5@5 - Gail Dosik
December 30th, 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.

Gail Dosik is THE tough cookie behind One Tough Cookie, Inc., her New York City-based business specializing in customized and hand-decorated cookies, cakes and cupcakes.  While each baked good speaks to each individual customer's personality and occasion, apparently cookies can say a lot more. According to Dosik:

Sending red roses to say ‘I love you’ to a certain someone? Well, that’s known as ‘floriography’, or the language of flowers. Popular in the Victorian era, flowers, and the way they were arranged, conveyed a message to those who received them. Be it passion or profit, gratitude or humility, a flower could say it all. Well, we can play the same game today, but with cookies. More unique than a cookie bouquet, more personal than jewelry, the gift of cookieography can be styled for any occasion and won’t soon be forgotten or tossed out.

Be warned: You may think twice about who gave you what type of Christmas cookie after reading.

Messages Various Cookies Send: Gail Dosik

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2010 – the year in food safety
December 30th, 2010
03:45 PM ET
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Editor’s note: This week, CNN Health's The Chart is taking a closer look at the most important health stories of 2010. Each day, they'll feature buzzwords and topics that came to the forefront over the past year.

According to an old adage, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But for egg eaters across the United States, breakfast briefly became potentially deadly.

In August, an outbreak of salmonella poisoning spurred a recall of more than 500 million eggs from producers across the country, and was eventually traced back to two sources – Wright County Egg Co. of Galt, Iowa, and Hillandale Farms of New Hampton, Iowa. Inspection reports released by the Food and Drug Administration indicated that neither company adhered to its salmonella prevention plans.

Further FDA investigations revealed conditions termed "stomach-churning" by food safety advocates at The Center for Science in the Public Interest. They included chicken manure in piles up to 8 feet high at Wright County and liquid manure leaking into a chicken house at Hillandale.

Read 2010 Year in Review: Food safety at The Chart and see all egg recall information on Eatocracy

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December 30th, 2010
03:11 PM ET
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Food in the Field gives a sneak peek into what CNN's team is eating, and the food culture they encounter as they travel the globe. Today's contributor Ed Henry is CNN's senior White House correspondent. He is based in CNN's Washington, D.C., bureau and is currently on assignment in Hawaii following President Obama as he vacations in his home state. His Twitter feed is making us incredibly jealous.

A reporter's gotta eat, right? When you're on the trail of a famously food-centric Commander in Chief, the culinary bar is set pretty high. Belly on up to Ed Henry's tantalizing tale of life on the road with the press corps' unofficial sommelier, a famous local restaurateur and a frustratingly skinny President.

Get an inside view of the goings-on of the First Family at The 1600 Report

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Blogger Spotlight - Appetite
December 30th, 2010
02:30 PM ET
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We're highlighting local and regional bloggers we think you ought to know about. We can’t be everywhere at once, so we look to these passionate eaters, cooks and writers to keep us tapped into every facet of the food world. Consider this a way to get to know a blog’s taste buds, because, well, you should.

Meet today's featured bloggers and blog:
Who: Penny De Los Santos, of Appetite
Where: Austin, Texas
Twitter: @pennydelosantos

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