When the weather outside is frightful, wine by the case is delightful
November 30th, 2012
05:00 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.

Winter is coming (and no, I’m not talking about "Game of Thrones"). This means you should buy wine in large amounts, not because you’ll be drinking more, but because going outside - especially if you live in the Northeast - just won’t be pleasant. Conveniently, most wine stores offer case discounts on wine; usually 10 percent. On a case of $12 bottles, that translates to a bottle free, and change.

To keep everyone from driving out into the sleet, snow and the dreaded “winter mix” - which sounds like a snack food but is really just wet, cold stuff blowing in your face - simply because they’re out of wine, here are four great less-than–$12 bottles to buy by the case, and one not-quite-that-cheap-but-still-a-steal Pinot.
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Maine residents manic for potato donuts
November 30th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Biting into a piece of fried potato dough drizzled with glaze can be a religious experience in Portland, Maine. A visit to a funky new dive called The Holy Donut has become a weekly, or sometimes daily, ritual for customers craving a fix of flavors ranging from sweet potato ginger to roasted pistachio.

“I’m trying to convince myself it’s not a sin to eat donuts,” says regular Nathan Hagelin as he takes the first bite of the shop's seasonal apple cider flavor.

“Everybody wants it. They think they can’t have it, but we tell them they can,” says owner Leigh Kellis. Traditionally the poster child of unhealthy treats, donuts here are made with all natural colors and flavors, local Maine ingredients and no preservatives.
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National mousse day
November 30th, 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.

If you give a moose some mousse, he is bound to want a spoon - November 30 is National Mousse Day!

Mousse is a French word that literally means "froth" or "foam," in reference to the dish's light, airy texture. The key to its pillowy disposition is folding in beaten egg whites or whipped cream.

Satisfy your craving with fresh lemon mousse. If you're hankering for something a bit more savory, whip up blue cheese mousse, or even chicken mousse.
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Coffee klatsch
November 30th, 2012
05:00 AM ET
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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.
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November 29th, 2012
07:00 PM ET
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Interested in trying terrapin? A handwritten recipe from the mid-1800s on how to stew those adorable aquatic turtles might just do the trick.

“Remember to remove the toe nails,” reads the weathered, barely legible recipe card.

The staff at the University of Iowa Libraries scanned and uploaded this recipe, along with thousands of others, from handwritten American and European cookbooks from the 1600s to the 1960s.

This is the latest effort by the University of Iowa Libraries to transcribe history through the power of the internet, and it’s a rare opportunity for both serious historians and food lovers alike to get a taste of bygone times.

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November 29th, 2012
02:00 PM ET
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Israel reels in restrictions on Gaza fishermen
November 29th, 2012
11:00 AM ET
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Ahmed Ferwana has a cookout coming up, one that's been years in the making. The English teacher in Gaza City is excited because his friends will be cooking a fish they haven't been able to buy in years.

Ferwana says the taste of this fish when cooked on the grill with spices is indescribable. He added that this fish, its name is translated as locus, is also a favorite because it has fewer bones than others.

Ferwana has missed this fish because of restrictions imposed on Gaza's coastline. Citing security concerns, weapons smuggling and the desire to prevent attacks, Israel restricted Gaza's fishing to only three nautical miles from shore. That's meant a small supply of fish and high prices for years.
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November 29th, 2012
10:00 AM ET
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White House Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses revealed the gingerbread replica of the First Family's home during a preview of the 2012 White House holiday decorations on November 28.
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National lemon cream pie day
November 29th, 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.

Pucker up! November 29 is National Lemon Cream Pie Day.

Winter is when most of the brilliantly colored citrus fruits, like lemons, shine brightest. Snap out of "Bah, humbug!" mode with the sweet tang of lemon cream pie.

When it comes to the sweet concoction, the classic interpretation involves baking lemon juice, eggs, sugar and heavy cream in a gingersnap crust. If you're not quite in a Susie Homemaker state of mind, a box of lemon pudding mix for the filling always works too.
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