Ramadan still on at Whole Foods, despite blog rumors
August 9th, 2011
09:25 PM ET
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Whole Foods and a company that produces traditional Muslim foods disputed online reports Tuesday that the grocery chain has bowed to right-wing pressure and canceled its Ramadan promotion.

"Whole Foods Market is not cancelling our current halal promotion, which is centered around the time frame of Ramadan," company spokeswoman Libba Letton told CNN Tuesday.

The controversy centered around "halal-certified products" produced by Saffron Roads.

"It's more of a tempest in a teapot," Saffron Roads CEO Adnan Durrani said Tuesday.

Read Whole Foods denies canceling Ramadan promotion

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August 9th, 2011
09:15 PM ET
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On Tuesday night, Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta report live from Somalia with more on the disturbing hunger situation. "AC360º" is now at 8 and 10 ET weeknights on CNN.

Dadaab, Kenya (CNN) - Right now, this may be the most desperate place on Earth.

A drought, not seen in 60 years, compounded with near complete lawlessness and utter disregard for human life has made it so.

It is hard to imagine, but dust and starvation are nearly everywhere you look, and the world's largest refugee camp is thick with misery on this night. The smell is a combination of the acrid sweetness associated with malnourishment, anxious sweat and diesel fuel.

5@5 -  Mixing the perfect martini
August 9th, 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.

Sean Connery may have solidified the phrase "shaken, not stirred" in America's pop culture lexicon by way of the James Bond classic Goldfinger, but it seems Britain's favorite secret service agent might be doing his martini wrong if Carl Nolet, Jr. has anything to say about it.

As an 11th generation member of the Nolet Distillery Family, let's just say Carl knows a thing or two about how to properly saddle up to a cocktail.

Five Steps To Mixing the Perfect Martini: Carl Nolet, Jr.

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Box lunch: Hangover pills and Dijon hierarchy
August 9th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Zofran might cure your hangover, but is it also an abuse of prescription drugs? - Epicurious

  • Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon? ... and how not all mustards are created equal. - Telegraph

  • Despite the fast food backlash, McDonald’s announced a 5.1-percent increase in global same-store sales. - NRN

  • Bug nuggets, it's what's for dinner. (At least, the Dutch hope so.) - The Atlantic

  • Jamie Oliver's restaurant was damaged during the London riots. - Hello Magazine
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Okra - in season and 'snot just for frying
August 9th, 2011
10:00 AM ET
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Scorpacciata is a term that means consuming large amounts of a particular local ingredient while it's in season. It's a good way to eat. Let Mario Batali pronounce it for you.

The first time my mother ever cooked for my father, she made okra. If the cuisine of my childhood provides any indication, there's an excellent chance that she defrosted a cube of pods, chucked them into a pot and boiled until floppy. Neither she nor my father is Southern or Indian in upbringing. Okra is not their birthright; they were clearly tempting fate.

My father chewed dutifully, likely made the appropriate "yummy" faces - until my mother took a bite and bolted for the sink. He quickly followed suit, and the story became the stuff of family legend - not to mention a family phobia.

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