December 15th, 2010
09:15 PM ET
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Food in the Field gives a window into what CNN's team is eating, and the food culture they encounter as they travel the globe. Today's contributor is White House Sr. Supervising Producer Stacia Deshishku. She previously shared a glimpse of Thanksgiving dinner at CNN's D.C. bureau and another party at an undisclosed location.

Life as a White House-centric press member doesn't just mean living off Tom Hanks-sponsored espresso in the White House press area's break room and purloined turnips from the First Lady's vegetable garden. Sometimes you get to bust it all fancy and get your grub on at the State Department's holiday party for press.
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Comment of the day
December 15th, 2010
06:15 PM ET
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On Christmas songs: a feast decoded:

"Figgy pudding? I thought it said 'Bring me some freakin' pudding! And bring some right here!'" - RS

And guess what? We won't freakin' go until we freakin' get some!

Recipe excerpted from "Dainty Desserts for Dainty People" by Knox Gelatine

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Foodborne illness strike 1 in 6, reports the CDC
December 15th, 2010
06:00 PM ET
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About 48 million Americans get sick from foodborne illness each year according to the first new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 1999.

According to CDC’s 2011 Estimates of Foodborne Disease, 1 in 6 Americans will get sick from known and unknown bacteria, viruses and microbes each year resulting in about 128,000 hospitalizations and about 3,000 deaths. This new data was released by the CDC online Wednesday (the two reports summarizing their results will be published in the CDC's Emerging Infectious Disease Journal in January, which is why the numbers are called “2011 estimates”).

Read CDC: 1 in 6 Americans get food poisoning annually



5@5 - Edward Burns
December 15th, 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.

"Tampopo!" "Eat Drink Man Woman!" "Chocolat!" No food Web site would be complete without the requisite "best food movies" list. But instead of us food editor folk sharing our picks for the most palatable performances (which for the record includes Meryl Streep cracking eggs in "The Hours" and the imaginary albeit bang-a-rang Lost Boys feast in "Hook"), we decided to tap one of the industry’s own - actor, writer and director Ed Burns.

Burns burst onto the Hollywood scene when his very first feature film "The Brothers McMullen," won the Grand Jury prize at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival. Since then, you may recognize his signature raspy voice from the likes of "Saving Private Ryan," "Entourage," and "27 Dresses." His most recent film, “Nice Guy Johnny,” was recently released on DVD and digital platforms like iTunes, Netflix and videos on demand in order to make indie films more accessible to the general public.

Now, enough with the previews - pass the popcorn and chew on this scenery.

Five Favorite Scenes From Film Involving Food: Ed Burns
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Lunchtime poll – wassailing
December 15th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Just a quickie today - the Eatocracy elves are busy in the workshop.

Glad you asked! Here's what's up with wassail.

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Christmas songs: a feast decoded
December 15th, 2010
11:30 AM ET
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Dean Martin was right, it is a marshmallow world in the winter. Some of the season’s most festive carols are chock-a-block with edible écriture - but most of us have no idea what the heck we’re singing about. Kind of like that time when we all thought Elton John’s “Rocket Man” was just about a man traveling to outer space or that Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me” was all about making dessert. Yeah, not so much.

So what the heck is a figgy pudding? Is wassailing something you do on a boat? We’re whipping out our Little Orphan Annie Secret Decoder Pin to translate the food and drink references in a few of the season’s most scrumptious tunes. Sing along, won’t you?
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Florida's deep freeze may put fruits and vegetables in peril
December 15th, 2010
09:30 AM ET
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iReporter pdt165 snapped this picture in Port Orange, Florida, 2 miles from Daytona Beach. Temperatures dropped to the mid-20s overnight and sprinklers were not turned off.

Ever wonder where those yummy strawberries come from during those snowy winter months? It’s Florida - though that may be in jeopardy if temperature trends don’t change as winter sets in.

For the second week in a row, temperatures dipped to 32°F or below, shattering past low temperature records for December. Farmers are still assessing the damage to the fruits and vegetables from the frosty weather.
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Breakfast buffet
December 15th, 2010
09:00 AM ET
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Today's forecast: frost(ing) advisory with a chance of sprinkles.

We’ve already celebrated National Chocolate Cupcake Day and National Vanilla Cupcake Day, so we’re a little surprised (but mostly excited) that December 15 is National Cupcake Day, with no specific flavor mandated.

This day goes out to all those other flavors that don’t get as much love as chocolate or vanilla. Banana, carrot cake, peanut butter, lemon, pumpkin, strawberry, red velvet, snozzberry - we're looking at you. Now, go forth and eat.

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Coffee klatsch
December 15th, 2010
06:00 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.

Consider the daily Coffee klatsch post as your VIP lounge - 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.
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