iReport – What's for dinner chez you?
May 31st, 2011
06:00 PM ET
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Oh, no biggie – just trying to define America culture is all.

From our pals at iReport:

CNN producers from all across the network have come together to create the Defining America project. We were inspired by the 2010 census to gather all the data we can, from all the sources we can, and see what stories it tells about the U.S. And you, iReporters, are a critical piece of that.


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5@5 - Spike Gjerde
May 31st, 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.

In the days of self-destructing watermelons and E.coli-laced lettuce, it's no wonder folks are embracing their pioneer wiles and turning to their own gardens for dinner.

But even if you're more of a culinary lummox than a domestic god or goddess, Spike Gjerde, executive chef and co-owner of Baltimore's Woodberry Kitchen, thinks it's all about the baby steps when it comes to self-sustainability.

Five Things You Really Should Be Making From Scratch: Spike Gjerde

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Blogger Spotlight: The Rooter to the Tooter
May 31st, 2011
02:30 PM ET
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We're highlighting local and regional bloggers we think you ought to know about. We can’t be everywhere at once, so we look to these passionate eaters, cooks and writers to keep us tapped into every facet of the food world. Consider this a way to get to know a blog’s taste buds, because, well, you should.

Meet today's featured bloggers and blog:
Who: Dave Bridges, of The Rooter to the Tooter
Where: Shreveport, Louisiana

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Box lunch
May 31st, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • When a waiter/waitress doesn't write down your order, does it make you uneasy?. - New York Post

  • A permanent food crisis is upon us. - Guardian

  • When you're on a low-carb diet, you start dreaming about cinnamon buns. - Dumb as a Blog

  • Utah liquor laws that appeal to Mormonism and mandate that bartenders be hidden from view are hurting local restaurants. - Salt Lake Tribune
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May 31st, 2011
11:30 AM ET
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In light of an E. coli outbreak that's claimed six lives in Germany and sickened hundreds more throughout Europe, Germany's Ministry of Health is advising citizens to avoid eating raw produce - especially cucumbers, lettuce and tomatoes - and make sure that all vegetables are cooked to 70°C (158°F). Freezing food does not reliably kill the E. coli bacteria.

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May 31st, 2011
10:15 AM ET
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Breakfast Buffet
May 31st, 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.

Gift yourself with some sweet nothings: May 31 is National Macaroons Day.

When it comes to these weightless little cookies, nationality is key.  If you’re thinking bright, colorful sandwich cookies filled with buttercream or jam that melts in your mouth, then the French “le macaron” is for you.  If little tufted, toasty coconut confections drizzled with chocolate come to mind, you’re thinking all-American coconut macaroons.  But really, you can't go wrong either way.

Egg whites, sugar and ground nuts provide the base for both macarons and macaroons.  From there, you can choose your variation.

David Lebovitz provides some sweet tips on making French macarons, both from his own expertise and others.  If you want to pipe out some classic party favor-esque coconut macaroons – hey, they work just as well for a single’s night in, just sayin’ – try this Ina Garten adaptation dipped in chocolate.

Whichever fare you embrace, we either wish you a lovely bunch of coconut macaroons or a rainbow of macarons.

Coffee klatsch
May 31st, 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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Our top grilling tips
May 30th, 2011
04:00 PM ET
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Take a moment today to say thanks to the men and women who've sacrificed so much to keep our country strong and safe, then celebrate our freedom with a meal shared with friends and family.

We've got some seriously smokin' grilling advice right here.

- Burgers – a step-by-step guide

- Up your grilling game

- Red hot grilling tips from Eatocracy readers

- Best. Burgers. EVER and Best. Cheeseburger. EVER

- 5 grilling mistakes – and how to fix them

- Bring your indoor favorite to the great outdoors

- Grate balls of fire? Not on our watch.

- Bring your indoor favorites to the great outdoors

- Make a Mexican-inspired outdoor feast

- Best burger-friendly wines

- What every carnivore should know

And feast on the results of The Picnic Poll to find out what your fellow chefs like for a main dish and drink, burger topping, side dish and dessert.

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