October 31st, 2011
03:30 PM ET
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CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Eatocracy's managing editor Kat Kinsman chew over the sweet taste of nostalgia.

Be sure to share your own favorite classic candies in the comments below, and tune in to SANJAY GUPTA | MD every Saturday and Sunday at 7:30am ET on CNN.
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October 31st, 2011
02:00 PM ET
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Previously, our very own CNN producer Sheila Steffen shopped for a week's worth of groceries for $30 - the amount which would be allotted by food stamps.

Now, Washington D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton is one of a dozen democratic Congressmen taking part in a food stamp challenge organized by various religious groups. The participants are allowed to spend no more than $31.50 a week. That comes to $4.50 a day. The objective is for lawmakers to see for themselves how it feels to live on a limited food budget.

The National Food Stamp Challenge comes as lawmakers on Capitol Hill ponder spending cuts that could adversely affect programs that assist the poor and elderly.
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Box lunch: Haphazard licorice and yummy mummies
October 31st, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Be still, my beating heart? Too much black licorice can trigger heart problems. - MSNBC


  • Because swiping a card is way too much effort, you can now buy your daily smoothie with your smartphone. - Nation's Restaurant News



  • It is Halloween, so here's some scary news: 12-year-olds are apparently drinking 19 glasses of wine a week. - Telegraph


  • This is America, dagnabbit. Where is our beer journalism? - The Atlantic
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Breakfast buffet: National candy corn day
October 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.

Trick or treat! - October 30 may have been the official National Candy Corn Day, but we've decided to make it a two-day celebration in the spirit of All Hallows' Eve.

There is no better time to stuff yourself full of candy corn, or candy for that matter, than Halloween. And even if you're too old to go trick-or-treating, you can sure treat yourself to the candy aisle.

Candy corn was invented in Philadelphia during the 1880s by the Wunderlee Candy Company. It was originally made by hand, mixing a slurry of sugar, corn syrup, wax and water, followed by fondant and marshmallows for a soft touch. Now, machines repeat this process, called "corn starch modeling."
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Coffee klatsch
October 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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Spooky sips for Halloween
October 30th, 2011
10:00 AM ET
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Ray Isle (@islewine on Twitter) 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.

Here’s the way I see it with Halloween wines. There are plenty of wines out there that are propelled by some sort of marketing gimmick - Dracula’s favorite Transylvanian Zinfandel, 2012 Mr. Bones's Bug Juice - but there are also some wines that more organically have a spooky Halloween vibe to them.

Here are a few possibilities that would be appropriate served out of black glasses in a Haunted House, and that also actually taste good.
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5@5 - Tailgating tapas
October 28th, 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.

Tailgating menus tend to err on the side of chicken wings, hamburgers and hot dogs. All are delicious in their own right; however, with the professional football season lasting 17 weeks, the normal culinary playbook can get real old real fast.

Enter 'Iron Chef' Jose Garces, the executive chef of Mercat a la Planxa and owner of Philadelphia's wildly successful Garces Restaurant Group, with his unlikely pregame feast.

Five Tailgating Tapas: Jose Garces
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No tricks this Halloween, just allergy-friendly treats
October 28th, 2011
01:00 PM ET
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Among the sea of bloody-faced zombies and warted witches that will be out and about this Halloween, there’s an even scarier villain for some lurking in the sweetest of places: the candy bowl.

“For food allergic young people, it’s not the ghouls and goblins that are the scariest part of the trick-or-treating, the treats are,” says Mireille Schwartz, the founder and CEO of the Bay Area Allergy Advisory Board  and a Board of Directors member of FAAN, the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.

Schwartz’s 11-year-old daughter, Charlotte Jude, is just one of the about 12 million Americans - roughly 4 percent of the population - who suffer from food allergies.

That number is even higher among children: According to a recent study in the journal Pediatrics, approximately 8 percent of children under 18 in the United States have at least one food allergy.

But with some strategic planning, Schwartz says food allergies, like her daughter’s nut aversion, shouldn’t get in the way of the frightfully fun festivities.
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Leon Panetta to celebrate bin Laden mission with 1870 Lafite
October 28th, 2011
10:00 AM ET
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Leon Panetta's New Year's Eve toast will be one that has been 10 years in the making. The Pentagon is confirming that a California restaurateur friend of Panetta's will open a bottle of wine with an estimated value of $10,000-$15,000, and the secretary of defense will be one of several friends toasting Panetta's CIA-run mission to get Osama Bin Laden.

Monterey, California, restaurateur Ted Balestreri made a bet with Panetta while Panetta was CIA director that if he ever "got" bin Laden, Balestreri would open the oldest bottle of wine in his restaurant.

The secretary told his friend "you're on," according to Douglas Wilson, the assistant secretary of defense for public affairs.

The full story: "Panetta friend to uncork 141-year-old wine for successful bin Laden mission"

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