5@5 - Why girls should grill
July 29th, 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.

There is still a certain gender stereotype aflame when it comes to manning the grates - the "women cook, men grill" attitude, as recently coined by Forbes.

But, plenty of ladies like Elizabeth Karmel are lighting the way as beer can chicken equal opportunists.

Karmel is the Executive Chef of Hill Country Barbecue Market and Hill Country Chicken, where she bestows her low-and-slow knowledge on brisket, sausage, ribs and all the fixin's.

She is also the creator of Girls at the Grill: a group to encourage women to grab their tongs and grill with the best of 'em.

Five Reasons Girls Should Grill: Elizabeth Karmel
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Freegans go Dumpster dining at Trader Joe's
July 29th, 2011
01:15 PM ET
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A new documentary about food waste could dampen grocery chain Trader Joe’s crunchy image.

"Dive" illustrates the waste of wholesome food by following a group of “Dumpster divers,” people who mine trash bins for usable products. In the film, the divers are not homeless or even particularly poor; they just don't like to see good food go to waste, and they like to get stuff for free.

“In the United States, even our trash cans are filled with food; you just have to go get it,” director Jeremy Seifert says during the film’s opening sequence.

The “freegan” divers – Seifert, his wife, Jennifer, and a bunch of their friends – discover large quantities of fresh meat, vegetables and fruit in bins behind a couple of Trader Joe’s stores in the Los Angeles area. Seifert is appalled that so much food that is not spoiled and not past its freshness date is being discarded.
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Box lunch: Mediocre takeout and McBaguettes
July 29th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Why does so-so takeout hit the spot? - Epicurious


  • Forget frying an egg on the sidewalk, try baking biscuits in a car. - The Tennessean


  • Bonjour to the McBaguette! (We wish we were making this up.) - WorldCrunch



  • Turns out even if your morning cup of OJ is 100% juice, it still might be 100% artificially flavored too. - Gizmodo
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KFC honors Colonel who hatched the brand
July 29th, 2011
09:45 AM ET
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The Kentucky Fried Chicken Corporation has something to crow about. They've just launched a brand new website in honor of founder Colonel Harland Sanders, and they're inviting his devoted fans to share their stories and memories of the man behind the brand.

“Sanders had an impact on people. They remember that interaction when they met him,” says Rick Maynard, public relations manager of the KFC Corporation.

The idea to start ColonelSanders.com came from a meeting with franchisees who have been with the company for many years. “One day they were all telling these amazing stories of the Colonel. Our goal is to capture the stories before they’re forgotten, “says Maynard.
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