July 28th, 2010
06:00 PM ET
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"We'll still have seafood yeah, but my granny's shrimp boulettes are gonna taste different for a while. Alabama and Florida shrimp are sweet, Texas shrimp are a bit iodiney, Louisiana shrimp is the medium between flavors. They have a very distinct taste. I have tried shrimp from other places and they're good, but they're nothing compared to ours."

"And, having been born on the bayou, I will never eat farm-raised seafood. I like that wild taste, and I can't imagine having to buy shrimp. It's always been given to me by family that trawls. Oh, and Blackened Catfish has a whole new meaning now." - CajunB

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5@5 - Filmmaker Joe York
July 28th, 2010
05:00 PM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

If you've been hanging around Eatocracy, you might have noticed we talk a lot about preserving your family's cooking heritage and how people really eat in their day-to-day life.  With that same outlook in mind, we turn it over to a man who has made it his mission to do the same thing on-screen.

Joe York works at the University of Mississippi's Media & Documentary Projects Center where he produces short films in association with the Southern Foodways Alliance, an organization that "documents, studies, and celebrates the diverse food cultures of the changing American South."

Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Joe York.

5 Favorite Food Documentaries: Joe York

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Tales of the Cocktail: Saintly booze, steaming Scotch and smoked banana peels
July 28th, 2010
04:00 PM ET
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Sam Meyer is an editor at CNN and blogs about cocktails at cocktailians.com.

Oh, it's a thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning. How do Tales of the Cocktail attendees go to church? They attend a seminar on "Religious Beverages" with Allen Katz and Garrett Oliver. Oliver, brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery, drew the connections between Trappist ales and other beverages originated by monks, such as Bénédictine and Chartreuse - which French Carthusian monks still make and sell it to support their order.

The discussion concludes with a Vieux Carré. Named after the French Quarter, the drink contains Bénédictine – as well as other New Orleans-associated ingredients like rye, Cognac, and Peychaud's Bitters – and was invented by bartender Walter Bergeron at the nearby Hotel Monteleone in 1938. It's a fitting end to a weekend in the French Quarter devoted to fine cocktails.

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Blogger Spotlight: A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa
July 28th, 2010
02:30 PM ET
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Every weekday, we're highlighting a blogger we think you ought to know about. We can’t be everywhere at once, so we look to these passionate eaters, cooks and writers to keep us tapped into every facet of the food world. Consider this a way to get to know a blog’s taste buds, because, well, you should.

Who: Diana Bauman, of A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa
Where: Des Moines, Iowa
Twitter: @dianabauman


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July 28th, 2010
12:45 PM ET
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Mad Men season premiere director Phil Abraham on sourcing the correct 1960s-style canned ham.

Q: Is there a prop from this episode that was especially hard to get a hold of?

A: I can tell you one thing that comes to mind is the canned ham.... Ellen [Freund, the prop master] found this Polish canned ham and presented it to Matt and Matt goes wait a minute, the hams were bigger and thinner and looked different [back then]. And that sent Ellen... on a journey of finding the canned ham that Matt had in mind... She was just one step short of actually manufacturing the can in the way that Matt had remembered it being. Ultimately I think it was decided that the can she found was still a really good canned ham and in fact we found precedent that they had canned hams in that size from the period.

Read the rest of the interview on AMCtv.com and get a retro recipe for the episode's much-touted Chicken Kiev

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