Goodies, goodies everywhere

If you don’t know what Moravian Sugar Cake is, maybe I shouldn’t tell you. You’ll just want big slabs of it. OK, it’s a yeast-risen potato-dough coffee cake covered in butter, sugar and spices. It wafts on the air in my hometown, Winston-Salem, N.C.

This Sunday, Dec. 4, you can get the real thing, homemade by the hands of members of Raleigh Moravian Church on Ridge Road. The church will hold its annual Candle Tea from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be cookies, too, but you won’t care about those once you see the Sugar Cake. Find out more here.

Cornmeal might seem like a strange Christmas gift, unless you’re a baker and fan of Wake County’s Yates Mill. I’ve seen people purchase 10 to 12 bags at a time (put them in plastic bags and they freeze great). Yates Mill Associates, a non-profit group that raises money to restore and maintain the mill, will hold its annual holiday sale on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Besides yellow and white cornmeal, there’s a new cookbook. “The Yates Mill Cornmeal Cookbook” includes 75 recipes using you-know-what. The group is taking advance orders for the stone-ground cornmeal and the books through Saturday, Dec. 4. To find out more or place an order, email The mill is located on Lake Wheeler Road; for more info, go here.

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