Jersey Shore subs (hold the Snooki)
April 14th, 2011
06:15 PM ET
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Kimberly Segal is a CNN Supervising Producer

People associate the Jersey Shore with casinos, salt water taffy and now reality star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi. What does not come to mind, but rightly should, is the South Jersey sub - a signature sandwich is similar to what people in other parts of the country call a hoagie, grinder or hero.

It is not just the medley of meats and cheese that make this sandwich so special. "Atlantic City bread is unlike any other bread that you get anywhere else in the world," says Aaron Marinari, who grew up in this shore town and now lives in California. Marinari has put this theory to the test.

He went to the best deli in his new hometown and bought all the ingredients to try to replicate the sub that he grew up eating. "I put the whole sandwich together but it's nothing compared to home," Marinari adds, "It did not come close to fulfilling my craving for a New Jersey sub."

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5@5 - Chef Alfred Portale
April 14th, 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.

If you think you'll go for a walk outside now, and the spring sun is in fact, calling your name - pick up some asparagus at the farmers market while you're at it.

For the last 25 years, Alfred Portale has been at the helm of the storied New York City restaurant Gotham Bar & Grill utilizing local purveyors for seasonal, of-the-moment dishes. Under his watch, the restaurant has won a James Beard Foundation Award for "Outstanding Restaurant" and earned one Michelin star. Chef Portale was also recognized as the James Beard Foundation's "Outstanding Chef" in 2006.

Five Reasons to Shop Local - Now: Alfred Portale

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Top Chef Masters: Of meatballs and Mad Men
April 14th, 2011
02:16 PM ET
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Kat Kinsman and Josh Ozerky's IM recaps will resume next week.

This new season of “Top Chef: Masters” may have stumbled out of the gate, but with last night’s episode it seemed to be finding its footing.

It also doesn’t hurt to have some celebrities along to boost the star power.

First things first, though. As the chefs enter the kitchen, we’re told that John Rivera Sedlar has had to withdraw from the competition because of an emergency. To fill the void, welcome back Hugh Acheson, who was eliminated last week.

I’m a firm believer that once you’re gone, you stay gone, but I suppose the producers were more concerned about adhering to the timeframe they had laid out for the season.

Read ‘Top Chef Masters’: Let’s try this again on the Marquee Blog

April 14th, 2011
12:30 PM ET
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