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You are always ready to entertain at a moment’s notice when you keep quality artisanal cheeses in your refrigerator, like the fine line-up offered by Crave  Brothers Farmstead Cheese of Waterloo, Wisconsin (

Slices of mozzarella paired with basil and fresh tomatoes drizzled with olive oil become a dazzling salad. Dress up fresh strawberries or raspberries by serving with a dollop of creamy, rich mascarpone. And their wonderful Petit Frere is a delightful anytime accompaniment for wine, sherry or cocktails.

Crave Brothers Farmstead Classic Cheeses – Gotta Love It!


Whether you plan on hanging out at the beach or your own backyard this summer, it’s fun to have a tall cold drink in one hand and a book in the other. Our preference is cookbooks and we enjoy being an armchair chef browsing through new releases to give us some inspiration for our summer menus and barbecues. 

We found a few worth recommending for summer reading and year-round inspiration. Miss Vickie’s Real Food Real Fast by Vickie Smith ( celebrates the rediscovered joys of using a pressure cooker to create your meals.  Lori Lange has authored “The Recipe Girl” cookbook (  that is chock full of easy to prepare dishes in which the whole family can help prepare. And for the mothers-to-be among our readership, or those throwing baby showers this summer, “Eating Expectantly” by Bridget Swinney ( is a comprehensive go-to guide for healthy eating before, during and after pregnancy.

Good books for summertime reading – Gotta Love It!