Monday, February 27, 2012

Sopapilla Cheesecake

Around my house we can't say Sopapilla for some reason. We end up calling them Sofa Pillows. Because we're goobers like that. So for all intents and purposes, this is Sofa Pillow Cheesecake in my house. 
What are Sopapillas? They are basically fried dough covered in cinnamon sugar. And they look like little Sofa Pillows. So this cheesecake is a take on that lovely fried dough. Except this has a cream cheese layer smushed in the middle. Oh yeah. This recipe comes from the latest Gooseberry Patch cookbook, Simple Shortcut Recipes.
 It has over 225 recipes for "almost homemade" dishes that will save time by using convenience items and prepared ingredients. Along with the recipes, Gooseberry Patch always gives helpful tips, hints and charts to help you out in the kitchen. Like this chart that I love. I can never remember size-equivalents for casserole dishes and baking dishes.
So, as I am known to do, the first thing I did when I got my hands on this book was flip to the desserts.  Because my sweet tooth knows no boundaries. When I saw the ingredients for this I recognized this recipe immediately as one my Grandma had made for us when she was visiting last year.  Except she just called her recipe Cream Cheese Crescent Bars. The only real difference was she used white sugar in the filling instead of brown. I gotta say, I kinda like it both ways.  I think the white filling looks a bit prettier than the brown but the brown sugar gives it a slightly deeper flavor.
Ingredients:
2 (8 oz.) tubes refrigerated crescent rolls
2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar (or white granulated sugar)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cups (1 stick butter), melted
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray (I like the kind that has flour in it).
Unroll one tube of crescent rolls and layer in bottom of pan, pressing seams together.
In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, brown (or white) sugar and vanilla until blended.
Spread cream cheese mixture over bottom layer of crescent rolls.
Layer remaining crescent rolls on top.
Drizzle with melted butter.
Sprinkle with sugar.
And cinnamon.
Bake, uncovered for 30-40 minutes, until bottom layer turns golden.
Cut into 12 squares.
And serve. I think these are really good drizzled with honey.
I really enjoyed the slightly crispy and cinnamon-y top crust.
Here's how it looks with the using the white sugar instead of the brown.
Enjoy!


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Recipe submitted by Kary Ross of Searcy, AR and can be found on page 210


Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I was provided a free copy of the book to review. No other compensation was given. 

269 comments :

  1. I could so use a book full of shortcuts! What mom of a toddler couldn't? ;) Love love love your site! Thanks for all the great recipes!!

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  2. I save my beef and chicken broth and pour it into an ice cube tray.After it freezes put the cubes into baggies That way I have individual sizes of broth...and its much better then store brand.

    Lysska
    Jam_b@comcast.net

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  3. Canned biscuits make very easy and great tasting donuts.

    karey.smith@gmail.com

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  4. Using cake mixes and pre-made biscuits, then adding to them to change up what you make is the best tip I use. Would love to win the cookbook :)...imdarlene@msn.com

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  5. I rarely use a whole onion, so I chop up the whole onion and store it in my freezer in old baby food containers...perfect!!

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  6. Hello, please enter me into your giveaway! =] I love cookbooks! I'm not that good at cooking yet though... But with more books it shouldn't take me too long! =]

    Ella,
    ellagunter@ymail.com

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  7. I use cake mixes to make dump cakes, everything is just dumped into the cake pan. I roll out biscuits to make hot pockets. I also chop up my onions and green peppers and freeze for later use. I buy the chopped bacon from the salad bar at the grocery store. It is precooked and chopped and I can get about 2 cups for $1.00. I keep it frozen in the freezer, ready to use.

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  8. I love anything that can help me cut the amount of time I am in the kitchen making dinner , dessert or appetizers. This looks like it would be quite the help in that manner.

    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  9. Love that recipe - looks so good! I try to do most things homemade but I'm all for learning shortcuts. I posted your giveaway on our Facebook group - The Cookbook Junkies!

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  10. I'm all about shortcuts. Mr. Food is a big food inspiration for me. And my mom's way of cooking often involved easy store-bought items that she would "doctor up." Would love to see what this cookbook has to offer. :)

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  11. I separate my ground meats into appx. 1 pound balls and put them into freezer baggies. Then I get all of the air out of the baggies and smash the balls flat. This makes the meat easier to store and defrosting a thin layer is SO much easier than a hunk of meat!!! I can take out a pound of meat and be ready to cook it in less than 15 minutes. A must-have trick in a house with an 11 year old who is involved in everything under the sun and a mom who is a full-time college student! Regardless of whether I win or not, I hope this helps someone out there!!!

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  12. I'm 74 years old and bake quite a bit. Recently, I remembered what we did in Home Ec when I was young. Thatis, to get all the ingredients out and line them upon the counter befor I start to bake and I don't have to keep running back and forth to get anything. Also, I use Rachael Ray's garbage bowl, which saves a lot of time.

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  13. I can't think of shortcuts at the moment. But I'd love to win this cookbook! I collect these Gooseberry book almost everything I cook and bake comes from this!

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  14. This is a great looking recipeI love Goosberry books they are awesome would love to add this one to my collection.
    Tammie
    gresonsales@aol.com

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  15. When cooking hamburger or sausage and you want tiny crumbles, add a cup or so of water when cooking. Makes it easier to make very fine crumbles.

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  16. I love simple shortcuts in the kitchen! As a working mother of four young kids, this recipe book will come in super handy on those stressed out evenings wondering what to cook for my family!
    Jessybells@msn.com

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  17. I can use the cookbook to help me spend more time with my family! The cookbook looks like it has amazing receipes that my family will love! Thanks for all that you do.

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  18. As busy as I am with working a full time job here at home, with all the extra hours I work, I could definately use a shortcut cookbook! Please enter me in the contest. Love the recipe!
    deviousdeb123@yahoo.com

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  19. Pick Me .. Pick Me!!!
    L love cookbooks

    kathleen3121@aol.com

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  20. Love GP cookbooks and any shortcut I can get to save time! Thanks!

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  21. One of my favorite time-savers in the kitchen is to used pre-washed/pre-cut veggies.

    I love already chopped ready to use veggies...onions, herbs, mushroom!

    Still fresh! Just less time to prepare your dishes!

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  22. I just recently found your site and I really enjoy your recipes. I would love to have this cookbook.

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  23. would love this book ,looks awesome ..and thank you

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  24. I can always use shortcuts and new recipes to try ... love so many of your recipes, thanks for posting them.

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  25. My husband and I have 4 hungry kiddos so a cook book like this could help us save some time
    Luna_1103@hotmail.com

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  26. I just get vegetables washed, cut, wrapped in paper towel and put into a freezer bag, into the fridge. Makes it easier when I start to cook or make a salad. I would love to win this cookbook though to learn more shortcuts :)

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  27. With three very busy and very hungry teenagers, I'm always looking for helpful hints and shortcuts to make our daily routine a little less complicated. Please enter me for the awesome give-away - thank you.

    Michelle @ RFish0331@aol.com

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  28. I would love to add this book to my collection! I use a box of yellow cake mix with a stick of butter cut into it and sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg and sprinkle over top of pie filling to make a quick and easy cobbler in a hurry!lz1211@yahoo.com

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  29. Love your recipes because it's usually so easy to cut them in half for the two of us, or make more by doubling or tripling for a potluck. Rainy and nasty here today so trying your Crock Pot Lasagna for the first time. Following up with the Sopapilla for dessert. Have to splurge once in awhile! Thanks!

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  30. My daughter and grandchild will be moving in with me this week. I think I'm going to need all the shortcuts I can get! Love all your recipes. Thank you! captpeaches03@yahoo.com Karen

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  31. Hi!

    My name is Sandy and I love baking... have since I was in 8th grade. A cookbook like this would help a single mom like me tremendously. I'm usually busy either working, doing something with/for my 15 yr old son or going to different types of church events.

    Love your recipes and you!

    Sandy

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  32. Hi!

    My name is Sandy and I love baking... have since I was in 8th grade. A cookbook like this would help a single mom like me tremendously. I'm usually busy either working, doing something with/for my 15 yr old son or going to different types of church events.

    Love your recipes and you!

    Sandy

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  33. Hi! One of my short-cuts in the kithen for a quick and easy family meal is to use a bag of frozen meatballs and add some brown gravy to them, instant potatoes and a veggie on the side. Or to make it Italian, use jarred spaghetti sauce and add a salad and garlic bread. Thanks and good luck to everyone!

    ~~Amy~~
    travisandamy@wilkes.net

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  34. My short cut in the kitchen is to simply get take out. I'm really trying to get out of that routine and start cooking. I need a cookbook and would love to win this one!

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  35. Hey Brandie! I would love to win this cookbook! Since we moved a few months ago, I have to work later and don't have as much time in the kitchen. And I really want to make the sopapilla cheesecake. It looks so yummy! My email is franjohnston5@yahoo.com

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  36. I love your site. ALways something yummy looking and tasting. Love anything to save time. Love cookbooks! Please enter me! Thanks!

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  37. My short-cut roasted chicken from the market. I can make dishes that you would think I was in the chicken all day. They have that much flavor.

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  38. Love these cookbooks and who in their right mind wouldnt want to learn of any shortcuts??? thanks for the chance to win one!!

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  39. Crockin chicken breast and freezing the meat and broth in 2 cup containers. I can pull it out at a moment's notice and whip up several dishes quickly.

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  40. I try to do alot of prep ahead of time to save time when I'm actually cooking! This cookbook looks great! msgreenstar@yahoo.com

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  41. I am in my 50's and returning to school (YIKES) I could so use this book...
    taylorb60@yahoo.com

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  42. I always clean up as I go along. It's a good way to stay organized and saves time.
    debbybob22@yahoo.com

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  43. I need sum shortcuts! :-) Hi!
    95badgirl@peoplepc.com

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  44. When I want to ice cupcakes or drizzle a glaze on a cake, I use a ziplock bag with the corner cut off. You can make pretty swirls on cupcakes with a larger hole. Cut the hole smaller to drizzle the glaze over a bundt cake for a pretty presentation.

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  45. I love to keep my dishes done up as I am cooking...less to do afterwards :)

    Kay
    goebel75 at hotmail dot com

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  46. Your site has become my new FAVORITE recipe go to and I have pinned a few and blogged few too!
    I am just learning the shortcuts, but so far my favorite is mini chicken pot pies ❤ but I can't WAIT to try this cheesecake :)

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  47. Love your blog! Love the recipes we have tried so far! What mom with busy hungry boys couldn't use short cuts?!

    mmwright@bex.net

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  48. This looks amazingly tasty and easy! Have a great week!

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  49. I would love to get my hands on this Newest Cook Book! WAHOO...it looks like a good one!
    One of my favorite "short cuts" in the kitchen is to save extra tomato sauce, spaghetti Sauce or Pizza Sauce in a ice tray. Just pour it in, freeze then pop them into a freezer zip lock baggie. You can add them to any recipe! :)

    http://www.larkscountryheart.com/
    lchemail2003@yahoo.com

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  50. If all the recipes are as easy and great as this one then this book is going to be AWESOME! My shortcut is to freeze different fruits and veggies from the summer months in small containers that are the perfect size for adding to dishes or the fruit for pies and cobblers and such. That's all I got really. (or just a frozen pizza here and there for another shortcut)teehee!

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  51. Love, love, love your site with all the GREAT recipes & information! I am a wife, mother, grandmother, pastor's wife & assistant to the sheriff in my county (talk about needing a short cut!) My twin sister collects these cookbooks...this would be a great one to start my own collection!

    Tina

    tgooden62@hotmail.com

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  52. I love all your short cuts! They are always so awesome. Thanks for sharing them with us so often :-)

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  53. I love any kind of short cut....I tend to lose interest when I see more than 5 or 6 ingredients! I'm such a tightwad that I think any more than that could get expensive too!

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  54. I recently learned of the short cut to shredded chicken. I use alot of shredded chicken and it would take me so long. This trick is everywhere on pinterest but I tried it and it works and makes me feel a little bit better about making those dishes so often. Place it in my stand mixer, use the paddle attachment, and turn it on 2 for about 1-2 minutes.

    amhansn1@gmail.com

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  55. Being a mom to two very hungry twin boys, I sure could use a cookbook full of shortcuts to help get dinner on the table faster and easier! Thanks!!

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  56. Since I hardly ever use enough fresh herbs to finish a bunch before they go bad, I whizz them up in the food processor, use my cookie scoop and make 2 tablespoon mounds of herbs on a cookie sheet. Pop into the freezer for a couple of hours and then remove them to a plastic baggie labeled with the herb inside. Then when I need something, I just pull out my perfect portion and plop it in my dish as I'm cooking. :)

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  57. I like to have sugar & cinnamon together in a shaker to add to buttered toast, puddings, oatmeal and other cereals.

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  58. Hello! When I am making breads, pizza crusts, meatballs, I like to make double and then freexe for next time. I also like to seperate my meats when I buy in bulk. I also have a weekly menu based on the sales in the grocery store so I can cut costs as well!!

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  59. This looks so good. I can't wait to try it. I would also love to add this book to my collection. It looks great. Thanks for posting the recipe for us to all get a chance to try.

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  60. I would love to win this cookbook :) I recently fractured my foot and can't do much but I can still bake and I could use some inspiration :)

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  61. I always keep canned biscuits and other canned rolls on hand. Good for many different speedy dinners. Wrapping hotdogs with biscuits is a favorite for kids. Dumplings in soups and stews can be added easily with canned biscuit pieces. Would love to win a cookbook. Thanks for the offer. lori7b7@gmail.com

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  62. Hi, I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks and anything that is a time saver in the kitchen is great to have. Hope I'm the one who gets this great new book. Thank you.
    thebearwoman2004@yahoo.com

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  63. I love any kind of cookbook & love to share recipes with our 12 year old granddaughter who loves to cook & use her imagination. My best shortcut is to ask my husband to go into the pantry or cupboard & get me things for a recipe so I don't have to stop! That's a shortcut for sure to me!!

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  64. my email is thegrims@live.com
    I just love Gooseberry cookbooks & would love to have this one!
    Thanks so much!

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  65. Hello I would love a chance to win the cookbook it looks amazing. I love nothing better than cooking special things for my family. One shortcut I use that is oh so good I make potato salad out of leftover mashed potatoes. Have a great day.

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  66. Would love to win this cookbook! One can never have too many cookbooks!! Blessings, Kimberly S. (irishgirl0555@yahoo.com)

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  67. Hello...
    Greetings from the Peach State of Georgia...I am a very happy retiree and former County Extension Home Economist (formerly known as a Home Demonstration Agent) lol.... I truly adore simple recipes with shortcuts because I'm too busy to oook...I know...I should have lots of time to cook, but I'm too busy having fun...thanks for the recipe share...my e-mail address is gagirlgbk@hotmail.com. Have an awesome day! Gloria

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  68. Living in the south this dish is a staple at any get together! YUM!!! There are so many shortcuts with crescents and biscuits it would be great to get some more ideas!!

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  69. I would love to win. I could really use some kitchen short cuts. I'm moving away from home for the first time and my room mate and I will be alternating cooking duties so I'll need all the help I can get.

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  70. I LOVE short cuts! My favorite show is Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee on the Food Network.

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  71. I would love to win this cookbook. I love to cook for my family and am always collecting cookbooks to give to my daughter when she gets older. Tammy R. (Tamri@aol.com)

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  72. my best hint is to make double of whatever and freeze for the next time. I am always open to new hints and ideas. been making some recipes from my mom from back in the 50's people laugh at potato candy and velvetta fudge.! but oh are they gooooddddd.

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  73. Hello
    I would love to win this cookbook. I love to make desserts and stuff to take to work or family gatherings and would LOVE to get the shortcuts. My e-mail address is linda45873@yahoo.com PLEASE PICK ME!!!!!

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  74. This book looks great and thanks everyone for the ideas berrylady123@yahoo.com

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  75. hell i can use a book like this

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  76. My cannot give up shortcut is to have a weekly menu planned using the slow cooker almost daily, & I stick to it.. On the weekend I shop & chop veggies. After spending 20 hrs a day with 2 of my grands st their place I go home to a home cooked meal. We don't eat asmuch take out. The next day I get up, start another slow cooker meal & do it all again. Shortcuts? Oh yea I could use a book on those! Rhonda
    Rhondasemptynest@sbcglobal.net

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  77. I could sure use a cookbook of short cuts! I enjoy cooking but resort to the same old easy quick meals b/c other recipes take so long to fix.
    christycat02@aol.com

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  78. This cookbook would be great for my family! Thanks for the chance to win! My favorite shortcut in the kitchen is baking bacon in the oven instead of a skillet on the stove. It is so much easier! Thanks! jstone 45601 @ gmail . com

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  79. I am always looking for short cuts in the kitchen and this book would be a great help!

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  80. I guess the best shortcut I have learned the the artisan bread in 5 recipe, I can keep a big container of dough in the fridge for pizzas, homemade rolls & bread. TOO easy and so much healthier and faster than using frozen dough.

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  81. shortcuts?? so many i do use, my fav is buying dried herbs in bulk, mixing my own together for italian seasonings, cajun etc.then after putting into "TABLE" jars i freeze the rest,dmmccoy53@yahoo.com

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  82. I just discovered your blog & can hardly wait to try some of the recipes!

    My tip is not really a shortcut...
    I love to make big batches to have on hand in the freezer.

    I LOVE Gooseberry cookbooks & would love to win this one!!

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  83. I am all for learning new shortcuts in the kitchen! Would love to win this book to learn more. I always try to cut up celery, onion and peppers to freeze so they will always be on hand for recipes.
    linda4stuff@tx.rr.com

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  84. i love this recipe now im glad i have it. thanks a bunch. I would love to have the cookbook as well :)

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  85. I guess my shortcuts in the kitchen would be not to make anything that was too complicated or had too many ingredients. I like simple things.
    lclee59@centurylink.net

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  86. I AM A COLLECTOR OF GOOSEBERRY PATCH BOOKS. I FREEZE LEFTOVER RICOTTA CHEESE, GRAVIES, JAR SAUCE AND SALSA TO HELP SAVE ON WASTED FOODS.

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  87. I love Gooseberry Patch cook books. I'm always on the look out for new ones!!!

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  88. My shortcut is to chop, dice, and prep your food on sunday that way you can use it the rest of the workweek

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  89. I like toget all ingrediants out and measured and ready to gomuch quicker

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  90. Hello! You're recipes are sooo good! I have found that if I wash up dishes and utensils as I use them saves lots of time and gives me a minute or two to collect thoughts and/or think about another recipe to try. Thanks so much for sharing such good food.

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  91. snpgal@yahoo.com says that chopping, chopping, chopping for the week can be done in one or at most two sessions. Get the chopping on, rock out to some good music and have great homemade salads and stir frys at the drop of a hat when you get home from work. :-)

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  92. I really need some shortcuts. I love to cook for my family, but since I have M.S., I am beginning to try to find ways to cook so the taste is the same, but a little cheating never hurts the cook. No, I am not using the M.S. card just to win a free item. It is true, unfortunately. It is easier to find great tasting shortcuts now than in the past, but this book looks like the kind of food we love. Susan Ricke,Greensburg, IN susanricke@hotmail.com

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  93. I love to use a rotisserie chicken from the store when I can...so much faster and taste so good!!

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  94. When I have a bell pepper and don't need it all, I chop the rest and put it in a ziploc in the freezer. The frozen bits can be added directly to stirfrys, soups, etc.

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  95. I love thinking up shortcuts in the kitchen, the only problem is, that my shortcuts always come out disaterous. I would be blessed to have a tried and true Shortcuts cookbook in my kitchen, my family would be grateful too. :) knejdl58@gmail.com

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  96. I chop and freeze green peppers for quick use on busy days.

    ms.sandy1@att.net

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  97. With a large family, shortcuts are a MUST!! Thanks for all the tips above! The cookbook looks wonderful.

    krstdblcrt@yahoo.com

    kristie

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  98. HELLO FROM SOUTH LA. THIS LOOKS LIKE A WONDERFUL BOOK. WOULD FIT WITH MY OTHER COOKBOOK.

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  99. HELLO FROM SOUTH LA. THIS LOOKS LIKE A WONDERFUL BOOK. WOULD FIT WITH MY OTHER COOKBOOK.
    SORRY FOR RE-POST
    pelicanmom@hotmail.com

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  100. I love your blog. So many good recipes. Really looking forward to this cookbook. I have the GBP books. Would love a chance to win this one.

    Erin
    eparker@arkwest.com

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  101. I just 'found' this site/blog and I love it!!! I've used some of the recipes! The Sopapilla Cheesecake was a huge hit!! It was gone before the night was over!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  102. Just found your blog a couple of weeks ago and am lovin all the recipes. Tried the apple dumplins and they were a hit with all the guys my husband works with. Now the cheese pillows. WOW!!! I'm in heaven!!!

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  103. My biggest shortcut in the kitchen is grating garlic w/ a microplane instead of chopping or mincing! ~EMM

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  104. Not really shortcuts, but I've learned to almost "double" some things. For example, canned frosting. Put it in a bowl and whip it with your electric beaters. Adding the air almost doubles what's in the can. Cooked meats can be thrown into the Kitchenaid mixer and be shredded with the paddle attachment, this gives me almost double vs. cubing the meat or shredding it with two forks.

    Kathy Stephenson iluvgreendale@aol.com

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  105. I love your web site!! Thank you for letting us enjoy all your finds. A shortcut cookbook would sure come in handy!GBT

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  106. Being a mother and a wife i always look for a shortcut! Anything that goes in the crock pot works for me. This time of year it would be chicken tortilla soup...pot roast and potato soup! LOVE THEM!! Anything using crescents or premade pie crusts are great too...

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  107. I don't really have any shortcuts, so I sure could use this book! This recipe sounds amazing, I will have to try it soon.

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  108. Susan said...
    Canned biscuits is a great shortcut to use for many recipes when in a hurry...to make dumplings, fried pies, pigs in a blanket, baked apple dumplings, bottom crust of a cobbler, etc. Please enter me for the giveaway. Thanks
    craftybikerbabe@live.com

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  109. Love Gooseberry Patch and short cuts!!! Canned biscuits, tubs of soft cream cheese, frozen chopped onions....so many great short cuts. Would love to learn some more. I'm making the Sofa Pillows Wednesday after grocery shopping! Thanks!

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  110. I would love to have this cookbook. I just started to enjoy cooking. So, I need to take baby steps..lol...Thank you for such a wonderful site. I have made a couple of recipes and my hubby loved them, which is surprising because I don't cook.. :)

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  111. I can use any and all short cuts I can get! I would love to have this new cookbook. :)

    Happy Cooking!

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  112. I have just really started cooking in the last 2 years and what I really like about the books is that the recipes are simple and easy to follow, and a lot of comfort recipes. They make me think of my mom's cooking. I love the christmas recipe books.

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  113. I love all your recipes! And I could definitely use a cookbook...I'm getting married in 2 months and it would definitely come in handy for a new wife :) carie44@hotmail.com

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  114. I don't really use any shortcuts. I have found my food processor to save lots of time chopping/shredding vegetables! I would love this recipe book!

    nbrossi7104@gmail.com

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  115. As a busy retiree, I could use some shortcut recipes!! Seems I'm busier retired than when I was working!!!! Kathy
    tatertownqueen@yahoo.com

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  116. Using frozen peppers and onions in homemade spaghetti sauce instead of doing all that chopping

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  117. As a full time mom and a full time nurse - I can use any shortcuts that give my family a yummy meal- I would live this cookbook!
    KatrinaC1978@msn.com

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  118. Thank you for the recipes! I would love to have the cook book, I am teaching my teenage soon to cook. Easy recipes help keep his attention.

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  119. Thank you for the recipes! I would love to have the cook book, I am teaching my teenage soon to cook. Easy recipes help keep his attention.

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  120. I just love these cookbooks, they are simple and easy directions. I love the Christmas cookbooks. The recipes makes me think of recipes from my mom and grandmother. Comfort recipes and recipes that my family loves.

    yankjeterfan45@att.net

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  121. I think one of the best things to do is to make a weekly menu. That way, you know exactly what you are making each night and don't have to go through the cupboards over and over again deciding what to cook. eatcakefordinner@digis.net

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  122. I think one of the best things to do is to make a weekly menu. That way, you know exactly what you are making each night and don't have to go through the cupboards over and over again deciding what to cook. eatcakefordinner@digis.net

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  123. This recipe looks awesome....can't wait to try it! I would love this cookbook, too. My daughters are at the age where they are expanding their attempts at cooking so things will be a little easier when they get out on their own! Seems kids these days love shortcuts. This book would give us a lot of great ideas. :-)

    Pattikaye5258@yahoo.com

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  124. One of my shortcuts is using canned biscuit dough in place of homemade dumplings in making Chicken and Dumpling.
    cindyskitchen@yahoo.com

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  125. pat @jpkamp@frontier.comFebruary 27, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    love to cook ,love your books.
    My 2 DIL's recently became fans as well.
    I like to keep a list of quick ideas handy & the ingredients on hand to be prepared for drop in company or when short on time.
    Would LOVE to use this book.Thanks for th e opportunity .

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  126. I love recipes that don't take many ingredients so this cookbook would be perfect for me.
    I want to tell you that I LOVE your website!!

    cmramsey2@frontier.com

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  127. That sounds like a great recipe from a great cookbook!

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  128. I love cookbooks! This would be a great timesaver with homemade taste, yet convenience! Would love to win! Love your AWESOME BLOG!



    keshakeke@aol.com

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  129. Try to always keep chopped onion in the frig.

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  130. Thanks ever SO much for giving me a good chuckle this morning! My deceased mother could say 'sopapillas' either. She said 'SOAPY PILLOWS'(even in restaurants!). I love your blog. I have printed so many of your recipes and tried bunches of them.
    I also enjoy very much 'Gooseberry Patch' cookbooks. Thanks again!
    memakellum@yahoo.com

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  131. I recently got my first pressure cooker and I love it. Great to come home from work and do a beef stew in 12-15 min, chicken breast in 6 min. This cookbook could also be adaptable to that. I am a new viewer to your site and love it by the way.

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  132. Things like pre-chopped nuts, breadcrumbs, graham cracker crumbs, etc. help save time.
    kimsw4@yahoo.com

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  133. I always use graham crackers in a 13 x 9 baking dish as the crust for a pudding style dessert or pie! No one knows I did not spend HOURS making the crust!

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  134. When I bake I set out all my ingrediants that I wil need. I put them away as I use them, this way they are put away and I know I didint forget anything.
    sunniewoodyplus2 atmsn.com

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  135. I would LOVE this cookbook. I am a working mother, and need all the shortcuts I can get when trying to go home and cook after working all day.

    Casey
    csygnzlz@gmail.com

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  136. I would love an opportunity to win the Gooseberry Cookbook! I love their cookbooks(I have several already!) I am a working mom with 3 growing boys, a husband, and taking care of my mother in law. Short cuts for quick, healthy meals would be a great help!

    Thank you so much for all of your recipes and the chance to win this cookbook.

    Lisa Still
    lisastillmkc@hotmail.com

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  137. Hello! Would love to have this cookbook to add to my collection. Love your blog!

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  138. You've went and did it again Brandie! Another great shortcut recipe. Just about anything using crescent roll dough is a winner in my book.

    Speaking of books I NEED that cookbook! I have been so busy recently with work and getting the kitchen ready I'll take just about any shortcut I can get!

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  139. I use bite size pieces of raw canned biscuit dough as my dumplings in Chicken and Dumplings. Many years ago my Mom (and Nanny) both shook their heads like they couldn't figure out where they went wrong when I told them I did that :)
    fairisle01@yahoo.com

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  140. Thanks for all you do, Brandie! Love your recipes, your blog, etc. You have rapidly become one of my favorite "places" to visit. I like using shortcuts because it means I can make more "goodies" more frequently and increase the variety of things I make. I like to use cake mixes, refrigerated cookie dough, and cookie mixes as bases for lots of things---it's amazing what you can come up with! I do a lot of baking for office functions--birthdays, Board meetings, "just because I felt like baking,"---and would not be able to do as much with out shortcuts. I would love the opportunity to win this cookbook---Gooseberry Patch is great!

    Thanks for all you do!

    nbowen@sals.edu

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  141. Oh, -please- add me to your list. I do so need to be inspired. :-) After 47 years of marriage I am "burnt" out with cooking, have run out of inspiration and excitment.Your site helps me get revived again.
    I have already made your Twinkie cake and loved it, as did my grown daughter and her family who got to help me eat it.
    Going shopping today to get ingredients for several of your other great recipes.
    No tips today, but I do have a few old recipes I would love to share with you...

    Here's hoping..with fingers crossed..
    meezer3@comcast.net

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  142. Best thing ever to be invented would be cake mixes they can help me bake cookies or even a choco flan. Saves me time all the time. Great giveaway!

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  143. Thanks for all the great recipes.

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  144. My big shortcut is preparing lots of food on Sunday afternoons so that i have less cooking to do during the week! it really helps not having to prepare a lunch for work everyday

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  145. Oh Brandie - this is one of my top favorite recipes! I have a similar one in my cookbook...but I haven't ever tried it with the brown sugar. What a wonderful change up! I love to precook meats to keep in the freezer to make meal making quicker. You and I share such similar taste buds! =)

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  146. Wow, that sounds fantastic! My wife keeps telling me all these delicious tales about sopapillas, and who can resist cheesecake?

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  147. Cake mixes are the best shortcut to work with!

    I've been making this recipe for awhile now. 'Round these parts it's called Cheese Blintz, though. ;)

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  148. I try to do anything in advance so the day that I need something fast I have it ready to go. Thanks for the chance to enter.

    Andrea D.
    short74717@msn.com

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  149. I use any and every kind of shortcut I can find in the kitchen! I have 3 kids and every quick tip I can use is great!

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  150. Hey, Looked up the cookbook on Amazon. Looks amazing & I would love to win a copy, but if that doesn't work out I'll be ordering one. Love shortcuts for delicious dishes.
    Krista Smith
    kristabsmith@gmail.com

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  151. I can't get enough of your recipes!! They are awesome! I would love to win the cookbook but if I don't, I will still look for all your wonderful recipes. Your banner says it all -- You are truly a Country Cook.

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  152. I would love to win this cookbook so I could add this to my Gooseberry Collection. They are my absolute favorite. My shortcuts would have to be canned biscuits (they can be the crust for anything) and crescents (you can fill them with anything for a quick snack).

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  153. oops I forgot to add my e-mail for the above comment. it is treatsandtreasures@rocketmail.com

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  154. I do Family Childcare so I do monthlt nenues and then I serve what the childcare children have for lunch to my family for dinner. Susan steveac@bellsouth.net

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  155. please enter me in book contest - with 4 kids, who couldn't use some shortcuts in the kitchen??? odells@charter.net

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  156. I bet there is a great recipe on every page. I love the one you made for this post. It looks fantastic!

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  157. This would be a great book for me to use after a hard day at work.

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  158. I would love to win t his book as being a busy wife, mother and grandmother plus work with children all day I think this would be a great asset for me

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  159. I always get all my ingredients together, measure out my flours,sugars etc. Always clean up dishes before moving on to next thing to bake.Winning this book would be a great addition and help...ciao4now64@yahoo.com

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  160. I purchase frozen red, yellow, and green peppers. So convenient and cost effective too! Love Gooseberry!

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  161. I'm big fans of both the Country Cook and Gooseberry Patch!! Would love to have a copy, thanks for the chance to win one!!

    We love chicken pot pie, but often the process of making the pie crust and rolling it out is a pain...my short cut in smooshing out canned biscuits in a giant muffin pan, adding the pot pie, then topping with a smaller, rolled piece of canned biscuit. They bake fast, taste great and everyone gets their own cute serving.

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  162. I could sure use this book bc as a mom w/ 3 kids, I need all the shortcuts I can get in the kitchen!!

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  163. I have made the Cream Cheese Danish recipe but used beaten egg whites to top the crust. It makes it a pretty golden color. I drizzle it with a powdered sugar glaze after it cools. Yummy! Love the cookbook! (pkrains@tcworks.net)

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  164. Wow. I mean, just WOW! This looks and sounds incredible! I want to make this immediately when I get home. Eat a piece then immediately remove it from my site so I don't eat the whole thing. Looks divine!

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  165. My favorite shortcut--canned biscuits fried and frosted--instant doughnuts!!

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  166. My favorite shortcut--canned biscuits fried and frosted--instant doughnuts!!

    taylorta@marshallk12.org

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  167. Hello. I love to bake and would really enjoy using this cookbook.

    cindy.aldridge@embarqmail.com

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  168. Just starting to cook and bake and really enjoy it! So this cookbook would be a great help in my kitchen!

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  169. As a stay at home mom of 2 that homeschools, and help manage my husbands buisness and takes care of the house. Any short cuts in the kitchen would be a great help. I love to have hot meal ready every night when my husband gets home from work and like to add a variety so we arent eating the same thing all the time. Occassionally I enjoy throwing a dessert into the mix also.
    Any short cuts and new reciepes are a great help in my kitchen!!
    Laura
    katnemmy@hotmail.com

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  170. When I make meatballs I make a ton. I use my ice cream scoop & the George Forman grill. They cook in half the time & the excess fat runs off. Pop them into the sauce in the crock pot & simmer. Have a meal that night & freeze the rest of them in my food saver bags. When you need a fast meal all you have to do is cook some pasta & make a salad. You might think they get all squished but they don't, just don't press down on the lid of the grill.

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  171. One of my shortcuts is that I use the refrigerated crescent rolls to make "Pigs in a Blanket"

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  172. One of my favorite shortcuts is to use an immersion blender whenever possible when a recipe calls for using a blender or food processor... so much easier and less to clean up afterwards!
    Dana
    email:
    bananathorn@bellsouth.net

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  173. Yes it does look yummy! Not sure if I am entering the cookbook giveaway, but my little tip is I buy the large can of Chilpotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce, which I use in many dishes. I never use the whole can small or large, so I freeze the left over and cut off what I need for the next recipe that I cook. It goes a long way and no wast at all... Sonya Wilson sonyavwilsonbellsouth.net on

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  174. Oh, yes I can definitely use some shortcuts in the kitchen. thanks for the giveaway

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  175. Hi Brandie. I would love to win this cookbook. My only shortcut in the kitchen is when I make dinner like Baked Penne and I make enough to have that night and then I make extra so I can freeze one in a 9x9 Pyrex dish. It is so nice having that extra one in the freezer ready to go. Just thaw, heat and eat!

    Krissy
    kbmint@otelco.net

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  176. Oh my - that recipe looks amazing. Two of my favorite desserts combined! I'd love to win just for more recipes like this one.

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  177. I just found your blog, not good to be drooling over these so early in the morning. Love all of your recipes, pinning away :)

    HomeMomPr at hotmail dot com
    www.Home-Mom.com

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  178. Would just love a book of shortcuts! Some people are so creative, me, not so much!

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  179. In order to have long cooking things on hand in a hurry, I cook beans and whole grains in large batches and then freeze small portions. Then they are ready to go at a moment's notice!

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  180. I love your blog! So much goodness!
    I could use the cookbook because I am always looking for time saving recipes especially on weeknights.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    ~Tina

    angelhomemaker at yahoo dot com

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  181. My crockpot is my best kitchen shortcut. I love having dinner taken care of early in the day & then smelling the great aroma coming from the kitchen when I walk in the door in the evening.

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  182. Sorry, forgot to leave my email info.
    It's proudyaya04 {at} yahoo {dot} com

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  183. I don't really have any short cuts so I could really use a book like this. I guess the only one I do have is to freeeze my meat in portion sizes so that way and I grab and start cooking!
    trishap1973@yahoo.com

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  184. Hello!!!What a wonderful cookbook and how wonderful of you to do this giveaway. One of my fave shortcuts is to use "Cream of ______ soups (such as chicken, asparagus etc as a base for gravy. Works every time! Iwould absolutely LOVE to win this book because although i love to cook and love being in the kitchen, most of the time i am in 'rush' mode. This book would save my life most days of the week!! Thank you, arlene Marie email: carpediem5790@yahoo.com

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  185. Oh, i also wanted to say, there are SO MANY MANY MANY recipes on ths site that i really want, er need. Do you have a cookbook? If not i'm going to have to go one by one, oh well, it will be well worth it!!! Thank you for your site and for sharing and forthe GBP giveaway. arlene Marie email: carpediem5790@yahoo.com

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  186. Hi! I could use this cookbook because I need a few shortcuts in the kitchen. About the only shortcut I can think of is, I used frozen stir-fry vegetables last night in the wok instead of cutting up fresh vegetables.
    tammycuevas@tampabay.rr.com

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  187. just love cookbooks and your recipes!

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  188. One of my favorite shortcuts is to make a lot of meat (usually in the crockpot) and freeze half for another meal, there's less waste that way and less to do for another meal.

    Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos

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  189. I would love to win the cookbook. I need all the help in the kitchen that I can get! :-)
    bspears_82@yahoo.com

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  190. I could really use this recipe book! I'm a brand new innkeeper for a Bed & Breakfast and I'm trying to come up with some quick, easy and delicious recipes for our guests. This recipe book would be highly used, I promise!

    Dena
    info @ blueridgeinnbandb.com

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  191. I would love to win the cookbook. I enjoying cooking but with a full time job it's not always an option. The greatest shortcut that I can think of this morning is buy hamburger in large packages and then go ahead brown the entire amount and freeze in amount needed for certain recipes. Cuts cooking time.

    Katrina
    carr@wk.net

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  192. Thanks for the opportunity! I guess one of my shortcuts would be to use my pressure cooker after church on Sunday. Meat is cooked in no time! Here's my email pcdfan1@yahoo.com

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  193. This is a shortcut I have just started doing recently. I buy onions and green pepper when they are on sale, chop them up and put them in freezer bags. Usually 1 cup per bag. Freeze and take out whenever a recipe calls for it.

    Bonnie
    bonniekaye_70@yahoo.com

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  194. I am a HUGE Gooseberry Patch Cookbook fan and love their cookbooks! One of my favorite and most used tips in the kitchen is when I'm chopping onion....if it makes me teary, I pop it in the freezer for about 5 min and when I get it out to cut there are no more tears!!! :) Thanks for this opportunity!
    caseyandcrystal@yahoo.com

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  195. Heather W. Beecher, ILMarch 6, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Hello there!

    One of my favorite kitchen shortcuts is to use canned "butter tasting" biscuits as my dumplings in my Chicken n Dumplings! I just tear them into little chunks and toss 'em in! It really adds an amazing lil burst of flavor, and I always get told.. "Wow. These dumplings are amazing"!! HaHa! I haven't revealed my secret until NOW!! Another helpful hint I do is chop up my onions and green peppers and put them in ice cube trays, and add just a lil water, and freeze! That way, you can pop out just as much as you need and not waste any. I have my country mama to thank for my dumpling secret, and as a new country mama myself (I have a 15 month old lil redheaded boy)I look forward to learning new and exciting shortcuts! Thanks so much for your blog! I really enjoy it.

    Heather, CountryBluEydGrl@AOL.com.

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  196. I love your quick recipes and I could always use a cook book full of them.

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  197. I am always looking for easier ways to do things in the kitchen, this book would be awesome.

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  198. I could really use this recipe book!

    quilter@ritternet.com

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  199. Short cuts are great and any that help get me out of the kitchen are the best! I like to cook but not spend a lot of time doing it. My shortcut is to buy a bag of chicken breasts, cook them all at one time and then either shred, chop or make into strips, Put each in a baggie, label and freeze. I am ready for what ever trips my fancy...Thanks for the chance to win a cool cookbook!

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