5@5 - Spice up your holiday soiree
December 20th, 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.

Holiday food traditions exist for a reason: they're as feel-good as a Nora Ephron movie and keep the past alive for future generations.

But after 15 years of Aunt Betsy's (in)famous casserole, sometimes change is appreciated.

Chris Yeo, the chef and owner of the Straits Restaurant Group, recommends five spicy additions to make this year's holiday dinner one to remember - in a good way.

Five Spices to Make Your Ordinary Holiday Dishes Extraordinary: Chris Yeo

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Box lunch: Pudding bias and party pants
December 20th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • A new pudding vending machine is for adults only; and contains the technology to refuse samples to children to prove it. - USA Today

  • Go shorty! It's your birthday! We're going to stuff $283 worth of food in your pants like it's your birthday. - CBS Charlotte

  • Kim Jong Il had a taste for the finer things in life, like Hennessey and mugwort-filled rice cakes. - Bon Appétit
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December 20th, 2011
11:55 AM ET
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Marilynn Shcolnik of Snohomish County, Washington, shared photos of awe-inspiring gingerbread houses from the 19th annual Gingerbread Village fundraiser in Seattle. The creations are all made by architects partnering with hotel chefs, to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Northwest chapter. The theme this year was “Holiday Express.”

Is there a food that makes the holidays bright in your home? We want to hear all about it. Immortalize your food tradition in words, recipes, pictures or video, submit it as an iReport and we'll show off some of our favorites on CNN's Eatocracy food blog through the end of the holiday season.

See the assignment on iReport

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