January 31st, 2011
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5@5 - Chef Dennis Marron
January 31st, 2011
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.

Prime time television spots. Magazine covers. Dog food commercials. Cracker artists. The slots once reserved for stars and starlets have a new face: chefs.

Dennis Marron, executive chef of both Jackson 20 and The Grille at Morrison House in Alexandria, Virginia, says the job description now requires those behind the burner to wear many toques.

Five Things Real Chefs Don’t Have Time To Do (But Find Time To Anyway): Dennis Marron

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January 31st, 2011
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January 31st, 2011
01:15 PM ET
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In light of both the class action lawsuit alleging that Taco Bell's "seasoned beef" is in fact insufficiently beefy and the USDA's new dietary guidelines, Newsroom's Kyra Phillips and I chatted about the role of personal responsibility when it comes to your nutritional intake. (That is assuming that you're lucky enough to have a choice in the matter - as author Lawrence Ross pointed out on Twitter.)

Knowledge is power, but are you harnessing it for yourself?

Box lunch
January 31st, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Separation of church and chicken: Faith-based fast food chain Chick-fil-A (heck, they're closed on Sundays) is questioned by the gay rights movement. - NY Times

  • Bacon has been deemed the "gateway meat" for vegetarians. - NPR

  • Milk does the United Kingdom's environment good with new papier-mache bottles. - Daily Mail

  • Rage against the vending machine: operators are installing wireless devices to notify them about snack attack-inspired robberies. - Wall Street Journal

  • How to get your foot (and mouth) in the food industry. - The Atlantic
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Year of the vine
January 31st, 2011
10:00 AM ET
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Say “Chinese wine” to many and images of less-than-loved domestic Chinese wine brands like Dynasty (often pronounced “Dy-Nasty” by those who have tried the RMB 20 bottles of the stuff) and Great Wall come to mind.

This image could be changing though as domestic and international demand of Chinese wine is increasing production to levels never before seen in the country.

A new industry report catalogs the Chinese wine market’s progress. It says that some “analysts believe the country could overtake Australia in the next three years.”

The report, by French wine exhibition organizers Vinexpo, said that China produced 72 million cases of wine in 2009, an increase of 28 percent from 2008.

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January 31st, 2011
09:30 AM ET
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While we were twiddling our thumbs, waiting for US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to announce the new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, our managing editor opted to ransack her vintage cookbook stash for tidbits of health advice.

The purported benefits of a gelatin, milk and bacon-based diet abound in the gallery above. If you dig what you see, let us know and we'll dive into the collection on the regular.

By the way, the USDA sez you should halt the salt

USDA says halt the salt
January 31st, 2011
09:14 AM ET
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The federal government plans to unveil new dietary guidelines Monday that urge people to eat less salt, a U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman said Monday.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius plan to formally unveil the guidelines at 10 a.m.

The guidelines, which are updated every five years, recommended that those over 51, African Americans and people with a history of hypertension, diabetes or kidney problems limit their salt intake to a little over a half a teaspoon. For everyone else, the daily recommendation remains at 2,300 milligrams - about one teaspoon of salt.

Read Feds: Eat less salt

Breakfast buffet
January 31st, 2011
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.

If Don Draper’s your dream boss and you like your drinks strong, then today is your day. January 31 is National Brandy Alexander Day.

The International Bartender Association calls for one part Cognac, one part Crème de Cacao and one part fresh cream. Serve straight up and sprinkle with fresh ground nutmeg.

As Roger Sterling once said, “We drink because it's good, because it feels better than unbuttoning your collar, because we deserve it. We drink, because it's what men do.” And to that, we’ll raise a glass.

What's on TV?

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