Gooseberry Patch and Oven Beef Stew

Typically I’m not one to “toot” my own horn. But sometimes one has to make an acception. This is one of those acception. Many people are comfortable “tooting” their own horns. I find that commendable. Trust me, if you don’t toot your own horn, no one is going to toot it for you, That’s for sure:) I’ve never been comfortable doing so, not even as a young person. I’ve never been one to carry on about myself. This blog post is about tooting your own horn, Gooseberry Patch and Oven Beef Stew.

Kids today are taught to be more assertive, more sure of themselves but in my day, women especially, weren’t encouraged to do so. At least that’s how I saw it. Many people didn’t even know I had a blog until I’d been blogging for over 6 years. But like I said, I’m not one to go on and on about myself therefore I seldom mention things about me. Clearly I lack confidence but today I’m going to toot my own horn and by God, I’m going to toot away!

Published in a Cookbook

Everyday I take the very short walk down to the mailbox with my dog Luke. It not only gives him some excersize and fresh air but me too. We usually end up going for a short walk and then on our way back home we stop at the mailbox, grab the mail and head on home. On this particular day in late June, I received a letter from Gooseberry Patch. I thought it was a letter to “subscribe now” and get the “second year free” type of deal. I was going to throw it away but something stopped me so I opened it. The letter was from the publishing team stating that my recipe for Classic Oven Beef Stew  was going to be published!

Let me say that again. My, Me, Mine, Moi recipe for Oven Beef Stew has been selected to be published in a Gooseberry Patch Christmas Cookbook. More specifically, I’ll Be Home For Christmas Cookbook. I have been a huge fan of Gooseberry Patch since it’s conception way back in 1984. Owning several Gooseberry Patch cookbooks, and Christmas cookbooks. We can’t tell you how excited and honored I am to see my name and recipe published in one of their cookbooks. I don’t even remember sending my recipe for Oven Beef Stew in to Gooseberry Patch, so yes, I was very surprised!

Gooseberry Patch Story

Back in 1984, Vickie and Jo Ann were next-door neighbors, raising families in the little town of Delaware, Ohio. Two moms with small children, looking for a way to do what they loved and stay home with the kids too. They had always shared  a love of home cooking and making memories with family & friends, and so, after many conversations over the backyard fence, Gooseberry Patch was born.

Vickie and Jo Ann put together their first catalog at their kitchen tables, enlisting the help of loved ones whenever they could. From the very first mailing, they found an immediate connection with many of their readers. It wasn’t long before they began receiving letters, photos, and recipes from these new friends. In 1992, they put together their very first cookbook, compiled from hundreds of these recipes and the rest, as they say, is history. Gooseberry Patch is truly an American success story.


My Grand-daughter Willow and I put together this short video themed after T’was the Night Before Christmas.

Oven Beef Stew Recipe | Gooseberry Patch Cookbook


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Wisconsin Public Radio

While I’m on the subject of how and why you need to toot your own horn, here is another toot. Last week I was contacted by a lovely gentleman named John Davis. John works for Wisconsin Public Radio out of La Crosse. He was wondering if I’d like to be part of a Wisconsin Public Radio Story that he is working on about Wisconsin-style Chili!! Many of Johns listeners asked him about chili in Wisconsin and wanted him to do a segment on chili.

John did some research and he found my blog Turnips 2 Tangerines and proceeded to email me. Since then, John and I have chatted on the phone and next he’ll be interviewing me, via zoom due to Covid, sometime before Christmas. To say that I am flattered would be an understatement! Basically what will take place is John and I will chat about Wisconsin style chili, variations of chili, macaroni used, beans used and etc. I will definitely post more information when available.

So there you have it, a few updates and a whole lotta horn tooting going on! Here are a few more Stew recipes that you and your family will love.