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Tom Pizzica may have not won season six of The Next Food Network Star – but don’t go throwing a pity party. He received a pretty sweet consolation prize out of the ordeal - namely his own show.
When Outrageous Food premieres on the Food Network tomorrow night (10 p.m. ET), it's sure to deliver all sorts of unhinged, gravity-defying, exorbitant eats.
But first, a few ground rules on outrageousness from Mr. Pizzica:
Five Outrageous Food Memories: Tom Pizzica
San Francisco city officials are toying with popular children’s meals. The city’s Board of Supervisors passed a law cracking down on fast food chains that give away free toys with unhealthy meals for children, like the McDonald’s “Happy Meal.” The law would require kid’s meals to meet certain nutritional standards before they could be sold with toys. Officials say the law promotes healthy eating habits and combats childhood obesity.
But not everyone agrees. McDonald’s, the National Restaurant Association, and many franchise owners are unhappy with the ordinance. McDonald’s says getting a toy with a kid’s meal is part of the family experience when visiting the restaurant, and they’re just giving the customer what they want.
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Even the most adventurous eaters often give their inner food warrior the day off on Thanksgiving - nothing but the same turkey, stuffing (or dressing!), cranberries, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie they've been eating since childhood. If one of those dishes goes missing, the whole meal just doesn't feel right.
Other families stray away from the standards - some friends of ours have to have collard greens, whiskey sours and banana pudding for the day to feel right, while another family dives into duck - and develop their own must-indulge traditions.
Your assignment - in video or pictures, and as much text as you'd like, using iReport, share the story of your must-have Thanksgiving dish. It could be a cherished family recipe, or something a schoolmate or fellow serviceman whipped up, and you simply must have on the table every year.
We'll share our favorites on Eatocracy from November 15-25, so start whipping 'em up!
See the assignment on iReport and get caught up below.
It's not Thanksgiving without...
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 when we thought we were finally coming down from our Halloween sugar high, we up and found out November 4 is National Candy Day. It's a cruel, cruel world - and by cruel, we mean freaking sweet.
Go on, don't be shy this morning: treat yourself to malt balls, gummi worms, caramel chews or any other sugary confection of your choosing for that matter - it's the true breakfast of champions.
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