Lifting the lid on a family tradition
February 23rd, 2011
05:45 PM ET
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Cara Reedy is an Executive Assistant at CNN. She previously wrote for Eatocracy on being a small cook in a big kitchen.

I grew up in St. Louis, MO which is considered the Midwest, but has some clear southern leanings. Barbecue and fried chicken were always around. One of my favorite meals as a child was a one-pot meal consisting of potatoes, green beans, carrots and cabbage boiled with a ham hock. My parents served it with a fresh batch of corn bread to soak up the juices - often called pot liquor or potlikker.

I never really thought anything about this meal other than I liked it. When you're a kid, you generally don't analyze your food that deeply. It’s either like or can’t stand. Flash forward to adulthood, when I started doing some personal research on the African American slave diet. I suddenly realized that what my parents were serving was the original soul food.
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5@5 (Live!) - Hair of the dog with Lu Brow
February 23rd, 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.

We're having a two-night stand with Lu Brow.

Our favorite New Orleans bar chef is back from yesterday's happy hour to offer a few words of wisdom for your upcoming Mardi Gras revelry - no matter the number of Sazeracs you've swigged.

Get ready to laissez les bons temps rouler - just don't let them rouler you right into the NOPD's possession.

What NOT to Do During Mardi Gras: Lu Brow

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February 23rd, 2011
01:30 PM ET
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Box lunch
February 23rd, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • I can sue cheezburger? In fact, no ... no, you may not. Minnesota's "Cheeseburger Bill" will prevent obese consumers from suing fast-food chains for their weight. - CBS News


  • Why Eddie Huang is still going strong. (Editors' Note: We've tasted his food multiple times, and the boy can cook something vicious.) - TIME




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