Dairy-free cookies for a cause
December 2nd, 2011
07:45 PM ET
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What a sweet start to the season! Our colleagues at CNN.com HQ in Atlanta went spatula to spatula in an all-out brawl for holiday cookie supremacy.

Husband and wife team Etan Horowitz (@etanowitz) and Daphne Sashin (@dsashin) won the CNN.com charity bake-off with their dairy-free adaptation of Maida Heatter’s “Grandma’s Gingersnaps.”

Staffers cast votes using dollar bills to indicate their favorites, and all cash went toward the Adopt-a-Family drive, buying gifts for two families of five this year - a mother and her four children, as well as a refugee family from Bhutan.

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The best wines for casseroles
December 2nd, 2011
03:17 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. Take it away, Ray.

There’s something about cold weather and large Pyrex baking dishes full of steaming stuff that just natively goes together, and while “large dishes full of stuff” isn’t exactly the most compelling way of describing, say, lasagna, I’m just going to go with it.

Plus, December is holiday party season and though that often mean hors-d’ouevres, once in a while it means dinner for 50. When that’s the case, if you’re the host, baked ziti (or moussaka, or forty blackbirds in a pie) starts to sound mighty appealing. Of course, those freezing, ravenous people you’ve invited over are going to want some wine to go with their dinner, right?

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Flier died from airline meal, says family
December 2nd, 2011
01:00 PM ET
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As it deals with fallout from its bankruptcy announcement, American Airlines is also facing the wrath of a family who claim their loved one died after eating a meal served by the carrier.

The wife and daughter of the late Othon Cortes of Miami are suing the airline and Sky Chefs for more than $1 million, alleging he ate food contaminated with bacteria during a flight from Barcelona, Spain, to New York.

The incident happened on May 18 after Cortes consumed an in-flight meal that allegedly contained chicken, according to a lawsuit filed last week in the U.S. District Court in Miami.

Family: In-flight meal killed flier

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Matt Griffin corners million-dollar brownie edge market
December 2nd, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Matt Griffin, 36, was baking brownies one night when he came up with an idea that panned out - literally - into a million-dollar business.

"I'm sitting there thinking, 'Wow, the corner brownies are the best in the pan and nobody even talks about it,' " he said.

Then it hit him: Why not design a pan that bakes only corner pieces? Baker's Edge's Edge Brownie Pan, ($34.95) is based on his late-night inspiration.

Read the rest of "A brownie edge worth a million" on CNNMoney.

Airport food: the sumptuous and the scary
December 2nd, 2011
09:15 AM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to get our grub on, we listen up.

I don’t have the statistics handy, but my guess is that on average, 99.9 percent of the people running around airport concourses are not there for the food.

That’s not to say dining options haven’t gotten exponentially better. We can all remember the days when the only organic products at airports would get you in trouble with the DEA. Now you can find entire kiosks filled with products to delight your cardiologist right next to gate C16. So let’s start with the good news.

The Good

Tortas Frontera - O’Hare, Chicago
No kidding, Frontera makes you cross your fingers for delays at O’Hare. Rick Bayless, the Chicago-based champion of Mexican cooking, now has two airport branches, both with awesome griddled tortas (sandwiches).

Breakfast buffet: National fritters day
December 2nd, 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.

It's Fry Day, Fry Day! - December 2 is National Fritters Day!

You may be asking yourself what exactly a fritter is on this fine, frosty day and we're here to tell you that it's nothing more than deep-fried goodness that warms you from the inside out!

A fritter is really any kind of food dredged through a batter and tossed in hot oil. Don't make the mistake in believing it's like a doughnut, because there's more to fritters than just dough.

Coffee klatsch
December 2nd, 2011
05:00 AM ET
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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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