5@5 - Drew Robinson on why barbecue matters
January 25th, 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.

For many, barbecue is the ultimate leveler.

When asked about bridging racial and societal gaps in the South, Southern Foodways Alliance director John T. Edge once responded with, "... There's hope in barbecue."

Southern cookbook author Virginia Willis also believes in the power of smoked meat, adding: "BBQ exist[s] without borders. Every nation under the sun throws meat on fire."

As it turns out, chef/pitmaster Drew Robinson of Jim N Nick’s Bar-B-Q takes his cue from the same school of thought.

Five Reasons Why Barbecue is Important: Drew Robinson

86 the Simba combo!
January 25th, 2011
04:45 PM ET
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Remember waaayyyy back last week when that Arizona's Boca Tacos y Tequila was all a-roar about its plans to serve African Lion tacos? They've now scrapped that notion over claims of safety concerns for family and staff.

Guess that mucks up our plan for tonight's mane course. (We'll be here all week. Try the Bengal tiger fajitas.)

Read Arizona eatery pulls lion tacos from menu on This Just In

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Fame Bites - Jewel
January 25th, 2011
03:00 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.

If you were conscious in the '90s and listened to the radio in between, say, episodes of "Beverly Hills 90210" and Jack Dawson "I'm king of the world!" reenactments, singer-songwriter Jewel is no stranger. Her distinctive, folky voice dominated the charts with the likes of "You Were Meant for Me," "Foolish Games" and "Who Will Save Your Soul."

Now, not only are Jewel and rodeo star husband Ty Murray expecting their first child this summer - her single "Satisfied" was recently nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Female Country Vocal Performance” category, and she will act as host of Bravo's upcoming singer-songwriting competition series, "Going Platinum," set to debut later this year.


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Lunchtime poll - your chili preferences (and the "false hunger" of Jim Backus)
January 25th, 2011
12:15 PM ET
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Pssst! I'm gonna share my family's decades-old chili recipe. You're going to want to write this down.

Step one: Get in the car.

Step two: Drive to the nearest Skyline Chili.

Step three: Order a four-way with onions - that's Cincinnati-style chili over spaghetti with neon orange shredded cheddar and chopped onions - or possibly a cheese coney.

Step four: Consume with a Diet Pepsi (I'd rather a Diet Coke, but when in Skyline...) with a big blue straw and sop up the remaining chili puddle with oyster crackers.

I grew up in Northern Kentucky, right across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. It may not be right, but it's what we do. My mother also often made a substance she claimed was chili - an unlovely amalgam of ground beef, kidney beans, tomato paste, onions and chili powder. On occasion there were slices of American cheese. We...don't really talk about that.

There's clearly a better way - as evidenced by the blizzard of chili cook-off announcements stacking up in my inbox. School me on your ways and means in the poll and comments below, and for your trouble I'm sharing a little something from my personal cookbook collection.

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Filed under: Buzz • Chili • Dishes • Holidays • Lunchtime Poll • Super Bowl

Box lunch
January 25th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Drink up me Hearties: alcohol doesn't kill your brain cells after all. - The Atlantic

  • Clean your commode with Kool-Aid. Ohhhh yeah! - Gizmodo

  • Emilio Estevez breaks into the wine biz. Brat Pack Bordeaux for the lady? - New York Times

  • Eight percent of survey takers said they would give up eating instead of their cable, internet and phones. Yeah - we're going to opt for the manicotti. - Ad Age
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January 25th, 2011
11:25 AM ET
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January 25th, 2011
11:15 AM ET
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Where's the beef? According to a class action lawsuit filed by the Beasley Allen law firm out of Montgomery, Alabama, it's certainly not in Taco Bell's "taco meat filling."

The "seasoned ground beef" contains less than 35 percent beef - the other 65 percent of the meat-like mixture is: water, isolated oat product, salt, chili pepper, onion powder, tomato powder, oats (wheat), soy lecithin, sugar, spices, maltodextrin, soybean oil (anti-dusting agent), garlic powder, autolyzed yeast extract, citric acid, caramel color, cocoa powder (processed with alkali), silicon dioxide (anti-caking agent), natural flavors, yeast, modified corn starch, natural smoke flavor, salt, sodium phosphate, less than 2% of beef broth, potassium phosphate and potassium lactate.

Whew, did you get all that? Oh, there's also caramel color and natural smoke flavor added.

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Breakfast buffet
January 25th, 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.

Top o’ the morning to you! January 25 is National Irish Coffee Day.

Though there are many variations, the International Bartender Association gives the official recipe as two parts Irish whiskey, four parts hot coffee, one and a half parts fresh cream and one teaspoon brown sugar.

Irish actor Alex Levin summed up his love for the beverage eloquently: “Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat.” And only Irish coffee can be disguised as regular coffee for your 8 a.m. meeting. Sláinte!

What's on TV?

Coffee klatsch
January 25th, 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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