January 6th, 2011
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.

We're in the camp of thought that you should be drinking the sparkling stuff all year long, not just on New Year's. Lucky for us, Gary Vaynerchuk, the host of Wine Library TV, New York Times best-selling author and overall wine guru, gives his bubbly blessing.

Five "Under The Radar" Sparkling Wines: Gary Vaynerchuk
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Box lunch
January 6th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Sadly, in order to find real food at the grocery store, you might need a flowchart. - Summer Tomato


  • Soon, you could be cooking your soup on a wireless charging surface. Beam me up, Scotty - and don't forget the minestrone! – Gizmodo



  • Putting the "Roque" in Roquefort: how eight famous cheeses got their name. - Mental Floss


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January 6th, 2011
09:45 AM ET
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Ugh. Team Eatocracy is down for the count today, felled by winter colds and random crud. We'll be posting less today, but if you feel like keeping us company, how 'bout posting some of your favorite cold remedies in the comments below? We'd be most aaa...aaa...choo!...ppreciative.

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January 6th, 2011
09:30 AM ET
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We're all for frequent midair visits from the beverage cart, but how 'bout the pilots refraining from spillable potables until the plane lands?

Previously – Lunchtime polls: drinking on planes and shelling out for in-flight snacks

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Breakfast buffet
January 6th, 2011
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.

January 6 is National Shortbread Day.

There’s a good chance you have all the ingredients you need to make simple shortbread right now if you so desire: flour, butter sugar and salt. Don't be fooled though; what the dessert lacks in complexity, it makes up for in versatility. Bon Appétit’s former editor-in-chief Barbara Fairchild favors her shortbread squares with a hint of lemon, for example.

Just as the simple shortbread recipe has many variations, so does the way the biscuits are shaped - the most popular being how Mary, Queen of Scots, would have taken hers: in the form of “petticoat tails.” In this style, traditional cookie rounds are sliced into triangular segments (think pizza) and pricked with a fork so that the cookies resemble the ruffled, pleated or laced edge on women's petticoats.

Whatever shape your shortbread takes, just don’t sub out the butter.

What's on TV?
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Coffee klatsch
January 6th, 2011
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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