Schlag, spring peas and wild ramp puree on the menu at tonight's State Dinner
June 7th, 2011
06:00 PM ET
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Though President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel delved into classic Washington fare during their two hour meal Monday night at 1789 Restaurant in the historic Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, tonight's State Dinner, will celebrate all things fresh and new - with a sweet nod to the honored guest's homeland.

From the menu provided by the White House:

A Spring Harvest Dinner
The State Dinner for Germany will celebrate the first harvest of the spring. Many of the vegetables and herbs used to prepare this evening’s dinner came from the White House Kitchen Garden. This garden was created by Mrs. Obama in March of 2009 and has become a central hub for activities here at the White House. In the early spring of this year, students from Tubman Elementary and Bancroft Elementary Schools in Washington DC planted vegetables in the White House Kitchen Garden. On June 3rd, only four days shy of the State Dinner, American Indian children joined the First Lady to plant traditional Native American crops and also harvested these vegetables just in time for the dinner.

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5@5 - Chef Cathy Whims
June 7th, 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.

One is the loneliest number, and perhaps that's also why one is never enough.

For Cathy Whims, this is especially true when it comes to good olive oil.

Whims is the three-time James Beard nominee and executive chef of Nostrana in Portland, Oregon. Let's just say she's very hardcore about using quality olive oil - she even goes so far as to offer flights and tastings of her favorites at the restaurant.

In fact, we wouldn't be surprised if she drank the stuff ... with a ciabatta chaser.

Five Reasons Why One Olive Oil is Never Enough: Cathy Whims
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E. coli outbreak not a threat outside Germany, says EU
June 7th, 2011
02:00 PM ET
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A deadly bacterial outbreak that has killed at least 23 people in Europe is limited to an area around the German city of Hamburg and does not require Europe-wide controls, a top European Union official said Tuesday.

"There is no reason as of today to take ... measures at (the) European level," EU Health Commissioner John Dalli said, adding, "We consider any ban on any product as disproportionate."

A new death in Germany due to the E. coli outbreak was announced Tuesday, bringing the total there to 22. The other death, in Sweden, was of a person who had visited Germany.

Read - "Deadly E. coli outbreak 'limited' to Germany, EU official says"

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Box lunch
June 7th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Will Brits ever really get the whole "barbecue" concept? - Guardian


  • The dark side of kitchen culture: one chef's battle with addiction. - Chicago Tribune


  • If Trader Joe's raised the price of tomatoes by one penny, it would change the life of farmworkers in Florida. – Zester Daily


  • Random in-flight ruminations from a cafeteria tray salesman. - McSweeney's


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C'mon baby, light my fire - just don't skimp on the flavor
June 7th, 2011
11:00 AM ET
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Step away from the lighter fluid and drop the instant-light bag down on the ground.

Nothing stinks things up quite like a backyard cookout fueled by excess chemicals and sub-par charcoal. Not only does it reek like a trash fire in Hades - it's also fouling up the taste of your food.

We're here to save the scent and savoriness of your summer.
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