Stocking up for the big day
November 3rd, 2011
09:05 AM ET
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With Thanksgiving approaching, you've still got a tad of time on your side. Use it to wrangle your guest list into place (leaving room for a few day-of tag-alongs), stock up, and keep from getting your feathers all ruffled in a last-second scramble for plates, drinks, turkey and places to sit.

The Bird

If you've got a rough idea of how many meat-eating guests will be on hand, go with around one pound per person - one and a half if you'd like to ensure a stash of leftovers. A huge bird can be comically unwieldy, so consider sacrificing the Big Platter Presentation for the sake of sanity and back strain. Opt for two (or three or more if you have the oven space) smaller birds - and just remember to make sure you've got enough roasting pans, foil and other poultry paraphernalia on hand.
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5@5 - How to assemble a cheese plate
August 2nd, 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.

Don’t know goat cheese from gouda? Or Comté from Camembert? Well, you certainly don’t have to have a culinary degree to put together a simple yet tasteful cheese plate. After all, the extent of the kitchen aptitude required is how well you can unwrap and place things on a platter.

But if you're still worried about making an asiago of yourself at your next gathering, Cathy Strange, the global cheese buyer for Whole Foods Market, has some tips to get you on your way to cheese pairing success.

A Beginners' Guide to Assembling a Cheese Plate: Cathy Strange
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5@5 - Sunny Anderson
February 1st, 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.

So - you've decided against the idea of lodging yourself into a crowded bar of foam cheese hats, terrible towels and reverting fraternity brothers this Super Bowl Sunday and opted to catch the big game at home? Nice defensive block.

But, where's your offense? Sunny Anderson, the host of Food Network's "Cooking For Real," has got the game-winning strategy.

Hut, hut, bite!

Super Bowl Entertaining Tips: Sunny Anderson
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5@5 - David Alan Bernahl II
December 16th, 2010
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.

Newsflash: It's party season! (Don't act so surprised.) So until the ball, and subsequently Snooki, drops in Times Square on New Year's, we're getting our holly and jolly on until we start seeing sugar plum fairies dancing up in the ol' noggin. Capeesh?

And if you're one of the brave souls hosting the likes of  such festive friends, some words of wisdom might come in handy - that's where Dave Bernahl comes in.

Bernahl is the co-founder and director of Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival, and owner of the recently opened Cannery Row Brewing Company in Monterey, California. His party might be a teensy bit bigger than yours (roughly 4,000 attendees), so if he can handle hosting duties, you can too.

Five Secrets to Holiday Hospitality: David Alan Bernahl II
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Lunchtime poll – ditching the drunks
November 8th, 2010
12:30 PM ET
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Y'all know by this point that we're a tad obsessive about reading your comments and poll results, right? Hence, it did not escape our notice that in reponse to our Thanksgiving cocktail recipes and poll about T-Day dinner disasters, many of you made reference to the potential stickiness of getting an over-served guest out of your home at the end of the festivities.

For some hosts, it's par for the course and the guest room is already made up and/or a local cab company on speed dial. For others, it's an incredibly awkward situation - they're cranky with the over-tippler, but at the same time are responsible for their safety. What's the most graceful way to for a host to handle someone who's soused at their house?

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