If someone on your holiday shopping list enjoys wine and other alcoholic spirits, consider giving them the gift of knowledge.
Amy Mumma, director of the Institute for Wine, Beverages and Gastronomy at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, is offering a series of classes on food and wine pairing. The four classes, one each month, are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Grupe Center on the CWU campus.
Cost per class is $39 per person or three for $99. The schedule:
-- Jan. 18, the class covers rum, brandy and other strong spirits and includes their production, history and culture.
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-- Feb. 8, sample red wines and chocolate.
-- March 1, each of the wines will have a dog theme or label.
-- April 12, more strong spirits with samples of Italian lemoncello, Mexican tequila, London gin and more.
Registration is required for each class. For more information or to register, go to www.worldwineprogram.org or call 509-963-1504.
Did you know animal crackers come in a box with a string not for children to handily tote, but for hanging on the Christmas tree?
The cookies we know today came into being in 1902, but these tasty cookies existed in similar forms for generations, according to FoodReference.com. It was at the turn of the 20th century that the National Biscuit Company's Animal Biscuits assumed the legal trademark name of Barnum's Animals.
They designed the colorful 5-cent box that looked like a circus wagon cage and attached a string so the box could be hung as an ornament on Christmas trees. There have been 37 different animals represented since 1902.
More than 40 million packages of these are sold each year, and they are exported to 17 countries. They are turned out at the rate of 12,000 per minute.
Taste Washington tickets
Tickets are available for Taste Washington, a wine-and-food event March 23-24 at CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle.
Taste Washington gathers hundreds of Washington wineries and chefs in one large room.
VIP tickets cost $145 for one day and $185 for both days. Regular tickets cost $80 for one day and $125 for both days.
Taste Washington is operated by the Washington State Wine Commission and the Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more information, go to www.tastewashington.org.
The book: The Kimchi Cookbook: 60 Traditional and Modern Ways to Make and Eat Kimchi by Lauryn Chun and Olga Massov.
Best for: Anyone who enjoys kimchi, the national pickle of Korea. The authors take you step-by-step through the process of making homemade kimchi, from the classic fermented winter style to summer, which is ready to enjoy in just minutes. The authors also include recipes for cooking with kimchi from the traditional dumplings and fried rice to modern dishes like Kimchi Risotto.
*Loretto J. Hulse: 582-1513; email@example.com