August 11th, 2010
08:00 PM ET
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Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (CNN) - A military jury at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Wednesday recommended a 14-year prison term for Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi, a Sudanese man who served as cook and driver for Osama bin Laden.

CNN Senior Producer Charley Keyes has the FULL STORY

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August 11th, 2010
07:00 PM ET
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On Lunchtime poll – dating and dinner

"A guy asked me out once. We had a lovely meal, and I was getting ready to play the 'At least let me leave the tip' game. The bill sat awkwardly between us for the space of a ten minute conversation, before he finally said 'Hey! Can you pay the bill? I'm sitting on my wallet! HA!' Then I said, 'But you asked me out.' And he said 'Um, yeah, I know, but money is a little tight this week, so if you could, seriously, get this one, I'd be thrilled to pay for the next date.' Honestly, if he'd said that up front and not tried to come off with a lame joke, I would have been fine with it. Everyone has money troubles now and then, though I doubt I'd be asking people out for meals if I did."

"So, he drove me back to my apartment, and had the NERVE to grab my knee and say 'I'd really love to come upstairs and I think you'd love it, too.' To which I replied, 'Oh, I'd love to, but I'm sitting on my [lady parts].' There was even another phone call after that, which I ignored for the sake of both of our dignities. Sheesh." - Tiffini S.

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August 11th, 2010
06:15 PM ET
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From the CNN Wire staff:

The body of a retired restaurateur who's been missing for two years has been found in a freezer in the French city of Lyon, police there told CNN Wednesday.

The corpse of Jean-Francois Poinard, 71, was discovered Tuesday in the apartment he had shared with a girlfriend in Lyon, regarded as the culinary capital of France.

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5@5 - Chefs Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier
August 11th, 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.

From rooftop gardens to community supported agriculture, green thumbs abound lately (whether intact or not) 'round these parts.

Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier are the chefs and owners of Summer Winter restaurant in Burlington, Massachusetts. Here, their seasonal menus take full advantage of whatever just happens to be growing in the on-premise greenhouse. This farm-to-table (or greenhouse-to-table, if you will) cuisine recently earned them the 2010 James Beard Award for "Best Chefs in the Northeast."

Inspired to tear into the soil but don't know where to dig first? Mark and Clark are here to plant a little terra firma know-how. Time to get seedy.

5 Seeds to Start Your Garden: Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier
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Burn, slice, sear - cooking is a dangerous business
August 11th, 2010
04:30 PM ET
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Sharp blades, high flames, scalding oil - nope, it's not the next installment of the Saw film franchise; it's your kitchen. And it wants to kill you.

Our recent post about a cooking-related cleavage burn* and call for injury stories garnered some shudder-inducing accounts of band saw gouges, knife-gouged feet and the telltale burn mark that lets you pick a professional chef out of a crowd. Mitt up and read on.

Mind your mandoline

Patrick in Birmingham
A few months ago, I was using our new mandoline slicer. Every thing was going so well, until I felt myself "nick" the top of my finger (important note: I was NOT using the guard). Upon closer inspection, I realized that I had not nicked but rather sliced off about half of my fingernail! After I almost passed out, we headed out to the emergency department but not before tossing the mandoline in the trash.

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Blogger Spotlight: Married...with Dinner
August 11th, 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.

Who: Anita and Cameron Crotty, of Married...with dinner
Where: San Francisco, California
Twitter: @MarriedWDinner
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August 11th, 2010
02:00 PM ET
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"Eat dessert first" is mere child's play. Eat an all-dessert dinner instead.

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Lunchtime poll – celebratory beverages
August 11th, 2010
12:15 PM ET
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Folk hero flight attendant Steven Slater celebrated the end of his career by grabbing two beers from an airplane beverage cart. Winning sports teams get doused with showers of Champagne. Amazon hiker Ed Stafford doubled up with a glass of bubbly at the end of the 4,000 mile trek and plans to nab a pint of beer immediately upon his return to his native England.

And your celebratory tipple?

Previously – Do you drink on the plane?

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Box lunch
August 11th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • A new ‘Sesame Street’ initiative will promote healthy eating to lower income families. - Newsweek


  • Today's bartender is tomorrow's liquor brand shill. - New York Times



  • What took you so long to find camel cheese? - Kickstarter


  • The Wendy’s/Arby’s Group will open 180 restaurants in Russia over the next 10 years. We somehow doubt they'll be a run on Frostys. - Atlanta-Journal Constitution
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