5@5 - Chef Joe Schafer
December 31st, 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're included in the majority of people getting positively tanked tonight, you know what's going to sound really good tomorrow morning? Bacon ... and a big cup of water ... aaaaaaand maybe an aspirin. We're a food blog, so we can only help you with the first one - the other two, well, hopefully you're not still so obliterated off your face that you can't figure those out.

But we're not talking any old Beggin' Strips here, we're talking about HOMEMADE bacon courtesy of Executive Chef Joe Schafer from PARISH: Foods & Goods in Atlanta, Georgia.

Here's to bringing home the bacon in twenty-eleven.

Five Steps to Curing Bacon … and What to Do With It Afterward: Joe Schafer
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December 31st, 2010
02:30 PM ET
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Senior White House correspondent Ed Henry sits down with chef Alan Wong to dish about his famous regulars and the strategy behind the seating chart.

Previously – Food in the field – the Presidential press corps

Get an inside view of the goings-on of the First Family at The 1600 Report

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Lunchtime poll – tipsy does it
December 31st, 2010
12:15 PM ET
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We're well aware that y'all don't mind a tipple. Nearly 30,000 of you responded to a poll we posted waaaaayyy back in July of this year asking, "Do you drink alcohol? Not how frequently, why or any of that. Do you or don't you?"
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Box lunch
December 31st, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • 2010 was the year of mezcal, tiki drinks and a welcoming bar keep. - Serious Eats


  • Hello Mr. November! Restaurants are turning to month-by-month calendars for branding opportunities. - Nation's Restaurant News


  • In case you're too tired to, like, actually lift that hoagie to your face, it's a hands-free sandwich eater! Yep, somebody went there. Double points if you wear pajama jeans while using. - Afternoon Snooze Button via Twitter


  • If you play video games, the pounds will come. - Independent
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Chilled out & cheery – a last-second guide to New Year's Eve
December 31st, 2010
11:45 AM ET
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It's not like you didn't know this day was coming. Same date, every year, as long as there's been a calendar - it's just that the 364 other planning days just happened to flap on by, and you're left with nary a bottle of bubbles in the fridge, and guests set to arrive within the next 12 hours.

You don't need excuses - you have us.

We've got recipes, hosting tips and everything you need to know about buying, speed chilling and opening Champagne to get through tonight.

Your mantra - revised slightly from Thanksgiving
Remember how we said "It's just a meal...it's just a meal...it's just a meal?" It worked then and it works now - "It's just a night." Unless you've been running around talking up the tremendous culinary adventure upon which you will personally sherpa your guests this evening, you're in the clear.

No one's got far-flung food ambitions for New Year's Eve. They want to be with friends and loved ones, sip something with bubbles in it, and eat simple things that allow them to drink more bubbles. If you wanna get schmancier than that with the menu - mazeltov. We encourage embracing the low bar.
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