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Location: New Hampshire, USA
Date Posted: 07/16/2013 10:06:48 AM

Just like Grandma's pantry at Christmas time!

The subtitle is "A Christmas keepsake filled with tasty recipes, delightful holiday ideas & fond remembrances", and that's a very accurate description of this book.  One thing that particularly appeals to me about Christmas Pantry is that, just like a real pantry, it is so well-stocked with ingredients, recipes, and memories for a country Christmas.   Here's a rundown of the chapters: Frosty Mornings is, of course, all about breakfast. I have made the Raspberry French Toast numerous times; it's great with blueberries too.  The Cheesy Holiday Eggs (made in custard cups) sound fantastic.  Many more yummy breakfast recipes may be found here. Welcome Friends is all about appetizers.  The Holiday Cheese Ball is a favorite with us.  I've also tried, and liked, the Herb-Marinated Cheese. You're sure to find a new and different appetizer to welcome friends and family to your home ! Hearty Holiday Fare features main dishes of all types for the holiday meals.  The Italian Beef is a slow cooker recipe for using in sandwich buns and it is fantastic -- would be great after a day of shopping or decorating.  Another that I really want to try is the meatless Roasted Vegetables & Pasta.  Lots of main-dish inspiration here! As you might guess, Christmas Sideboard is loaded with all manner of side dishes -- everything from soup to salads and veggies to breads.  The Broccoli Noodle Soup is one that I've tried and loved.  The Firecracker Stew is also excellent.  But don't stop there -- this chapter is filled with great recipes. Dessert Sampler is just that; a sampling of festive desserts from cakes to cookies to pies to fudge.  I have not tried any of the dessert recipes, but the Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake sounds like a good one to begin with! Christmas in the Country is a collection of fabulous decorating ideas for a country Christmas.  If you are a DIY type, you will find a bunch of ideas here to try.  The Memory Jars look like a wonderful and easy idea.  I have made the spice votive candles as described in the Candle Ornaments, but did not add wire to hang them. If you like to make your own gifts, you'll find plenty of inspiration in the Handmade Gifts chapter.  There are instructions for everything from bird treats to a keepsake cookbook. Farmhouse Pantry is filled with kitchen gifts: jar mixes for hot chocolate, soups, and of course cookies.  Lots of great ideas!  I love giving kitchen gifts at Christmas! Christmas Memories Collection is just what you might expect -- a collection of wonderful memories from all over.  Some of the traditions shared here just might prompt you to start a new tradition in your own family.  It's so heartwarming to read about how others celebrate the season. Of course, with any Gooseberry Patch book, there is something extra.  In addition to the absolutely gorgeous illustrations, you will find sprinkled throughout the chapters quotes, craft and decorating ideas, and so on.  Every page has a little added treat of some sort.  Here's a fun idea:  "Wire together several jingle bells, then top with a homespun bow and a loop.  Slipped over a doorknob, they'll joyfully greet all your holiday guests!"  Another lovely idea is that of framing something small and sentimental -- a handwritten recipe or a tiny mitten, for example -- as a gift.   As you can tell, I love this book and highly recommend it!



Location: East Greenville
Date Posted: 04/15/2011 05:53:43 PM

Highest Honors

A recipe that my family and friends have asked for repeatedly over the years is on Page 100, Sweet Potato Crunch. It is so easy to make and it is so delicious! You have to try it!



Location: Crestline, OH
Date Posted: 12/04/2008 04:58:03 PM


I love this cookbook and pull it out every Christmas - the first time I look, I just enjoy reading each recipe - and then I pick out my favorites and try one or two new recipes to try. My FAVORITE recipe is Fireside Coffee Mix.



Location: Catawba, NC USA
Date Posted: 10/21/2008 09:10:29 AM

best gifts

I love this cookbook, because it has some of the best recipes, but most of all I always refer back to this one every Christmas for the best gifts for giving. I make 40-50 goodie boxes every year and it seems to grow more every year, so this book is a great book to get started with or to give as a gift with a homemade box full of goodies made from the recipes. ENJOY!

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