| Apr 17, 2014
| 12:40 PM
The new cookbook "Surprise-Inside Cakes" should come with a big fat warning: "Will cause an uncontrollable urge to run into the kitchen and get baking."
Author Amanda Rettke -- known is the blogosphere as I Am Baker -- has carved out a niche for herself...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 9:00 AM
When Robin Wilson called Steven Ambers in early 2012 to lightheartedly ask why she hadn't received a holiday card from his family that year, the conversation took a surprising twist. The interior designer hadn't been removed from the Amberses' mailing...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 1:08 PM
They say there won’t be another collision of these holidays for thousands of years, so who am I not to take note, I ask you?
My paper’s website is running a recipe for something called “turbrisket,” which I couldn’t...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 4:03 AM
Hanukkah, known this year as Thanksgivukkah because it arrives just one day before Thanksgiving, and Christmas are around the corner.
So now's the time to make a mad grab for hot toys to save the trouble of running around. I asked Jodi Furman, who...
| Oct 27, 2013
Consider the holiday retail race to be in full swing, as both Wal-Mart and Toys R Us moved to stake a claim in the competitive toy market back in September by releasing lists of top toys for Christmas and Hanukkah.
Discount behemoth Wal-Mart, which says...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 7:35 AM
Yes, it's going to be an unusual Thanksgiving -- conciding with the start of Hannukah and topped with the Baltimore Ravens hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium. If you're looking for a place to celebrate on the town, these restaurants say...
| Nov 10, 2013
It's a once-in-a-lifetime event that brings together two holidays, one sacred and one secular; two culinary traditions, both with a signature potato dish; and two guest lists, each with an unimpeachable claim to space at your dining room table.
| Nov 29, 2013
The Thanksgiving tables have been cleared. The leftovers are packed in the refrigerator. And party planners have turned their thoughts to the remaining days of Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year's celebrations.
But for many it's hard to give up...
| Mar 14, 2014
Joel Greenberg sat at his Westmont kitchen table, a bearish figure with curly gray hair mirrored by a short gray beard, in front of a stuffed passenger pigeon.
The bird looks like an oversized mourning dove, with stitches visible where the head had to...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 1:52 PM
Here's a good topic for your Christmas gathering with family and friends:
What is the most annoying Christmas song ever?
I'll vote for either the mawkish "Christmas Shoes" or the aggravatingly jaunty "Feliz Navidad." Others might choose "Santa Baby,"...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 12:30 PM
For once, you're not going to worry about having enough beds over the holidays.
Even better, you won't have to wash never-ending loads of towels or piles of dishes. In fact, you can gather the gang in a beautifully decorated home without doing all the...