Spouse vs Spouse: holiday cocktail smackdown
December 22nd, 2011
04:01 PM ET
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Welcome to round six of Spouse vs. Spouse, a series in which a couple of married food freaks, CNN’s Brandon and Kristy Griggs, square off in their Atlanta kitchen for culinary bragging rights – and invite you to weigh in too.

In each installment, Kristy and Brandon each make a creative variation on the same ingredient or dish – everything from pasta to seafood to cocktails to desserts. We serve both versions anonymously to our friends, who then judge which one they like better and why. We walk you through our kitchen process, bring the husband-and-wife smack talk and, of course, keep score. We also share our recipes here so that you can try them for yourself.

Our theme: Holiday cocktails

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December 22nd, 2011
11:15 AM ET
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Japan’s finger-lickin’ Christmas tradition
December 22nd, 2011
10:00 AM ET
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Christmas is often a time for heavy eating and drinking, and the Japanese don't miss out.

But unlike many other countries where there are traditional Christmas dishes, Japan does not have any, and a quick look at a regular family's Christmas feast shows that anything, from sushi to chinese steamed shrimps, are acceptable at the buffet.

However, there is one specialty that many Japanese like to have on the table next to those items – fried chicken from KFC.

Today, it is possibly the closest thing in Japan to a Christmas tradition.

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Breakfast buffet: National eggnog month
December 22nd, 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.

Get your grog on - December is National Eggnog Month!

In the midst of holiday madness, eggnog is here to comfort and soothe your frazzled nerves - and it'll be here all month.

Milk, cream and sugar are the trusty triumvirate at the base of this seasonal sipper. Add in frothy, beaten eggs, and dashes of brandy, rum, bourbon, whiskey, vodka or kahlua (or heck, all of those) and you've got yourself some cheery eggnog. Don't forget a sprinkle of cinnamon across the top! Of course, you can always leave out the alcohol if young'uns are involved.

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