Dining

Noche Buena, North Carolina

The phrase translates literally as Christmas Eve, loosely as a Cuban Christmas meal, and mostly as the marvel of being in love.

Recipes

Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Dates

Savory and sweet, soft and crunchy, these hors d’oeuvres have it all. Plus bacon.

Recipes

Mamie Eisenhower’s Fudge Recipe

In the 1950s and ’60s, this was the go-to recipe for fudge because it took advantage of packaged products from the grocery store. We’re told that this was a family favorite of President Eisenhower and the First Lady, which might or might not be true. What is true is that this recipe was so strongly associated with Mamie that a copy of it appears in the archives of the Eisenhower Presidential Library.

Dining

Remembering the Homemade Candy of Christmases Past

Homemade Christmas candy was once as much a part of holiday cooking as the turkey. From Mamie Eisenhower’s Fudge to Saltine Cracker Toffee, we remember.

Recipes

Wintry Mix: 3 Dried Fruit Dessert Recipes

When fresh fruit is in short supply, dried cranberries, dates, raisins, and prunes add flavor and festive color to three sweet treats.

Dining

The Truth About Gingerbread

An investigation into our favorite person-shaped cookie reveals that gingerbread’s history is closely linked to our own.

Drink

North Carolina Holiday Beer Pairing Guide

Drinks should never be an afterthought at holiday meals. Surprise your guests with local, seasonal beer with the help of our pairing guide.