Winterized holiday cocktails
November 3rd, 2010
08:00 PM ET
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Over the next 23 days – including yes, the very day of – we'll be sharing our time-tested hosting tips and recipes, as well as plenty from chefs, hospitality experts, celebrities (that's always fun, right?), hosts and home cooks we love. Our goal – sending you into Thanksgiving with a confident smile on your face, and seeing you emerge on the other side with your sanity intact.

Previously: T minus 23 - Pitcher drinks and Prosecco are a host's best friend.
Reader "Hosting 18 this T-Giving" asked:

These drink ideas (at least the non-wine or champagne types) seem a bit on the summer side to me.. are there more spicy options available? To clarify – I served mulled wine last year (which I love), but found it wasn't everyone's favorite. Would love something along these lines, but different than the traditonal mulled wine recipe.

We maintain that lemonade goes surprisingly well at any time of the year, but we also get where you're coming from.

Today's lesson:

Crowd-pleasing cold-weather drinks for T-Day
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5@5 – Food science writer Harold McGee
November 3rd, 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.

So – you thought we forgot alllll about Thanksgiving today, didn’t you? Nope. Sorry. Ain't gonna happen. And this time, we're getting scientists involved.

Harold McGee is the New York Times columnist and author behind the culinary creed, On Food & Cooking: The Science & Lore of the Kitchen.

McGee has been named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People, Bon Appétit's Writer of the Year and to James Beard Foundation's "Who's Who in American Food." Let’s just say he’s got more food science knowledge than you can shake a meat thermometer at.

And just in time for the November release of his new book, Keys to Good Cooking - McGee has dropped by to bust some common folklore about that Turkey Day spread.

Five Myths About Thanksgiving Dinner: Harold McGee
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November 3rd, 2010
02:00 PM ET
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I was told I’d either love it or hate it. The critics warned, "It smells terrible," ominously adding my body heat would "instantly rise." Some Malaysians praised it. "It’s the King of Fruits."

It’s called the Durian - deep green, imperfectly round and extremely prickly. "Do it." "Don’t." I was torn.

I took the plunge in the packed Jalan Alor street in the Bukit Bintang area of Kuala Lumpar. I spotted the Wong Kee Quality Durian stand that has been there for about twenty years. Mr. Beaio’s swift machete strokes delivered a fleshy, creamy pulp. It wasn’t that bad - somewhere between crème brulee and blue cheese. I’m told it’s an acquired taste.

Warning: Breath gets bad. Fast.
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Lunchtime poll – National Sandwich Day
November 3rd, 2010
12:15 PM ET
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Happy National Sandwich Day, everyone!

We've made no secret of our obsession with various expressions of the sandwich arts. Peanut butter and jelly and grilled cheese have both been the subject of multiple days of coverage, and we've been known to call in experts to aid us in pursuit of the perfect stacking technique.

Judging from our readers' hundreds and hundreds of comments, we've got plenty of company between the slices - so we're taking orders. Weigh in on what you think is the superlative sandwich and we'll share the swoon-inducing descriptions in an upcoming post.

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Box lunch
November 3rd, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • One man's pet is another man's dinner.  - NPR


  • After much ado, San Francisco has indeed banned the Happy Meal. - SF Weekly


  • The chain blame: If Denny's grilled cheese stuffed with fried mozzarella sticks was from a Mom & Pop diner, would we protest its nutritional value just as much? - Chicago Tribune



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3-2-1...Lunch! Fuel for watching the Space Shuttle
November 3rd, 2010
10:00 AM ET
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John Zarrella is CNN's Miami correspondent. He has been covering space shuttle launches since 1984. Thursday, the Discovery shuttle will make its last mission, sending a crew of six astronauts to the International Space Station.

It's going to be a mess. Just accept that now.

I'm talking about tomorrow's Space Shuttle launch. Be prepared for bumper to bumper traffic and packed hotels and restaurants. With only two, maybe three flights left, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to descend upon Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral and Titusville, Florida.

Here's some advice: take plenty of drinks, snacks and maybe sandwiches for the 3:30pm liftoff. You'll need to stake out your viewing spot hours ahead of time and plan on waiting several hours afterward to get out, or you will just sit in traffic.

But, if you're going to be hanging around the area for a few days, there's no reason to relegate yourself to bologna sandwiches. Whenever my team is at the Cape, we have a restaurant ritual and a few favorite haunts. If you promise not to take our table or at least let us join you, we'll share.
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Breakfast buffet
November 3rd, 2010
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday and the most delicious finds on TV.

November 3 marks National Sandwich Day. The day is commissioned as such because on this very day in 1718, John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, was born.

Popular lore goes that it is he who universalized the portable favorite of on-the-go and stand-up diners. The Earl fancied himself a card game and began to request two pieces of bread with a meat filling so that he may eat with one hand and continue the game without interruption. Thus, the Earl's favorite meal received his namesake.

Today, grinder groupies, Dagwood devotees and panini partisans rejoice! Here's to a filling holiday.

So - what'll it be?

What's on TV?
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