Archives for the month of: January, 2013

Get ready for gridiron action this coming Sunday when the Baltimore Ravens face the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 47 competition. Two beers crafted in Mexico are worth considering for your buffet line-up because both are delicious to pair with a variety of foods — Tecate Cerveza (www.tecate.com) and Cerveza Bohemia. Tecate is the milder of the pair, with Bohemia more rich and complex tasting.

Beers crafted  South of the border – Gotta Love It!

 

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Kontos Foods (www.kontos.com) has launched  two versions of its great, new ready to use crepe products — traditional French style and Savory crepes.

These paper-thin delicious crepes are handy to have at the ready to create filled desserts and wrap sandwiches for the buffet. We tried a ham and brie cheese filling using the Savory variety that was outstanding, and used the sweeter French style as a dessert offering, filled with freshly whipped cream, sliced strawberries and chocolate chips, another winner.  Now it’s easy to enjoy authentic crepes anytime without the fuss and mess and making them yourself! They would be perfect to offer on Super Bowl Sunday with a variety of fillings and let your guests go to town. We recommend microwaving them for a few seconds prior to using to increase their pliability and softness.

Kontos French-Style Traditional and Savory Crepes – Gotta Love It!

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If you want a surefire Valentine Day’s idea, no one can resist a person offering a box of Perugina dark chocolate baci (www.baciperugina.ca)   – that’s Italian for kiss – in a special seasonal heart-shaped box. Each chocolate “Baci”  is elegantly wrapped in foil and has intense dark chocolate and hazlenut flavors. Perugina has a long history of having people become addicted to their finely crafted chocolate candies and rightfully so – you won’t settle for anything less once you try one of the dark chocolate and nut gems contained in this gorgeous little box decorated with red ribbon!

The Baci Cardboard Dark Chocolate Baci heart-shaped box offers a generous serving of 9 pieces for less than $10 (www.colavita.com/store)!

Perugina Baci Dark Chocolate in a Special Seasonal Heart Shaped Box – Gotta Love It!

 

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If you werre lucky enough over the holidays to receive a homemade goodie packaged in a Mason jar, you can continue to enjoy that jar as a beverage container or storage unit using the very clever caps available at reCAP Mason Jars (www.recapmasonjars.com).

The caps are dishwasher safe, come in two sizes to fit regular Mason jars as well as the wide-mouth versions and are easy to screw on and off. So don’t throw away your old Mason jars – repurpose them with reCAP!

reCAP Mason Jars – Gotta Love It!

 

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Need help in keeping your New Year’s Resolution to dine healther in 2013? The new “Raw Food for Dummies” by Cherie Soria and Dan Ladermann (www.dummies.com) offers some great inspiration, featuring more than 100 recipes, great suggestions on how to make your kitchen more raw food preparation friendly, and even how to enjoy more raw food, nutritionally dense snack items for on the go.

“Raw Food for Dummies” – Gotta Love It!