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.

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