5@5 - Five tips for Thanksgiving leftovers
November 26th, 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.

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and just when you thought the turkey gorge was over, you open up your refrigerator and find all sorts of tinfoil wrapped casseroles and a lingering eau de sage. What's a severly yam-med out but unwasteful eater to do? That's where Melissa d'Arabian comes in.

D’Arabian is the winner of season five of "The Next Food Network Star," and host of the Food Network show "Ten Dollar Dinners."

Five Tips for Thanksgiving Leftovers Management: Melissa d'Arabian

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November 26th, 2010
04:30 PM ET
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If you are a coffee lover you might be tempted to pay for a cup of the most expensive coffee in the world. Indonesia's velvety tasting brew, Kopi Luwak, gives new meaning to rich coffee. It can cost up to $50 per cup.

"The supply is very limited in the world that makes the price is very expensive," Kopi Luwak brand managing director Henry Fernando said.

The reason the supply is limited has to do with how the beans are initially processed. Just a warning here, it isn't pretty.

Kopi means coffee in Indonesian and Luwak is a wild Asian palm civet, a fury creature that looks like a cross between a cat and a ferret. The civet climbs the coffee trees to find the best berries, eats them, digests the berries and eventually out comes the coffee beans in its stools. Farmers then pick up the civet droppings and take the beans to a processing plant. Something about the gastric juices in the civet's stomach gives Kopi Luwak its unique flavor.

Read Kopi Luwak: Indonesia's rich cup or 'crappuccino'? on iList

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Lunchtime poll – going cold turkey
November 26th, 2010
12:30 PM ET
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Some folks dread Thanksgiving leftovers. Some of us woke up today, sprinted to the fridge and commenced cramming chilled turkey scraps into our slavering gobs like rabid badgers.

Et vous?

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Box lunch
November 26th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Duff Goldman sets the record straight on Food Network's cancellation of "Ace of Cakes." Rule number one?: don't feel sorry for him. - Baltimore Sun

  • Thanksgiving with the Obamas. - BBC News

  • Presenting the world's first LED-programmable bottle of vodka, or "the most unnecessary bottle of vodka in the world." - Chicago Tribune
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A Filipino family feast
November 26th, 2010
11:00 AM ET
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Thanksgiving is an American holiday, but because so many of us have roots in other countries, there are many international dishes on Thanksgiving tables. CNN Radio’s Jim Roope was invited to a Filipino family Thanksgiving celebration and discovered the addition of Lechon, roasted pig, next to the turkey, stuffing and sweet potato pie.

“All [Filipino] festivities are religious in nature so we always have an offering, a Lechon at the table,” said Nora Hizon, who immigrated to the U-S 40 years ago.” “We have the turkey, but we also have the Lechon,” she said.

After some coaxing, Jim Roope finally agrees to taste the Lechon. Listen to the audio player below to hear what happens.

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November 26th, 2010
09:30 AM ET
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iReporter Scott Stein came to Thanksgiving dinner with an empty stomach and left with a very full heart.

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Breakfast buffet
November 26th, 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.

November 26 is a day worth slicing into - it's National Cake Day.

You eat it on birthdays and anniversaries, at weddings and celebrations, and during a co-worker’s final day at work. You eat it when you’re young, old and in-between. It’s your go-to comfort food – the food you eat after a big meal with friends or a stressful day at the office.

Cake comes in all shapes, sizes and varieties. Cheesecakes to sponge cakes, sheet cakes to bundt cakes – it’s a versatile dessert loved by almost everyone.

Cover yours in frosting, fruit and icing, and as Marie Antoinette (supposedly) said, “Let them eat cake!”

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The obligatory Thanksgiving leftovers post
November 26th, 2010
02:00 AM ET
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Okay, we were going to get all snarky and just write a two-sentence post about Thanksgiving leftovers saying, "Eat them. They're awesome."

Then D.C.-based correspondent Sandra Endo had to go and send us this drool-inducing video that drives home the notion that sometimes a dish can even be more delicious than the sum of its already scrumptious parts. Darn her!

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