Sunday, January 9, 2011

Weekly Menu/New Recipe/Gooseberry Patch cookbook winner!

Wow, that's a lot for one post! I have a lot to say today.
First, let me announce that I have been informed that I won another Gooseberry Patch Cookbook!  Jen over at Jen's Fun Little Things recently hosted a giveaway that someone else won, but never claimed. Sooo.. I was second place and I gratefully accept! She is sending me one of their new cookbooks, Homestyle in a Hurry.  If that title doesn't fit me, nothing does. I do love homestyle cooking but to make it in a hurry works even better! I'm so excited. I can't wait to receive this new book and get started on it.
Next, I want to share a recipe with you that I tried last week from my other Gooseberry Patch book, Slow Cookers, Casseroles and Skillets. It's quickly becoming one of my favorite go-to cookbooks.
The recipe is Grandma's Beef Caserole and was submitted by Eva Jo Hoyle of Mexico, MO

2 lbs stew beef, cubed
1/4 C all purpose flour
10 3/4 oz can cream of mushroom soup
1.35oz pkg onion soup mix
4 oz can whole mushrooms, drained
1/2 cup red wine or beef broth
12 oz pkg medium egg noodles, cooked
Put beef cubes in a plastic zipping bag. Add flour; seal bag and shake to coat well (I added some salt and pepper to my flour) Brown beef in a heavy skillet that has been sprayed with non-stick vegetable spray; drain. In a slow cooker, combine beef with remaining ingredients except noodles. Cover and cook on low setting for 8-10 hours, or high setting for 5-6 hours. To serve, spoon over cooked noodles. Serves 6.
*I added a little more red wine later because it looked a little thick to me.
In spite of the mushrooms, (I used sliced mushrooms in a jar because that's what I had) Alex gave it a thumb's up. He just ate around them. Nick also gave this a thumb's up so I figure I have a family winner! I'm always excited to get their seal of approval after a new recipe. I'm definitely be adding this one to my favorites because it's so stinkin' easy. I made a loaf of bread (a recipe that I'll share later) with it and that too, was a huge hit.
I'm back on track with my weekly menu and it certainly makes life so much easier.
This week's menu follows.
Sunday:  The Pioneer Woman's Rib-eye steak with whiskey cream sauce, The Pioneer Woman's Crash Hot Potatoes, Pioneer Woman's Buttered Rosemary Rolls, and steamed broccoli. I had to add the broccoli since it's a PDub carb/carlorie fest!
Monday: Farmgirl Chicken and Dumplings from GBP Slow Cookers, Casseroles and Skillets
Tuesday: Spaghetti and salad (I have a meeting that night)
Wednesday: White wings with the trimmings  White wings are a Texas restaurant favorite that I've been trying to duplicate since leaving there over four years ago.
Thursday: Hoagie Bake from my GBP kitchen calendar.
Friday: I'm leaving this open because of the potential for leftovers.
Saturday: We have friends in town and we'll go out to eat.
I will share the new recipes as I try them out this week.
Have a happy Sunday!


Anonymous said...

Mmmm! Love the Pioneer Woman! What time is dinner? When should I be over? ;)

Peppermint Ph.D. said...

I've got to get back in the swing of menu planning as well...I pretty much had to quit through the holidays and am beginning to feel overwhelmed again now that everybody's back at school and work. I should probably just try to do one pot meals all through the week and anything else on the weekends or days off. I'm gonna try your stew recipe this week for sure!

Michelle said...

Congrats! Your menu this week looks some yummy. With being sick and not cooking I think I have some rearranging to do on mine.

Jen in NY said...

Hi Paula! I'm so glad you won the cookbook...and that you're a fellow Gooseberry Patch lover! This recipe that you posted looks great, I think I'll make it tomorrow for dinner. How awesome that you plan your whole week's dinners, I need to get that organized! Congrats again!

Loopy said...

Dang it! I wish I saw this earlier. I would have invited myself to dinner tonight.

Gooseberry Patch said...

Congrats on winning Jen's giveaway! Sounds like you'll enjoy it and we'll be excited to see which recipe you'll try first from our new book!

If you haven't already, be sure to visit our blog ( and find us on Facebook too! There are lots of Gooseberry goodies in both spots.

Hope to see you there!

Cris said...

LOVE that cookbook:) And your menu for the week for that matter... I heart PDub and have the weight gain to prove it ;)