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fondue bible

As the temperatures this season get a lot colder and crisper, it’s time to start scheduling a few impromptu parties so you can catch up with family members and friends. Ilana Simon offers a great guide to entertaining with her new release “The Fondue Bible” ( , reviving the fondue method of  cooking that first gained popularity in the US in the 1970s.

In addition to cheese and broth-based fondues, “The Fondue Bible” offers 200 of the best ways to share a meal prepared using fondue, including oil fried meats and veggies and the ever-popular chocolate fondue pot. If you’ve been searching for a way to increase the conversation in your life, throwing a fondue party, guided by the tips and tricks you’ll learn in “The Fondue Bible”! is the perfect solution.

“The Fondue Bible” by Ilana Simon – Gotta Love It!

classic candy

It’s not too early to consider what you will be including in your Trick Or Treat cornucopia this Halloween season. If you really want to wow all of your ghosts and goblins, consider making your own candy, guided by Abigail Gehring’s wonderful “Classic  Candy” cookbook (

Most of the goodies included in this easy to follow cookbook require no more than four ingredients. Enjoy more than 60 recipes for everything from homemade candy corn and cinnamon hard candies to fudge, pecan toffee and melt-in-your-mouth salted caramels.

Classic Candy by Abigail R. Gehring – Gotta Love It!


Caliche Puerto Rican Rum (  is a versatile mixer to keep handy in your liquor cabinet as summer transitions into autumn.  Caliche is a blend of four aged rums and works equally well as a beverage on its own as it does as a mixer to create festive cocktails. This rum will easily carry you into the busy holiday entertaining season.

Caliche offers  rich and rewarding flavor when enjoyed on the rocks as a sipping rum , whether relaxing indoors in your library or outdoors on the patio savoring the last warm days of summer. But the delicate notes of pure vanilla and caramel in Caliche Puerto Rican Rum also make it the perfect white rum to use in blended drinks, everything from Pina Coladas and minty Mojitos to traditional rum and coke, rum screwdrivers and party punches.  We love that Caliche adds nice subtle flavors to cocktails without overpowering the other ingredients. And its handsome bottle is something you can proudly display when entertaining.

Caliche Puerto Rican Rum – Gotta Love It!







cocktail plate

We love cocktail parties but hate the jugging act you always have to do between your beverage glass and your plate full of appetizers. We’ll leave the jugging act to those trained by the circus! Luckily, the very smart folks at Holdaplate ( have come up with a brilliant solution.

The Holdaplate features a specially designed LipGrip that you can easily wrap around one finger, allowing you to hold both your cocktail glass and your goodies with one hand, leaving the other free for handshakes, friendly waves and refilling your plate at the buffet table.  Available in a variety of colors to suit any tableservice decor, including classic black or white, Holdaplate is reusable, equally comfortable for the right or the left hand and can accommodate a wide range of finger sizes. It also is available constructed from recyclable materials that make it disposable after the party is over.

Holdaplate, The Cocktail Plate Evolution – Gotta Love It!