November 19, 2014 |
A short list of things people found funny in the 1990s: Beavis and Butthead , Dumb and Dumber , movies starring Tom Green. The common theme: crudity and portrayals of the mentally challenged as comedic material. Playwright Tom Dudzick wrote and set his play Greetings! in 1990, and after almost 25 years it has aged similarly badly. But probably not in the way you think. And especially not in Tom Quinn's sharp production at Montgomery Theater. Dudzick's play takes place in the blue-collar Gorski household on Christmas Eve. Retirees Phil (Paul Nolan)
January 6, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY Ready . . . aim . . . thonk ! The first fruitcake hit the target, and the small crowd whooped. Never mind the snow-covered beach, which forced the event onto a sheltered porch at Resorts Casino's LandShark Bar & Grill. Never mind the frigid conditions. The celebration of National Fruitcake Toss Day in Atlantic City had made its wacky start. First up was Don Guardian - the gay Republican sworn in Wednesday as Atlantic City mayor - who said that when he heard about the fruitcake toss, he was "thrilled they were talking about the cake, and not me. " He said the event showed that even on a day that began with the mercury at minus 3 degrees, breaking a record set in 1918, "bundling up and coming out can be a whole lot of fun. " Apparently, there were few rules.
December 20, 2012 |
I HAVE A GUILTY pleasure to admit: I actually like fruitcake. Not the cheap doorstop lead-weights that brood ominously on drugstore shelves - those aren't for me. I love dense fruit-studded cake soaked with plenty of booze. I love a torte loaded with nuts and cherries and pineapple and plump raisins. And I know I'm not alone in being nuttier than a you-know-what about this much-maligned treat. At McMillan's Bakery in Haddon Township, N.J., a fourth-generation family-owned bake shop since 1939, Kristine Emmons and her mom, Arline McMillan Biemiller, oversee the production of more than 700 pounds of fruitcake between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. And while the bakery is known for its 40 kinds of cookies and gingerbread houses, its holiday fruitcake is downright legendary.
December 11, 2008
Q. Do you have a recipe for a good fruitcake? I would like to make some as gifts for my aunts and grandparents, but only if they're good and don't inspire any jokes. Many thanks. Somewhere along the line, fruitcake must have been a delicious item, because it dates to the Middle Ages. There is an original copy of an old Roman recipe that lists raisins, preserved fruits, pine nuts, honey, and spices that were all mixed into a barley mash loaf. This was the precursor to any modern-day fruitcake, and the same loaf was probably passed from toga party to toga party.
January 10, 2005 |
No one really knows the origin of the fruitcake. It was round, tinned, and destined to remain so. It appeared unexpectedly in our kitchen many years ago, around Thanksgiving, probably the gift of a friend or a holiday well-wisher. Because fruitcakes are the butt of many jokes, it was natural to deliver the fruitcake to my parents' house several weeks later. And then it vanished. We did not see the fruitcake again for about a year and a half. Dad never mentioned it - ever. My brother, Chuck, and his family moved to Texas the next summer.
July 28, 2003 |
REP. Fortney "Pete" Stark, D-Calif., is the foul-mouthed poster boy for Liberal Double Standards. There he was on Capitol Hill the other day, sounding more like Eminem than an eminent lawmaker, hurling epithets like "fruitcake" and "c-ks--r" at Republicans during a session on pension legislation. Most of the mainstream media coverage of the fracas focused on the handling of the meeting by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas, accused by Democrats of summoning Capitol Hill police in order to prevent the minority from meeting in a committee library to discuss procedural objections.
December 20, 2001
HI. YOU know me from my efforts to Save the Children (unless you're still watching "All in the Family" reruns on Nick at Night.) But today I want to talk to you about another set of victims, people who are in desperate need of your help. It's Philadelphia's Unpaid Council people. Since Oct. 4, the city's lawmakers have not been paid. Held hostage by a bitter political battle over redistricting of Council districts, the mayor has ordered that the $1,500-a-week paychecks for City Council be held until the vote goes his way. It could be resolved tomorrow, but it may not get resolved until Jan. 29. Now, imagine being asked to work for nearly THREE MONTHS without a paycheck.
November 18, 2000 |
So here we are, facing another holiday eating season. The stuff we traditionally consume during the next six weeks is bad enough, and then there are all the extra enticements that will float our way. The little butter cookies that come in happy-looking tins from foreign countries obviously out to kill us. The homemade junk food that suddenly appears around our workstations, for which colleagues expect heartfelt thanks. Sugar and chocolate and hard syrup shaped like coins, trees, stars, dreidels, reindeer, menorahs and wise men. All this on top of the Halloween candy that's sitting around and won't be finished till Easter.
December 12, 1999 |
I'm a bit of a "fruitcake. " I admit it. (According to my Webster's dictionary, a fruitcake is either "a rich cake containing nuts, preserved fruits, citron and spices" or "a foolish, eccentric, or crazy person. ") When it came time for my wedding in 1984, I insisted on doing all the cooking myself, including making my own wedding cake, an elaborate flower-festooned fruitcake with marzipan icing, similar to the poppyseed fruitcake recipe below. Because fruitcakes only get better when made ahead of time, this seemed like a good choice.
December 22, 1995 |
Rap. Rap. This meeting of the Fruitcake Anti-Defamation League will now come to order. We are here to protest fruitcake bashing. We are here to protest all those snide remarks, in newspapers, on radio, on TV, about "giving a gift as unwelcome as a fruitcake. " Or about using gift fruitcakes as door stops. What kind of a fruitcake says such things? Oops. Sorry. Forget I said that. Here is the bottom line: A lot of us love a good fruitcake . . . and there are good fruitcakes.