November 29th, 2010
11:30 PM ET
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Because Four Loko wasn't stupid-inducing enough, the earth has belched forth 36-proof 'whipahol' - whipped cream fortified with alcohol. We can only assume the nadir of the stunt booze movement will be reached when Ke$ha actually succeeds in launching her line of grain-neutral dentifrices, but with any luck, that'll get held up in FDA approvals until the world wakes up from it collective hangover and can't for the life of it recall what a "Ke$ha" is or why anyone gives it money to make noises.

Senate cloture vote moves FDA food safety bill forward
November 29th, 2010
07:20 PM ET
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S. 510: the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act passed a cloture vote in the US Senate tonight 69-26 and will move forward. Final vote slated for Tuesday morning.

Stay tuned for full coverage on Eatocracy, CNN Health and CNN Politics and follow #foodsafety on Twitter

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5@5 -  Maestra Tequilera Bertha González Nieves
November 29th, 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.

Speaking of making spirits bright . . .

Bertha González Nieves is the CEO and co-founder of Casa Dragones tequila alongside partner Bob Pittman, who just so happens to be the founder of MTV. González Nieves was also the first woman to be accredited as a Maestra Tequilera, or certified tequila expert - think Master Sommelier, but for tequila.

Now, she's plopped down into the 5@5 hot seat to offer a little sip of knowledge: Tequila isn’t all lime wedges, salt shakers and yard-long margaritas.

Five Things You Should Look For in a Great Tequila: Bertha González Nieves

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Fame Bites - Soulja Boy
November 29th, 2010
04:30 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.

Just when you were giving thanks that Thanksgiving was over, we're bringing out the leftovers - Soulja's orders. You haven’t turned your calendar to December yet, so the bird is technically still the word.

Along with creating a dance that will be immortalized at weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs and generally revelrous gatherings, Soulja Boy's contagious single “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” spent seven weeks atop Billboard’s Hot 100 singles’ chart and helped his debut album achieve platinum status by selling over one million copies.

His second album, iSouljaBoyTellem, produced such singles like "Kiss Me Thru the Phone" and "Turn My Swag On" - and his new album, The DeAndre Way, drops November 30.

We caught up with the 20-year-old rapper during last week’s gorgefest to talk turkey, sweet potato pie and Thanksgiving swag. (Editor’s Note: The term "swag" refers to the way you carry yourself - your demeanor, if you will.)

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Lunchtime poll – "Points" taken...and taken...and taken...
November 29th, 2010
12:15 PM ET
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For some, it's Cyber Monday. For others, it's, "Sigh...did I really need that 14th helping of deep-fried turkey?" Monday.

Weight Watchers today introduced an overhaul of its "Points" based weight loss program, claiming that more is known about the science of weight loss than had been 13 years ago when the system was put into place. Paging Dr. Gupta has more in-depth information on the science of it all, but it ought not escape mention that the announcement was made on the Monday after one of the largest eating holidays of the year.

As we've said time and time again, we're a food blog, not a diet blog. We're all about the respectful, joyful celebration of food, rather than self recrimination but hey - eating is sometimes fraught and complicated. Talk it out below.

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Box lunch
November 29th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • How to get your creative juices flowing in the kitchen. - Ideas in Food

  • Ann's Snack Bar, home of the famous "Ghetto Burger," is looking for a buyer. Booming burger sales don't always translate in a bad real estate market. - New York Times

  • The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which "would be the most sweeping change in food safety laws in over seven decades," is being voted on in the Senate today. - Food Safety News

  • Gingerbread is more than gumdrop buttons - it's fierce competition. - Los Angeles Times
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November 29th, 2010
10:00 AM ET
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WARNING: Strong language, a family fracas and high levels of hilarity ensue when a grease fire blazes up in Carmen Ciricillo's kitchen on Thanksgiving.

iReport editor Katie Hawkins-Gaar, spoke with Carmen, noting "Thankfully, no one was hurt and the turkey was salvageable. 'Yes, we ate it,' Ciricillo said. 'It was smoked and cooked - it was actually pretty good.'"

Previously: Burn, slice, sear – cooking is a dangerous business

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Breakfast buffet
November 29th, 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.

Celebrating today’s food holiday is as easy as pie. November 29 is National Lemon Cream Pie Day.

Known for their rich custard or smooth cream base, the pies come in a multitude flavors - vanilla, banana, coconut and, of course, lemon. Most are topped with a towering portion of fresh whipped cream for an extra pillowy touch.

Because of their fluffy consistency, cream pies are often used in slapstick comedy bits as the ol' pie-in-the-face trick (think Charlie Chaplin, Bugs Bunny and The Three Stooges). While a certain Mr. Elmer Fudd might become agitated by such a delicious assault, we'll gladly take a cream pie to the face. Utensils are highly overrated, anyway.

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