Weigh in on Denmark's "fat tax"
October 3rd, 2011
05:45 PM ET
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Hold that cheeseburger.

Across the pond in Europe, Denmark is becoming the first country in the world to impose a so-called fat tax on foods high in saturated fats.

That includes everything from cheeseburgers and pizza to butter, milk, cheese and oils. Many Danes stocked up on these yummy groceries before the tax went into effect his weekend.

How much the "fat tax" is depends on how much saturated fat is in any given food, but it comes out to about $3 for every 2 pounds of saturated fat.

Read Should there be a tax on foods high in saturated fats? at The Cafferty Files

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After the flood, farmers' income wiped away
October 3rd, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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The waters from Hurricane Irene and subsequent tropical rains may have receded, but farmers in Vermont and upstate New York will be engulfed by financial woes for a long time to come. With this season's crops lost to water damage, the year's entire investment and income is lost, and only time can tell how the land will fare for next year's planting.
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The right wines for meatloaf, mac and cheese, Jell-O and more
October 3rd, 2011
01:30 PM 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. Previously – The right wines for Slim Jims, doughnuts and Spaghetti-Os and The right wines for pork rinds, Sno Balls and movie popcorn

There’s a big restaurant trend towards comfort food, which is a bit strange, since when has comfort food ever not been popular? The trend, to be honest, is more about the fact that now you can get $25 mac and cheese at the latest hipster faux-diner, when in the past you could only get $7 mac and cheese at a real diner - like the one that closed and was then taken over by food-crazed hipsters.

But, regardless of economic, attitudinal or which-cultural-moment-is-it considerations, here are a few wine suggestions for the foods that have always made us happy.
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Search for seaweed leads travelers to Argentina
October 3rd, 2011
11:15 AM ET
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The fabled Patagonia region of Argentina beckons visitors seeking adventure and the mystique of a place that is now emblazoned on the logo of a brand-name clothing outfitter.

But for Jane Teas of Columbia, South Carolina, a December 2009 trip to Argentina was a chance to learn more about seaweed harvesting.

Teas uses Argentine seaweed in her own research on dietary uses of this product of the world's waters, so she had a particular interest in seeing its origins.
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October 3rd, 2011
09:30 AM ET
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What's the best way to rally some national attention for a cause? Serve up some nachos. A whole lotta nachos.

This past Saturday, the Billerica, Massachusetts branch of Ninety Nine restaurant set a Guinness record for creating the world's biggest plate of nachos, in hopes of a big kickoff for their fundraising efforts to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs.
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Breakfast buffet: National caramel custard day
October 3rd, 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.

Don't get flustered, try some custard - October 3 is National Caramel Custard Day!

Caramel custard sounds like a jolly good time, but before you get too cozy, you should probably know that this coy custard goes by other names, like crème caramel or flan. Tricky treat indeed!

No matter what you call it, this daring dessert is a dish usually served cold with a layer of soft caramel on top. Some like to think of it like crème brûlée without the flames or crispy finish.
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Coffee klatsch
October 3rd, 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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