5@5 - Five reasons to buy from your local 4-H
June 21st, 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.

Uh - what exactly is a 4-H, you say? Well, we're glad you asked.

4-H Clubs - an acronym for "head, heart, hands and health" - were originally set up by the United States Department of Agriculture to train the rural youth of America in hands-on skills like agriculture and raising animals.

Essentially, the goal was to make public school education more connected to the country life, while fostering a sense of community and personal responsibility.

The programs have since expanded to more urbanized areas and focused in on overall nutrition and well-being, but a number of clubs still get their hands dirty by helping raise and sell livestock to the likes of locally-driven chefs like Kelly Liken.

Kelly Liken is the executive chef and owner of Restaurant Kelly Liken in Vail, Colorado; she was also a contestant on "Top Chef" Season 7.

Five Reasons to Buy from Your Local 4-H: Kelly Liken

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June 21st, 2011
03:30 PM ET
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You say Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, we say the Food, Wine and Moonshine Classic in Our Happy Place. We chat and quaff with the makers of Ole Smoky Moonshine - and somehow manage to keep all our faculties intact.

June 21st, 2011
12:10 PM ET
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iReporter Chris Morrow checks in from the San Diego Fair to say, "Fair food is gearing up and the new kid on the block is Fried Kool-Aid. Chicken Charlie's travels from fair to fair creating and frying up the ever so popular twinkies, brownies, oreos, ribs, and now Kool-Aid. Its like a beignet from Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter with cherry Kool-Aid mixed in. Pretty addictive!"

Submit your own fair food story and sample more iReports from around the globe.

Also fried? Bull testicles at the Denver airport

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Box lunch: Proper bread behavior and bottarga
June 21st, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Never butter an entire bun at once, and other proper breadiquette. - Huffington Post

  • Mario Batali, John Besh and other notable chefs share their favorite time-honored tastes of summer. - Food & Wine

  • A shocking new report shows ocean life is "at high risk of entering a phase of extinction." - BBC

  • Shoot for the stars and go broke? Le Lesita hands back its first Michelin star to cope with the economic strains of fine dining. - Telegraph

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