Archives for the month of: July, 2014


Summer may be half gone according to the calendar, but your best grilling days can still be ahead of you, thanks to Rudolf Jaeger’s new book, “Grilling Like a Champion” (

Jaeger has compiled all of the information you need to know to successfully cook a variety of foods, not just meats, poultry and seafood, over wood or charcoal. The first section of the book is an interesting tutorial to help you hone your grilling skills, while the second half is chock-full of interesting and creative recipes, including Fruity-Style Cinnamon Ribs, Steak with Mango-Grapefruit Salsa, Meatloaf and Goulash prepared on the grill, and Grilled Tomatoes Stuffed with Mozzarella cheese. “Grilling Like a Champion” will inspire you to use your charcoal, wood or gas-fired grill all year long!

Grilling Like a Champion – Gotta Love It!

peachyodelsweet potato

When the family is gathered round the campfire in the backyard or on vacation this summer, there are some great selections from Pelican Publishing ( which introduce children to how fresh foods are grown, helping them to get interested in adding healthy fresh produce items into their diets. “Giant Peach Yodel” by Jan Peck and “Gigantic Sweet Potato” by Dianne de Las Casas are both beautifully illustrated, charming tales that will keep kids engaged. There’s even a recipe at the back of each book which the family can enjoying making together.

Childrens books from Pelican Publishing – Gotta Love It!

berry bibleSummer is berry season, when the freshest, juiciest, most delicious berry varieties start appearing at your local farmer’s markets. We try and get our fill of fresh raspberries every summer!

For a wonderful guide into the world of berries, check out Janie Hibler’s The Berry Bible ( In addition to plenty of background information about the standard blueberries, raspberries and strawberries, there is great information about much lesser known berry varieties such as elderberries, juneberries and huckleberries. The recipes featured here also go beyond dessert offerings to include main courses, sauces and confections, and there are nice pieces of berry trivia tucked into every chapter.

The Berry Bible by Janie Hibler – Gotta Love It!

If there is anything more refreshing than a bowl of freshly picked fruit this summer, it’s Fruttare’s ( newest addition to their delicious line-up of Fruttare Fruit Bars available in your local grocery’s frozen foods aisle.

Black Cherry (our favorite), Pineapple, Strawberry & Milk and Mixed Berry & Milk premiere this summer as the newest flavors, each displaying the sweet-tart tang of frozen fruit on a stick. When the temperatures reach above 90 – it’s time to reach into your freezer for a Fruttare Fruit Bar treat!

Fruttare Fruit Bars – Gotta Love It!