Agog over eggnog
December 16th, 2010
07:00 PM ET
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Sam Meyer is an editor at CNN and blogs about cocktails at cocktailians.com. The boy knows his 'nog. December 24 is National Eggnog Day.

The holiday season is far too often a contentious time: which set of relatives to visit, who to host, how to navigate schlepping to all the parties, white or colored lights, whether you put a star or an angel on top of the tree. For my money, one of the most divisive issues is that of eggnog.

Yes, eggnog. It can vary wildly in textures and flavors. Everyone’s familiar with the annato-colored, too-thick, pasteurized sludge sold in cartons in the grocery store. When I bought that stuff, I would cut it with milk, as I kept envisioning that goo going straight into my arteries, exactly the same consistency as it came out of the carton. It didn’t actually make it any healthier, but it wasn’t quite as gooey. We’ve heard about the history of eggnog, but what’s the best recipe for making your own as well as all the equally tasty variations?
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5@5 - David Alan Bernahl II
December 16th, 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.

Newsflash: It's party season! (Don't act so surprised.) So until the ball, and subsequently Snooki, drops in Times Square on New Year's, we're getting our holly and jolly on until we start seeing sugar plum fairies dancing up in the ol' noggin. Capeesh?

And if you're one of the brave souls hosting the likes of  such festive friends, some words of wisdom might come in handy - that's where Dave Bernahl comes in.

Bernahl is the co-founder and director of Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival, and owner of the recently opened Cannery Row Brewing Company in Monterey, California. His party might be a teensy bit bigger than yours (roughly 4,000 attendees), so if he can handle hosting duties, you can too.

Five Secrets to Holiday Hospitality: David Alan Bernahl II
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December 16th, 2010
02:30 PM ET
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Lunchtime poll – posh like Piers
December 16th, 2010
12:15 PM ET
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We're still getting to know our new colleague Piers Morgan, the British journalist who's stormed our shores to take over the nightly slot where the venerable Larry King has held court for 25 years. But from what we've gleaned thus far from his Twitter stream - the man knows how to bust it fancy.

Stayed tuned for our upcoming edition of Fame Bites with the dapper Mr. Morgan, and in the meantime...

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Box lunch
December 16th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.


  • An in-depth look on why foie gras is not unethical. - Serious Eats



  • Archi's Acres helps nurture combat veterans back into daily life through farming. - VOA


  • Cookie dough dip. Yeah, there's nothing clever we can say other than: Want in belly. Now. - How Sweet It Is
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December 16th, 2010
10:15 AM ET
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For Sri Lankan iReporter Shari Atukorala her mother's jam tarts aren't just a delicious holiday treat - they're a link to her childhood.
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Lawsuit wants McDonald's to stop toying around
December 16th, 2010
10:00 AM ET
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A California woman is suing McDonald's claiming the fast-food giant uses toys to market directly to young children. Monet Parham, a Sacramento, California, mother of two small children filed the lawsuit Wednesday in San Francisco along with health, nutrition and food safety advocates Center for Science in the Public Interest . CSPI is seeking court approval to proceed as a class action.

Parham, a 41-year old state employee, says her kids repeatedly ask for Happy Meals, mainly for the toys. "We have to say no to our kids so many times and McDonald's makes that so much harder to do. I object to the fact that McDonald's is getting into my kids' heads without my permission and actually changing what my kids want to eat."

Michael Jacobson, CSPI's executive director accused McDonald's of "one of the most insidious marketing practices–dangling a toy in front of a small child." Jacobson called the practice "unfair, deceptive and illegal' in California and many other states. "The food industry has a responsibility not to intrude into families by using sleazy marketing techniques getting kids to pester their parents."

Read the full story on CNN Health - "Woman sues McDonald's over Happy Meals"

Previously - "San Francisco bans fast food toys"



Breakfast buffet
December 16th, 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.

December 16 is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day, and we mean anything. You’ve got your usual suspects – pretzels, peanuts, strawberries and peanut butter; your decadent suspects – Oreos, donuts, cake and candy; and your interesting suspects – grasshoppers, bacon, potato chips and scorpions.

Basically, the sky’s the limit today, as long as you coat it in chocolate.

Unless… can you coat the sky in chocolate?

What's on TV?
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Coffee klatsch
December 16th, 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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