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5 Ingredients or Less Cookbook (Everyday Cookbook Collection) Plastic Comb – October 1, 2003

4.7 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

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From the Author

Enjoy this recipe from 5 Ingredients or Less.

Orange Slushy

6-oz. can frozen orange juice concentrate
1/4 c. sugar
1 c. milk
1 t. vanilla extract
12 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in blender; blend to desired consistency. Serves 2.

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I wanted to let you know how much I love your company. I am an avid collector of your cookbooks and have almost all of them. As a very busy single mom of two young boys, I can always count on Gooseberry Patch to give me a new idea for family-fun time and a quick, tasty meal. Every recipe I've tried has been wonderful! Your ideas help me create a loving home...it reminds me of simpler times and that family really is the most important thing.
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Austin, TX
 
 
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Product Details

  • Series: Everyday Cookbook Collection
  • Plastic Comb: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gooseberry Patch; Spi edition (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931890196
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931890199
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #576,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thus far, everything in this cookbook is GOOD and HANDY (I have only had it a week or so, and have already used it three times, to the neglect of my other Gooseberry Patch cookbooks!) It's lots of fun just to read the recipes, which are both mouth-watering and almost TOO easy. Clear, simple instructions will please even the most novice cooks. I also loved how this book was organized by season: lighter, fresher dishes in the summer section; cozier, comfort-food dishes in the fall and winter.

The recipes are also extremely inexpensive to make, and in many cases, by using the staples you probably already have. In other words, this book is a no-lose situation! I'd choose it as a gift for any newlywed, college student, or family-on-the-go.

There are even really cute ideas for dressing up and changing flea-market finds, and other simple crafts and decorating ideas that even a fumble-fingers such as myself can handily accomplish.

Only one very minor complaint...it seemed that some seasonings were left out of a few the recipes, simply to keep them under 5 ingredients. But the basics here are so good I wouldn't have minded if they called for 10 ingredients.

UPDATE: Today I made the recipe for BIG Chocolate Cookies on Page 57. Something went wrong, or there was poor editing in temperature or ingredients, or SOMETHING. I ended up with a huge, gloppy, inedible mess. I've been baking since age 9 and have never had such a failure as this particular recipe. Gah!!
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My mother-in-law got me this cookbook for Christmas last year (what kind of a signal is that?! lol) and I love it! I know I'm not the greatest cook out there, but this cookbook has such great recipes (and so incredibly easy!!!) that even I get compliments on my meals, salads, appetizers, and desserts! My favorite is the 3 ingredient Speedy Peanut Butter Cookies--a big hit at my daughter's Vacation Bible School!

If you can only get one cook book (ever!), GET THIS ONE!!!
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I love this cookbook. It's my favorite Gooseberry Patch cookbook thus far. I plan my meals a month at a time and shop according to my list of meals for the month. I was able to plan 45 days of meals from this one cookbook. The recipes are easy to follow and have, like the title states, "Five ingredients or less", which makes the planning and preparing so much easier! I highly recommend this cookbook.
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This book is the best cook book that I have EVER purchased. I Immediately I thumbed thru the pages and found that this book is divided into seasons, in order to take full advantage of the seasons growing cycles. Cherry Lemon Limaide in Summer. Cranberry chicken in the Autumn.. Chicken and dumplings for those cold winter nights, and Citris suprize awaits you in the spring.

Beyond all of the wonder recipes, they also give you tips that can turn ordinary household items into wonderful table displays. Mason Jar + unwrapped peppermint candies + a simple votive candle and some raffia string and you have a wonderful sweet smelling addition to your holiday table.

If you are concedering buying just ONE book to give or are like me and have an extremely triing, busy schedule and you want something quick to serve.. This book by the Great people from Gooseberry is your answer.
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I'm a new member of the Gooseberry Patch cookbook collection, just discovering them about a year ago. I was a quick convert for both their versatility, colorfulness, user friendly style, and of course for having some of the most delicious recipes I have ever tried. As much as I adore my various holiday and specialty books such as slow cooker meals, I have to admit this one is a personal favorite. I actually feel that this book was probably put together with much more work and research than many of the others. I mean after all, if someone gave you 5 pieces of wood and told you to build something, could you manage one creation after another into the hundreds? Though its true that they often times use prepared foods such a something frozen or canned, they are still ingredients that are easily found in most kitchens, even when we are sorely low on quantity and quality. The recipes in this book run all the way from something that will get you buy for a quick supper, all the way to what possibly could come to be a family favorite from now on. (The quick and easy lasagna and summer meat loaf are two that come to mind, but there are so many). This book breaks the whole easy going business down to appetizers, sides, salads, mains, and desserts. And it also is categorized by the season, (the easy summer dishes being one of my favorites since slaving over a hot stove in sweltering weather is not my idea of pioneer spirit). This book is must if you are already a convert to the the Gooseberry Patch collection, and a sound investment for anyone else interested in taking it easy and still enjoying some sincere smiles at the dinner table...
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85% of the recipes in this book are *swimming* in mayonnaise, butter, salt, oil, and sugar. I had ordered this to give to my son (35 years old) because he is not such a great cook and would need simple recipes. He has heart problems though, and these recipes would be unhealthy for anyone, but definitely unhealthy for him. I can't believe that the reviews are so glowing for this cookbook! (I bought it based on the reviews)! Is everyone across America cooking and eating like this? If so, it's a miracle everyone's still alive LOL. (......Disappointed).
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