Archives for the month of: September, 2014

spice & Herb

The fabulous updated edition of The Spice & Herb Bible, meticulously researched by Ian Hemphill with recipes by Kate Hemphill (,  premieres on October 16. It’s certainly worthy of a place in your culinary library.

Plenty of fascinating information, facts and lore about nearly 100 herbs and spices, both common and exotic, used in kitchens around the world, nicely complemented by easy to prepare recipes showcasing those specific herbs and spices. At a whopping 800 pages, this is one guidebook you will be referring to quite often.

The Spice & Herb Bible (3rd Edition)  by Ian and Kate Hemphill – Gotta Love It!


We haven’t used a speck of toothpaste in our daily oral health regimen for the past three weeks and are glad to report that our teeth and gums are in their best shape ever. We’ve tossed that toothpaste tube (so last century) in favor of Revitin (, an all natural oral therapy paste that offers therapy for healthier teeth and gums.

We tried both the CitrusClean as well as the Cinnafresh flavor (our favorite) and it was a pleasure to not feel as through you were scrubbing your teeth with a mouthful of chemicals. Revitin features a proprietary blend of vitamins, trace minerals and nutritional co-factors designed to provide bioeffective oral therapy every time you brush your teeth. It was a pleasure brushing with Revitin, which tastes great, and had a fast healing effect on our gums – no more irritation!

Revitin – Gotta Love It!

tofu spaghetti

If you love pasta but are following a gluten-free diet, you should know about a wonderful offering from House Foods ( – The Original Tofu Shirataki.

This product is created using Konnyaku flour (Asian Yam) and tofu to create a creative alternative to traditional pasta that is very low in calories (10 per serving), and versatile  enough to use in soups, salads or as an entree in itself. We tried the Spaghetti Shirataki (there’s also fettuccine, macaroni and angel hair versions) with browned butter and onions and were amazed at how close the taste was to regular pasta. Because tofu assumes the flavor profile of the ingredients it’s used with, there are an endless variety of sauces with spices and vegetables you can use  to dress up Tofu Shirataki for your meals this fall.

House Foods Tofu Shirataki – Gotta Love It!


Would you like to be able to savor your morning coffee, knowing that your decision to make a nominal donation actually changed someone’s life for the better?  Well, World Vision makes it possible for you to do just that ( by donating to those in the world who need your help the most in exchange for you receiving a fabulous handcrafted gift, including free shipping.

The Fair Trade Coffee Set, featuring whole bean coffee in a colorful African bag with a hand-carved scoop (and believe us when we tell you from personal experience that these beans brew up into the world’s best tasting coffee), is jut one of the gifts you get for your donation, ranging between $45 and $125. Other gifts you can choose from include an African Soapstone Box, A Royal Silk Scarf, A Kenyan Patchwork Tote, A Silver Vines Cuff bracelet, Hand-carved Serving Spoons and Prosperity Cinnamon beautifully packaged in a bark box. You can also donate outright to gift a needy family with everything from chicken to livestock. The World Vision method of holiday gift giving is really a win-win situation for everyone.

The World Vision 2014 Christmas Gift Catalog — Gotta Love It!

tasting the seasons

At 10:29 p.m. this evening, we’ll all be welcoming a new season! What better way to celebrate Fall than with Kerry Dunnington’s new cookbook, “Tasting the Seasons” (

Dunnington has dipped into her own family’s deep culinary files and is eager to share a wide variety of dishes that focus on fruits, vegetables, herbs and other foodstuffs that are in their peak of ripeness to enjoy. From a Spinach, Tomato and Rice Pie to Carrot and Leek Gratin or Mushroom and Barley Soup, the emphasis here is making it quick, fresh and delicious using the best ingredients available now at your local Farmer’s Market. We think this book will make a great stocking stuffer for the upcoming Christmas holiday, too!

Tasting The Seasons by Kerry Dunnington – Gotta Love It!


Resistance training provides such a great way to tone up flabby muscles, not to mention the health benefits for strong bones. Fitgevity ( makes it easy to exercise at home or on the road with its set of easy to transport Fitgevity Resistance Bands.

These are extremely well made bands that are durable without being heavy, in addition to being colorful to help brighten up your mood while exercising. The carry bag makes it convenient to throw these into the car or your suitcase when travelling so there’s no excuse to skip your exercise routine while on the road. There are also helpful articles, tips and illustrations offered on the Fitgevity website  (click on Pop-A-Bead) so that you can understand how to use these Resistance Bands properly to achieve maximum results.

Fitgevity Resistance Bands – Gotta Love It!


There’s an easy and simple way to add more essential Omega-3 fats to your daily diet, along with healthy protein. Keep a packet of Nutiva Hempseed (  in your kitchen pantry for easy sprinkling over hot or cold soups, salads and even hot breakfast cereals or  dessert puddings.

This organic superfood features a mildly nutty flavor that bumps up the taste as well as the nutritional content of a wide range of recipes, from breakfast through dinner.

Nutiva Organic Hempseed – Gotta Love It!


It’s that time of year when the early bird catches the worm when it comes to Christmas shopping. We have always been a fan of gifting family and friends with cookbooks, but our find today is another sort of culinary resource.

Rather than a collection of recipes, “The Cook’s Essential Kitchen Dictionary”/ Second Edition by Jacques L. Rolland ( is a well-researched and thoroughly enjoyable compendium of all sorts of descriptions for terms relating to foods, cooking and all things culinary. This makes a great armchair cookbook to read on those long, wintry nights. No matter what page you turn to, you’ll find yourself learning something new or gaining some new insight about what goes on in the kitchen.

The Cook’s Essential Kitchen Dictionary/ Second Edition by Jacques L. Rolland  – Gotta Love It!

coconut sugar

The next time a recipe calls for sugar or you want to add a touch of sweetness to your coffee or hot tea, reach for Nutiva Coconut Sugar ( instead.

The color is an appealing dark brown similar to brown sugar with a slightly spicy aroma. Try it as a topping for your morning oatmeal or cream of wheat, or sprinkle a little on your buttered toast for some island appeal. The flavor is slightly nutty and you don’t need to use a lot to realize great taste. Made from fresh coconut sap, Nutiva Coconut Sugar is an unrefined and unprocessed alternative to white sugar cane products that also offers you the added bonus of potassium, B Vitamins, magnesium, iron and zinc.

Nutiva Coconut Sugar – Gotta Love It!


The Mary’s Gone Crackers (  brand of snacks makes it possible for those on a gluten-free, dairy-free diet to continue to enjoy cookies made with whole food ingredients and low-glycemic sweeteners. One of the many Mary’s Gone Crackers cookie offerings is their line of Ginger Snaps, the perfect sweet treat partner to a cup of freshly brewed tea.

These cookies have the zesty bite of authentic ginger blended with an aromatic spiciness. Every cookie is sized to provide a few bites of confectionary goodness without a trace of gluter or dairy. In addition to enjoying Mary’s Gone Crackers Ginger Snaps as a stand alone treat, they are also great crushed over pudding or used to create cheesecake crust.

Mary’s Gone Crackers Ginger Snaps – Gotta Love It!