Dinner Salad Recipe

For our test recipe, I pulled out all the stops and went for the Tarragon Steak Dinner Salad.

This recipe gets a 20 on a 5 point scale.

LOVED it sooo much!

Total home run.

And, the funny thing is that it has so many flavors that I don’t imagine together and some I don’t particularly swoon over on their own…

Yet this salad is the embodiment of something being more than the sum of its parts… You won’t even realize you are eating salad.

Must. Try. Period. (Recipe coming soon).

Satisfying Sandwiches

Next up is the sandwich chapter… options like Grilled Chicken & Zucchini Wraps, The Ultimate Shrimp Sandwich, Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, Toasted Chicken Salad Bagels, Triple Take Grilled Cheese, Chicken Tacos… I could go on and on…

Honey BBQ Pork

We opted for the Honey Barbecued Pork for two reasons…

1. It was a super easy Crock Pot recipe- 4 ingredients.

2. The recipe called for Pork Tenderloin which is not only one of  the family’s absolute favorite sources of protein, it also has less calories and fat than a chicken breast.

The verdict?

We loved it and Puddie wanted to marry it 😉

He is still going on about it and my left-over snob says it is even better the next day… Wife Score!

Terrific Toppings

The total hidden gem of this book is the last chapter. I adore it! It has tons of recipes for those special somethings that rarely make it into cookbooks because they don’t fit the traditional categories. Recipes like: Bacon-Onion Croutons, Zesty Pita Chips, Mom’s Hot Bacon Dressing, Spicy Chili Crackers, Lemony Sage Mayo and the recipe that is worth the price of the book… ten fold…

I give to you… Creamy Basil Salad Dressing… (Recipe coming soon)

Homemade Salad Dressing

And, dude… it is lowfat… not that you can tell…

Puddie: “Did you make that salad dressing?”

Me: “Yep, why- didn’t you like it?”

Puddie: “Like it?! I want to drink it out of the jar!”

Ahem… it is THAT good.

Cookbook Giveaway

Now that I have teased you with all these amazing recipes (which I will be sharing over the next few days), I feel a little guilty, so why don’t we just give away a copy of this fabulous cookbook (Thanks GP!)?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: Gooseberry Patch provided me the cookbooks to review and giveaway. Amazon links are affiliate links as always.

About Cris
I am the mama behind GOODEness Gracious and the owner of Cris Goode Solutions. Here at GOODEness Gracious, we like to keep it light and fun as we cook up family meals, share our super mommy secrets and chat it up about the GOODe life:) So come on in and sit a spell.

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  • Dguil81022

    Sounds and looks like some delicious recipes!

  • Linelu55

    It looks delicious, my favorite is a nice crisp salad.  But, on cold days a nice hot soup just hits the spot. 

  • Rhonda Darbro

    I have so many “favorite” soups! A good creamy, cheesy potato soup, chicken enchilada soup, gumbo.

  • Rhonda Darbro

    I like to do “make-ahead” meals that I can freeze and heat/cook after a long day at work. I also depend on my crock pot a lot.

  • Kathush

    I love a good tomato basil soup, nice and thick, sprinkled with a little black pepper with a couple of croutons floating on top.

  • Robyn

    Your recipe choices look delicious, as usual!  Hubby is not a soup person, but loves French Onion and YOUR Chicken Noodle (I made it last weekend).

  • Susan H.

    I love good potato soup.

  • Susan H.

    I would love to see more slow cooker recipes.

  • Shirley Newman

    LOVE French Onion Soup

  • Shirley Newman

    Would love more make ahead meals

  • Shirley Newman

    I follow you through Google Friend

  • Debbie Caraballo

    Would love to add this cookbook to my collection! You picked some fantastic looking recipes! Thanks…

  • cindyskitchen

    My favorite sandwich is grilled chicken club.

  • cindyskitchen

    I would like to see more of the same great recipes you share with us.

  • Leanna M

    Sounds like some great recipes in this cookbook. One of my favorite “soups” is corn chowder.

  • Leanna M

    I can’t imagine anything I’d ask for differently on Goodeness Gracious. You do such a super job! I do enjoy the different recipes, though

  • GiadasMama

    i love broccoli soup with cheese

  • make ahead meals

  • Fritz

    Make ahead meals are great

  • While I love a good soup or salad, I think I’ll have to say my favorite is sandwich! The possibilities are endless! And there is never a wrong time for a sandwich!

  • Sarah E.

    I would love to see more freezer or make-ahead meals 🙂 Those are always good to have in the arsenal.

  • My Favorite soup is butternut squash soup

  • I would like to see more freezer recipes. I don’t have alot of time sometimes to plan dinners, so on the weekends I would love to be able to prepare some that I know will keep in the freezer

  • Teri Brian

    The honey bbq pork looks delicious.  Please enter me in your drawing.  Thanks  🙂

  • Teri Brian

    I would definitely love to see the recipe for the Creamy Basil Salad Dressing.  Yummmmmmm!  🙂  Please enter me in your drawing. 

  • What a delicious recipes.  Would love to win this cookbook

  • suz

    I love roasted butternut squash soup made in my slow-cooker. For sandwiches, my favorite is what I call a “Thanksgiving Panini” – turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce pressed between two pieces of crusty bread and grilled until golden brown.

  • suz

    Would love to see make-ahead meals that are ideal for packaging up and giving to others (in the event of a new baby, death or illness in the family, etc).

  • Lisa Otis6

    my favorite soup would have to be homemade chicken and dumpling soup.

  • Lisa Otis6

    I’m new here so not sure what I’d like to see more of. Love to read recipes and of course Gooseberry Patch giveaways are always welcome!

  • Rachel Ringer

    I love French Dip sandwiches, with large rolls to soak up the dip 🙂

  • Lisa Otis6

    I’ve always loved Gooseberry Patch. I like that they give us great craft ideas and wonderful yummy recipes. I also like the down-home feel to their books. 

  • Livetoread

    My family loves Potato soup

  • Livetoiread

    Keep the recipes coming and of course the giveaways from Gooseberry.

  • Brett Teri

    Honey BBQ pork just makes my mouth water!

  • ginger

    Love soup!!

  • Michelle W

    Now I need to try that steak salad!!!

  • Fonda Kay

    I love soups…….  I need this one!!!!!!

  • apple blossom

    I love tomato soup made with milk

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  • love easy DIY things.

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  • Susan Willie

    Susan said…
    I have a wonderful hearty potato soup that is so good.

  • Susan Willie

    Handy kitchen hints are always a good thing to share.

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  • mary fanara coleman

    My favorite is always soup. I like a creamy wild rice and chicken soup.

  • mary fanara coleman

    I guess I would love to see more casserole recipes.

  • Joan

    Would enjoy winning this one and start cooking some of those warming soups as it’s cold here in NC. Perfect soup weather.

    • Joan

       Forgot to add one of my favorite soups is chicken noodle.

  • Joan

    I visited Gooseberry Patch. I love the homey feel of their cookbooks.

  • Robeader53

    I enjoy relaxing in the evening with a good book, a Goosberry Patch cookbook. The only problem is by the time I finish, I,m hungry. LOL! Sure would enjoy a new one to look through and drool.

  • Sheryl Mehary

    That salad dressing sound marvelous. I would love to win the book. 

  • Karen M

    Love soups, sandwiches and some salads! My favorite soup is my homemade Chicken Noodle Soup with my Ham/Potato Chowder second! Would love to win the cookbook to find more favorites!

  • Cricket Krengel

    Our favorite soup around here is called Avgo Lemono… Greek egg-lemon soup.  It is easy (chicken, broth, orzo or rice, eggs, and lemon).  It is the best for a cold or just a cold day!  Love reading about your recipes… 🙂

  • AuntHoddy

    Right now we’re loving grilled cheese with 5/6 kinds of cheese- inspired by Cris!

  • Judy

    Love grilled cheese on sourdough. Italian Sausage Tortellini soup is a quick and easy favorite.

  • Kim

    I love soups and sandwiches, too. I’d love to add that cookbook to my collection.

  • kykitty

    My favorite sandwich is a good ole BLT with lots of bacon

  • kykitty

    I love all the recipes on the site.  Need more lo cal lo carb recipes for us diabetics

  • Kimberly

    My favorite are turkey sandwiches.

  • Kimberly

    I would like to see more ideas for “food on the go”,  mini picnics, etc.

  • Jennifer

    Love Curry Coconut soup … Spicy and just so yummy = )

  • Jennifer

    Would be fun to see homemade Easter candy … or cute ideas for bake sales !!!

  • Amy

    My personal favorite sandwich is a BLT with fresh tomatoes and lettuce.

  • Amy

    I would like to see more diabetic friendly and garden fresh recipes on your blog.  I think you do a great job.

  • Amy

    Sounds yummy!  

  • Amy


  • Sydsmama98

    Those look great! Would love to win this cookbook!

  • Petmama

    French Onion Soup. LOVE it! A meal in a bowl!

  • Would love to see ideas for slow cooker recipes. I love using my slow cooker–so easy! We love our family wild rice soup recipe. Lots of calories so we save it for special occasions! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  • karen jones

    always  great  NEW ideas   have  several  of  your   books  and  refer to  them   wishing continued  success  

  • judy

    IT’S SOUP TIME!!!!  Crockpots, Dutch ovens,
    However we prepare
    It is souptime of the year……..
    I love your site and would LOVE a copy of this cookbook….


  • Libby

    Cold day. Warm soup . Family welcomed to join in . Wonderful.

  • Scottandstacy0203

    I love sitting down to a good chicken and dumplings, chicken soup,  cream of potatoe soups.  This would be great.  I need plenty of ideas.

  • Anonymous

    Salads sound great!! Salad would have to be my favorite!!

  • Cps1950

    Love chili on a cold winter day

  • Carrie Munger

    I love potato soup!! Cheesy potato soup!

  • Sally Davison (soupersally)

    My nickname is soupersally.  What does that tell you?  I can never have too many recipes for homemade soup!  I can’t wait to try the BBQ Sloppy Joe Soup.  I’ve made Pizza soup, Cheeseburger soup, etc. and just love to make unusual soups.  Thanks for the offer!

  • Kathryn

    There really isn’t a soup I can think of that I don’t like.  I LOVE soup!

  • SugarFreeMom

    awesome, thanks for the giveaway! brenda@sugarfreemom.com

  • SugarFreeMom

    I love any salads and many yummy soups!

  • I LOVE all things Gooseberry!  This book looks amazing!

  • My favorite soup is my slow cooker vegetable beef barley soup…I think you inspired a dinner for next week!

  • Since you put that dressing in a canning jar….I’d love to know what else you can!

  • Linda Dietz

    Pork Bar-B-Q…and the pic that you showed was “cruel & unusual” punishment…w/o the recipe!

  • Linda Dietz

    This is the first exposure I’ve had to your site…so hard to say what I’d like to see, but what I have seen, I like!

  • Linda Dietz

    Sorry, can’t tweet!

  • Linda Dietz

    Sorry…but I’m not computer savvy to know about “feeds!”

  • Just Marilyn58

    Would love the new cookbook!!  Soup and Sandwiches…. how can you go wrong?!?!

  • Just Marilyn58

    PS  Made the Honey BBQ Pork….. very yummy and super easy!!

  • svbeasley

    That barbequed pork looks amazing!

  • Donna Carraher

    Homemade chicken noodle soup is the best

  • Donna Carraher

    I would like more and more recipes.

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