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 March eLetter 2012
 Jo Ann & Vickie

Even though March came in like a lion in our neck of the woods, Spring is almost here and we have hopes for those soft, warm breezes coming soon. It won't be long before the buds on the trees will be bursting into that perfect green and pretty bulbs will be peeking out from their long winter's nap. This month also brings another fun holiday to celebrate with your family...we love to serve something with a little green on St. Patrick's Day, don't you?

In this edition of Feather Your Nest, we're introducing a brand new cookbook, Fresh from the Farmstand, to you and giving you an exclusive free gift as well! You'll love the fresh recipes we've included in this cookbook and you'll
find a sample of the book to download below. Visit our Early Bird Reviewers (links below) for even MORE goodies from the book...we can't wait to hear what you think!

Keep reading to find another chance to win this month! Be sure to hang onto your store receipts next time you treat yourself to a new Gooseberry Patch cookbook...send us a copy and you could win a $50 gift certificate!
 Wishing You Lotsa Luck!  Jo Ann & Vickie

P.S. Speaking of treating yourself, be sure to visit our Free Downloads page to pick up a FREE desktop wallpaper that'll add a little cheer all month long!

 Introducing a Brand New Cookbook!
In Fresh from the Farmstand, you'll find 240 tasty recipes using the freshest produce from your backyard garden or nearby farmers' market. Eating local has never been easier with this cookbook by your side!

We've hand-picked lots of flavorful ways to add more vegetables, fruit, whole grains and other healthy ingredients to every meal of the day, but haven't sacrificed a morsel of homestyle flavor. You'll love the chapter of farm-fresh canning and freezing recipes -- easy enough for a beginner! -- and, at the bottom of each page, you'll find tips for making the most of homegrown produce. You'll even find lots of great recipes for using up all that zucchini!




Enjoy this sample recipe from Fresh from the Farmstand and
keep reading to find out how you can get even more!


Broccoli Salad of Wonder

This dish really lives up to its name! We tried it out at a recent Fresh from the Farmstand potluck and it was beyond delicious. Thanks to recipe contributor, Julia Brasington of Margate, Florida. Julia writes, "I first tasted this recipe at a women's Bible study when I was going to Florida State University. The lady who brought it knew that all of us poor, hungry college girls would devour it in seconds. She gave everyone a copy of the recipe and now, eight years later, I still make it for special occasions. It's definitely the recipe that everyone asks for!"

3-oz. pkg. ramen noodles, broken
     up and seasoning packet discarded
1 c. chopped pecans
1/4 c. butter, melted
1 bunch broccoli, chopped
12 to 16-oz. pkg. bacon, chopped and
     crisply cooked
1 head romaine lettuce, finely
     chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped

In a bowl, toss uncooked noodles, pecans and melted butter. Spread on an ungreased rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly toasted, stirring halfway through. Cool. At serving time, combine noodle mixture with remaining ingredients in a large serving bowl. Drizzle with Dressing; toss to mix. Serves 8 to 10.


Dressing:

1 c. sugar
1 c. oil
1/2 c. red wine vinegar


1 T. soy sauce
salt and pepper to taste


Mix all ingredients together; stir until sugar dissolves.




Visit our Early Bird bloggers to see
sample recipes with step-by-step photos!


Click below to view the Fresh from the Farmstand book trailer video!
A Circle of Friends Exclusive!


Want to get a special sneak peek inside
Fresh from the Farmstand?

Just for our Circle of Friends, we're offering
an exclusive ePreview that you can download from our friends at Scribd...click below to visit our site and get 3 recipes from the book!




Send Us Your Store Receipts Contest



Congratulations to Debbie Allen, the latest winner of our contest!

Her receipt from Wooden Key
Hallmark in Anderson, Indiana was
selected at random as the winner!

Click here to read all about the
winning store on our blog.


With 5 new cookbooks published so far this year
(and more still to come!)
we're continuing this contest and
giving YOU another chance to win!




Send us any STORE RECEIPT dated between February 23rd and March 22nd that shows a purchase of a Gooseberry Patch book or calendar (a copy or photo of the receipt is okay too!) and you'll be entered to win a $50 gift certificate!

Mail receipts to:
Gooseberry Patch
Attn: Receipt Contest
2500 Farmers Drive, #110
Columbus, OH 43235

Email a scan or photo
of your receipt to:
gooseberrypatch@gooseberrypatch.com


Remember to get your receipt to us by March 22nd and
we'll draw a winner at the end of the month...good luck!

St. Patrick's Day Inspiration



We're loving all the green that's popping up on Pinterest
in anticipation of St. Patrick's Day...we've even joined in
the fun with our own Luck o' the Irish board!

It's filled with all sorts of inspiration, from fun food &
drink to decorating ideas and crafts! Click here to take a
peek at all the goodies.

If you haven't tried Pinterest out yet, it's really easy to
get started and there's a helpful Pinning 101 section that
answers lots of beginners' questions.
Drop us a note if you need an invite!



  

  





Thanks for joining us for the March edition of Feather Your Nest...
we'll see you next month to introduce another brand new cookbook
and share some Easter goodies too!
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