Defeating sneaky salt
February 1st, 2011
06:30 PM ET
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Yes, you can still have that bottle of microbrew (just the one, mind you - the new Dietary Guidelines and all), but you'd better step away from the pretzel bowl. Oh, you were going to skip those and just order right from the bar menu? Great! What'll you have?

You're watching your fat intake - right there with you. So it'll be the grilled chicken breast sandwich and a salad instead of fries. With what dressing? The light Italian? Sounds great.

Your sodium count will be…the sandwich is gonna run you around 1300 mg (380 mg for the bun alone), and the dressing about 480 mg. The beer is a bargain at 11 mg.

And how will you be paying for that?
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5@5 - Sunny Anderson
February 1st, 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.

So - you've decided against the idea of lodging yourself into a crowded bar of foam cheese hats, terrible towels and reverting fraternity brothers this Super Bowl Sunday and opted to catch the big game at home? Nice defensive block.

But, where's your offense? Sunny Anderson, the host of Food Network's "Cooking For Real," has got the game-winning strategy.

Hut, hut, bite!

Super Bowl Entertaining Tips: Sunny Anderson
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February 1st, 2011
02:30 PM ET
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February 1st, 2011
01:30 PM ET
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The Super Bowl is around the corner and, as is custom, many Americans will be chowing down on pizza.

But it's a little harder for service men and women thousands of miles away to order a slice–and that's where Mark Evans comes in. Evans is the Founder of Pizza 4 Patriots, an organization which delivers pizza to America's service men and women overseas. In partnership with UNO and DHL, Pizza 4 Patriots will be sending 7,000 pizzas to service members on Super Bowl Sunday.

Read the rest of "Operation Pizza Bowl: Bringing pizza to patriots on game day" on CNN's American Morning blog.

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Lunchtime poll – halting the salt
February 1st, 2011
01:00 PM ET
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So – you've had a day to sit with the government's new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and pore through all 100-ish pages, right? There's plenty of smart health advice in there (we'll walk you through that later this afternoon) but here's what stuck out for most folks. From CNN Medical Unit's Val Willingham's report yesterday:

Guidelines...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.

It's often hard to wrap your head around grams and milligrams, but a teaspoon - have you taken that out of the drawer and had a peek since yesterday? That's not a lot of rock, and as Americans, we've developed a serious addiction to this stuff. Will this be an issue for you?

Read Sneaky salt! How it creeps into your diet.

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February 1st, 2011
12:30 PM ET
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Box lunch
February 1st, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • More food banks are distributing fresh fruits and vegetables instead of the standard non-perishables. - USA Today


  • Drinkable bagels and pea butter: the future in food. - MSNBC


  • Sam Sifton kicks-off the Super Bowl festivities early with his picks for Northern Texan eats. - New York Times


  • The First Lady announces the 2012 Democratic National Convention will be in Charlotte, North Carolina, citing "great barbecue" as a contributing factor. - Organizing for America
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Sometimes, that's just where the morning takes you
February 1st, 2011
09:30 AM ET
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From my vintage cookbook vault - a boozy omelet. On fire. With powdered sugar and jelly.

Just sharing is all.

(From "One Burner Cookery" Flora Harris - 1940)



Breakfast buffet
February 1st, 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.

February 1 is National Baked Alaska Day, and no, we’re not talking about Sarah Palin.

Baked Alaska is a king among desserts - it’s made with ice cream, surrounded by sponge cake and topped with meringue. I’m no mathematician, but that sounds like three different desserts to me - three desserts all rolled in to one awesome, trifecta of a dessert.

Dig in, but be warned: brain freeze is imminent.

What's on TV?
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