Revolutionary revelry: Bastille Day bottles
July 14th, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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Ah, Bastille Day, how to celebrate it? One could, of course, go storm a Paris prison full of political prisoners, but there are so few of those left these days. Besides, plane flights to Paris are really expensive right now. Better to buy a baguette and some stinky cheese, open a bottle of French vin, and start singing La Marseillaise.

To get you in the proper Parisian spirit, here are five fine bottles from five different French wine regions to check out.

Five Wines for Bastille Day
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July 14th, 2011
03:30 PM ET
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Liberté, égalité, fraternité, brûlée!

Celebrate Bastille Day, the beginning of the French Revolution, with the classic dessert: crème brûlée.

The accent marks in the name alone can be intimidating to the non-classically trained home cook, but a quick look at the recipe reveals it's nothing more than some homey staples - vanilla, sugar, eggs, cream and salt - allied with a little know-how.

Grab a torch (or befriend your oven's broiler), don your "other" red, white and blue, and follow the lead of Chef Rogers Powell of the French Culinary Institute. It’s so good, heads will roll.

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July 14th, 2011
02:00 PM ET
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For many, summer means vacation, sports, camping or just time off to relax, but not for millions of kids living in poverty in the United States. There are few camps or beach trips for them, and sometimes not even three meals a day.

During the school year, public schools provide breakfast and lunch to millions of students in the United States. But when summer arrives, parents struggling to feed their children can no longer rely on those meals.

More than 21 million children receive free or reduced-price lunches at school. But in the summer, the number of kids participating in food programs drops to fewer than 3 million, despite efforts to raise awareness and increase community support, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

To help fill that gap, one community in suburban Atlanta is delivering food - and hope - in brown paper bags.

Read the full story: "Feeding kids when parents, schools can't"

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Leave space for dinner – dining with the Atlantis crew
July 14th, 2011
12:30 PM ET
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Talk about an out-of-this-world meal.

NASA is inviting everyone to join the crew of the space shuttle Atlantis for an "All-American Meal" Thursday afternoon.

"We thought it would be fun to have a typical summer meal often enjoyed in our backyards with friends and family," said Michele Perchonok, a NASA food scientist and manager of the shuttle food system.

While most of the food the astronauts will be eating will come in thermostabilized pouches, Earthbound picnickers can put together their own meals based on NASA recipes, which are posted on the space agency's website.

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Restaurants join forces so kids can 'live well'
July 14th, 2011
10:30 AM ET
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Burger King and Chili’s are among the 19 restaurant chains that are voluntarily limiting unhealthy fats, sugars and sodium in children's meals.

The National Restaurant Association kicked off its new "Kids LiveWell" campaign on Wednesday in 15,000 locations nationwide.

The other participating restaurants include: Au Bon Pain, Bonefish Grill, Burgerville, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Chevys Fresh Mex, Corner Bakery Cafe, Cracker Barrel, Denny’s, El Pollo Loco, Friendly’s, IHOP, Joe’s Crab Shack, Outback Steakhouse, Silver Diner, Sizzler, T-Bones Great American Eatery and zpizza.

Those restaurants involved in the "Kids LiveWell" campaign must:
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July 14th, 2011
09:15 AM ET
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Watch 'Extreme Science' and 'Green Pioneers' with Philippe Cousteau on CNN International beginning July 16th and follow Philippe on Twitter @pcousteau

They say that our sense of smell is one of the strongest triggers of memories. Of course, our sense of smell is integral to our sense of taste so it is no surprise then that in a life full of moving and traveling, food has always been a source of familiar comfort for me. In particular, one meal from one restaurant stands out above the rest and still stirs precious memories whenever I think about it.

When I was young, Paris was a frequent summer destination for my family, and while I don’t get there very often anymore, whenever I land at Charles DeGaulle airport my mouth starts to water at the very thought that I am only a few miles away from my own personal culinary heaven.
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Breakfast buffet: National macaroni day
July 14th, 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.

Forget the Macarena and do the macaroni - July 14 is National Macaroni Day.

It's the first pasta shape you learn as a kid and one of your favorite meals growing up.

When nothing else works, a hot mess of macaroni pasta tossed with milk, butter and cheese makes the boogeyman go away (or that plate of stuff that's a little too sophisticated for your palate, no matter the age).
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July 14th, 2011
05:00 AM ET
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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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