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In the name of journalism and science, I - or more specifically, my liver - am taking one for the team.
Wednesday afternoon, the Food and Drug Administration announced the results of its safety review of caffeinated alcohol drinks, and whether or not to ban them. The announcement came with increasing pressure after a media firestorm erupted in October because nine students at Central Washington University were hospitalized after consuming the caffeinated alcoholic beverage, Four Loko.
According to the the CNN Wire Staff:
Thus far, Michigan, Oklahoma, New York, Washington and Utah have taken action to remove the drink from state stores. Eatocracy's own home base of New York will stop receiving shipments of the controversial "blackout in a can" on December 10.
With the impending Food and Drug Administration ban, Phusion Products, the beverage company behind Four Loko released the following statement late Tuesday evening:
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Claire Robinson is the host of Food Network's "5 Ingredient Fix," in which she does just that - creating enticing recipes using five ingredients or fewer. Each element stands out and shines through, and allows for a major trim-down on prep time.
During a busy, pricey holiday season, most folks need all the extra time and cash they get get. With Ms. Robinson on your side, the fix is in.
Five Ingredients (or Tips) for a Fantastic Thanksgiving Fix: Claire Robinson
'Tis the season for a food editor's inbox to fill up with press releases about slimming down Thanksgiving staples and holding back at holiday dinners. We'll say this about that: we're a food blog - not a diet blog, and unless you plan on having Uncle Merv jam a foie gras gavage funnel down your throat so you can ingest more giblet gravy, chances are this one meal probably isn't going to undo you.
So far as we're gonna tell you, use real butter, don't skimp with skim and by all means, nibble that crispy skin. Just eat sensibly at the non-Big Event meals and don't make your guests have to pretend to relish abstemious gravy and stingily-sweetened pumpkin pie.
We're not advocating gluttony but for this one day, relax, enjoy, indulge and give thanks for a gracious plenty. The gym will still be there tomorrow - just perhaps a tad more crowded.
Over the next nine 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.
There’s a bicycle built for two; two for tea (and tea for two); and everyone knows it takes two to tango – so what about a Thanksgiving feast for two?
CNN.com writer Lisa Respers France recently submitted this Turkey Day quandary to Eatocracy:
If anything, we are not afraid to be servicey - especially in the ever-dwindling days leading up to the big feast.
Point blank: you are not responsible for whipping up cranberry chutney for ten if there are only two of you this year. You can have your turkey and roast it too, without skimping on the fixings and gobbling up refrigerator space. Here’s how:
Even the most adventurous eaters often give their inner food warrior the day off on Thanksgiving - nothing but the same turkey, stuffing (or dressing!), cranberries, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie they've been eating since childhood. If one of those dishes goes missing, the whole meal just doesn't feel right.
Other families stray away from the standards - some friends of ours have to have collard greens, whiskey sours and banana pudding for the day to feel right, while another family dives into duck - and develop their own must-indulge traditions.
iReporter Joshua Estrin (a.k.a. "Celebbuzzz") sat down with 'Rules of Engagement' star Megyn Price to chat about the challenges of feeding a half vegetarian, half meat-eating family on the holidays and why her celery walnut salad just flat-out rules.
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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.
How dough you do? November 17 is Homemade Bread Day and National Baklava Day.
Though the two holidays may seem similar - one celebrating a pastry and the other celebrating bread - the treats differ in both taste and texture.
Baklava is a sweet pastry made with layers of phyllo - an unleavened flour dough - and filled with nuts and syrup or honey. Bread, on the other hand, comes in all shapes, sizes and colors. Most breads are leavened, unlike baklava.
So how do you roll: white, wheat, sourdough or phyllo?
What's on TV?