A&P adds online sales
of Jane Parker fruitcake
Fans of the Jane Parker fruitcake, your pleas have been answered: The A&P company has made it easier this year to get your hands on the beloved cakes. For those who aren't in the know, the Jane Parker is a fruitcake that once was a popular gift, particularly in the South. Fruitcake fans prefer it for its good ratio of cake to candied fruit and its use of large, whole pecans. To satisfy fruitcake fans, the company has added online sales at www.apfreshonline.com. The cake is available in light or dark versions, in loaf or ring shapes, and in the traditional box or a holiday tin. Prices range from $17.99 to $31.99, plus shipping.
Dewey's Bakery opens area sites for season
Dewey's Bakery is back in Charlotte for the holidays. The venerable Winston-Salem bakery's seasonal stores and kiosks opened Friday. Buy their signature items such as Moravian Sugar Cakes, Moravian Cookies and Southern Style Cheese Straws at: SouthPark mall; Southern Christmas Show at Charlotte Merchandise Mart; Ben & Jerry's in Myers Park, 507 Providence Road; Ben & Jerry's at the Arboretum, 8200 Providence Road; Ben & Jerry's at Foxcroft East Shopping Center on Fairview Road; Concord Mills mall; and Ben & Jerry's in Davidson, 202 S. Main St. Best part: They've got a holiday promotion. Buy one bag of Moravian Cookies and get the second bag of equal or lesser value at half price.
Kit helps you wipe away wine spills
Anyone who has spilled red wine (on themselves or on a friend's carpet) will appreciate the Wine Away Emergency Kit. It has a citrus scent and doesn't contain bleach or phosphates. Cost is $9 at Sur La Table. Might be handy to keep around the house during the holidays.
Hot lines and
Web sites offer you holiday help
Baking and other holiday cooking help is just a call – or a click – away this Thanksgiving. Get help from these hot lines:
Crisco Pie Hotline: 877-367-7438.
Fleischmann's Yeast Baker's Help Line: 800-777-4959 or www.breadworld.com.
General Mills: (800) 248-7310.
King Arthur Flour Co.'s Bakers Hotline: 802- 649-3717 or e-mail questions to email@example.com.
Nestle Toll House Baking Information Line: 800-637-8537.
Ocean Spray consumer help line: 800-662-3263 or www.oceanspray.com.
Davidson Farmer's Market is open Saturday
The Davidson Farmer's Market returns 9 a.m.-noon Saturday with a holiday market. An array of seasonal produce, including sweet potatoes, lettuces and cooking greens, will be available. There will also be meats, baked goods and other gift items. At 10 a.m., Chef Eric Rice of Maddi's Southern Bistro will demonstrate how to cook ostrich and cold weather produce. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grinder helps you spice up the holidays
New McCormick Cinnamon and Cinnamon-Sugar Grinders are great for adding freshly ground flavor to baked goods, toast, French toast, desserts, applesauce and oatmeal or topping coffee or hot chocolate. Each 1.5-ounce bottle topped with a built-in twist grinder is $2.19 at supermarkets.
Trivet a perfect hostess gift at Thanksgiving
This pumpkin-shaped trivet made with sustainable acacia wood can protect tables and counters in style and would make a great hostess gift at Thanksgiving. It's 10 by 8 inches and costs $10 at Crate&Barrel stores and by mail www.crateandbarrel.com or 800-967-6696.