Dear America: It's time we gave fruitcake another chance

Christmas fruitcake (Photo by Deb Lindsey For The Washington Post)

Jokes about fruitcake have been circulating for about as long as people have been making fruitcake.

Chef Timothy Hollingsworth learned by cooking up discipline

Chefs Timothy Hollingsworth (left) and Darren MacLean compete in the Netflix culinary contest “The Final Table.

His contractor father taught him the importance of the attention to detail.

Gifts for the food, drink and coffee lover in your life

Lodge Heat-Treated Triangle Mini Servers (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

For the foodie on your holiday list - or just people who might appreciate a good tequila or pie pan - we offer a gift guide.

From street cart to national brand: Norwich native Travis Grillo has developed a booming pickle business

Travis Grillo holds Grillo’s Pickles (Lauren Oneil)

Now, Grillo’s Pickles is making another significant leap. It’s available in Target stores around the country.

Hoof's is already a popular restaurant — for good reason

The bar at Hoof’s (Photo by Ann Baldelli)

So how exactly does a restaurant that bills itself as serving authentic Italian cuisine get the name Hoof’s?

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Hempstead Historic District and the quest for civil rights

In May 1963, a group gathered outside a New London department store protesting an incident in Greensboro, North Carolina, where four black college men were refused service at a Woolworth’s lunch counter.

Rick's List — Dream Concert Bill Edition

One of the funniest and cleverest things I've seen in a long time was the fake press release announcing a joint tour with co-headliners Styx and Larry the Cable Guy. I figured The Onion sent it out — or maybe Will Ferrell's...

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Upcoming concerts and shows

Dane Cook — Oct. 19 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $29-$59

Jethro Tull — Sept. 15 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $35-$55

Chayanne — May 17 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale now; $51-$141

Keith Sweat, Silk, Carl Thomas, Mya — Feb. 15 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $75-$178

Marc Cohn, Blind Boys of Alabama — Jan. 7 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $50-$55

Sitcom Nerds of Comedy — Feb. 8 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $35

Gin Blossoms — Feb. 15 at Foxwoods' Fox Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $35, $45

Walk Off the Earth — May 31 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $50