Iron Chef Cat Cora: "I was bullied"
October 5th, 2010
06:45 PM ET
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This is a LKL Web Exclusive by Chef Cat Cora, President and Founder of Chefs for Humanity

I was born in the 60's in Mississippi. I was also born gay. Yes, that's right BORN gay. Believe me, I tried to pray "it" away at church every Sunday like a good Christian girl from the South. I tried to date "it" away, dating good guys who didn't understand why I wouldn't, no couldn't, be with them completely. I wanted so badly to be straight like my friends. But I couldn't change it anymore than I could change having brown eyes. And I knew I would never fit into what kids thought was normal.

When I finally met my first love, I was 17. I fell in love and didn't have one friend who I could tell. There was no giggles and gossip and no gushing about how beautiful, smart and wonderful she was. There were definitely no "meet the parents" dinners. I endured the love and loneliness alone. The passion was liberating but the breakup was almost unbearable.

Get the full story at Larry King Live

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5@5 - Chef Joey Campanaro
October 5th, 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.

Joey Campanaro wears many a hat - and apron. He's the chef and owner of the little owl, co-owner of Market Table and most recently, is the man behind the stove at Kenmare - all in New York City.

To Joey, the dictum, "behind every great man..." (or in this case, chef) "...there's a great woman," speaks volumes - and the following women are exactly why.

Five Women Who Have Inspired My Cooking: Joey Campanaro
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October 5th, 2010
04:00 PM ET
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Joel De La Rosa is a CNN Senior Photojournalist. He is based in Dallas.

"Fried beer! Fried beer! Get your fried beer here!"

The minute you enter the food court at the 2010 State Fair of Texas in Dallas, the call cuts through the crowds of people and the smell of cotton candy and roasted corn. Booth vendors shout the choice of foods, "Fried beer...fried club salad...fried caviar!"
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Fame Bites - Andy Cohen
October 5th, 2010
02:30 PM ET
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Fame Bites goes inside the belly of the entertainment beast. We're dishing out where the celebrities are eating, what they're eating and who they're eating with.

Andy Cohen is Bravo's Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Development. This pretty much makes him the network's head honcho when it comes to the channel's lineup of shows - including that little reality program you might know as “Top Chef."

Cohen also hosts and executive produces “Watch What Happens Live,”  his late night talk show (airing Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET) where there's certainly no shortage of celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Tina Fey and Jerry Seinfeld - or on-air imbibing.

Cohen recently served up the reason he's scared to cook with Padma and Tom, his tipple of choice and where he took “The Real Housewives of Orange County” for his craziest dinner yet.
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Lunchtime poll – grocery store behavior
October 5th, 2010
12:45 PM ET
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Yesterday, we kvetched about restaurant flaws. Felt good, right?

Let's stock up on a few other food-centric places that induce minor freak-outs. Today: grocery stores.

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Box lunch
October 5th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • This year's Oktoberfest visitors drank the most and lost the most belongings. We sense a positive correlation. - ABC News


  • An Ohio ban on labeling dairy products as "hormone free" has been ruled unconstitutional. - Food Safety News


  • Two-thirds of restaurant workers in a recent survey said they have worked while they were sick. Ach-ewww! - Kansas City Star



  • A pretty gnarly picture of mechanically separated chicken is making its rounds on the interweb. Fancy a peek? - Eater
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Fried chicken: Hot or cold?
October 5th, 2010
11:30 AM ET
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When a chef tells you you’re missing out on something, it’s time to pay attention.

I was recently interviewing Michelle Bernstein, owner of Michy’s and Sra. Martinez in Miami, Florida, for an article on luxury airline meals when the conversation steered toward fried chicken.

Cold fried chicken, to be exact.

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Breakfast buffet
October 5th, 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.

Just in time for apple picking season, October 5 is Brown Betty Day - but what the heck is a Brown Betty anyway?

Similar to an apple crisp or cobbler, it's all the taste of apple pie without futzing with the crust. Sliced apples are sprinkled and layered with a mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon, chopped nuts and buttered bread crumbs.

The dessert is then dotted with butter and baked until brown. Serve warm with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream and you've got yourself a genuinely sweet ode to autumn that's easy as pie.

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Clarified – high fructose corn syrup
October 5th, 2010
08:00 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. No politics - just the facts about what the words mean.

There's major debate swirling about the allegedly adverse effects that high fructose corn syrup may having on Americans' diets. Opponents say it's a big factor in the US population's increasing levels of obesity. Advocates claim that it's just a natural, corn-based sweetener, and that it's being unfairly maligned.

But what exactly is it, and how is it made?
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