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5 Food Web Sites to Spice Up the Holidays

December 23, 2009
by Isabel Cowles
This holiday season, inject some new flavor into your virtual (and real) plate by visiting this handful of inventive, distinctive food and drink Web sites. Get inspired to entertain, indulge and give back with these tasty recipes and practical shopping ideas.

Cook and Laugh

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If you’re bored by the usual lineup of celebrity chefs talking about how to roast a turkey, glaze a ham or bake festive fruitcake, FoodVu.com offers a smorgasbord of humorous videos that poke fun at famous Food Network chefs. The site also provides practical information with recipe feeds, food gear recommendations and cooking videos. If you’re in the mood for a pinch of irony, a sprinkling of satire and a side of shopping advice, this is the site for you. You’ll have to register for some of the free content.

Food for Thought

Avoid kitchen fumbles this holiday season with help from Culinate. The site provides lots of culinary news and articles but primarily focuses on general advice, like how to select the best knives and tools. Glossaries of different types of foods and seasonal items help you decipher recipes and menu options while book reviews and excerpts keep you abreast of the latest delicious literature.

Environmentally Conscious Eating

Stay green during your White Christmas (or at any time) with help from the Eat Well Guide

Search for farms, stores and specific types of food by zip code and/or key word. Travelers who don’t want to leave their local habits behind can consult the “Plan a trip” section of the Web site, which helps users find local and sustainable food producers and restaurants in any location.

A Bite of the Blogosphere

Make sure the holidays unfold in style with help from Delicious Days, a food blog produced by a German couple. Dubbed one of the 50 coolest sites by Time magazine, the blog’s luscious photos, delectable recipes and useful advice can easily create the basis of a stunning festive meal.

Holiday cheers

If you’re looking for an especially spirited season, ExtraTasty offers tips for mixing the perfect holiday cocktail. Even if you already have a fully stocked bar and know just what to do with it, this site will inspire you with fresh and often unusual drink ideas and recipes. A new concoction is featured every day; you can also search for specific recipes or browse by type of alcohol or mix-in. Use these recipes to go beyond the classic eggnog and traditional hot toddy.
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