5@5 - Chef Daniel Bortnick
January 5th, 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.

You know the mantra by now: "A New Year, a new you." It's that time of year where people toss around these so-called "resolutions" vowing to eat healthier, detach themselves from the caffeine drip, or in our case, eat more of the good stuff.

For those traveling down the healthier route, many are opting to cut back on or even eliminate gluten - the group of natural proteins found in all forms of wheat and wheat flour - from their diet.

Whether you're one of the 1 in 133 Americans that is affected by a gluten intolerance, or just deciding to have a go at gluten-free, Chef Daniel Bortnick of Firefly restaurant has got the goods - and they're flourless.

Gluten-Free Ingredients to Cook With in the New Year: Daniel Bortnick

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Starbucks strips down its signature siren
January 5th, 2011
04:00 PM ET
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Starbucks' signature siren is getting an updated look to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the global coffee chain.

The stripped-down logo features the siren alone, without the "Starbucks Coffee" encircling her image, an homage to the ubiquitous chain's modest beginnings in the Seattle's Pike Place Market in Washington state, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said.

Read the rest of "Starbucks unveils new logo" on CNN's "This Just In" blog.

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Poll – making a meal of mustang
January 5th, 2011
12:45 PM ET
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At 3:30 PST, a group of representatives from U.S. and Canadian animal science and humane livestock handling organizations, as well as federal and state livestock processing regulatory agencies will convene at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada for a discussion entitled "Setting the High Standard for Humane Processing of Horses." The "processing" part of the equation entails the slaughter and butchery of the animals for the purpose of human consumption.

The panel, which is being held as part of a four day Summit of the Horse includes representatives from American Humane, the Humane Handling and Assessment Tool Project, the United States Department of Agriculture and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The issue at hand has stirred passionate and polar arguments from those who see horse meat - especially that of wild mustangs who are seen by some as an invasive species - as a cheap, viable source of food for hungry Americans, and wild horse advocates who see the slaughter of these animals as cruel and unnecessary.

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Box lunch
January 5th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • A giant bluefin tuna sold for a record 32.5 million yen (roughly $390,061) at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market. - Telegraph

  • Hash (not that kind, Cheech) is making a name for itself amongst chefs. - New York Times

  • Nevada's Bureau of Land Management says it is opposed to slaughtering wild horses for food.– Los Angeles Times

  • Ron Jeremy takes the term "food porn" a little too literally. - Eater

  • "Re-Taste Your Youth at 40 Proof" with alcoholic chocolate milk. Wonder how it tastes with Four Loko? - NY Daily News

  • Internet sensation "women laughing alone with salad" meets its match with "men laughing alone with fruit salad." We're waiting for an "old people frowning alone with oatmeal" meme ourselves. - Buzzfeed
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January 5th, 2011
10:00 AM ET
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Breakfast buffet
January 5th, 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.

The sweet sound of aerosol is music to our ears this fine morning. January 5 is National Whipped Cream Day, and you can bet your bottom (and top) dollar that we’re eating it straight up.

Pie is deprived, cake comes up short and an ice cream sundae just isn't complete without the sweet topping. And of course, you don’t need dessert as an excuse to eat whipped cream.

But in the name of professionalism, we’ll just have to wait until we're off the clock to break out our special can of "whipahol" – we certainly don't want to stumble onto the set of AC360° in a whipped cream-induced fury.

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Coffee klatsch
January 5th, 2011
05:00 AM ET
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Pssst! Got a sec to chat?

We are utterly thrilled when readers want to hang out and talk – whether it's amongst themselves or in response to pieces we've posted. We want Eatocracy to be a cozy, spirited online home for those who find their way here.

Consider the daily Coffee klatsch post as your VIP lounge – the primary comments thread for readers who'd like to chat about topics not related to the articles we're running. That way, everyone knows where to find each other, and each post's comments section remains on topic.

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Obama signs food safety bill
January 5th, 2011
12:01 AM ET
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President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed the most sweeping overhaul of America's food safety system since 1938.

The legislation gives the federal Food and Drug Administration the authority to impose new rules to prevent contamination and allows the agency to order, rather than simply suggest, the recall of tainted foods. It also authorizes the creation of a food tracking system to quickly pinpoint the source of outbreaks.

The legislation requires producers to assess ways in which their products could be contaminated and to take steps to prevent such problems. It also requires importers to verify the safety of all foods they bring into the country.

The result will be a fundamental shift in the FDA's approach to food safety from reacting to foodborne illness outbreaks to preventing contamination in the first place, agency Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said.

Read Obama signs food safety bill on CNN Politics

Get more on S.510 - the Food Safety Modernization Act:

- Food safety bill, thought dead, passes unanimously

- Republicans block food safety bill

- Digest this: the new food safety act (and some very weird rumors)

- Senate approves long-delayed food safety bill

- Advocates: Food safety bill doesn't have teeth

- Food safety bill 'not perfect' but historic

- Op-ed: Jane Velez-Mitchell – Food safety doesn't end with S.510

- Poll: How much control should the federal government be allowed to exercise over food safety?

- S. 510: Food Safety Modernization Act – the basics

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Filed under: FDA • Health News • News • President Obama • Recalls • S. 510 • White House

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