Everyday Mom's Meals: Hometown Christmas {A Gooseberry Patch Review and Giveaway}

Friday, December 6, 2013

Hometown Christmas {A Gooseberry Patch Review and Giveaway}

I'm very excited for today's post. One, it is a tasty recipe that is super simple, and oh so pretty on the plate (the perfect holiday colors too). And two, because it comes with a great cookbook I can't wait to introduce you to, and a giveaway so one of you can win it too!

Ya'll know how much I love Gooseberry Patch and their wonderful cookbooks filled with simple, yummy, down home recipes by every day cooks like you and me. Well, this year they have a new holiday one, Hometown Christmas and I'm so honored to be published in it! Yep, that's right check out the dessert section for my Mint Chocolate Chip Mousse! A delicious, simple dessert perfect for this holiday season.

But today isn't about my recipe. It's about a great side dish that could not be easier, but turns out both beautiful to the eye and satisfying to the palate. Not to mention the perfect colors for your Christmas table! 

Are you looking for a new veggie side dish to include in your holiday meal? How about one that can be done in almost no time at all, but still uses fresh produce, easily found even in these cold winter months? Oh, and did I mention it includes bacon too? That should enough to entice your taste buds right there!

These have a "cooked all day" flavor with the ease of knowing you can have them ready quickly, something we can all appreciate this time of year. I don't know about you, but I want to enjoy time with my family, not have them playing and enjoying one another, with me stuck in the kitchen the whole time missing out on the festivities. 

If you're looking for something new to add to your holiday menu, I think you've found it. Or if you're simply looking for a simple side dish to use any night of the week, you've found that too. And don't forget to scroll down after the recipe for your chance to win a copy of Hometown Christmas for yourself, or give it away to the special foodie in your life!

Skillet Green Beans From Hometown Christmas
Submitted by Jen Thomas, Santa Rosa, CA Page 89
1 lb. green beans, trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces
4 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
3 slices bacon
1/2 c. chicken broth

In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove, but leave drippings. Add onion and cook until crisp-tender. Add beans, pepper and broth. Stir. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 4-6 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and heat through. Top with crumbled bacon.

Shared on The Country Cook Dec. 6, 2013

1. This contest is open to US Residents 18 and older ONLY.

2. The winner will be chosen by Random.org 

3. The winner will be notified by email and Facebook. He/she will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. 

4. When leaving comments for entries, they MUST BE SEPARATE ones AND include an email address so it's easy for me to find the winner. If entries are together, it will only count as (1) and if no email, entry will not be considered.

5. If any of the extra entries are items you are already doing, please just remind me!

6. Contest Ends: Friday Dec. 13, 2013

(1) Lucky Winner will receive Hometown Christmas

Mandatory Entry:
1.Leave a comment telling me your favorite Christmas side dish!

Extra Entry:
1. Become a Gooseberry Patch fan on Facebook. Leave me a comment when you have. 

2.  Follow Gooseberry Patch on Twitter. Leave a comment saying you've done so.


And if you would like to purchase this fabulous cookbook (maybe for a foodie on your shopping list) check out Gooseberry Patch online or on Amazon.

Disclaimer: I was given a free cookbook to give away to a fan for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Margaret said...

Stuffing is my all time favorite. Doesn't matter what meat we have we still have to have stuffing.

Margaret said...

I already like them on Facebook.

Margaret said...

I follow them on twitter also.

Suburban prep said...

Love Creamed Spinach

robinns said...

My favorite Christmas side dish is a very easy recipe from Julia Child for Au Gratin potatoes made with Swiss cheese!

Lucinda said...

My favorite side dish is mac and cheese, so rich. Lucinda


Brownie said...


My favorite side dish is good old mashed potato and gravy. It is my total comfort ood.


M.j. said...

My favorite is broccoli rice cheese casserole...ciao4now64 at yahoo dot com.

M.j. said...

I like GP on fb....ciao4now64 at yahoo dot com.

M.j. said...

I follow on twitter.....ciao4now64 at yahoo dot com.

Ann F. said...

I just checked out your page and realized it is a contest also. I love Gooseberry Cookbooks and I would love to win this one. I love your site. :)

dmh5858 said...

I am a fan of Gooseberry Patch on FB and couldn't image a day without it!!
Donna H

dmh5858 said...

I believe my favorite side dish to serve at Christmas would have to be my mom's Cranberry Salad which you prepare a day in advance. It is such a beautiful red because you use fresh cranberries! It always reminds me of my mom!!!
Donna H

Nancy W said...

My favorite Christmas side dish is shredded Brussels sprouts with pancetta!

Nancy W said...

I love Gooseberry Patch and am a fan on Facebook!

Nancy W said...

I am also a fan of Gooseberry Patch on Twitter! Of course I forgot to leave my email so here it is:
Nancy (at) prudentliving(dot)com

keshakeke said...

My favorite Christmas side dish is my Mema's collard greens!

keshakeke said...

I follow GP on Facebook

keshakeke said...

I follow GP on twitter

Terri said...

Twice Baked Potato Casserole is my favorite side dish!


JackieToo said...

Dressing is my favorite. I know that technically it's a side dish, but I consider it the main part of the meal. Give me some dressing and mashed potatoes and I'm good to go. :)

JackieToo said...

I'm a Gooseberry Patch Facebook fan.

JackieToo said...

I follow Gooseberry Patch on Twitter.