5@5 - Chef Anne Burrell
December 27th, 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.

The irony of New Year’s resolutions is that typically, they don’t actually begin on January 1. Eat healthy. Drink less. Exercise more. All these popular resolutions make sense until we remember that New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest party nights of the year.

One way to start the New Year off right is by hosting a fabulous brunch, and regardless of your social calendar the night of, you can get a bulk of the work done before slipping into your favorite party dress and heading out for the night. Chef Anne Burrell, host of Food Network’s "Worst Cooks in America" and "Secrets of a Restaurant Chef," is here to help in the preparation of said delicious New Year’s Day brunch, despite any level of hangover.

Five Tips for New Year's Day Brunch: Anne Burrell

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Balancing the Butterball and bûche de Noël – round two
December 27th, 2010
02:30 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 second in a two-part series as Abigail reports back on her first joint family Christmas dinner. Read the first installment.

I wish I could say that Christmas dinner was a runaway success.

I wish I could say I handled it with grace and ease and wore heels and pearls à la a modern June Cleaver the whole way through.

I wish I could say my kitchen was none the worse for wear and that my husband and I have been enjoying copious leftovers oozing with homemade goodness.

I wish ... I could have found my meat thermometer.

Since I’d anticipated a long day, I woke up bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and ready to tackle the seemingly insurmountable task at hand.

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Box lunch
December 27th, 2010
12:05 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • The beer is coming from the bottom of the glass! - Daily Mail

  • On the nature of dessert: "Pastry is infinitely exciting, because it’s less about showing the greatness of nature, and more about transmitting taste and flavor." - New Yorker

  • José Andrés shares his thoughts on good, clean and sensible eating. - The Economist

  • No one puts Baby in a corner, and no snowpocalypse gets between a skier and their burrito. - Denver Westword
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December 27th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Pastries, cakes, cookies, pies and other baked goods made by Rolf's Patisserie in Chicago are being recalled this Christmas Eve, over concerns that the sweets may contain Staphylococcus Aureus bacteria.

In a written statement released Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the pastries have already sickened 100 people in Illinois and Wisconsin; and that any Rolf's product manufactured after November 1st may be contaminated as well.

Rolf's line of baked goods is sold online and distributed through national wholesale and retail chains, the FDA says, and may have been repackaged and sold under different brand names in supermarkets and through caterers and large institutions, such as nursing homes. The FDA recommends checking labels closely, and if you're unsure whether the products were made by Rolf's, calling the store where they were purchased.

Read the FULL STORY: "Baked goods recalled on Christmas Eve"

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's super strawberries!
December 27th, 2010
10:30 AM ET
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Strawberries and chocolate go all too well together in fondue, cakes, and any other dessert you can imagine. Now, scientists are learning more than ever about the genetic makeup of both of these foods, and that knowledge could lead to genetically modified versions that are more nutritious and easier to grow.

The journal Nature Genetics is publishing studies about the genomes of each of these foods. Each of the studies is led by a different international team of researchers, and has received a mixture of academic, U.S. government and industry funding (strawberry industry groups contributed to research on that fruit, and Hershey Corp. helped fund the cocoa study).

By sequencing the strawberry genome, scientists can learn about how the fruits could be bio-engineered to be bigger, better-tasting, and more resistant to disease, said Kevin Folta, University of Florida researcher who collaborated on the study of the woodland strawberry. Folta estimates that it will be another 5 to 10 years before strawberries genetically modified for these qualities hit the market.

Read the rest of "What's inside chocolate, strawberries" on CNN Health

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2010 in review: a dozen topics that stirred the pot
December 27th, 2010
09:30 AM ET
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When Eatocracy launched in mid-June of this year, we knew we had a lot to say about how, why, where when and what people across the United States are eating. What took us by surprise and delight was the passionate response from readers who had a thing or ten (or 76,000+ if we're keeping track of comments stats) to say about hot button topics like vegetarianism, genetically modified food, open bars, school lunches and restaurant etiquette.

Here's a sampler platter of topics that stirred the pot this year. Consider it your amuse bouche for all the food fun we'll serve up in 2011.

June 21: Waiters even the score
After giving cranky patrons a chance to sound off on their restaurant gripes, it seemed only right to turn the tables and allow servers, bartenders and hosts a chance to dish it right on back. One heck of a food fight ensued. And when it came to the notion of stiffing a server on the tip for poor service? Whooo, boy...

July 12: A day two pigs would die
Is "ethical slaughter" a real world solution or an ugly oxymoron? When our editor shared her firsthand account of a pig slaughter and the subsequent meal, some readers applauded her moral gut-check, while others called for her head.

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Breakfast buffet
December 27th, 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.

Even if the whole month has been devoted to fruitcake, the edible punchline catches so much flak, it apparently deserves its own day too.

December 27 is National Fruitcake Day, meaning it’s time to slice into the fruity loaf you received over the weekend. It’s still fruitcake weather, after all.

We know fruitcake gets a bad rap, but take it from The Fabulous Beekman Boys: It’s not the holidays without a slab of “fruit macerated in brandy.”

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Coffee klatsch
December 27th, 2010
05:00 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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