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December 15, 2005 | Los Angeles Daily News
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.
FOOD
December 3, 1986 | By NATALIE HAUGHTON, Los Angeles Daily News
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?
NEWS
December 22, 1997 | By Ralph Vigoda, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
December 23, 1990 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / ED HILLE
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.
NEWS
December 4, 2005 | Inquirer suburban staff
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.
NEWS
March 12, 1989 | By Donald Scott, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
December 11, 1988 | By Lynn Hamilton, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
May 29, 1995 | By Dominic Sama, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
April 16, 2012 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 22, 1995 | By Andrea Hamilton, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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February 3, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IF ONE WORD could describe the character of Doris Harris it's "selfless. " That was the first word that came to the mind of her daughter Takada when asked to describe her mother. "Selfless. " Doris seemed to spend much of her time in service to others. She had seven children of her own, but she believed that all the children in her North Philadelphia neighborhood were hers. She was determined to see to it that all the children in what was perceived as an "underserved" neighborhood had clothing.
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | BY BETH D'ADDONO, For the Daily News
WHAT do you get the committed-to-buying-local eater and home cook on your list? Chances are he or she already has the latest kitchen gimcrack, like a home sous-vide cooker or a pasta machine that does everything but twirl the linguine on your fork. Why not earn points all around by playing the local card? You'll support services and products created by regional entrepreneurs and artisans - a win-win guaranteed to deliver a truly delicious holiday treat. And many of these gifts can be had for $20 to $50, not a lot of scratch to make a delicious impression.
BUSINESS
October 8, 2013 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Ask Michael Holahan about his childhood in Overbrook, and mouthwatering recollections pour forth: Tastykakes. Lebanon bologna sandwiches. And lots of candy. "As a teenager, I worked at a neighborhood pharmacy called Love Pharmacy, and the pharmacist, Tom Brannon, turned me on to Wilbur Buds," Holahan said of the beloved chocolate drops. He confesses another indulgence: "I spent every cent of tip money on Zitner Butter Krak eggs for the two to three months they were available around Easter each year.
NEWS
April 16, 2012 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 19, 2010 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAPE MAY - About a year ago - during an evening organizers hope to repeat Sunday - a group of local businesswomen raised more than $20,000 in a mere three hours at a charity event they had quickly pulled together and dubbed the King Neptune Bachelor Auction. About 400 people paid $25 each to watch 21 men proffer everything from a traditional dinner and a movie date to an elaborate chef demonstration for 15. Even Cape May's mayor, an unmarried guy in his 60s, got in the act for charity and took four women to dinner on a memorable quadruple date.
NEWS
July 26, 2006
WITH THE RECENT sale of Philadelphia's two major newspapers, I had high hopes that the level of journalism in this city might once again rise to the proud standards of the past. After reading Dan Gross' column on July 20, I believe we have actually scraped the bottom of the proverbial barrel. His lead item dealt with a local traffic reporter, John Ogden, who along with two roommates, owed a $130 water bill. There was no news value in this muckraking piece of garbage. Susan Joyce, Philadelphia Fadia, pro & con Re Tom Schmidt's letter "Bad example": His comment on Fadia Ward really takes the cake.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 2005 | Los Angeles Daily News
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.
NEWS
December 4, 2005 | Inquirer suburban staff
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.
NEWS
October 5, 2001 | By Kristen A. Graham INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
He is called, with fear and awe, the grand pooh-bah of the Agora. And in grease-splattered work pants and a white chef's jacket over an old undershirt, Stan Lavdas, general chairman of what is billed as the biggest Greek festival in the Philadelphia area, was in his element yesterday. Organizing. Fixing. Praising. Scolding. Lifting, despite two hip replacements. Shoveling trays of chicken oreganato into the huge ovens of St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church for the volunteers' lunch.
NEWS
September 11, 1999 | By Helen Schary Motro
Plenty pervades Israel the week of the Jewish New Year. At Rosh Hashanah, it's traditional to dip apples in honey and to recite a prayer as a way of wishing for "a year that's good and sweet" for all. Yet in the midst of such goodwill and festivity, for many in Israel Rosh Hashanah simply accentuates their need and isolation. The year will not be sweet for all. You'd never know it from the general preparation. Motor scooters weave through traffic, cellophane-wrapped bouquets hanging precariously from their sides.
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