Breakfast buffet
November 9th, 2010
09:00 AM ET
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Well, I'll be spammed! - November 9 is National Scrapple Day.

Scrapple is similar to the cultishly loved canned meat in more ways than one. The mush is made from pork scraps and trimmings and is formed into a semi-solid loaf. Often, it is coated with flour and fried in butter or oil.

The meaty loaf is generally eaten for breakfast, alongside eggs, potatoes or pancakes. It can also be topped with apple butter, mustard and honey, along with any other condiments that pique your fancy.

Pop a few slices on some bread and enjoy a Scrapple sandwich. We’re not here to judge.

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Clarified - farm-to-table
November 9th, 2010
02:00 AM ET
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In cooking, the process of clarification entails straining out extraneous muck from liquids so that they might be pure, clear and ideal for consumption. With this series on food terminology we're attempting to do the same.

On Wednesday, November 10th, Eatocracy is hosting its inaugural Secret Supper in Atlanta, Georgia, centered around the topic of how chefs' increasingly close collaboration with farmers figures into the preservation and evolution of Southern cooking. Take your place at the (virtual) table, by joining in the conversation and cooking along at home.

As diners become more concerned with where their food comes from and how it is prepared, the term “farm-to-table” has entered the national lexicon. Restaurants specialize in it, food and environmental activists extol its benefits and farmers markets and roadside stands live and die by it.

So what does it mean and why are we on the hunt for it?
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Breakfast buffet
November 8th, 2010
09:00 AM ET
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Yes, it’s the start of another week, but pull yourself out of the Monday blues with a tall glass of O.J. (… plus alcohol). November 8 is National Harvey Wallbanger Day - like a Screwdriver, only fancier.

Harvey Wallbanger is said to have been a Manhattan Beach surfer who frequented Donato "Duke" Antone’s Blackwatch bar in the 1950s. Antone, a three-time world champion bartender, named the drink after him.

The International Bartender Association calls for three parts clear vodka, one part clear Galliano (a sweet, herbal liqueur) and six parts fresh orange juice. Garnish with an orange slice and maraschino cherry, sit back and relax.

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You can haz America's best cheeseburger
October 26th, 2010
11:45 AM ET
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All National Cheeseburger Day coverage

Chuck out everything you ever knew about making cheeseburgers, and get ready to beef up your burger repertoire.

Named the best burger in America by The Food Network, the 10 o’clock burger from Holeman & Finch Public House in Atlanta relies on fresh ingredients made from scratch. Executive Sous Chef Jason Paolini showed patrons how to make the famous burger at Taste of Atlanta over the weekend.

“The secret is making everything from scratch,” Paolini says. “We grind our own meat daily, we have a bakery that makes our own bread, we make our own pickles, we make our own ketchup and mustard. That’s what makes it so delicious.”

Don’t have a meat grinder? Don’t sweat it. Paolini gives some tips on how to replicate his masterpiece from home, with as much hassle as you’re willing to sacrifice.
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Breakfast buffet
October 22nd, 2010
09:00 AM ET
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Can we chow down on mixed nuts and trail mix today? Oh yes pe-can - October 22 is National Nut Day.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, consuming one ounce of nuts per day can help reduce the risk of heart disease. The healthy snack is packed with protein, nutrients and antioxidants, so get cracking.

There’s no need for an open fire. Feel free to eat the dainty snack right out of the can or baked into your favorite treats.

Walnuts, almonds, peanuts, cashews - there are plenty of types to choose from, so don’t be afraid to go nutty.

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Breakfast buffet
October 21st, 2010
09:00 AM ET
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Right on schedule for jack-o'-lantern season, October 21 is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day.

A dessert that combines the sweet, earthy taste of fall with the creaminess of cheesecake is our own little version of Halloween heaven. Plus, we’ll take any excuse to eat any pumpkin-flavored dessert before Thanksgiving.

Whether you take yours drizzled in caramel, doused in whipped cream or topped with pecans, enjoy a big, rich slice on this national day of pumpkin-y goodness.

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Chilly weather means chili weather
October 21st, 2010
08:45 AM ET
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Fall holds two certainties in the realm of food - pumpkin-flavored everything and chili. One spoonful of the spicy stew can warm the body from the inside out.

Perhaps it’s the recollections of your grandmother’s dish on a crisp fall day. Or maybe it’s enjoying a heaping bowl while tailgating before a football game. Whatever the reason, chili is a must-have cold-weather dish, enjoyed equally at a cook-out or dinner party - and especially as leftovers.

“The one great thing about chili is the recipes are really kind of guidelines,” said Stephanie Anderson Witmer, author of Killer Chili: Savory Recipes from North America’s Favorite Restaurants. “People can change it depending on their tastes.”

Though many families have hand-me-down recipes, Anderson said there are a few things to remember when concocting your stew. Namely, chili can be as unique as the chef stirring the pot.
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Breakfast buffet
October 20th, 2010
09:00 AM ET
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A whole day for brandy? Well, ain't that dandy! October 20 is National Brandied Fruit Day.

Brandy is a tasty liquor distilled from wine or fermented fruit juice, and its natural sweetness mixes well with many a seasonal fruit.

The concoction may take just minutes to prepare (mix together fruit, brandy, and sugar in a large lidded container), but hours or even days to soak up the flavors. Don’t you worry though - the wait will be well worth it.

The blissfully boozy dessert can stand alone or top off a sponge cake or bowl of ice cream. How's that for multitalented?

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Breakfast buffet
October 19th, 2010
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 and the most delicious finds on TV.

Something's fishy! It must be October 19 - National Seafood Bisque Day.

Though there are countless variations, seafood bisque is typically made by combining some sort of sautéed fish or crustacean with a heavy form of dairy - whole milk, cream or butter. Add spices and vegetables to taste and you’ll be casting off any other dinner obligations.

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