How well do you know Southern cooking?
November 9th, 2010
05:30 PM ET
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On Wednesday, November 10th, Eatocracy is hosting its inaugural Secret Supper in Atlanta, Georgia, centered around the topic of how chefs' increasingly close collaboration with farmers figures into the preservation and evolution of Southern cooking. Take your place at the (virtual) table, by joining in the conversation and cooking along at home.

But first, let's see how well you know your Southern food.

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5@5 - Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark
November 9th, 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 class, we've recently become versed in how to tick off the chef, deal with drunk party guests and overcome booze-induced suffering. Today's lesson? How not to send yourself into self-inflicted Prohibition by being a general pain in the gluteus maximus toward the barkeep.

Our visiting educators are Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark - the comedic vixen mixologists behind the virally infamous McNuggetini. The dynamic duo took a break from shaking (and stirring) up the cocktail world with their new web series, Drinks with Alie & Georgia on Food2.com, to offer up their tips on ensuring the bartender doesn't spit in your Sour Appletini.

Five Tips on Not Pissing Off Your Bartender: Alie and Georgia
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Blogger Spotlight: Blue Kitchen
November 9th, 2010
02:30 PM ET
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Every so often, we're highlighting a local or regional 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: Terry Boyd, of Blue Kitchen
Where: Chicago, Illinois
Twitter: @BlueKitchen
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Lunchtime poll – fast food frenzy
November 9th, 2010
12:30 PM ET
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Our pals at CNN Health share some pretty informative and shocking stuff with us on a regular basis - odd diseases, distressing things that happen to skin, things that end up, um, places they oughtn't. Still, perhaps the most surprising stat we've ever seen from them came across the transom yesterday in a story called, Study: Fast food marketing up, food still unhealthy.

The report, released Monday by Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, looked at 12 popular restaurant chains, and out of more than 3,000 kids meal combinations, found only 12 that met the nutritional guidelines for preschool-aged kids.
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According to Harris, $4.2 billion was spent on advertising by the fast food industry in 2009 and it is working. The report finds 40-percent of preschool aged children ask to go to McDonalds on a weekly basis, and 15 percent ask on a daily basis. Also, 84 percent of parents say they've taken their children to eat fast food at least once in the past week.

That's...a lot. As we mentioned earlier today, a case is being made in San Francisco for banning Happy Meals outright - in their current form - as a part of a "food justice movement." But with such a large percentage of parents reportedly relying on fast food restaurants for at least some of their kids' sustenance, will this mean that consumers just up-size to adult size fare for the small fry?

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Would you like that Happy Meal to go - permanently?
November 9th, 2010
11:00 AM ET
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Happy Meals could become a thing of the past in San Francisco after a vote by the city's leaders Tuesday.

San Francisco's board of supervisors is expected to formally approve a ban on most of McDonald's Happy Meals in current form during a meeting Tuesday.

The move to turn Happy Meals into healthy meals was proposed because some in the northern California city felt that McDonald's offers toys to entice kids to buy meals that don't meet nutritional criteria.

The board already approved the ban during a preliminary vote last week.

CNN Wire Staff has the FULL STORY

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Breakfast buffet
November 9th, 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.

Well, I'll be spammed! - November 9 is National Scrapple Day.

Scrapple is similar to the cultishly loved canned meat in more ways than one. The mush is made from pork scraps and trimmings and is formed into a semi-solid loaf. Often, it is coated with flour and fried in butter or oil.

The meaty loaf is generally eaten for breakfast, alongside eggs, potatoes or pancakes. It can also be topped with apple butter, mustard and honey, along with any other condiments that pique your fancy.

Pop a few slices on some bread and enjoy a Scrapple sandwich. We’re not here to judge.

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Clarified - farm-to-table
November 9th, 2010
02:00 AM ET
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In cooking, the process of clarification entails straining out extraneous muck from liquids so that they might be pure, clear and ideal for consumption. With this series on food terminology we're attempting to do the same.

On Wednesday, November 10th, Eatocracy is hosting its inaugural Secret Supper in Atlanta, Georgia, centered around the topic of how chefs' increasingly close collaboration with farmers figures into the preservation and evolution of Southern cooking. Take your place at the (virtual) table, by joining in the conversation and cooking along at home.

As diners become more concerned with where their food comes from and how it is prepared, the term “farm-to-table” has entered the national lexicon. Restaurants specialize in it, food and environmental activists extol its benefits and farmers markets and roadside stands live and die by it.

So what does it mean and why are we on the hunt for it?
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