December 15, 2005 |
Gifts from the kitchen always seem to have that personal touch. If you're still searching for gift ideas, why not put together a basket? Gift a favorite aunt with a soup and bread basket, a teacher with an appetizer or meal-kit basket, a good friend with a chocolate lover's basket or a favorite family with a movie basket this holiday season. "Gifts of food are always appreciated," said Diane Phillips of San Diego, who started making gift baskets more than 20 years ago, when her two children were young and she didn't have much disposable income.
December 3, 1986 |
A tisket, a tasket, a green and red gourmet basket . . . filled with all kinds of tempting holiday edibles . . . Who can resist? With the holiday season fast approaching, it's time to finalize your gift lists. For people who have everything or can buy what they need and want, or for teachers, co-workers or hostesses, how about personalized gift baskets this year filled with items lovingly created in your own kitchen? Who wouldn't love to receive a selection of wonderful goodies custom-made just for them?
December 22, 1997 |
On her kitchen table is everything Gail J. Sklar needs to assemble her holiday gift basket. There's a colorful place mat. A spoon and fork. A Post-it notepad. A bookmark. There are also a small, furry mouse, some fish-flavored treats, and a cloth doll - your choice of Bill Clinton or "Toss" Perot - that, according to the label, "contains organically grown catnip for maximum kitty frenzy. " Sklar will arrange everything in a plastic, reusable basket. It will be wrapped in cellophane that is embossed, with paw prints, tied with ribbon and delivered to the cat of the house.
December 23, 1990 |
FOOD FOR THE NEEDY is sorted into gift baskets by Police Commissioner Willie L. Williams (left) and other Philadelphia members of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement executives. The group assembled 150 baskets yesterday.
December 4, 2005 |
What we like about it: These large, soft pretzels, generously sprinkled with salt, and warm from the oven, hit the spot. Customers can drop by almost anytime - 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. - and see the pretzels hand-twisted and put in the oven in the small retail shop. Regular pretzels are 55 cents each, or $5.50 for a dozen. They're also available in four flavors - butter, garlic, cheese and cinnamon sugar. Flavored pretzels are 75 cents each. Owner Jim Stewart has been making pretzels since he was 14. He bought the business in 1993.
March 12, 1989 |
A new Horsham business, Thoughtful Touch, specializes in assisting people with gift-giving by offering a variety of services such as home massages and designing personalized gift baskets. Co-partners Rosemary Gregory and Beth Anne Hampson opened the business last month because they "realized there was a market for people needing advice on how to choose good personalized gifts," Hampson said. Hampson said her business could provide cooking for six to eight people; advice on how to apply makeup and arrangements for light housekeeping and shopping.
December 11, 1988 |
The cabin is a warm reminder of the holiday season in a park now dominated by wintry air and barren trees. The smell of freshly brewed coffee and homemade shoofly pie, offered free to customers during the season, permeates the cabin. Homemade candies, loaf cakes, jams, jellies and condiments join forces on red-and-white checkerboard shelves and tables. A quick tour shows that the kitchen is heavily stocked with holiday sale items. The spirit of Christmas is practiced year-round by about 50 dedicated volunteers at the Chapel Cabin Shop next to the Washington Memorial Chapel along Route 23 in Valley Forge National Park.
May 29, 1995 |
A lot of hearts will be broken, and taste buds will go unsatisfied when Maron's Chocolates, a Main Line mainstay since the late 1800s, closes next month. Rose McCarthy, co-owner of the confectionary at 843 Lancaster Ave. in Bryn Mawr, said she was shutting down because of high rent and lack of adequate parking for customers. Maron's carries more than two dozen varieties of chocolates - from milk and dark chocolates and truffles to butter creams and nonpareils. The chocolates are made by candy manufacturers to Maron's specifications.
April 16, 2012 |
THE COLD-HEARTED theft on Friday of items intended to benefit the families of two fallen firefighters has left the city's blood boiling, and now police have released surveillance of the thief. SmokeEaters Pub, a bar in Holmesburg that caters to firefighters and is also owned by one, was holding a benefit for the families of fallen firefighters Lt. Robert Neary and Daniel Sweeney when the theft occurred. Neary and Sweeney lost their lives in a five-alarm fire in a vacant Kensington building one week ago Monday, and the benefit at SmokeEaters followed their viewings Friday night.
December 22, 1995 |
The elves were at it again yesterday. In the gym of Holland Junior High School, the third annual Council Rock "holiday project" was in progress. The room was bustling with volunteers busy sorting, packing, wrapping, labeling and hauling off more than 120 holiday boxes for families who might otherwise have a meager Christmas. "Doing this makes you feel like a better person," said 14-year-old Nancy Keel, of Richboro Junior High School, who was volunteering for the second year in a row. "Yes, it really does.