December 6th, 2010
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5@5 - Tori Avey, "The Shiksa in the Kitchen"
December 6th, 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.

We love you a latke, don't misunderstand - but seeing as it's the sixth night of Hanukkah, we think we need some space. It's not you, it's us.

Here to ease us into our potato-pancake separation is Tori Avey. She's the woman behind the popular blog, "The Shiksa in the Kitchen."

When Avey made collecting authentic Jewish recipes somewhat of a hobby, she earned the nickname "the shiksa in the kitchen” from her Israeli family and friends - and well, the rest is history. The word “shiksa” is a Yiddish word often used to describe a non-Jewish woman who is in a relationship with or attracted to a Jewish man. And although Avey formally converted to Judaism earlier this year, she'll tell you, "once a shiksa, always a shiksa!"

Five Hanukkah Dishes That Are Not Latkes: Tori Avey
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December 6th, 2010
02:30 PM ET
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The first guidelines for diagnosing and managing food allergies were released Monday by The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI).

Designed by and for allergists, immunologists and other health care professionals, the guidelines represent the best practices for management of a disease where there is no current treatment.

It's a framework intended to help doctors make appropriate decisions about treating patients, but not fixed rules that must be followed. Doctors and patients still need to develop individual treatment plans based on the circumstance of the patient.

The most common food allergens in this country are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, wheat and soy. Milk and eggs are the two most common allergies seen in pediatric patients, but 80 percent of children outgrow them.

Read Docs get guide for ID'ing food allergies



December 6th, 2010
01:00 PM ET
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Lunchtime poll – food cures for the common cold
December 6th, 2010
12:40 PM ET
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Some folks (like our pal Sam Meyer) swear by a hot toddy to soothe the symptoms of a pesky winter cold. Others opt for chicken, pho or hot and sour soups, hot tea with lemon and honey or just gobbling down a heck of a lot of garlic.

When sniffles set in, do you head to the grocery store or your friendly neighborhood pharmacy?

Previously: Starve a fever, drink a toddy?

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Box lunch
December 6th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • 'Tis the season for end of year round-ups: presenting this year's top 25 beers. Beer me, Santa! - Wine Enthusiast


  • Need to add a few more collections to the kitchen library? Monsieur Lebovitz shares his favorite cookbooks of 2010. - David Lebovitz


  • The Saturday of Christmas week is the busiest night of the year for the restaurant industry. Unfortunately for them, that Saturday just happens to be Christmas Day this year. - Nation's Restaurant News



  • Social media to help the hungry. - Mashable
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December 6th, 2010
11:30 AM ET
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The discovery of hard plastic inside packages prompted a nationwide recall of 72,000 pounds of canned chicken salad, one of several recalls involving poultry and meat products issued through U.S. food safety authorities in recent days.

The Suter Company is recalling 8.2-ounce packages of the "Bumble Bee Lunch on the Run Chicken Salad Complete Lunch Kit" and 3.5-ounce packages of "Bumble Bee Chicken Salad with Crackers," according to a statement released Sunday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

While the company is headquartered in Sycamore, Illinois, its products are sold from coast to coast. The recalled products - which have a August 2011 "best-by" date for the lunch kit, and February 2012 corresponding date for the cracker package - were put together and shipped out to distributors and stores between August 14 and 28 of this year.

Read the full story: 72,000 pounds of canned chicken salad recalled

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Starve a fever, drink a toddy?
December 6th, 2010
11:30 AM ET
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Sam Meyer is an editor at CNN and blogs about cocktails at cocktailians.com. He's not a licensed medical professional, but he makes one heck of a soothing toddy. Recipe below.

So the weather has finally turned downright chilly in New York City, and I've come down with a head cold. Not a nasty one, fortunately; I'm not flat on my back, whining as I watch daytime television and count my muscle aches. The symptoms - runny nose, slight headache, sore and scratchy throat, general congestion - are more irritating than debilitating. But what to do about it?

Other than the standard approaches of rest, fluids, and over-the-counter medication, what's the food angle? Everyone seems to have their own approaches - my girlfriend firmly believes that you should stay away from dairy when you have a cold, on the theory that milk makes your nose run more - so what's yours?

Should you starve a fever and feed a cold? Or is it the other way around? WebMD, bless their hearts, says that "starving is never the correct answer" and recommends eating foods rich in antioxidants, bioflavonoids, and phytochemicals.
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Coffee klatsch
December 6th, 2010
10:46 AM ET
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Pssst! Got a sec to chat?

We are utterly thrilled when readers want to hang out and talk - whether it's amongst themselves or in response to pieces we've posted. We want Eatocracy to be a cozy, spirited online home for those who find their way here.

We also pay a lot of attention to what our regulars and new visitors have to say, and thought we'd try a little experiment. For the next few days, we'll run a new "Coffee klatsch" post, and designate that as the primary comments thread for readers who'd like to chat about topics not related to the articles we're running. That way, everyone knows where to find each other, and each post's comments section remains on topic.

Let us know what you think, and if works for you, we'll make it a daily deal - with occasional surprises for our regulars.

Now where's that Americano we ordered?...



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