What's the country reading today food-wise? Here's a roundup of some of the food-related stories from other newspapers, many of which print their food sections mid-week. And remember, even if you don't actually buy papers these days (or not; this paper is free), it's where most of your content comes from. Surf away. Just remember that spilling your macchiato over your keyboard is a lot more expensive than spilling it across newsprint.

In the Los Angeles Times, a consideration of Champagne cocktails; 25 easy New Year's dishes; and checking out Orchid Grill & Kabob in Tarzana.

At The New York Times, David Tanis cooks a New Year's dinner; the joys of sorghum; and Eric Asimov on the year in wine.

The 10 best recipes of 2011; and a restaurant visit prompts a look at Southern food history, at the Chicago Sun-Times.

At the Cleveland Plain Dealer, more favorite recipes of the past year; and a New Year's Eve party guide.

The best dishes of 2011 in Boston, at The Boston Globe.

A look at the traditional New Year's dish hoppin' John; and how to have more fun cooking for one at The Washington Post.

2012 food trend predictions, from the Orlando Sentinel.

At The Denver Post, a list of the year's best (and worst) food; and a consideration of the slow-cooker, a great tool during busy holiday times.

35 quick appetizer recipes, from the Detroit Free Press.

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