This Thanksgiving, gather up the strays and orphans
November 13th, 2012
11:00 AM ET
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Even the most adventurous eaters often give their inner food warrior the day off on Thanksgiving – nothing but the same turkey, stuffing (or dressing!), cranberries, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie they've been eating since childhood. If one of those dishes goes missing, the whole meal just doesn't feel right.

Other families stray away from the standards (some friends of ours have to have collard greens, whiskey sours and banana pudding for the day to feel right, while another family dives into duck) and develop their own must-indulge traditions.

And for some, like our commenter traveldoc, it's less about what's on the table than who's gathered around it.

Comment of the day: how to cook opossum
July 12th, 2012
07:15 PM ET
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From Barbecue Digest: Cook the opossum, spare the bear, a reader named Simon advises:

I gotta say, I've had opossum, and it was delicious. You gotta parboil it first – let the grease rise to the top, but then you take it out and smoke it, basting it as you go in a part vinegar part tomato sauce, kind of like Piedmont of Western North Carolina style BBQ sauce. It might be OK with just a vinegar base like in Eastern North Carolina, but I haven't tried that.


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Sorry about my muddy boots - a word from your local farmer
July 4th, 2012
03:15 PM ET
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Yesterday, we posted a plea to get consumers and farmers talking to each other, and by gosh, they did. This comment by a farmer named M.A. really stood out to us, so we're sharing.

Who needs farmers? All we are is a bunch of dead-beat, lazy, filthy loons. Some of us sporting big goofy hats that work all of our dreaded lives sacrificing time with those we love only to be condemned.

The weeds are getting bigger as are some folks pocket books. Bugs are getting stronger too. Vegetables aren't as nutritious as they once were and the meat does not even taste the same. Not to mention the salt and sugar laden foods we're all being presented with. We need more hormones, antibiotics and chemicals! Just to "keep up."

Comment of the day: Rice as a tie that binds
July 10th, 2011
02:45 PM ET
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Food says so much about where you’ve come from, where you’ve decided to go, and the lessons you’ve learned. It’s geography, politics, tradition, belief and so much more and this week, we invite you to dig in and discover the rich, ever-evolving taste of America in 2011. The week will culminate with a Secret Supper in New York City, and Eatocracy invites you to participate online starting Monday July 11th at 6:30 p.m. E.T.

From commenter Kelsey on iReport: Rice – the grain that feeds the planet:

I'm an ESL teacher in South Korea, and in some kindergartens over here, it has taken a lot of time and effort for young students to see similarities between themselves and some of the Indian children also in the classroom. Something that my Korean students and Indian students bonded over? Rice.

My Indian student packs her lunch every day, but that food was one of the first things that students could see was the same between them, even though they speak entirely different languages in their homes and are of different cultural backgrounds. "Teacher, she eats the rice and I eat the rice TOO! Same same!" – something seemingly small, but when acceptance has not been easy for some of them, it's a memorable moment.

Read more about the inextricable bond between food and cultural identity

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Comment of the day: A bovine intervention
June 23rd, 2011
02:00 PM ET
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From our post Does 4-H desensitize kids to killing?:

Momof2 says,

I think children are desensitized more to killing by playing violent video games, but, I do not preach to people about what they expose their own kids to.

We have always believed in being honest with our kids (4&6) about where meat comes from. They know chicken is from real chickens, pork from pigs and beef from cows. My son did question "angel" hair pasta.

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Comment of the day: a mushy moment
June 14th, 2011
11:30 AM ET
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In our daily slogs through the mean streets of the internet, it's often easy forget that sometimes things can be, well, nice. When we see them, we like to call 'em out. From comments on our article on North Carolina liver mush:

"Wow. This article brings up the fondest memories I have of my grandmother Mimi. She was born/raised in the south, and I remember many days of my adulthood spent making 'liver pudding' with Mimi and playing cards while it cooked. I love the stuff – the name gives you the wrong idea – it's actually like sausage. All that's in it is liver, pork chops, cornmeal, salt, pepper and cayenne. That's it. She passed away in 2002, but I still have her meat grinder, and from time to time I make the mush with my children and think of my wonderful grandmother." - Buddy from MN

Now don't you feel all nice and mushy inside?

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SXSW: Quote of the day
March 14th, 2011
10:00 PM ET
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"Ok, kids, listen up. A TACO is the same as a sandwich. A sandwich is ANY bread with your choice of fillings. A TACO, is a tortilla, CORN or FLOUR, with your choice of filling. Got it? Good! Now go and be confused no more." - Tu Mama Mexicana

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January 18th, 2011
02:30 PM ET
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From Lunchtime poll – does authenticity matter to you?

It's nice to know what the "authentic" food does or should taste like. The great thing about cooking is that everyone makes what they make based on availability, freshness, and locale. My grandmothers both made great chocolate chip cookies but they tasted different. One was from the South and one was from the North.

Also, we are too used to eating everything anytime we want. There are true peak seasons and you shouldn't expect to eat a good oyster in January. One cook may use a lime while another uses an orange or lemon. One may use Basil and another Thai Basil. This may happen in the same country for God's sake.

I'm also tired of someone trying to "Patrick" someone else. Patrick is a friend of mine from college who always had a better experience that everyone else. He would say things like "this is good, but it's not as good as the salsa I had in Spain." Also, if you're in Spain, doesn't everything taste a little better anyway? - wasabiguy

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Comment of the day
December 21st, 2010
07:45 PM ET
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From our post Hungry at the holidays:

As a middle school teacher I see this all the time. There are so many more students who need this aide than who are allowed to apply for it. Many parents are too ashamed or proud to apply for this because they work so hard to try and provide for their children. I and many of my colleagues regularly give away our lunches to kids who need it. Trust me, I know that I can afford to skip a meal here and there. We keep a desk drawer stocked with simple foods like raisins, cereal bars, crackers, juiceboxes, etc. that we pay for ourselves.


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