Indigenous cuisine on the menu at the National Museum of the American Indian
September 30th, 2011
09:10 AM ET
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Along the museum-flanked National Mall in Washington, D.C., food choices are limited but one of the newer Smithsonian attractions has set out to offer its visitors a unique and healthy dining experience. Inside the National Museum of the American Indian there’s a café where patrons can experience a taste of native indigenous cuisine from the western hemisphere. Mitsitam Café serves up a fusion of traditional, natural ingredients in a new-world style.

Patrons can choose from an extensive food list, including salmon roasted on a cedar plank, snapping turtle soup, tree honey white rice, beef tongue tacos and buffalo chili on fry bread.

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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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