Hoppin’ Jane from Gooseberry Patch’s 101 Hearty Recipes!


Another yummy one!  It’s under sides but we made a meal of it!

Hoppin’ Jane

  • 4 slices of bacon, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 c onion, chopped
  • 1/4 c celery, chopped
  • 1/4 c red pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 16 ounce can black-eyes peas, drained
  • 1 1/4 c instant rice, uncooked
  • 1 c water
  • 1 c chicken broth
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a skillet over medium-high heat, cook bacon until crisp.  Remove bacon to drain on paper towels; reserving 2 teaspoons drippings in skillet.  Add onion, celery, bell pepper and garlic to drippings and saute 3 minutes or until softened.  Stir in remaining ingredients; bring to a boil over high heat.  Cover, remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes or until rice is tender.  Garnish with crumbled bacon.  Serves 4.

Now here is how you can win a copy of this great cookbook!


All you have to do is leave a comment at the end of each post pertaining to this giveaway and Early Bird Review and consider yourself entered.  I will be posting 4 delectable recipes from this book over the next two weeks and then on Monday August 8th I will draw a name from the trusty mason jar and announce the winner.  So counting today’s post which is really an introduction, you have 5 chances to get your name in the drawing!  And of course it would be nice of you to tell your friends if you have facebook or a blog of your own.  Here is a little button for you to use:


Good luck in the drawing and Happy Cooking!

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Susan H

The recipe looks yummy. Will definitely have to try it. I would love to win the cookbook. Love Gooseberry Patch.


This is similar to the Hopp’in John recipe that is a traditional New Years Dish. Sounds great and agree with you could easily be a main dish. Thanks.


This looks so delicious and easy to make! I love new cookbooks!

that looks really yummy! I think we’d make a meal out of it too. My kids might even eat it… they’ve recently decided they like anything with bacon.

Melissa Cissell

My youngest loves bacon. He would eat this with momma. LOL


I have all the ingredients.. on my menu for tonight!!

Thanks for the chance to win this cookbook!

Rhonda Darbro

My husband loves Black Eyed peas so can’t wait to try this for him. I would love to win this new GBP cookbook!


LOOKS GREAT! Can’t wait to try it!

Janet Waugh

Looks good, I would love to win this GBP cookbook. Thanks

I am going to fix this tonight, it looks and sounds wonderful!


MMM…bacon and rice! I love Goosebery Patch cookbooks!!

Lottie Heinicke

I will be making this tonight looks super easy! I would love to win this cookbook!

Nicole daniels

Looks good and simple enough. I will make this very soon.

Chris Smith

Mmmmmmm….sounds so good and yummy! Will have to try it soon….Just love Gooseberry Patch…Would love to win this cookbook!

Angie Burke

Would absolutely LOVE to win this cookbook! Thanks =)

cheryl seybert

Guess whats for dinner tonight! Can’t wait to try it!

Susan Ray

This recipe looks fantastic. We will definitely be trying this one in the near future.

I love black eye peas, so this will be a great addition to my recipes. Thanks so much. Would love to win the Gooseberry Patch cookbook.

Vanessa Rinaldo

One word: YUMMO!!

I LOVE Gooseberry. Fun and versatile recipes.


I am always looking for new meal idea so the idea of a new cook book is exciting

Diane Gregory

Hi. I’m new to this site and I love it! The recipes are great and simple. I have tried the Monterey Chicken and my family loves it. I can’t wait to make more recipes from your blog. Keep up the good work.

I have been buying Goose Berry Patch Items for years,and I miss the catalog and other Items…and I would love to win this new cookbook…keep up good work and thanks for the memories….

Oh my…my mouth is watering!! This recipe looks delish!!

This looks like it would be wonderful, no matter the weather! Will have to make this one! Thanks!!


Love, love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks! This would make a wonderful addition to my small collection.


Oh I love Dirty Rice recipes! This one is so easy too! TFS!

mary fanara coleman

I have never made anything like this. Looks yummmy. Hope I get to win!!

karen leboldus

Would love this cookbook!

Nancy Narma

Looks wonderful..I’ll have to try this. When I make Spanish Rice, I use bacon with the veggies..there’s just something about it that I like it better than ground beef.

jan kearse

recipe looks great, can’t wait to try it! love the title of this book! classic!!

Karen samples

Would love your cookbook. I am not a good cook but I am trying
You book might help


Looks delicious ! I would love to win a Gooseberry Cookbook ! ! !

sounds like an ideal dish to prepare since it is sooooooooo hot this summer would go great with a cook out……….i have purchased so many of your books…would like to win one…thanx

Elizabeth Hamamoto

I triedthis recipe on my family-It was a big hit!

Lillian Lane

I’ve had Hoppin’ Jack on New Year’s, but it looks like it is time for a change. This looks yummy, but I’ll bet it would be even yummier with fresh black-eyed peas, which are not easily found in California for some reason. I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I found some at a farmer’s market in San Luis Obispo, where my son went to college.

michelle glenn

Yum-o!! Gonna have to give this one a try.

jolee blackmon

I will be trying this one for sure!

amy bromley

I would love, love, love to win a Gooseberry Patch cookbook!! They are the best cookbooks ever!


It looks so good. I love easy recipes. And…simple ones..Thanks for sharing..


Yummy! This recipe sounds so good! It’s what’s for dinner tonite! Thanks for the great recipe! Would love to have this cookbook! My husband is an old fashioned hearty country boy! These are his favorite recipes!

Peggy Adkisson

Love all your cook books that I have

Mary from Mn

That looks good! Love Gooseberry Patch!!


I’m a Hoppin’ John kinda girl, so Hoppin’ Jane must be right for me!

sounds like an ideal dish for this hot weather.i have purchased many of your books would be great to win one!!!

Stephanie S.

Yum! Thanks for the chance to win a cookbook!


Love, love, love Gooseberry Patch!! Looking forward to trying this recipe!


Looks YUMMY!!! Would LOVE to win the cookbook!!! :)

Anne Omand

This looks like a great recipe! I love any kind of cookbook.