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Tammy Wynette was a Country Music legend who left us all too soon, but this paperback edition of her popular 1990 cookbook reminds us  that her talents stretched far beyond the entertainment world.

The Tammy Wynette Southern Cookbook (www.pelicanpub.com)  is a wonderful collection of 279 recipes for her favorite comfort foods, ranging from Spinach Pie , Sweet Potato Casserole and Salmon Patties to Sour Cream Pound Cake and Banana Pudding. Many of the notations accompany each recipe recall which family member shared it with her, along with remembrances of kitchen-days and family celebrations past. If you love good and hearty comfort food dishes, this is a cookbook to help you savor life’s simpler pleasures of good food and good company.

The Tammy Wynette Southern Cookbook – Gotta Love It!

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Nobody who enjoys home cooking wants to waste valuable time or money having cakes flop, broiled fish come out dry or experience any of the other hundreds of cooking problems that can land supper in the trash bin rather than your plate.

The Cook’s Problem Solver by Helen Kowtaluk (www.pelicanpub.com) offers the home chef at any level of expertise a wide-ranging reference book that quickly answers 500 of the most common cooking questions and provides quick and easy solutions. Whether your pears won’t ripen, your haddock is overcooked, or your egg white merinque doesn’t peak,  this guide offers an explanation as to what’s happening and how to prevent it. The Cook’s Problem Solver  is a worthy addition to any home culinary library and provides an easy way to search for a multitude of solutions to kitchen disappointments so they don’t enjoy a repeat performance.

The Cook’s Problem Solver by Helen Kowtaluk – Gotta Love It!

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Even if you don’t have a Valentine today, it’s still a great day to celebrate love, friendship and having a happy heart!

Sparkling Ice Strawberry Lemonade (www.sparklingice.com) is the perfect sugar-free, caffeine-free all natural sparkling water to use today as an ingredient in creating both alcoholic and virgin cocktails that are in the pink for V-day!  It has a sweet-tart flavor that is a lot like the highs and lows of every true romance and tastes great right from the bottle after chilling, served on the rocks, or combined with gin or vodka and garnished with a lemon wheel for the perfect Happy Hearts Cocktail.  It’s also a great beverage choice for children’s parties since they won’t get a sugar high from drinking it and they love its beautiful color!

Sparkling Ice Strawberry Lemonade – Gotta Love It!

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February 13th celebrates Fat Tuesday this year, the culmination of Mardi Gras, or the Carnival in New Orleans. Even if you can’t be there in person this year, artist Andrea Mistretta has collected her amazing annual colorful posters in a book called “Mardi Gras Parade of Posters”  from Pelican Publishing Company. (www.pelicanpub.com).

The more than two dozen vibrant illustrations featured in this volume represent a combination of imagination and fantasy, presented in an eye-catching explosion of color.  The book also contains a chapter in which the artist illustrates the painstaking and loving process she uses to create her annual works of art that celebrate  Mardi Gras and its philosophy of “letting the good times roll.”

“Mardi Gras Parade of Posters” by Andrea Mistretta – Gotta Love It!

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If you want a special treat for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day or any other morning, check out the croissant selection available from Williams-Sonoma (www.williams-sonoma.com).

These ship to you ready for baking and with a little time (at least 9 hours overnight for proofing) and a little effort (15 minutes bake time after brushing with an egg wash), your reward will be heavenly delicious and puffy freshly baked croissants that rival anything you can get at your local fast food or bakery establishment. Add a steaming hot cup of coffee or tea and you have a treat guaranteed to get your day off to a delicious start! Choose from traditional, almond-filled (our favorite), dark chocolate or mini croissants that can be stored in the freezer for future enjoyment.

Williams-Sonoma plain or filled Croissants – Gotta Love It!

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If you are out and about this weekend, steer your car in the direction of your favorite local bookstore and pick up a copy of Michael Turback’s wonderful “What A Swell Party It Was! (www.skyhorsepublishing.com).

Turback takes the reader on a delightful trip back in time to more than two dozen glittering establishments where the fun and entertaining was always top-notch, and the menus and service always memorable. Get a historical snapshot of such glamorous places as Chicago’s Blackhawk, Los Angeles’ Coconut Grove, New York’s Rainbow Room and Stork Club, and Hollywood’s Mocambo and Florentine Gardens. Four recipes you can recreate at home are included for each nightclub, covering signature cocktails, main courses, appetizers and desserts. This book is a must-have guide to a time when people really knew how to throw a great party!

“What A Swell Party It Was!” by Michael Turback – Gotta Love It!

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When creating cocktails for you and your sweetie on Valentine’s Day this year, stock your bar with bottles of Beetology in assorted flavors (www.beetology.com) as the perfect cocktail mixer.

Beetology is crisp and refreshing cold-pressed beet juice, featuring pure beet juice combined with vegetables, tropical fruits, berries, cherries, or tart lemon and ginger. Whether you are creating sangria, a pina colada, a cosmopolitan or a margarita, you can use Beetology juice as a key ingredient for added nutrition, beautiful color and super flavor.  And if you are between Valentines this season, why not be good to yourself and enjoy the Beetology cocktail of your choice or simply pour on the rocks and savor this nutrient dense organic juice.

Pictured above is the Beetology Zinger 

3 oz. Beetology Beet + Lemon + Ginger

1.5 oz. Gin

Candied ginger and lemon peel garnish

 

Directions

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add Beetology and gin.

Shake until chilled, strain and garnish with a lemon peel and candied ginger.

Beetology in Valentine’s Day Cocktails – Gotta Love It!

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If ice and snow have you homebound for the day, “The Cozies, The Legend of Operation Moonlight” by T. L. Fischer (www.tlfischer.net) will help take you on a magikal and mystical adventure.

“The Cozies” are figments of the imagination sprung to life to help rescue a toddler in peril. The book’s lush and vivid descriptions and fast-paced action will appeal to children of all ages!

The Cozies: The Legend of Operation Moonlight” by T.L.Fischer – Gotta Love It!

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We were recently introduce to several of the Carrington Farms line-up of products (www.carringtonfarms.com) and have been experimenting with them to create some delicious breakfast and snack smoothies.

Organic Coconut Protein Blend provides 20 grams of organic plant protein and a hearty 8 grams of fiber. Add it to smoothies, shakes or even into baked good recipes. Another Carrington Farms winner is Organic Milled Flax Seeds, adding that all-important omega-3 fatty acids, lignans and fiber to your smoothie, morning oatmeal or yogurt sundae. Check out the entire line of natural food products offered by Carrington Farms for almost 20 years, all created with organic, non-genetically modified ingredients to support your good health and wellness.

Carrington Farms Organic Coconut Protein Blend and Organic Milled Flax Seeds – Gotta Love It!

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If your significant other, or other favorite family member or friend loves sport fishing, the perfect gift for them this Valentine’s Day is the Lucky Tackle Box (www.LuckyTackleBox.com).

This subscription service, which can be ordered in durations of 1, 3, 6 or 12 months, delivers a box chock full of items for the fishing enthusiast directly to their address, including the latest lures, tackle and accessories, along with a copy of FishHound Magazine and access to YouTube instructional videos. There are nine different boxes to choose from, based on fish species including trout, walleye and bass, and many boxes include items not yet released to the general public so that Lucky Tackle Box subscribers can try them first.  The Lucky Tackle Box surprises your gift recipient with an array of tools designed to make sport fishing a more satisfying experience and is a great alternative to traditional Valentine or birthday gifts!

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The Lucky Tackle Box subscription service – Gotta Love It!