Not surprisingly, the food sections of America are feeling the holiday spirit:
Our Cookie Clinic Experts (Washington Post): Reader Q&A with baking experts (some of them nationally known) on the finer points of cookie baking and storage.
Chow?s Gift Guide: Gastrogifts, arranged by price. Personally, I only shop the "Under $500" category, as in, oh, look, honey, it's the perfect creamer for our tea set, and it's only $397!. Bonus link: a great new web tool for evaluating kitchen gadgets.
Rebel Rum by Michael Nagrant (Chicago Tribune): As part of the artisanal spirits movement that's adding bottles to Zig Zag's already overburdened shelves, a dozen small-batch distillers are recreating American rum.