May 27th, 2011
07:19 PM ET
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Before I went on CNN Newsroom to discuss Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg's decision to consume only animals he'd personally slaughtered, I called chef Chris Cosentino. He's been cooking and serving food this way for most of his career, and while he believes that Zuckerberg is doing the right thing - and has a great partner in chef Jesse Cool - he's slightly baffled that such attention is being paid to a movement that's not new in the slightest.

Says Cosentino, "It's weird that it took a 27-year-old billionaire to get a spotlight shone on something chefs and grandmothers have been doing for centuries. But it's good that people are talking about it."
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Top burger (and budget) friendly wines for Memorial Day
May 27th, 2011
05:15 PM ET
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Ray Isle is Food & Wine's executive wine editor. We trust his every cork pop and decant - and the man can sniff out a bargain to boot. Take it away, Ray.

Memorial Day is the start of grilling season, and while there are certainly other things you can grill than burgers, why? A burger is an excellent thing. To that end, here are three great burger wines:

NV Lini Labrusco Lambrusco ($14)
It’s purple, it’s fizzy, it comes from Italy, and it’s really good, the latter part being what separates it from most Lambruscos.
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Paula Abdul was just holding those brownies for a friend
May 27th, 2011
10:30 AM ET
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Beware of the baked goods at Paula Abdul's house. That's the lesson Kara DioGuardi learned several years ago after a simple case of the munchies landed her in the hospital.

During a recent appearance on "Lopez Tonight," DioGuardi said she was house-sitting for a vacationing Abdul and decided to have a snack. "The maid at the time found these brownies in the freezer," she recalled. "She took them out, put them in the refrigerator, and I hadn't really eaten much that night... They were these little nuggets, little, you know? I take six, not a lot."

Six hours later, "I was like, 'Hey, what’s going on?'" remembered the host of Bravo's upcoming "Platinum Hit." "I fell out of bed, on the floor and stumbled down stairs... and the ambulance comes, and this guy is like, 'This b— is high as a kite!"'

DioGuardi, who made it clear that the brownies did not belong to Abdul but were left at her home by a friend, added that the incident landed her in bed for three days.

Get the rest of the story at the Marquee Blog and sample our editor's very own, infinitely more lawful (but juuuuuust barely) brownie recipe below.
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World leader eats what?
May 27th, 2011
10:00 AM ET
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As world leaders convene in France for the annual G8 Summit, Food & Wine's restaurant editor Kate Krader divulges some top dogs' favored noshes.

Barack Obama: Hamburgers
One of the many DC burger joints he frequents is Good Stuff Eatery, where Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn created the Prez Obama burger and the Michelle Melt for the president’s wife.
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Breakfast Buffet
May 27th, 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.

Pucker up for some sweet purple treats – May 27 is National Grape Popsicle Day.

Summer may not officially start until mid-June, but with Memorial Day festivities in full swing this weekend, it’s safe to say you can slather on the SPF, fire up the grill and turn your mouth purple by slurping on some Popsicles.

So how did these summer sweets come to be?  Sometimes, forgetfulness is the mother of invention.  In 1905, Frank Epperson, 11, was mixing flavored powder with soda and water on his front porch with a stirring stick.  Little Frank left the cup overnight, when record low temperatures descended on San Francisco.  The next morning, he had a frozen confection on a stick.  In 1925, Epperson applied for a patent and Popsicles were born.

Unless you live in some parts of the Great White North, you won’t be able to freeze anything overnight on your porch at this part of the season.  If your persnickety taste isn’t satisfied by store-bought pops, you can buy a mold and make your own (even if it’s not grape, we won’t tell the national food calendar police).  This way, you won’t even be left with those lonely Popsicles in the fridge that no one wants to eat.

Get smackin’ and snackin’ so you can have a my-tongue-is-more-purple-than-yours contest.



Coffee klatsch
May 27th, 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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