Archives for the month of: October, 2013

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Few spices enjoy the popularity, intensity and exhileration associated with fresh cinnamon. This year, the 2013 World Vision Gift Catalog www.worldvision.org enables you to help individuals and families in communities around the globe to achieve a better life at the same time you gift a friend or family member with something special.

One of the new gift offerings being showcased this holiday season is “Prosperity Cinnamon” , a gorgeous hand-crafted Cinnamon Box filled with an intoxicating supply of this aromatic fresh spice direct from Vietnam. Did you know that seasoning your food with cinnamon helps bring an increase in money, good luck and overall good fortune? We love it over morning toast, to season baked apples and pie and to add to freshly brewed coffee.  Other hand-crafted gift ideas available through World Vision include a Fair Trade Coffee Set, a beautiful patchwork tote,  silk scarves, Christmas ornaments and  jewelry. You can help eradicate world poverty and do your Christmas shopping, all at the same time!

Prosperity Cinnamon and the World Vision 2013 Gift Catalog – Gotta Love It!

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new southwest

If your recipes in your party entertaining file are getting pretty dull, shake things up with Meagan Micozzi’s new cookbook release, The New Southwest (www.scarlettabakes.com).

This beautifully illustrated guide celebrates the regional cuisine of the American Southwest, featuring a wide range of “classic flavors with a modern twist”, including Whipped Agave Ancho Butter, Caramel-Soaked Mexican Chocolate Pancakes,  Citrus & Herb Red Snapper and Skillet-Baked Corn Pudding.  More than 80 suggestions for dishes that are colorful, flavorful and a definite departure from run of the mill buffet offerings.

The New Southwest by Meagen Micozzi – Gotta Love It!

 

carpeting

Before the hoards of guests begin descending on your home for the holiday season, is it time for a carpeting makeover at your house? Don’t invest in new carpeting, whether it be full wall to wall or just an area rug, without consulting the best handy pocket guide, “All About Carpets” (www.allaboutcarpetsbook.com). It’s  a very informative and user-friendly guide to making the best investment in carpet written by Glenn Revere, a veteran of the carpeting industry.  Great tips about choosing color, padding, wool vs. synthetic, and much more to make your house cozy and snug with carpets as the design accent.

All About Carpets by Glenn Revere – Gotta Love It!

evolution pillow

We are firm believers in napping as a strong factor in maintaining good mental health. But whether you are on the road or in your office, it’s just not convenient to find a couch or daybed to stretch out on for 15 to 20 minutes. But no need with the wonderful Cabeau Evolution Pillow, described as “The Travel Pillow That Works” (www.cabeau.com).

This lightweight yet study pillow fits nicely around your neck to allow you to catch a few winks whether aboard an airliner, a bus, train or even sitting in your office chair. There’s a handy side pocket for storing your cellphone or MP3 players, the comfy soft cover can easily be removed for washing and the pillow comes with a travel bag for easy transport. Comes in a choice of colors, but our favorite is the hot pink special edition that allows benefits breast cancer research.  The Evolution Pillow takes napping to a new artform and makes it easy and convenient to get some dreamtime, either while travelling or when taking a creative break in the office.

The Evolution Pillow – Gotta Love It!

junior's home cooking

The crazier the world gets these days, the more important home becomes. Junior’s Home Cooking (www.taunton.com) celebrates all of the classic comfort food recipes served the “Junior’s Way” at the New York landmark eatery opened by Harry Rosen back in 1950.

Forget the calories, the gluten content and the low-fat versions, and go for the gusto with this wonderful compilation from Alan Rosen & Beth Allen, featuring more than 100 recipes ranging from Homemade Chunky Applesauce and Maryland Crab Cakes to Brisket with Roasted Vegetables and Classic New York Cheesecake. Take our advice and order two copies of this book because one you will definitely want to keep and cherish and the other share with a family member or friend who could use a little comfort food these days.

Junior’s Home Cooking by Alan Rosen & Beth Allen – Gotta Love It!

 

 

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What’s brewing in your teapot these days, now that autumn is turning the temperatures chill and crisp?

Tetley (http://www.tetleyusa.com/blackandgreen) has introduced a delicious new blend called Tetley Black and Green. Each sachet produces a rich and satisfying amber-colored cup of tea guaranteed to make you feel satisfied and contented. So if you can decide whether or not to brew black tea or green tea, you can enjoy both in Tetley’s new Black and Green blend.

Tetley Black and Green Tea – Gotta Love It!

 

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Want to put a smile on someone’s face as big as a Jack O’Lantern’s? Send them one of the terrific Halloween-themed gift selections from GourmetGiftBaskets.com (www.GourmetGiftBaskets.com).

These goodies are the perfect solution when you can’t be there in person to say thank you, congratulations, Happy Halloween or I’m thinking of you. There are almost 40 different gift choices that can be shipped for Halloween celebrating, including a Spooktacular Sweets Mug filled with brand name candy bar items, an Orchard’s Abundance Gourmet Fruit Basket or the ever popular Goblin’s Grub Popcorn Tin, a trio of sweet, crunchy and delicious Caramel Apple, Worms in the Dirt and White Chocolate Candy Corn popcorn. And with the Christmas season right around the corner, GourmetGiftBaskets.com also offers great ideas for the Thanksgiving , Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. Our gift of Goblin’s Grub came very well packaged with ice packs so the quality of the popcorn was not affected by unseasonably warm weather! And our Spooktacular Sweets Mug was jam-packed with some of our favorite quality candy brands, including Twizzlers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Peanut M & M’s.

These treats are reasonably priced, starting at $17.99 and there’s no trick to getting 10 percent off your order – simply use Promo Code Gourmet10!

GourmetGiftBaskets.com – Gotta Love It!

 

 

 

baking

Many people enjoy gifting others during the holiday season with something lovin’ from their oven. The new Better Homes & Garden Baking recipe book (www.bhg.com) is a spectacular visual treat that’s worthy of giving as a gift itself in addition to providing the reader with more than 300 baked goods recipes, tips and techniques, from novice through professional levels of skill.

The photography is so gorgeous it feels like you could almost reach inside the page and grab a sweet snack for yourself. Good tutorial in the front of the book regarding bakery basics and we especially like the section on cookies and artesenal bread creations.

Better Homes & Gardens Baking – Gotta Love It!

 

best cookies

Cookies are among our favorite treats on any sugarplum holiday buffet, and we love the artistic inspiration provided by the new cookbook offering from Julie Anne Hession, “100 Best Decorated Cookies” ( www.robertrose.ca).

Beautiful color photography accompanies the step by step instructions for creating such themed sugar cookies as Autumn Leaves, Christmas Trees, Squirrels, Snowmen, circus and farm animals and winter accessories. Spiral binding on this book makes it easy to lay flat while following the directions. Great resource section for where to find  cookie baking ingredients and accessories by mail order.

“100 Best Decorated Cookies” by Julie Anne Hession – Gotta Love It!

 

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We discovered the perfect gift item for the chocolate lover on your list this holiday season.  Lindt USA (www.lindt.com) has introduced two gorgeous gift bags filled with a collection of their melt in your mouth gourmet chocolate wrapped Lindor truffles in  a variety of flavors.

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The Snowflake Holiday Gift Bag is filled with 75 Lindor Chocolate Truffles, each wrapped candy the perfect combination of silky smooth chocolate shell and luxurious rich chocolate filling.

The Cardinal Gift Bag is a handsome container filled with light, dark and white chocolate truffles and features a peek-a-boo window showcasing the scrumptious sugarplums inside.

Available at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets (www.premiumoutlets.com) or by mail order. Don’t forget to purchase additional gift bags for holiday entertaining, because these superb chocolate truffles make a festive candy treat on the buffet table, or serve as a chic dessert offering after dinner along with a glass of premium port or sherry.

Lindt Holiday Collection of Lindor Chocolate Truffles – Gotta Love It!