5@5 - Food Network's Tom Pizzica
November 4th, 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.

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:

In order for something to be considered outrageous, it doesn't necessarily need to be the biggest, spiciest or the priciest. Sometimes we have memories about a particular story of culinary mayhem,or the first time you eat something that becomes a lifelong favorite, and I consider those to be outrageous as well. Here are five of those memories.

Five Outrageous Food Memories: Tom Pizzica

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November 4th, 2010
02:15 PM ET
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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.

CNN Newsroom has the STORY

Box lunch
November 4th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Remember Obama's Beer Summit? Meet the Slurpie Summit. Brain Freeeeeeze! - USA Today

  • If you're a Tweeter (Twitterer?), you're probably familiar with the "in my pants" trending topic. If not, prepared to be enlightened. Wherein we present the best of food books...in my pants! (Cameo by our managing editor!) - L.A. Weekly

  • Rick Steves tells you how to sightsee in Europe via your taste buds.– Seattle Times

  • Celebrities get a cheesy new meme. Goudachris, Rahm Emmental and Simon Laughing Cowell are just a few of the gems. - CHEESE PEOPLE via Zagat

  • If you want to grow mushrooms at home, look no further than your morning cup o' mud. - Mother Nature Network
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It's not Thanksgiving without...
November 4th, 2010
10:45 AM ET
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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...

– Actor Greg Grunberg says: his mother's tamales
– The cast of ABC Family's "Greek" says: showtunes and buckets of wishbones
– Megyn Price, start of 'Rules of Engagement' says: celery walnut salad

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