Gooseberry Patch and Mid-Ohio Foodbank are Cooking for a Cause this Holiday Season

Special-edition cookbook from independent Ohio-based publisher to raise funds for area hunger-relief organization Mid-Ohio Foodbank
Sept. 15, 2011 - PRLog -- With the holiday season approaching, it's not too early to think about gift-giving...and what could be better than giving a heartfelt gift that also gives back to the community?

Recipes for Warming Hearts, brand new from bestselling cookbook publisher Gooseberry Patch, is just that gift. A charming mini-cookbook that's a perfect under-$10 holiday gift, it has the added benefit of lending a helping hand to local families in need.

"Gooseberry Patch is all about food, friends and family," says Jo Ann Martin, co-founder of the Columbus-based publisher. "So when we were thinking of how we could help families, both during the holiday season and year 'round, it made sense to partner with a local organization who's already doing such a fantastic job helping central Ohio families struggling with hunger."

“We’re grateful to be the beneficiary of Gooseberry Patch’s Recipes for Warming Hearts,” said Mid-Ohio Foodbank president and CEO Matt Habash. “With its Recipes for a Cause series, Gooseberry Patch not only provides great gift ideas for cooks everywhere, but also the gift of food for many who would otherwise go without.”

Recipes for Warming Hearts is the third in Gooseberry Patch's Recipes for a Cause cookbook series, following Recipes for Saying Thanks (2010) and Recipes for Kindness (2009). For each book purchased, Gooseberry Patch donates 12-1/2% of the purchase price to central Ohio-based Mid-Ohio Foodbank, a member organization of Feeding America, the nation's leading hunger-relief charity. To date, Gooseberry Patch has donated thousands of dollars to help fight hunger in the United States.

"Recipes for Warming Hearts has lots of simple ideas for little acts of kindness, plus a collection of some of our best recipes for making and giving gifts from the heart," says Vickie Hutchins, co-founder of Gooseberry Patch. "The book's sweet little size and beautiful watercolor artwork make it collectible, giftable and totally feel-good-able...a perfect gift for  dear friends."

Recipes for Warming Hearts
Release Date: September 1, 2011
Distribution: 4,000 specialty retailers nationwide and http://www.gooseberrypatch.com
Full color, Softcover, 48 pages, 5-1/2" square
Publisher: Exclusively designed by Gooseberry Patch
Language: English
MSRP: $7.95
Series: Recipes for Kindness (2009), Recipes for Saying Thanks (2010)

Make this recipe from Recipes for Warming Hearts to share with a special someone!

Cream Cheese-Filled Cupcakes
18-1/4 oz. pkg. German chocolate cake mix
1 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 c. sugar
1 egg, beaten
8-oz. pkg. cream cheese

Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Fill paper-lined muffin cups 1/2 full. Combine remaining ingredients; mix well. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool completely. Makes about 2 dozen.

About Mid-Ohio Foodbank
Mid-Ohio Foodbank provides food to hundreds of thousands of hungry Ohioans each year by partnering with more than 500 emergency feeding sites across central and eastern Ohio, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior centers, and after-school programs. For over 30 years, the Foodbank has been dedicated to feeding hungry people by collecting and distributing food and grocery products, educating the community about hunger, advocating for hunger-relief programs, and collaborating with others who address basic human needs. For more information visit http://www.midohiofoodbank.org.

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Back in 1984, Vickie Hutchins and Jo Ann Martin were next-door neighbors raising their families in Delaware, Ohio. They were two moms with small children looking for a way to do what they loved and stay home with the kids too. They shared a love of home cooking and making memories with family & friends. After many a conversation over the backyard fence, Gooseberry Patch was born.

Today, Gooseberry Patch is best known for its homestyle family-friendly cookbooks and line of art calendars. With more than 200 titles and nearly 9 million copies in print, plus a new collection of eBooks, Gooseberry Patch has grown from a kitchen-table operation to a nationally recognized best-selling publisher. Affordably priced from 99 cents to $16.95, the books are themed with today's time-strapped, budget-conscious families in mind. Many recipes include personal stories from contributors, giving the cookbooks a warm community feel that has proven extremely popular among cookbook fans and collectors.
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