January 9th, 2013
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.

If your New Year's resolution involved being more adventurous in the kitchen, hold on to your toques - Charles Phan is opening up his highly anticipated first cookbook, "Vietnamese Home Cooking," for you courageous, budding culinarians.

Phan is the acclaimed chef and owner of The Slanted Door, a modern Vietnamese restaurant in San Francisco, California.

"These dishes all have memories for me and my family and have become favorites for one reason or another. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different cuisines at home, these are all very easy to make, " Phan said. "Go a step further with our wine or cocktail suggestions and everyone will think you’re a professional and might not want to leave."

Five Vietnamese Recipes to Try At Home: Charles Phan
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January 9th, 2013
02:15 PM ET
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CNN's Impact Your World has a great list of resources that could aid Syrians and refugees.

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2012 officially the hottest year on record
January 9th, 2013
09:30 AM ET
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The past year saw a mild winter give way to a balmier-than-normal spring, followed by a sweltering summer and high temperatures that lingered into the fall, all punctuated by extreme drought and intense storms.

Now 2012 is officially in the books as the hottest year on record for the continental United States and the second-worst for "extreme" weather such as hurricanes, droughts or floods, the U.S. government announced Tuesday.
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National apricot day
January 9th, 2013
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.

January 9 is National Apricot Day. Whether you say "ay-pricot" or "ah-pricot," there’s no denying this smaller relative of the peach is delicious.

While apricots are native to China, it’s the Persians who put them on the map. Turkey is well known for its apricot crop, as is nearby Iran.

The word apricot means "precious" in Latin. The stone fruit got this name because it’s one of the first fruit to be harvested each summer. Because of the short growing season for apricots, they’re often dried. This version contains much more sugar than fresh apricots, but is an excellent source of iron.
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