5@5 - Make merry with mushrooms
December 21st, 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.

Your mother probably always told you, "Don't judge a book by its cover." She also told you to always eat your vegetables.

Kill two birds with one fungi by eating some of the gnarliest looking vegetables around - mushrooms - with the help of Chris DiMinno, executive chef at Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon.

My Five Most Important Mushrooms and How to Showcase Them: Chris DiMinno

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Box lunch: Salty preferences and menu making
December 21st, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Baby want a cracker? They're just developing a lifelong preference for salty foods. - LA Times

  • How casual chain restaurants sell gnocchi by labeling them as "dumplings" and other crowd-pleasing tips. - Wall Street Journal

  • One-time vegetarians make the case for eating meat. - The Atlantic

  • Preserve your granny. Save a recipe card. - Slate

  • Would you like wine with that? White Castle is testing alcohol‎ sales in select stores because beer and a drive-thru is always a good decision. - Columbus Dispatch
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A quest for Christmas pudding
December 21st, 2011
11:00 AM ET
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The luscious, dark, tangy, sweet, and often intoxicating first bite of Christmas pudding is a special reminder of the holiday season for those of British origin. A bonus for those unfamiliar with the aged, steamed cake filled with fruit, liquor, and nuts is the opportunity to douse it with brandy butter and set it aflame.

It has been almost two years since I last laid eyes on a Christmas pudding, and in planning this year’s holiday festivities, I knew it had to be an integral part of our celebration. My husband, however - a Florida native with childhood memories of Jell-O brand products - couldn’t conceive of pudding as something special. Indeed, from an American perspective, tapioca and chocolate pudding is generally the domain of the cafeteria. I had to broaden his dessert horizons.

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Filed under: Baked Goods • Christmas • Christmas • Holiday • Holidays • It's not the holidays without • Recipes

December 21st, 2011
10:00 AM ET
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Breakfast buffet: National fried shrimp day
December 21st, 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.

Fire up your fryer - December 21 is National Fried Shrimp Day!

Pull out those shrimp you tossed in the freezer back when they were freshly caught in the summer and enjoy them in a crispy batter to fight off the winter chill!

Whether you're a beer batter fanatic, panko purist, tempura tester or you just like to roll the shrimp in some flour before you throw them in hot oil, it's difficult to deny the delicious crunch of freshly fried shrimp. Although it isn't especially seasonal, fried shrimp is a great treat to serve at your party, or spice up dinner one night.

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