Archives for the month of: February, 2013

soups & stews

One nice thing about winter is that it forces you to slow down and hibernate for a while when Mother Nature decides to cancel your plans with a bout of ice and snow. But being cooped indoors can actually be delicious if you have a copy of Better Homes and Gardens new “Ultimate Soups & Stews Book” (www.wiley.com).

With 400 recipe offerings featured, many accompanied by four-color photos, you can create a different satisfying one-dish meal every day of week, ranging from a spicy Gingered Pork and Cabbage Stew to an Alphabet Soup with Turkey Meatballs. All of the soups and stews represented in this latest BHG guidebook are great for preparing ahead of time. This is a great reference book that you’ll find yourself referring to again and again for some dinnertime inspiration.

Better Homes and Gardens The ultimate Soups & Stews Book – Gotta Love It!

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Add a little passion to your Valentine’s Night celebration by toasting your significant other with Sandeman Chocolate Passion, an intoxicating blend of Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto (www.sandeman.eu) , Chivas Regal Scotch Whiskey in equal parts mixed with demerara (raw brown sugar) syrup, dry vermouth, white creme de cacao and a dash each of Angostura and orange bitters.

Serve in a rocks glass over ice with a heart-themed stir stick and a stemmed cherry.

Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto – Gotta Love It!

 

 

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Our cookbook pick of the week was inspired by the original Betty Crocker Cookbook that premiered during the 1950s. “Betty Goes Vegan” by Annie & Dan Shannon (www.meettheshannons.com) is a very entertaining compilation of 500 recipes that are cruelty-free versions of the ones first promoted by the Betty Crocker brand.

We like the friendly patter that the authors carry on throughout this cookbook almost as much as we like the variety of recipes featured. From Pumpkin Gnocchi and Cherry Cola Vegan Chicken Wings to Borscht for Vegans Who Don’t Like Beets and Strawberry and Rhubarb Pie, these recipes will have you planning a trip to your local grocery or farmer’s market and getting busy in the kitchen!

Betty Goes Vegan – Gotta Love It!

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Have more than one person you want to give your heart to this Valentine’s Day?  The Hershey Company makes that dilemma easy by offering you two heart-shaped goodie boxes this season, one filled with chocolate covered hearts and the other with  creamy truffles (www.celebratewithhersheys.com).

If the object of your heart’s desire loves peppermint, the choice is York Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Pattie hearts with just the right blend of mint and chocolate. The blue heart-shape box is perfect for gift giving or they are also available in cellophane packaging that is great to use as party fare.  Want a more elegant presentation? Then Hershey’s Pot of Gold Truffles Collection featuring milk and dark chocolate truffles that melt in your mouth is the right confection choice. The packaging is already so beautiful, all you need is a ribbon or bow for some added flair.

Hershey’s Pot of Gold Truffles Collection and York Peppermint Pattie Hearts – Gotta Love It!

 

 

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If you like an old fashioned thick cookie that is moist and chewy , they you will love Sweet Andy’s Cookies (www.sweetandyscookies.com) , a great treat to take the chill out of winter!

These are the kind of huge cookies that your grandmother used to bake, big enough to break nicely in half to share and large enough to dunk into a mug of steaming hot cocoa or coffee. Although the mint chocolate and traditional sugar varieties are our favorite flavor picks, there are also chocolate chip, chocolate, triple chip, oatmeal raisin, lemon and pumpkin varieties to choose from.  This Westhampton Beach, NY business produces a gourmet cookie guaranteed to make you smile!  With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, treat yourself or someone you love to some delicious cookies as a sweet way to say Happy Hearts Day!

Sweet Andy’s Cookies – Gotta Love It!