January 21, 2012

Rush-Hour Recipes Review and Cookbook Giveaway Plus Pineapple Sheet Cake

**This giveaway is now closed**
Click here to see the winner!

I have a great giveaway for you today!! A new cookbook full of quick and easy dishes!  I already have Six Gooseberry Patch cookbooks, but I am ALWAYS happy to add more to my collection, because each one is different!  If you are not familiar with these cookbooks, they are full of recipes submitted by every-day-people like you and I!  In my opinion those are the best kinds of cookbooks, because if someone is submitting a recipe with the possibility of it being published in a cookbook, you know it has got to be a loved recipe!  


Rush-Hour Recipes Cookbook
I was extremely excited to get a chance to review this cookbook!  Work has been crazy busy lately (which is a good thing), but by the time I get home, I am exhausted.  I have been finding myself searching for quick and easy recipes and I have been using my crockpot more than ever.  This cookbook is full of quick and easy dishes!  There are six categories:     5-Ingredient Favorites, One-Dish Dinners, Slow Cookers to the Rescue, Soup's On!, Make-A-Meal Sides and Speedy Potluck & Party Foods.  The majority of the recipes are for Main Dishes and Sides and there are only a few dessert and bread recipes.

Just from flipping through the book quickly, I found many things I want to try, like Sausage Orzo Skillet (on my menu this week), Grilled Western Chicken Sandwich, Curly Noodle Surprise, Stir-Fried Pork and Noodles, Spanish Rice and Beef, Mama's Mucho Nachos, Melinda's Mexican Manicotti, Swiss Ham Buns, Nana's Loaded Mashed Potatoes, Stewed Chicken Verde, Golden Parmesan Potatoes, Spicy Baked Chili Fries (on my menu this week), Quickie Cornbread (on my menu for tomorrow), Better Than Brownies and Fluffy Lemon-Raspberry Dessert!     
This pineapple cake quickly caught my attention.  There is NO oil or butter in the cake itself! That makes it guilt-free!  However, it is topped with cream cheese frosting, but I think it would be great topped with a light whipped topping!  I whipped this batter up in less than five minutes and I had to sneak a taste of it.  The batter was sooooo yummy - full of fresh pineapple flavor!  I made the frosting while the cake was baking.  I don't know if it was my own fault, because maybe I overmixed the cake, but it ended up slightly chewy?  It still tastes really yummy and I love that I don't have to feel guilty about eating a few slices!  

Pineapple Sheet Cake
adapted from: Rush-Hour Recipes (submitted by Teresa Moore)
(Printable Recipe)

2 c. all-purpose flour
2 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs, beaten
20-oz can crushed pineapple
optional: chopped pecans
(I added a pinch of salt)

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, vanilla, eggs and undrained pineapple.  Mix well.  Spread batter in a greased and floured 15''x10'' jelly-roll pan.  Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes, until cake tests done with a toothpick.  Spread with cream cheese frosting while still warm. Sprinkle with pecans, if desired.  Cool; cut into squares.  Makes 15-20 servings.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. margarine, softened
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. powdered sugar (I used 3 cups)

Whip cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla and mix to combine.  Gradually add powdered sugar and beat until fluffy.

Jenn's Notes:  I pureed my pineapple until it was completely smooth, because I didn't want any chunks in my cake.  I used a 9''x13'' cake pan and I baked it for 38 minutes.  I didn't realize the recipe said to spread the frosting on the cake while it's warm until just now, as I was typing the recipe!  So, I was thinking it was supposed to be a frosting, that is why I added a lot more powdered sugar! 

FINALLY - ONTO THE GIVEAWAY!

Do you want to win a free copy of this cookbook?
How to Enter - Sorry giveaway is open to U.S. Residents only
1.  Mandatory Entry: Be a GFC Follower (on the right hand side) of Eat Cake For Dinner and leave me a comment letting me know if you are a new follower or an existing follower!

If you would like additional entries:  
(Leave me a separate comment for each entry!)
2.  Follow Gooseberry Patch on Twitter (@gooseberrypatch
3.  Fan Gooseberry Patch on Facebook (www.facebook.com/gooseberry patch
4.  Leave a comment on Gooseberry Patch's blog (http://gooseberrypatch.typepad.com)

Giveaway will end on Saturday, January 28th and I will announce the winner on Sunday, January 29th! 

Gooseberry Patch provided me with a copy of this cookbook, but the opinions expressed here are my own.

81 comments:

  1. I've had this cake and it is very, very tasty. I'm an existing follower - thanks for the opportunity to enter.

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    PS - I just got my very first Gooseberry Patch cookbook this past week. Don't know how I managed to miss them all these years.

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  2. I'm following gooseberry patch on twitter.

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  3. I follow Gooseberry Patch on fb.

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  4. I left a reply on GPs blog. Thanks for all the opportunities to enter!

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  5. I just started following you on blogspot! I love your page and have been adding stuff to pinterest like cracy!

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  6. looks like another great recipe! I've been following your page via blogspot.

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  7. I'm your newest follower! Thanks for checking out my site and sending me a note. I love cookbooks that have real recipes... it happens too often that I buy a cookbook and most of the stuff is so off the wall that I'd never make it. This one sounds good!

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  8. I'm your newest follower and I also love to eat cake for breakfast:)

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  10. I am your Newest follower as of right now lol...i love eating cake all times of the day

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  12. I like GBP on Facebook (Sarah Ellis)

    Thanks for doing the giveaway! I love Gooseberry Patch and recipes you can make in a hurry :)

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  13. I follow GBP on the reader. Love this pineapple cake, I have made it and it is moist. Julieann009@cox.net

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  14. I'm an existing blog follower! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  15. I left a comment on GBP website on Jan 22. I'll be back there often too.

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  16. I just liked Gooseberry Patch on FB!

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  17. I've only been following for a little while and love all your recipes!!!

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  18. I am a follower. Tammy Steinsapir

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  19. So are you suggesting that we use 1 cup or 3 cups for the frosting?? also, why would they suggest a jelly roll pan to bake this? Seems odd to me. Tammy

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    1. - Tammy, it really depends on how much frosting you like? I am a huge frosting person and as you can see by my picture, it is a fairly thick layer, so if you want a thick layer, I would use 3 cups and if not, use 1 cup? A jelly-roll pan would have made the cake thinner, but it would have had more surface area? Maybe they use that so they can serve more people? Thanks so much for following! - Jenn

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    2. Hi Tammy & Jenn,

      Since this is a traditional sheet cake, the original recipe does call for it to be baked in a jelly-roll pan, which is just a 15" x 10" baking sheet with a 1" lip on the side.

      The cake will be thinner and denser plus all that pineapple makes for a really moist cake. Oh and Jenn, you're right...it does yield more servings and surface area for frosting. Yum!

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  20. Hi Jenn! Just wanted to pop by to say this looks heavenly. No need to enter me as I'm a Canuck but still wanted to say how great this looks.

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  21. Following your blog and lovin' it!

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  22. Liked Gooseberry Patch on facebook.

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  24. I've been following since I found a recipe of yours on Pinterest!

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  27. I am now a GFC follower! I linked to your site through a comment you left on another site about loving frosting. Glad I stumbled upon all your sweet, yummy, goodness here!

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  29. I am a follower, I love your recipes!

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  30. Liked the Gooseberry Facebook Link, my email: camnkim@comcast.net would love to try out that cookbook!

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  31. I never heard of these cookbooks before. But from the recipe for the Pineapple cake it got to be good. I would make it with the light dressing since I started the get healthy thing. I am a follower. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best!

    Ps, - Ive posted this giveaway and recipe on my Facebook page.

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  32. I am a new follower and so glad to be here! Love all your recipes.

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  33. I love these recipes! I am a follower on facebook and thanks for visiting and your nice comments!

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  34. I am an existing follower and will always be!!!! love love love this blog and i share it with everyone :p

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  35. yummy! I am your newest follower!

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  36. Brand new follower. Your recipes are great!

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  37. I am a new GFC follower, but a long time reader. :)

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  38. I am a new follower. I made the pineapple cake last night and it was to DIE for! Loved it, Used only 1 cup sugar in the icing and it thickened up nicely. Will most definitely make it again. Thanks.
    sweetlildaisy5566@yahoo.com

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  39. I'm a follower via blogger dashboard. Is that the same as GFC follower? Love love love your recipes! Just had Stuffed French Bread last night. :)

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  40. I am a follower! Love the blog!

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  41. I am a new follower and love your recipes!!

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  42. What a GREAT recipe! Would you come over to CAST PARTY WEDNESDAY and share this yummy recipe with us?
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you there!
    Sheryl
    http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/?p=23007

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  43. All these recipes looks delicious. I forgot to say in my above comment, I'm a follower, sorry!

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  44. I follow Gooseberry Patch on Twitter

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  48. I am a follower of your wonderful blog!

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  51. I left a comment of the GooseBerry Patch blog, they asked what your favorite skillet meal is and I said I didn't have one but can't wait to try their Sausage Orzo skillet - that looks so good!

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  52. New follower here! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  53. I'm a new follower! I've made the pineapple cake & got the recipe back in the 1970's. Mine is called "Swedish Nut Cake". It's always been a favorite of mine. I'd love the opportunity to win a cookbook.

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  54. I left a comment on the Gooseberry Patch blog & joined their site.

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  55. These look great! Please post at my Taste This Thursday party! www.bellmiracle.blogspot.com

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  56. I am a new follower. I really enjoy your recipes.. Thank you!

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  57. Hi, just discovered your blog when an internet search for Texas Roadhouse brought up your recipe. As a new subscriber, I thank you for an opportunity to win this cookbook. Even if I don't win, I think I've hit the jackpot here! Thanks again!

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  58. Thanks for sharing such a delicious sounding recipe! So glad you stopped by and linked up to the Tuesday To Do Party!
    Smiles!
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    www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

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  59. I started following you on blogger last week!

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  60. I already follow Gooseberry patch on FB

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  61. I started following Gooseberry patch on Twitter

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  62. we love pineapple! I am making this!

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  63. The cake looks delicious! I'm a new follower!

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  64. Oh yummalicious! Pineapple sheet cake??? Count me in! Hey, come on down to www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com and link this great post (and any others you'd like to show off) to the Head to Head Showdown link party, it's happening right now! Hope to see you there! ~Jen P.S. I'm a new follower!

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  65. Hi there. Food on Friday: Pineapple is open for entries. This looks like a neat one! I do hope you link it in. This is the link . Cheers

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