A merry taste of Eatocracy
December 24th, 2010
04:00 PM ET
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Just in case you still have, like, eggnog to 'nog or plums to sugar before the second cousins twice removed arrive, consider us Santa's little helpers.

Here are a few instructional holiday posts we love that might have jingled right on by during the holiday hullabaloo.

We'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming on Monday. 'Til then, you can find us by the punch bowl.

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Lunchtime poll – Christmas fuss
December 24th, 2010
03:00 PM ET
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Gonna keep this short and sweet. Folks still have elves to butter, Lebkuchen to wield and things to...I dunno, deck?

In the words of the septuagenarian gentleman who felt that the men's restroom at the Greensboro, North Carolina K&W Cafeteria (try the vegetable congeal) was a dandy place to make friends with various of my extended family, "Y'all fixing to have yourselves a big Christmas?"

Half of Team Eatocracy is pretty into Christmas. The other half wants a Valium smoothie pretty badly right about now. Wherever you fall, we've got you covered.

Balancing the Butterball and bûche de Noël - round one
December 24th, 2010
01:00 PM ET
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Abigail Bassett is a Senior Producer with CNNMoney.com. She lives in New York with her husband and two very helpful dogs who clean up all her cooking messes. This is her first in a two-part series as Abigail tackles her first joint family Christmas dinner.

"And the lion shall lay down with the lamb..." - or in my case, the foodies shall cook for the conventional foodies, and none shall order pizza.

I've got a confession to make: I've been dreading Christmas since Thanksgiving. Well actually, Christmas dinner to be exact.

I know, I know, bah-freaking-humbug - but hosting my first combined family holiday has sent me rummaging through cabinets and family recipes for days. Upending plans for a mellow holiday and sending me (and my poor husband) into a tizzy.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all about family holidays and tradition. In fact, I really like my family’s Christmas tradition: A big turkey dinner with mashed potatoes and stuffing is like a dream Thanksgiving do-over. My husband’s Italian family however, does things very differently - and that’s where the issue arises.

Box lunch
December 24th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Need therapy? Grab a hot dog and get in line. - The Atlantic

  • The United Nations is concerned with China's treatment of food safety activists.– Food Safety News

  • When trying to rob a restaurant - with an iPhone no less - one must remember, cooks have knives. - MSNBC

  • Around the world in food: a photographic journey. - TIME

  • Gingerbread cookies specifically designed to sit on the rim of a glass of milk. Ain't that handy! - Babble
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