5@5 - Vanessa Phillips and Tryg Siverson
November 16th, 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.

The fourth Thursday of November is typically a flour-heavy feast – from roux gravy to bread stuffing to pumpkin pie.

To some, this is a mere delicious afterthought. Flour schmour. To others who suffer from a gluten intolerance or sensitivity, like Vanessa Phillips, it’s a bona fide culinary nightmare - and the Thanksgiving buffet just turned into an edible war zone.

Phillips and Tryg Siverson are the owners of Friedman’s Lunch, located inside of New York City’s Chelsea Market. As a teenager, Phillips was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance, a condition that requires her to nix all gluten products from her diet – and yes, that means on holidays too.

Because of this, the couple is here to offer a host of tips and gluten-free recipes so that all may safely gorge themselves into a turkey coma this Thanksgiving.

Five Tips to Cooking a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Meal: Vanessa Phillips and Tryg Siverson

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Comment of the day: a veteran bartender speaks
November 16th, 2010
04:45 PM ET
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Why yes, we do pay quite a lot of attention to our commenters (even the ones who take time out to call our editor a "self-entitled rube" with a "horrible name" - a lovely way to start the day) and we're always happy to show off the ones who take time out of their day to share smart thoughts on hot-button topics.

Boomer Barkeep is one of 770+ readers who had a thing or ten to say about Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark's recent 5@5 on the topic of not pissing off your bartender.

Sir, the floor is yours - when you get a chance.

I tend bar in a business-class hotel near a major airport and have some thoughts on the points in the article.

"WHEN YOU GET A CHANCE..." doesn't bother me at all. That puts the guest into my mental queue of things to be done, and I will get to them as soon as I can. That's better than them wanting or needing something, and getting frustrated because I'm not reading their mind (or maybe can't see that the glass they're clutching to their chest is empty).

What irks me are the people who just start barking out their order as I'm on my way to do something else or serve another guest. I'd much rather have someone say, "When you have a chance, I'm ready to order" than bark out "I'll have a rum-and-Coke...." as I'm hustling to the other end of the bar to deliver a drink.


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The CNN Challenge: Thanksgiving Quiz
November 16th, 2010
03:00 PM ET
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From the top pumpkin-producing state to presidential pardons, think you know a thing or two about Turkey Day? Gobble your way through today's featured CNN Challenge: the Thanksgiving Quiz.

It's easy: pick your favorite host – whether it be Candy Crowley, Ed Henry or Larry King - and get ready to stuff yourself silly with festive facts.


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Nearly 15 percent of Americans face 'food insecurity'
November 16th, 2010
01:30 PM ET
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The number of Americans fighting off hunger stayed level last year, though food insecurity rates remain the highest they have been since the federal government began keeping track 15 years ago, a Department of Agriculture report released Monday found.

About 14.7 percent of U.S. households were "food insecure" in 2009, meaning they had difficulty feeding one or more of their members at some point last year due to a lack of financial resources, according to the report.

That equates to 17.4 million households total, or roughly 45 million people.

This year's rate marked a slight increase in percentage from 2008, when 14.6 percent of American households had trouble putting food on the table.

The CNN Wire Staff has the full story - "Federal report: U.S. hunger remains at highest levels in 15 years"

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Lunchtime poll – the vegetarian at the Thanksgiving table
November 16th, 2010
01:00 PM ET
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Quoth commenters on our recent post It's not Thanksgiving without...:

It's not Thanksgiving for me without meatless stuffing with extra celery, onion, pepper and herbs. Also, mashed potatoes with the skin still on. I'm a vegetarian so Tofurkey and meatless gravy. It's more delicious than people realize! - jillmarie

That sounds like a pretty sad meal, Jillmarie. I feel sorry for people like you who can't put your militant food choices aside for just one day in order to enjoy a nice traditional meal. - deedee

Earlier today, Eatocracy shared another installment of our T-Minus guide to a laid back Thanksgiving, centering some of our efforts around ways to make all guests - even non meat-eaters - feel welcome in your home on a holiday. Silly us.

I've been the vegetarian at the passive-aggressive table on Thanksgiving and assure you that it was no picnic. Aunt dragged me to her friends' home, disallowed me from bringing along any food I could actually eat and the hosts, whom she'd pre-warned of my freakish eating habits, made sure the meat - which was in every dish but the bread - was in big chunks so I could easily just "pick it out." Aunt compounded my discomfort by pulling me aside to chastise me for not just gobbling down drumsticks and bacon-laden casseroles.

Upshot - I sat at the kids' table, refusing dishes as politely as possible (no sense in wasting food for show), gnawing at burned dinner rolls and wishing I'd just been allowed to bring along some roasted veggies to share. But no - that would have been "rude."

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