August 9th, 2010
11:30 PM ET
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Because y'all were on fire today.

"My country grandmother would fry out a piece of fatback and leave the rendered piece on a plate on the cast iron stove; this was a childhood treat, luckily one I didn't get every day. My other grandmother would salt a piece of cabbage stalk and hand it to me when she was preparing slaw or just plain old boiled cabbage. These are practices of people who didn't get enough to eat, where scraps were precious. And as for flavoring, a small piece of smoked pork is the difference between tasty greens and stuff that tastes like lawn clippings. It's all about managing your fat calories and your carbohydrate intake, presuming you're getting enough to eat.

To the woman from West Virginia above who wrote about just not having the money for fresh vegetables, etc., that is the way it is folks. Poor people don't get to eat right because they're poor. Stop blaming the victims. Millions of people are out of a job, have been out of a job, and all we can carp about is how poor people "don't make smart choices."

Read Orwell's "Down & Out in Paris & London." It's really kind of a shocking book, even today, and might change the way you think about folks further down the economic chain from yourself.

Here's a test. You have $2 for lunch, what do you eat? You have $2 for dinner, what do you eat? You have a dollar for breakfast, what do you eat? Now imagine this is every day." - recreant

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1 million pounds of ground beef recalled
August 9th, 2010
08:00 PM ET
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Consumers are being warned to check their freezers for recalled beef that may be contaminated with E. coli. The Modesto California-based meat processor Valley Meat Company is voluntarily recalling approximately one million pounds of ground beef. The beef may contain a rare strain of the bacterium E. coli O157:H7.

The Valley Meat Company says the ground beef patties and bulk products were produced between October 2nd, 2009 through January 12th, 2010 and were distributed to retail outlets and institutional foodservice providers in California, Texas, Oregon, Arizona and overseas. A list of retailers has not yet been released, but a complete list of products has been published on the company's website.

CNN Health has the FULL STORY

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August 9th, 2010
07:00 PM ET
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"I happen to be short, with short arms and a rather large ... 'shelf' on my chest (where food invariably lands when it finds the extra hole in my mouth, of course). This combination makes it quite difficult just to CLEAN the whole stove without pushing buttons.

If I'm not careful I can preheat the oven and microwave popcorn while both hands are cleaning the back burners of the stove." - Kathrynne

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5@5 - Food Writer Kendra Bailey Morris
August 9th, 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.

Break out the lard, buttermilk and White Lily flour - today's 5@5 is a little chicken fried.

Kendra Bailey Morris is the author of "White Trash Gatherings: From-Scratch Cooking for Down-Home Entertaining." She also writes a weekly food and recipe column, "The Accidental Chef," for The Richmond Times Dispatch as well as maintain a sassy blog, appropriately named, "Fatback and Foie Gras."

If y'all ever wanted to cook like a southern granny, better listen up. Get ready to put some south in your mouth.

Five Kitchen Must-Have’s For Down-Home Country Cookin': Kendra Bailey Morris
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Blogger Spotlight: La Fuji Mama
August 9th, 2010
02:30 PM ET
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Every so often, we're highlighting a local or regional blogger we think you ought to know about. We can’t be everywhere at once, so we look to these passionate eaters, cooks and writers to keep us tapped into every facet of the food world. Consider this a way to get to know a blog’s taste buds, because, well, you should.

Meet today's featured blogger and blog:
Who: Rachael, of La Fuji Mama
Where: Corona, California
Twitter: @fujimama
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Collateral damage – nicks, cuts, burns and scars
August 9th, 2010
01:45 PM ET
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I burned my cleavage with a meat thermometer. How was your weekend?

The stem was heated to roughly 435F, though it may have dropped a few degrees in its mid-air bobble from the grill, to my mitted fingers, down the front of my black cotton dress. "Thank goodness..." my brain stuttered in the milliseconds between the metal's contact with the moon-pale skin adjacent to my right breast and the initial ascent of pain from nerve endings to thalamus, "...that I wore a bra today."
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August 9th, 2010
01:15 PM ET
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A trio of South African fine wines are being marketed under the Mandela family legacy.

"It's our name, and we have to use our name. And I think if you look at the history of the wine industry, most of the wines these days are named after families. Why can't we use our name in a responsible manner?" says Nelson's daughter, Maki Mandela, in response to commercialization criticism.

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Lunchtime poll – online reviews
August 9th, 2010
12:15 PM ET
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Remember way back to the early to mid '90s, when if you wanted to find out about a restaurant, you had to flip through newspapers, ask friends, shell out for a Zagat Guide or - heaven forfend - just go and see for yourself?

No longer must restaurant patrons fly blindly into the abyss, for sites like Yelp, Open Table, Dine, Citysearch and others exist to allow delighted and disgruntled diners dish about their every opinion from wine service to restroom cleanliness.

Are these sites on the menu for you?

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Box lunch
August 9th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.


  • The price of molecular gastronomy? $625 to be exact. - Gawker


  • McDonald's, the world's largest hamburger chain, is ironically making bank off of smoothies and coffee. - The Associated Press


  • After shutting its doors a year ago, the legendary Café des Artistes restaurant will get a second chance.  - Wall Street Journal


  • Taiwan is the latest nation to engage in "gastro-diplomacy." Let there be peas on earth. - The Guardian
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