Archives for the month of: November, 2017

welcomehome

If you are looking for a cookbook that’s a good choice for the new bride or someone just starting out, The Welcome Home Cookbook by Hope Comeford (www.goodbooks.com) is an excellent choice.

This ring binder is filled with 450 classic comfort food dishes, accompanied by color photography,  that you can make with easily accessible and affordable ingredients, using a slow cooker, oven or stovetop. The recipe offerings are plain rather than fancy, good staples like Chicken & Dumplings, Salmon Loaf, Honey Roasted Carrots, and Tuna-Stuffed Tomatoes. If you are at loss as to what to prepare for the week ahead, just flip through the pages of The Welcome Home Cookbook and you’ll find the inspiration you need. This is the kind of cookbook you will refer to again and again, and makes a great stocking stuffer! 

The Welcome Home Cookbook by Hope Comerford – Gotta Love It!

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superclara

If you know a child or family struggling with cancer or other serious illness this holiday season, “Super Clara” by Robert Martin with Keira Ely, and illustrations by Dave Drotleff,  makes a wonderfully inspiring gift. (www.dreamchaserpublishing.com).

Clara is an amazing young girl who doesn’t let her cancer get the best of her in this beautifully told story, where a positive attitude, persistence and believing that good things are going to happen ultimately win the day. This book also promotes the work of Bridge to a Cure (www.bridgetoacure.org), providing funding for further research to provide life-sustaining treatments for those with cancer.

Super Clara: A Young Girl’s Story of Cancer, Bravery and Courage by Robert Martin with Keira Ely — Gotta Love It!

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If you want to gift family and friends with the best tasting coffee in the world — check out Laughing Man Coffee (https://lmcoffeetea.com/product/home-blend/), a brand founded by actor/philanthropist Hugh Jackman (https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/the-greatest-showman).

If you’re not in the New York City area to purchase it at Jackman’s Laughing Man Cafe, you can mail order it in both Keurig cup, whole bean and ground versions in several different varieties — Home Blend 184 (pictured above) is our absolute favorite – rich, savory, satisfying. A freshly brewed cup makes the perfect start to the day or a nice reason to take a mid-day break. And best of all, Laughing Man is Fair Trade Coffee that directly benefits the farmer/growers in Africa. This is a win-win stocking stuffer for sure.

Hugh Jackman’s Laughing Man Coffee — Gotta Love It!

lucyholmes

The father-daughter writing team of Anna Elliott and Charles Vevey have created a series of mysteries that will appeal to fans of Sherlock Holmes, featuring Holmes’ daughter Lucy James as the smart and inquisitive detective (http://sherlockandlucy.com/). 

Treat the mystery lover on your holiday gift list to one or all of these Lucy James stories, set in Victorian London. The mysteries range from just who is trying to destroy Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebration to an actress with amnesia whose life is in danger and master criminals matching wits with one of the greatest detective minds in literary history. The writing is crisp, fast paced and sure to keep the reader turning the pages.

The Sherlock Holmes/ Lucy James Mystery Series – Gotta Love It!

kindness

Hatherleigh Press releases Rhonda Sciortino’s lovely “Acts of Kindness” book today, filled with 101 suggestions for helping transform the world (www.hatherleighpress.com).

Based on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s philosophy that “you cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be to late”, the author offers an array of simple acts of kindness, not only toward others and the world in general, but also toward oneself. Best of all, most of these simple acts don’t cost much money, or take much time, but they  can and do make a world of difference when practiced on a regular basis. If you have been scratching your head this year over the escalating and random violence that has been occurring, “Acts of Kindness” provides you with an arsenal of ideas to replace acts of violence with healing acts of kindness.

Acts of Kindness: 101 Ways to Make Our World A Better Place by Rhonda Sciortino – Gotta Love It!

 

turmeric

Coral LLC (www.coralcalcium.com) has come up with a great idea for promoting healthy heart and joint function, Hawaiian Red Turmeric Gummies.

The key ingredient, Hawaiian-grown organic turmeric, provides the body with powerful anti-inflammatory as well as antioxidant benefits, both important for improving overall immune system resistance to disease and for managing arthritis and joint pain and discomfort. This chewable daily supplement makes a nice alternative for those who have trouble swallowing pills, capsules and tablets. This dairy and gelatin-free dietary supplement, in the shape of gummie bears, makes a great holiday stocking stuffer for anyone whose health you care about. 

Coral LLC Hawaiian Red Turmeric Gummies – Gotta Love It!

americantable

The American Table” by Chef Larry Edwards, published by Skyhorse Publishing (www.skyhorsepublishing.com), serves as a wonderful reminder of the wide diversity offered by cooks throughout the United States of America.

This beautifully illustrated volume puts the spotlight on 165 recipes from all corners of the nation, focusing on a wide array of such classic American dishes as Chicken Fried Steak with Sausage Gravy, Firestarter Chili, Sloppy Joes, Creamed Chipped Beef and All-American Apple Pie. The author divides his recipes among 7 different categories, including From the Oven, From the Garden, Blue Plate Specials and All-American Desserts. This is a cookbook that can be enjoyed by home chefs whether beginners or experienced and makes a great gift for the food lover on your holiday list. 

The American Table: Classic Comfort Food from across the Country by Chef Larry Edwards — Gotta Love It!

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We’re pretty daring when it comes to making sweets in our own kitchen, but when it comes to peanut brittle, we leave it to the experts. After sampling Murdick’s Fudge Homemade Peanut Brittle recently, we know our own culinary skills could never compete with these candy professionals in Martha’s Vineyard (http://murdicks.com/product-category/brittle/).

Murdick’s Peanut Brittle is crispy enough to chew, yet buttery and rich enough to allow it to melt slowly on the tongue, releasing its sweet melody of flavors. There is a nice balance of peanuts to sugar in every piece.  Murdick’s Peanut Brittle is the kind of “sugarplum” you want to have on hand for holiday entertaining and  gift giving. While you’re browsing the Murdick’s website, check out their cashew brittle as well as their array of freshly made fudge, also perfect stocking stuffers.

Homemade Peanut Brittle from Murdick’s Fudge Martha’s Vineyard – Gotta Love It!

yoga

Some books fall into what we call “hyacynths for the soul” for their ability to refresh your mind and your soul. Yoga On The Go from OffShoot Books is one such “hyacynth” (www. offshootbooks.com).

It uses the principles of yoga to invite the reader to examine life from a different perspective and participate in a series of interactive exercises on each page, beautifully and magically illustrated with whimsical and very creative and colorful drawings. This is a lovely book to keep at your bedside for sleepless nights or for including in your travel case so you can nurture your mind and spirit during endless hours of waiting. Yoga On The Go makes a wonderful stocking stuffer for anyone on your gift list whose mood could use a little boost!

Yoga On The Go from OffShoot Books – Gotta Love It!

glutenfree

The gluten-free category of cooking continues to be one of the hottest trends in the culintary world these days.  There’s a new recipe book worth adding to your library, “100 Classic Gluten-Free Comfort Food Recipes” by Donna Washburn & Heather Butt (http://glutenfree.robertrose.ca).

If you and your family love such traditional comfort food offerings as Buckwheat Pancakes, Lasagna, Pizza, Fried Chicken and Fudgy Brownies, this book features recipes that use such gluten-free whole grains as cornmeal, amaranth flour, nut flours and meals, and other gluten-free ingredients, including arrowroot and tapioca starch. The introductory chapter includes valuable information on understanding the gluten-free category and what items to consider stocking in your pantry to keep your cooking gluten-free!  The recipes presented here are easy to follow and many include gorgeous photographs showing the ultimate result.

“100 Classic Gluten-Free Comfort Food Recipes by Donna Washburn and Heather Butt -Gotta Love It!