5@5 - Bring the beach to your table
August 12th, 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.

August may be quickly dwindling down, but if you can't get your derriere in the sand and a drink in your hand during these last summer weekends, you shouldn't feel salty - just bring the good vibrations to the dinner table with the help of Sam Talbot.

Talbot is the Executive Chef at the Surf Lodge in Montauk and Imperial No. 9 in New York City. He also competed on the second season of Bravo's "Top Chef."

Five Ways to Bring the Beach to Your Table: Sam Talbot
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Zabar's renames lobster salad - because there is no lobster in it
August 12th, 2011
04:00 PM ET
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A New Orleans resident noticed something was fishy when he tasted the iconic lobster salad from New York gourmet food institution Zabar's.

Doug MacCash, who happens to be a reporter with New Orleans' daily newspaper The Times-Picayune, was on a family vacation in the Big Apple when he first came across the orangey-pink shellfish salad at Zabar's.

"I stood in line for a bagel, walked past the refrigerator case and thought lobster salad, that sounds good, I'll treat myself," Doug MacCash said. "It was very good but as I ate it, it seemed very familiar."

That's because MacCash wasn't eating lobster - he was eating crayfish, also known as crawfish or crawdads.
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Box lunch: Smokin' hot trends and frisbee pizzas
August 12th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.



  • What not to do when pairing food and wine. - Food & Wine


  • Much ado about Neapolitan pizza. - Slice


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August 12th, 2011
11:00 AM ET
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Knoxville, Tennessee (CNN) - Helen Ashe experienced many hardships growing up in Abbeville, South Carolina, during the 1930s and '40s. Her family's first house had no lights or running water.

But even during tough times, she and her twin sister, Ellen, were taught to be selfless.

"My daddy taught us not to take the last piece of bread from the table; somebody may come by that's hungry," Ashe remembered.

Since 1986, Ashe has been leaving a whole lot more than bread on the table.

As the founder of the Love Kitchen in Knoxville, Tennessee, she has helped serve more than 1 million free meals to those in need.

FULL STORY: 'Love Kitchen' delivers for Knoxville needy

Do you know a hero? Nominations are open for 2011 CNN Heroes

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A peanut butter pie in memory of Mikey
August 12th, 2011
09:30 AM ET
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Mikey Perillo loved peanut butter pie. I never met him, but I know that much about him.

I also know that his wife Jennifer Perillo - a food writer, editor, recipe developer, and mother to their two daughters aged three and eight - loved that man beyond measure and would move heaven, hell and everything in between to serve him another piece of that pie.

She never will. This past Sunday evening, Mikey Perillo collapsed to the floor and died of a heart attack. It happened too cruelly and swiftly for Jennifer to even have a chance to say goodbye or tell him that she loved him one last time. He'll never laugh, sing, hug, dance with his daughters, or sit down to one of his wife's lovingly home made meals again.
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Breakfast buffet: National shoestring fries day
August 12th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Keep your ketchup bottle at the ready - August 12 is National Shoestring Fries Day!

Perfectly crispy and quick-frying, giving your potatoes the julienne treatment makes for all the right moves when it comes to cooking up shoestring fries.
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Grandma-trained chef spices up Houston
August 12th, 2011
08:00 AM ET
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This summer, CNN's Defining America project is traveling the country with the CNN Express bus and iReport to explore the stories behind the data and demographics that show how places are changing.

To hear Lakesha Reed describe her cooking talents she's not classically trained as a chef, "I'm just grandma trained."

Reed, a New Orleans native, moved to Houston, Texas, in 2005 as one of the city’s thousands of evacuees from Hurricane Katrina. We met her last month when CNN’s Defining America project hit the trail for Texas to find out how the Lone Star State has changed over the past decade.
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Coffee klatsch
August 12th, 2011
05:00 AM ET
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Pssst! Got a sec to chat?

We are utterly thrilled when readers want to hang out and talk – whether it's amongst themselves or in response to pieces we've posted. We want Eatocracy to be a cozy, spirited online home for those who find their way here.

Consider the daily Coffee Klatsch post as your VIP lounge – the primary comments thread for readers who'd like to chat about topics not related to the articles we're running. That way, everyone knows where to find each other, and each post's comments section remains on topic.
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