Bites of History: Christmas sweets have a long history around the world

Photo by Cynthia L. Nobles  --  The no-bake Nanaimo Bar is common on Canadian Christmas cookie platters and is inextricably tied to the City of Nanaimo.

Let’s all climb on board Santa’s sleigh and take a trip back in time to learn the origins of some of those sweets we love scarfing down this time of year. One of the oldest Christmas cakes is the much maligned,… Continue reading →

Food & Restaurants

Eat your Vegetables: Make a tasty bean salad for the holidays

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Let the colorful and tasty Bountiful Bean Salad be your healthful dish during the holidays.

This is a healthful and colorful salad to have in the refrigerator during the holidays. It’s a mix of garbanzo beans, black olives, nuts, green onions, roasted red peppers, garlic and parsley marinated in seasoned oil and vinegar. This can be eaten… Continue reading →


Christmas kettle bells work hard to meet needs

Advocate photo by Mark H. Hunter -- This sign explains how donations to the Salvation Army help the needy.

The Christmas season is probably the most challenging time of the year for many families trying to pay the bills and feed the children and still put some gifts under the tree. That’s why the Salvation Army rings bells and… Continue reading →



Photo by Cynthia L. Nobles  --  Serve Panettone, a fruit-studded bread popular during Christmas in both Italy and South America, with a cup of hot chocolate.

Advocate-tested recipe Panettone (Italian fruit-studded bread) Makes one 6- to 7-inch loaf. Recipe is by Cynthia L. Nobles. Aside from Italy, Panettone is extremely popular at Christmas in South America, where Italian immigrants introduced the treat and where… Continue reading →


2015 Subaru Outback

The 2015 Subaru Outback is the fifth generation of the world’s first utility wagon introduced 20 years ago. The new model is the roomiest Outback yet and by far the best on fuel economy, with mileage figures up to 33 miles per gallon… Continue reading →

Real Estate

French Masterpiece in Harrell’s Ferry Landing

The French style mansion at 24007 Ferry Landing Drive is a special offering in Harrell’s Ferry Landing, an exclusive gated community in Denham Springs. With large luxury homes on large lots, this subdivision off 4-H Club Road is among the most upscale developments… Continue reading →


Cangelosi Dance presents its 10th holiday season tribute

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- The Cangelosi Dance Project dancers rehearse on Saturday for an upcoming Christman program.

Not every song in the Cangelosi Dance Project’s Holiday Mix has a holiday theme, but they all connect to the spirit of the season. Sometimes it’s a favorite Christmas carol, other times a song about family and friendship.… Continue reading →


French-Creole cottage in Brusly shares roots with family way back to 1835

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR --The Hebert House, the Brusly home of Walter and Lucy Landry, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Lucy Landry knew she lived in one of the oldest homes in Brusly, but it was only after abstractor Drew Gaudet researched the origins of the home did she discover that her roots to it go back more than… Continue reading →