bourboncake

If you’ve been looking for a unique sugarplum offering to add to your holiday dessert table, or need a knock-their-socks-off hostess gift for parties, search no further than Kentucky Woods Bourbon Barrel Cake (www.kentuckywoods.com).

This moist, tender and flavorful cake has no alcohol, but all the delicious flavor that accompanies an expertly made bourbon cocktail! This special creation is made by an independently owned bakery in Louisville, KY. Buy an extra or two because it freezes beautifully and works equally as well as a dessert offering or a morning coffeecake!

Kentucky Woods Bourbon Barrel Cake – Gotta Love It!

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fondue

If you really want to get the party started this holiday season, check out the recently released “Fondue Bible” Second Edition by Ilana Simon (www.robertrose.ca).

A form of tableside cooking that was popular in the 1970s is regaining in popularity and Simon offers 200 recipes in this revised guidebook, including a new party section with suggestions for creating theme parties that focus on a variety of fondue pots, including cheese, beef & chicken and dessert.  The recipe suggestions here are creative and diverse and go way beyond the traditional cheese and beer fondue that many people recall during the fondue heyday. If you have been looking for a cozy and delicious way to dine or entertain, “The Fondue Bible” offers plenty of inspiration.

The Fondue Bible Second Edition by Ilana Simon – Gotta Love It!

dreamlife

One of the best gifts you can give a loved one is the belief in themselves that they can obtain what they want and need in their lives as 2019 and another New Year approaches. “Create Your Dream Life Now” by Darrn Marc with Illustrations by Joan Coleman, published by Health Communications, Inc. (www.hcibooks.com) is a wonderful guidebook/workbook to put them on the right path.

This user-friendly guide challenges the reader to boil down into the simplest terms what they really desire to have happen to enjoy a fulfilled life. It presents numerous techniques, exercises and mental calesthentics to get out of the rut, off the rat race track, and really start seeing results of a new life and way of living that YOU want, rather than what others want for you.  And what’s great about this guidebook for holiday gift giving is that it won’t break, will never go out of style, and can be sent anywhere in the world!

“Create Your Dream Life Now” by Darren Marc, illustrations by Joan Coleman – Gotta love It!

paulcardall

If you want some soul-inspiring music this Christmas season to accompany your package wrapping, your trim trimming or simply enjoying  a cozy night by the fire, we highly recommend Paul Cardall Christmas CD (www.paulcardall.com) released just earlier this month by Stone Angel Music.

This American pianist and composer has put together an album featuring 13 selections that nicely balance such traditional Christmas hymns as Silent Night, Joy to the World and O Holy Night, with original hymns by Cardall himself.  The music on Paul Cardall Christmas is as bright and clear as the sky on a cold winter’s night, but has an amazing ability to warm your heart and make you feel hopeful.

Paul Cardall Christmas CD by Stone Angel Music – Gotta Love It!

watershed gin

Watershed Distillery of Columbus, Ohio (www.watersheddistillery.com)  has partnered with Cameron Mitchell Restaurants to produce the new Guild Series Gin,  already garnering recognition as the “Best Flavored Gin” at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

The distillers use a base of corn and apple, combined with delicate chamomile, nutmeg and rose petal flavors to create a very unique taste that is perfect for holiday entertaining.  We love the slightly sweet aroma, nicely balanced with a kick of citrus and other all natural flavors.  You can create an easy  House Gin Cocktail by combining freshly squeezed lemon juice and simple syrup with a jigger of Guild Series Gin,  stirring in muddled rosemary with yellow raisins before serving in a highball glass with crushed ice and a garnish of fresh lemon peel and rosemary. Watershed also offer additional craft liquors, including vodka, bourbon and brandy, all affordably priced for holiday gift giving.

Guild Series Gin from Watershed Distillery – Gotta Love It!

 

robinwilliams

If there is someone on your Christmas gift list who loves to laugh, we recommend the new “Robin Williams: Comic Genius” Collection from Time-Life (https://timelife.com/products/robinwilliams) as the perfect holiday stocking stuffer!

This twelve DVD set including 24-page commemorative booklet offers you viewing enjoyment from more than 60 performances featuring the quick wit and amazing timing and energy of the original “Mork from Ork”, Robin Williams. Included are 5 HBO stand-up specials, Robin’s late night and TV talk show appearances, interviews with family and friends, and previously unreleased footage from Williams’ USO tours, along with six episodes of the series that brought him international fame, including the Mork pilot.   Time-Life also offers a deluxe DVD collection featuring over 50 hours of this comedic genius’ talents, which spanned almost 40 years and unfortunately ended much too soon!

The Robin Williams: Comic Genius Collection from Time-Life – Gotta Love It!

hires

Charles E. Hires and the Drink that Wowed a Nation (www.temple.edu/tempress) is the fascinating story of Philadelphia entrepreneur Charles E. Hires and his 1876 launch of the first major soft drink industry brand in America, Hires Root Beer.

More than a century before marketing experts, social media, or internet blogs, and a full decade before the introduction of Coca-Cola, Charles Hires managed to put a bottle of his soft drink invention in the hands of as many people as possible, using such innovative advertising techniques for the times as colorful advertising trade cards. Hires’ story of entrepreneurial gumption makes for interesting reading.

“Charles E. Hires and the Drink that Wowed a Nation” — Gotta Love It!

If there is one spice blend you’ll want to make room for in your spice cabinet this fall, it has to be the aromatic and exotic “Zahtar” from Pereg Natural Foods (www.pereg-gourmet.com).

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 Pereg calls this combination of hyssop, salt, marjoram, oregano and sesame seeds a magic dust that has a wide variety of applications in the kitchen. Use it to add an earthy and aromatic flavor to French fries, steamed vegetables and rice, use it to season lamb, steak, chicken or pork, or add it to soup and stew creations. Zahtar has been a favorite in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine for centuries! Check out the entire collection of spices and spice blends offered by Pereg to make your holiday entrees, dishes, appetizers, and cocktails even more enticing!

zahtar

Zahtar Mixed Spice Blend from Pereg — Gotta Love It!

 

pumpkins

Here’s wishing all of our readers more treats than tricks today and a spooktacular Halloween holiday!

halloween

Halloween 2018 – Gotta Love It!

cheesecake

The release of the second edition of George Geary’s “The Cheesecake Bible” (www.robertrose.ca)  on Halloween is a sweet treat for cheesecake fans with more than a few new tricks included on how to present delicious and creative cheesecake versions that are unusual, create and savory rather than sweet.

This updated edition offers recipes for new savory cheesecakes that use such ingredients as heirloom tomatoes, garlic and chick peas, Maine lobster and chili with cheddar cheese. This volume also includes the many traditional cheesecake recipes that have made The Cheesecake Bible a favorite for years with home bakers, including Red Velvet Cheesecake, Caramel Apple Cheesecake and Lindy’s New York-Style Cheesecake.  With recipes for 300 sweet as well as savory cheesecakes included, you can just about serve a different cheesecake a day over the next year!  The Cheesecake Bible second edition also makes a great holiday gift for the sweet-tooth on your gift list.

The Cheesecake Bible Second Edition by George Geary – Gotta Love It!