May 22nd, 2012
12:30 PM ET
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Also creepy-sounding, but not actually harmful or especially weird: sodium stearoyl lactylate, xanthan gum, soy lecithin and more. Read 6 scary-sounding food additives – and what they really are

A bit more on Transglutaminase (a.k.a. "meat glue") from the smart folks at the French Culinary Institute's blog "Cooking Issues"

Box lunch: Junk food after dark and vegan babies
May 22nd, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • In the still of the night, more people hold junk food tight. - NPR

  • Holy hibachi! Benihana, the Japanese steakhouse chain, will be sold for $296 million. - The Miami Herald

  • Dear Prudence, I've been banned from visiting my vegan grandchild because I feed her animal products. - Slate

  • Have cork, will travel: Tour the world this summer, one glass of white wine at a time. - Washington Post
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National vanilla pudding day
May 22nd, 2012
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.

We're pudding on the Ritz - May 22 is National Vanilla Pudding Day!

This creamy, classic dessert is made by carefully simmering together milk, sugar, salt, butter, vanilla extract and cornstarch.  It can be served right off the stove on a cool summer's night, or after it's been chilled on a hot summer's day.

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Coffee klatsch
May 22nd, 2012
05:00 AM ET
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Pssst! Got a sec to chat?

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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