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 on Wednesday. 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.

At The Los Angeles Times, Russ Parsons cooks vegetables for the holidays; and 2 1/2 stars for Whist.

From The New York Times: a local woman becomes the first New York absinthe distiller; and using menu psychology to bring in diners.

The expanding empire of Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and making banh mi out of a pork roast dinner, at the Boston Globe.

In the test kitchen with Momofuku's David Chang, and Seasonal wine splurges, at Chicago Tribune.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel considers Christmas Eve culinary traditions.

The Baltimore Sun gives us a chocolate tour of the city of Baltimore.

At the Anchorage Daily News, fresh eggnog for Christmas from local Matanuska Creamery.

The Sacramento Bee explores New Year's food traditions from various cultures; and a recipe for Bad Santa eggnog.

Taking the work out of holiday brunch, from the Sioux City Journal, via the AP.

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