5@5 - Chef Joe Schafer
December 31st, 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.

If you're included in the majority of people getting positively tanked tonight, you know what's going to sound really good tomorrow morning? Bacon ... and a big cup of water ... aaaaaaand maybe an aspirin. We're a food blog, so we can only help you with the first one - the other two, well, hopefully you're not still so obliterated off your face that you can't figure those out.

But we're not talking any old Beggin' Strips here, we're talking about HOMEMADE bacon courtesy of Executive Chef Joe Schafer from PARISH: Foods & Goods in Atlanta, Georgia.

Here's to bringing home the bacon in twenty-eleven.

Five Steps to Curing Bacon … and What to Do With It Afterward: Joe Schafer

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December 31st, 2010
02:30 PM ET
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Senior White House correspondent Ed Henry sits down with chef Alan Wong to dish about his famous regulars and the strategy behind the seating chart.

Previously – Food in the field – the Presidential press corps

Get an inside view of the goings-on of the First Family at The 1600 Report

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Lunchtime poll – tipsy does it
December 31st, 2010
12:15 PM ET
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We're well aware that y'all don't mind a tipple. Nearly 30,000 of you responded to a poll we posted waaaaayyy back in July of this year asking, "Do you drink alcohol? Not how frequently, why or any of that. Do you or don't you?"

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Box lunch
December 31st, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • 2010 was the year of mezcal, tiki drinks and a welcoming bar keep. - Serious Eats

  • Hello Mr. November! Restaurants are turning to month-by-month calendars for branding opportunities. - Nation's Restaurant News

  • In case you're too tired to, like, actually lift that hoagie to your face, it's a hands-free sandwich eater! Yep, somebody went there. Double points if you wear pajama jeans while using. - Afternoon Snooze Button via Twitter

  • If you play video games, the pounds will come. - Independent
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Chilled out & cheery – a last-second guide to New Year's Eve
December 31st, 2010
11:45 AM ET
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It's not like you didn't know this day was coming. Same date, every year, as long as there's been a calendar - it's just that the 364 other planning days just happened to flap on by, and you're left with nary a bottle of bubbles in the fridge, and guests set to arrive within the next 12 hours.

You don't need excuses - you have us.

We've got recipes, hosting tips and everything you need to know about buying, speed chilling and opening Champagne to get through tonight.

Your mantra - revised slightly from Thanksgiving
Remember how we said "It's just a meal...it's just a meal...it's just a meal?" It worked then and it works now - "It's just a night." Unless you've been running around talking up the tremendous culinary adventure upon which you will personally sherpa your guests this evening, you're in the clear.

No one's got far-flung food ambitions for New Year's Eve. They want to be with friends and loved ones, sip something with bubbles in it, and eat simple things that allow them to drink more bubbles. If you wanna get schmancier than that with the menu - mazeltov. We encourage embracing the low bar.

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December 31st, 2010
09:25 AM ET
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A California company has recalled 34,373 pounds of organic ground beef over fears of E. coli contamination.

First Class Foods Inc. of Hawthorne said recalled packages were produced on December 7 and December 16.

They have "EST. 18895" printed on them, federal officials said.

Products were shipped to California, New Jersey, North Carolina, New York, Wisconsin and Washington state.
2009: E. coli in beef, cookie dough

A company sampling confirmed a positive result for E. coli. The company and federal officials have not received reports of illnesses associated with these products.

Get the full recall information at CNN Health: Company recalls ground beef over E. coli fears

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Breakfast buffet
December 31st, 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.

Celebrate your New Year’s Eve with a bang! December 31 is National Champagne Day.

There are six main types of champagne: blanc de blancs, blanc de noirs, brut, demi-sec, extra-dry and rosé. If you plan on spraying your champagne instead of drinking it, it’s probably best to stick to a less-expensive variety - but hey, we're not here to tell you what to do.

Enjoy a glass of bubbly today and you’ll be left feeling effervescent. Don’t drink too much, though - the gas in champagne makes you absorb alcohol more quickly and can leave you with a killer hangover. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

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Coffee klatsch
December 31st, 2010
05:00 AM ET
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