5@5 - Reimagine Thanksgiving traditions
November 10th, 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.

If you're stuffed to the waddle year after year with the usual Thanksgiving suspects, take one giant leap for turkey kind with self-proclaimed "Gastronaut" Nate Keller.

Keller is a former Google executive chef and current executive chef, alongside Mirit Cohen, of Gastronaut Catering in San Francisco.

Five Way to Reimagine Family Traditions for Thanksgiving: Nate Keller

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November 10th, 2011
04:00 PM ET
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The holidays are upon us - you've successfully tackled the fall squash, mashed potatoes like James Brown and reserved the appropriately sized bird for your guest list. You've even found time to craft your very own "bacon pig." Everything is shaping up nicely in apple-pie order - that is, until the word "pie" just sent you into a flour frenzy.

Although sweet, dessert can bring out the crustiness in the most pleasant of holiday hosts and hostesses. While pie crust is minimalistic in origin - flour, butter, ice water with a little sugar and salt thrown in for good measure - many home cooks find themselves thankful for the premade varieties this time of year.

If you're one of those put off by do-it-yourself pastry, just roll with this all-butter crust tutorial.

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Box lunch: Blah breakfast and good gravy
November 10th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Wakey, wakey, eggs and lawsuit? A Manhattan lawyer is suing his gym for lackluster, complimentary breakfasts. - New York Daily News

  • Seems Colonel Sanders had more than one "secret" recipe. - CBS News

  • A map of all the McDonald's in the United States. We're not lovin' it. - Grist

  • Of knife and pork: A firsthand account of butchering a pig. - Food Republic
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Batali vs bankers in dust-up over "Hitler" remarks
November 10th, 2011
11:45 AM ET
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Celebrity chef Mario Batali’s recent remarks comparing bankers to “Stalin or Hitler and the evil guys” have landed him in hot pappardelle with the clientele of some of his high-end restaurants.

While participating on a Time Magazine Person of the Year panel along with NBC anchor Brian Williams, comedian Seth Meyers and taxpayer advocate Grover Norquist, Batali was asked by the moderator, Time's managing editor Richard Stengel who he would choose for that distinction.

After citing his admiration for Steve Jobs and food activist Michael Pollan, Batali went on to condemn the banking industry for what he characterized as their negative effect on a global scale saying, "So the ways the bankers have kind of toppled the way money is distributed and taken most of it into their hands is as good as Stalin or Hitler and the evil guys. They’re not heroes, they're just people that had a really huge effect on the way the world is operating."

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Breakfast buffet: National vanilla cupcake day
November 10th, 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.

A little frosting to start the day - November 10 is National Vanilla Cupcake Day!

Treat yourself, because today is about celebrating one of life's sweetest simple pleasures, the great vanilla cupcake.

Vanilla is never boring, especially when it's baked into cupcakes and slathered on top in rich, creamy frosting. While vanilla cupcakes were long regarded as a confection best enjoyed at kid's birthday parties, these delicate little cakes are perfect for any occasion - especially snacking.

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