5@5 - Chef Akhtar Nawab
April 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.

The warmer months are upon us. Well, at least they're supposed to be - but we cranky sleet-enduring New Yorkers digress.

That means it's time to fire up those grills - and we've got Akhtar Nawab, the executive chef of La Esquina restaurant in New York City, helping tend the flame.

Five Favorite Dishes for a Mexican-Inspired Outdoor Party: Akhtar Nawab
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April 1st, 2011
02:00 PM ET
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Drink to Will and Kate's hoppiness
April 1st, 2011
01:00 PM ET
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Wahoo! It's finally Friday, and just in case you feel like getting royally sloshed (and happen to live in the UK), Castle Rock Brewery has a bridealicious brewski just for you.

Our Royal Wedding Unveiled blog has the skinny on limited-edition 'Kiss Me Kate' beer

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


  • Monster Energy Drink: Release the Beast Mouse. - KREM


  • Ruth Reichl talks life after Gourmet and that saucy Ruth Bourdain. - Bay Area Bites


  • Hormel Foods is suing the canned meat product "Prem" for a strikingly similar logo. Blue and yellow, blue and yellow. - Pioneer Press


  • Couldn't get your paws on "Modernist Cuisine?" Try some "Ideas in Food." - Slate
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Dean Martin's Bourbon Burgers
April 1st, 2011
11:00 AM ET
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The Vintage Cookbook Vault highlights recipes from my insane stash of books and pamphlets from the early 20th century onward. It's a semi-regular thing.

Well, ain't that a kick in the palate? Some of the country may be getting socked with snow, but the lack of a grill wouldn't have gotten in ol' Dino's way if he wanted a burger. No siree. And he didn't need no fancy-schmancy hardwood lump charcoal, grass-fed heirloom bison, artisanal mustard, or even a bun for that matter.

Per his recipe from The Celebrity Cookbook, edited by Ms Dinah Shore in 1996, this Rat Packer needed little more than a pan, a pinch of salt, and a shot of Kentucky's finest when he wanted to get his beef on.
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