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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Filed under: Celebrities • Dishes • Donald Trump • Pizza • Sarah Palin • Video • YouTube

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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