April 11th, 2011
06:30 PM ET
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Remember waaayyyy back to a few weeks ago when a bunch of Florida parents banded together in an attempt to bar a peanut-allergic first grader from attending school?

Now her father is speaking out about miscommunication and threats from people who've claimed they may try to deliberately trigger her attacks.

See all peanut allergy coverage

5@5 - Liz Vaccariello
April 11th, 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.

About the same time dandelions and bluebells start to bloom, so do the first cries of "zOMG ramps!" in the culinary world.

Spring has sprung, and for Every Day with Rachael Ray editor-in-chief Liz Vaccariello - whose new issue hits newsstands April 12 - that means in the kitchen too.

Spring Eats Cooks Can’t Wait to Get Their Hands On: Liz Vaccariello

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April 11th, 2011
01:25 PM ET
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A 15-month-old was hospitalized after a behind-the-bar mix-up at a Michigan Applebee's restaurant that left the toddler sipping alcohol instead of apple juice.

Police were called to the Madison Heights restaurant on Friday evening after the parents of Dominic Wilson Jr. noticed their son acting strange during a family dinner.

"He was saying 'hi' and 'bye' to the walls," said Wilson's mother, Taylor Dill-Reese, 18. "He laid his head down like he was sleepy then woke up and got really hyper."

Read In mixup, toddler served alcohol at Applebee's restaurant, police say

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Lunchtime poll – follow your nose
April 11th, 2011
01:00 PM ET
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I sniff my food. I'm a food sniffer. I assume I'm not the only one out there, but since I don't tend to notice other folks with their faces all up in their scungilli bowl the second it hits the table, I'll assume (as I often do) that this behavior is out of the ordinary.

Fans of the TV show M*A*S*H may recall that much was made of surgeon Hawkeye Pierce's tendency to smell the contents of his tray before taking a bite. Seeing as the Korean War-era mess hall rations were generally portrayed as grim, at best, this seems like a largely preventative measure.

Box lunch
April 11th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Does food that is labeled as "organic" make it seem healthier than it actually is? - Los Angeles Times

  • Straight out of a mystery novel: One of Burgundy's most prized vineyards, Romanée-Conti, received a threat that an anonymous person would poison its vines if they didn't pay a one-million-euro ransom. - Vanity Fair

  • Francis Lam bids adieu to Salon and hopes his musings have had the Michel Bras effect on readers. - Salon

  • To chill the glass, or to not chill the glass - that is the cocktail question. - cocktail virgin slut
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Paging Jeremy Piven – the perils of sushi pollution
April 11th, 2011
09:45 AM ET
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Q: Can you really get mercury poisoning from eating too much sushi?

A: Believe it or not, you can. Mercury – a toxic heavy metal that can cause neurological problems – exists in high levels in such sushi staples as tuna (bluefin is one of the worst), mackerel, yellowtail, swordfish, and sea bass. (Other fish can contain a lot of mercury if they swim in polluted waters.)

So if you're eating sushi, particularly these bad-news varieties of it, more than six times a week, you could be getting too much mercury, as actor Jeremy Piven claimed he was.

Read more at What the Yuck: Mercury poisoning from sushi?

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Breakfast buffet
April 11th, 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.

Psst! We've got the 411: April 11 is Cheese Fondue Day.

It's time to dig out that mod red fondue set from the attic - over there by the Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony record - and get to dunking.

Once you've got your vat of molten cheese sufficiently bubbling, set out bite-sized chunks of baguette, apple slices or even sausage to spear and dip.

Melted cheese and bread for dinner? Don't mind if we fondue.

What's on TV?

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Coffee klatsch
April 11th, 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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