Food news roundup

Haul out the gift guides! The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) has suggestions of North Carolina products for holiday giving, including, yes, barbecue sauce. Check your list here. It’s in the Charlotte Observer, too.

The winner of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal’s holiday cookie contest wasn’t sugar cookies or even Moravian spice. It was a rugelach, a filled cookie traditionally served for Hanukkah, which coincidentally begins tonight. The recipe, which has only nine ingredients, is here.

Another Hanukkah treat is in the Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.), but this one has a twist. Instead of potatoes, the recipe and video of preparation for Zucchini Latkes is here. Personally, I make mine with sweet potatoes, but anything fried in oil has got to be good.

More on latkes is at, this time gluten-free, low-carb Cauliflower Latkes. The recipe is here.

Those fancy, rolled-up yule log cakes aren’t as hard to make as you think. But let your guests believe they’re tough to create, while you watch the latest how-to video on it at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. It’s here.

You just can’t get enough cookies this time of year, and there are more in the Chicago Tribune with the winners of its cookie contest. Luscious photos and recipes are here.

I hope that’s enough for y’all to chew on today – I need to finish putting up my holiday yard art. Maybe they’ll see me from the space station this year.