Our top grilling tips
May 30th, 2011
04:00 PM ET
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Take a moment today to say thanks to the men and women who've sacrificed so much to keep our country strong and safe, then celebrate our freedom with a meal shared with friends and family.

We've got some seriously smokin' grilling advice right here.

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And feast on the results of The Picnic Poll to find out what your fellow chefs like for a main dish and drink, burger topping, side dish and dessert.

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In Cuba, a little roasted peas with your coffee?
May 30th, 2011
03:45 PM ET
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Talk about a bitter brew! In a cost-cutting move, Cuba is mixing the ground coffee it offers on its ration card with...roasted peas.

The unusual combination isn’t new to Cubans, but in 2005 the government said it would provide the coffee-loving nation with pure, uncut coffee.

Soaring international prices prompted a change of heart.

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Homegrown lettuce – hold the E. coli
May 30th, 2011
02:00 PM ET
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Thinking of nixing lettuce from your diet after reading about the deadly E. coli outbreak in Germany and domestic lettuce recalls?

Not only can at-home growers skip this risk - you'll also save money, enjoy a nearly endless variety of organic and heirloom options and have fresh salads at their fingertips all year around - even without an outdoor garden.

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May 30th, 2011
01:15 PM ET
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Amid deepening public concerns over the country's food safety following a wave of recent scandals, China's highest court has ordered judges nationwide to hand down harsher sentences, including the death penalty, to people convicted of violating food safety regulations.

In a directive released by the state-run Xinhua news agency over the weekend, the Supreme People's Court said in cases where people die from food safety violations, convicted suspects should be given the death sentence, while criminals involved in non-lethal cases should face longer prison terms and larger fines.

The best potato salad we've ever had
May 30th, 2011
11:30 AM ET
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Admittedly, I'm not the best photographer in the universe, but in my defense, potato salad ain't pretty. It is, however, delicious and my husband Douglas makes the best rendition of it I've ever had.

A few subtle touches - fresh thyme, a kiss of smoked paprika and crunchy celery leaves - elevate this picnic staple from side to stand-out.

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Breakfast Buffet
May 30th, 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.

Double your pleasure, double your fun -  not only is it Memorial Day (grilling, anyone?), but May 30 is also National Mint Julep Day!

Mint juleps may be the official drink presiding over Kentucky Derby fare (since 1938) - over 120,000 are served at Churchill Downs over a two-day period each year - but it's a Southern comfort you can sip all year long.  While the true origins of this fine concoction are unknown, it has almost always consisted of mint, bourbon, sugar and water.  The drink has become so popular, people are even making mint julep cookies.

The term "julep" signifies a sweet drink, usually one with medicinal properties, so you aren't far off the mark when you toast to your health.  You can even drink to the health of retired race horses for charity at the Derby by purchasing an extra-premium custom-made mint julep.  For $1,000 each, you can sip a Woodford Reserve Bourbon-made mint julep mixed with ice from the Bavarian Alps, sugar from Australia and imported mint from Ireland served in a gold-plated cup with a silver straw.

So grease up the grate, sip on your cool mint julep and enjoy this slide through the door into summer, y'all.

Coffee klatsch
May 30th, 2011
05:00 AM ET
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