By J. Freedom du Lac
The Washington Post 2009-12-20
On a camping trip, there are a few must-haves beyond comfortable boots and breathable socks - namely, a knife that can fold; dishes with lids that can also be used as Frisbees, and a bar blade, the Rolls Royce of bottle openers that can also stir a pot and pull a tent peg out of the ground (click 'See also').
By Charlie Sorrel
Fruitcake, long an object of reverence and revulsion, has evolved past its traffic-light colors of hideous candied fruit to a plethora of nuts, booze and maybe a bit of pineapple, much to eaters' (and bakers' ) delight.
By Susan Warren
The Wall Street Journal (may require subscription) 2007-12-22
Maintaining a sweet red-and-white striped Christmas tradition means tossing and turning a gooey 20-pound glob of peppermint-scented candy into the stuff of dreams, and it happens at Logan's candy store, in sunny California.
By Charles Phoenix and Steve Proffitt
National Public Radio 2007-12-20
Testing nearly two dozen dark chocolate bars was hard work, but to save the rest of us, staffers at the Los Angeles Times took on the task. The top three: Michel Cluizel "Noir de Cacao" 72% cacao; Valrhona "Le Noir Amer" 71% cacao; Chocovic Unique Origin Varietal Chocolates "Ocumare" (Criollo from Venezuela) 71% cacao.
By Betty Hallock
Los Angeles Times 2007-12-05
As Americans reduce overall spending on holiday gifts, sales of edible presents grow almost 50 percent over two years. Gift-givers say it's the universal appeal of food, plus the attraction of treating friends and family.
By M.L. Johnson
The Associated Press 2007-11-22
Writer recalls the year she learned, hours before her tradition-starved guests were due to arrive for Thanksgiving, that a 40-pound turkey won't fit in a Budapest-size oven, that predictability is perfect for the trip down memory lane - and that sipping a glass of wine can make the sweet potato spatters on your clothes less important.
By Amy McConnell Schaarsmith
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2007-10-29
Southeastern drought produced stunted pumpkins, and too much rain in Illinois, the country's largest producer, turned fields into ponds and would-be Jack-o-Lanterns into mush; Kentucky, New Mexico and Texas shipped their extras.
By Anthony Brooks
National Public Radio 2007-10-30