Breakfast buffet: National mulled apple cider day
September 30th, 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.

"Here's to thee, old apple tree!" - September 30 is National Mulled Apple Cider Day!

A seasonal, cozy drink that will warm you from your head to your toes, mulled apple cider is the ultimate way to welcome the fall season. We dare you to let the smell of spiced cider tickle your nose and not get in the spirit.

Steeping cinnamon, orange peel, nutmeg, clove and other aromatic and flavorful spices give mulled apple cider its memorable and nostalgia-inducing flavor. This holiday beverage is based on traditional wassail, which evolved from a saying "waes hael" or "Be in good health" during the Middle Ages.

Coffee klatsch
September 30th, 2011
05:00 AM ET
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5@5 - Five reasons autumn is delicious
September 29th, 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 don't mean to sound forward but we think we've fallen for you, dearest autumn - what with your richly colored bounty, spicy disposition and warming nature. You've got every delicious thing a guy or gal could want in a season and more.

And it seems Laurence Edelman, the executive chef of The Left Bank Restaurant, is equally as smitten.

Fall for fall - Five Reasons Cooking in Autumn Rocks: Laurence Edelman

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Bagels, water and an urban legend
September 29th, 2011
12:10 PM ET
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There’s a saying in Brooklyn, New York – Brooklyn bagels are the best because of the water. Connoisseurs of New York bagels will tell you it’s the local water that gives Brooklyn bagels their unique taste.

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“That is true,” said Ameen Hamin, a manager at Terrace Bagels, a Brooklyn bagel shop at the top of several lists of the best bagel stores in New York. “We have the best water here so everything is made with water. That’s what makes the bagel taste good and gives it that texture.”

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Box lunch: Entrées that croak and pumpkin brews
September 29th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Kermit was right, it ain't easy being green - especially when he's on the dinner menu. - Garden & Gun

  • In the wake of Hurricane Irene, small Northeastern farms are banding together to overcome. You can join them too. - Gilt Taste

  • Don't drink from the finger bowl, lose the shorts and other prevention tips for embarrassment at an elegant restaurant. - Food & Wine

  • Lose the melting pot metaphor, America is a sandwich. - GOOD

  • It's the great pumpkin beer, Charlie Brown. -
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