5@5 - Mary Sue Milliken
June 2nd, 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.

It's only June 2 and we're already sweating like Rebecca Black on a Thursday night.

It's going to be one hot tamale of a summer - so let's fight fire with fire by amping up your arsenal of Mexican flavors for all the outdoor fiestas ahead.

Mary Sue Milliken is the chef and owner behind the Border Grill family of restaurants with business partner, Chef Sue Feniger. She's also holding strong as a contestant on Season 3 of Bravo's "Top Chef Masters."

Must-Have Ingredients to Spice Up All Your Summer Fiestas: Mary Sue Milliken

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Don't freak out, but pickles may possibly kill you. Coffee, too.
June 2nd, 2011
04:45 PM ET
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As you continue to weigh the risks and benefits of using your cell phone, in light of the recent World Health Organization announcement that the phones may lead to cancer, consider how scared you are of pickled vegetables, gasoline and magenta dyes.

These are just some of the substances also lumped in the same group of "possible carcinogens," formally known as "group 2B carcinogens" on the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer's list of known, likely and maybe-likely suspects.

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June 2nd, 2011
04:30 PM ET
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Remember waaaaay back earlier this week when wacky buddy comedians Donald Trump and Sarah Palin walked into a bar sat down for a slice of Real New York Pizza™ in Times Square USA™, then Jon Stewart went on a nearly eight minute rant about their choice of pie venue (Famous Famigilia is an Albanian chain), Trump's slice stacking technique and use of knife and fork on a traditionally hands-on food?

The Donald had something to say in response. We're as shocked (SHOCKED!) as you are.

Via Eater and Gawker

Previously - In tough times, cheap pizza prevails

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Diners dish on food pyramid's replacement
June 2nd, 2011
04:15 PM ET
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The USDA has replaced the food pyramid with a dinner plate. CNN's Jim Roope takes the new nutritional icon to a Los Angeles restaurant to get diners' opinions.

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Turn your own ideal plate into a piece of art and send it to CNN iReport by Sunday at 5 p.m. EST.

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iReport: Design your 'MyPlate'
June 2nd, 2011
03:15 PM ET
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has replaced the food pyramid with a more user-friendly plate icon to help Americans make healthy food choices.

We want to know what your ideal plate looks like. Our editor, Kat, created her version, which consists of some not-so-healthy helpings of fried okra, cherry pie, cheese grits, pulled pork, and a glass of scotch.

So, health repercussions aside, show us what your ‘MyPlate’ would look like. Turn your plate into a piece of art and send it to CNN iReport by Sunday at 5 p.m. EST. Your plate may be featured on Eatocracy, so let’s get creative!

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Hey kids! Give peas a chance
June 2nd, 2011
01:45 PM ET
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As a parent, you might look at the government's new nutrition icon and think, "Really?"

The image is a dinner plate divided into sections. Half the plate is full of fruits and vegetables.

That's right - half of what your child eats is supposed to be fruits and vegetables. Not hot dogs, not hamburgers, not chicken nuggets, but broccoli, squash, Brussels sprouts, and other things that come from the ground.

"It's extremely tough to get your child to eat half a plate of fruits and vegetables," says Jessica Seinfeld, author of two books on cooking for kids. "I've talked to thousands and thousands of parents, and most of them can't get their kids to try them."

Statistics show kids aren't getting nearly enough fruits and veggies. Only 22% of children ages 2 to 5 meet government recommendations for vegetable consumption, according to a 2009 study by researchers at Ohio State University.

Read - "Ten ways to get kids to eat their veggies"

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Box lunch
June 2nd, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Dear Donald Trump, Want to know how to make New Yorkers angry? Eat chain pizza with a fork. - The Daily Show

  • Cheese dresses! Cheese dresses! Cheese dresses! - MTV

  • Champagne wishes and saffron pitas: The world's most expensive kebab. - Daily Mail

  • Apparently the Royal Family is anti-garlic. - Naples News
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Food pyramid officially loses its edge(s)
June 2nd, 2011
11:00 AM ET
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The food pyramid has been dismantled in favor of a simple plate icon that urges Americans to eat a more plant-based diet.

One half of your plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables, with whole grains and lean protein on the other half, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Low-fat dairy on the side, such as a cup of skim milk or yogurt, is also suggested.

The new icon, MyPlate is designed to remind Americans to adopt healthier eating habits, in a time when more than one-third of children and more than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese.

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Techie turns toward a cheesier venture
June 2nd, 2011
10:45 AM ET
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What would you do after Cisco killed your beloved product? For Jonathan Kaplan, the inventor of the Flip video camera, the answer was simple: start a venture-backed nationwide chain of grilled cheese sandwich joints.

That may sound like Kaplan has lost his marbles, but bear with us.

Kaplan's genius, as shown in the highly popular Flip, is creating super-easy, mass-produced technology. With his new business, The Melt, he's done that twice over.

Buy a grilled cheese on your smartphone, and you get a QR code to swipe in store when you arrive. The back-end software ensures that you get a piping hot grilled cheese in your hands within 60 seconds of checking in.

Read - "Flip camera inventor turns to high-tech grilled cheese"

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Filed under: Bite • Business and Farming News • Dishes • Grilled Cheese • News • Sandwiches • Technology

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