My Favorite Christmas Recipes from Gooseberry Patch

gooseberry-patch-logo1I recently raved about Gooseberry Patch cookbooks. I only have a small collection, and most of them are Christmas themed – but I really hope if you can’t find them locally, you’ll take a peek at their website! They have some of the CUTEST things – not just cookbooks – which often contain craft ideas – but they sell gorgeous household organizers, cute recipe cards, linens, gifts, etc. And this company was started by 2 friends who wanted to be able to take care of their families! I am not affiliated with GP in any way – I’m just a huge fan of their great stuff!

The Fireside coffee mix is really yummy – I like having a bit of spice in my coffee, and this is a really nice blend! You will find this recipe in this cookbook.

Fireside Coffee Mix

2 cups dry cocoa mix

2 cups non-dairy coffee creamer

1 cup instant coffee granules

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 teaspoons nutmeg

Blend together all ingredients and place in airtight container.

A really terrific way to customize this and make it special is to use flavored coffee creamer or even flavored instant coffee! French vanilla is FAN-TASTIC with the spices. And you can even play with the spices – substitute pumpkin pie spice for nutmeg; if you don’t like cinnamon, leave it out – feel free to personalize this a little by putting a spin on one of the ingredients!

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I was invited to a dear friend’s house to celebrate Christmas with her family several years ago. Her sister raved over this, and I don’t think there were any leftovers!

Orange Salad

5 cups red leaf lettuce, torn

1 red onion, thinly sliced

2 stalks celery, sliced

11-ounce can mandarin oranges, drained

1/4 cup slivered almonds

**Dressing**

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/3 cup peanut oil

1/2 cup sugar

1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard

1/8 teaspoon salt.

Toss lettuce, onion, celery, oranges and almonds together in a large serving bowl. In a mixing bowl, whisk together vinegar, oil, sugar, mustard, and salt. Pour over lettuce mixture. Makes 6-8 servings.

I changed the recipe because I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand. I added 1/2 cup Craisins to the salad mix and used Kraft’s Light Done Right Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing – and it POPPED!!! I never made the dressing suggested because I couldn’t get past the combination of flavors with the raspberry dressing. =)


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