Eat & Drink

Savor bourbon’s sweet side that gives holiday desserts a kick

Bourbon isn’t just for cocktails — the barrel-aged spirit lends smoky complexity to apple tarts, chocolate cake and pecan pie. Morgan Murphy’s book “Southern Living Bourbon & Bacon: The Ultimate Guide to the South’s Favorite Food Groups” (Oxmoor House 2014) contains a dozen recipes for decadent, bourbon-infused desserts that are perfect for the holidays.

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Is that Santa at Missouri Town 1855? No, it’s Belsnickel

Missouri Town 1855 staged an old-fashioned Christmas celebration. No jockeying for a parking space at the mall. No hyped-up “Jingle Bells” blaring from loudspeakers. Just the sweet sounds of a hammered dulcimer, a Percheron snorting in the misty air and Belsnickel quietly asking children to answer questions.

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