5@5 - How to eat fruit at the peak of ripeness
August 15th, 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.

In case you couldn't tell by our recent tomato sandwich and okra benders, the time is ripe to enjoy the waning days of the summer garden's bounty - and you can bet your (and Mario Batali's) bottom dollar we're going to take advantage of it.

So - how can you tell if that peach really is a perfect pick without taking a bite? Chris Mittelstaedt, founder and CEO of The FruitGuys, has squeezed his way into the 5@5 hot seat with a few produce pointers.

Five Tips on How to Eat Fruit at the Peak of Ripeness: Chris Mittelstaedt
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Filed under: 5@5 • Ingredients • Scorpacciata • Think


August 15th, 2011
03:45 PM ET
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Texas governor Rick Perry may hail from a beef-centric state, but he left room to grab some swine on a stick. CNN Political correspondent Peter Hamby spied the presidential hopeful going whole hog on a slab of pork.
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Filed under: Campaign Trail • Fair Food


August 15th, 2011
12:10 PM ET
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The smoky aroma of chicken and sausage gumbo fills the air inside Café Reconcile. A moist, tender pot roast emerges from the oven while the timid hands of novice knife holders chop onions and peppers.

It’s two hours before lunch time inside Café Reconcile and Chef Joe Smith sounds like an old-gospel preacher filled with the Holy Spirit teaching a small group of young men and women how to bring New Orleans-style food to life.

“It’s called soul food because there was no measuring, they just knew how they felt,” Chef Joe tells his captivated audience as they prepare the day’s lunch menu. “I feel it!”

But this isn’t your ordinary New Orleans kitchen. Chef Joe isn’t just teaching the mechanics of cooking. This is the kitchen of life.
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Filed under: Charity • Local Heroes • New Orleans • New Orleans


Box lunch: Botched breakfast and clown food
August 15th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Why is hotel breakfast so bad? - Guardian


  • Inside the dining car of the Ringling Bros. circus. - NRN


  • While banned from dozens of countries, tainted Chinese honey is being sold in the United States. - Food Safety News


  • An outpouring of peanut butter pies for Mikey. - Storify


  • A real life kitchen nightmare: After one too many pints and a bad review from critic AA Gill, British chef Charlie McCubbin attacked one of his restaurant workers. - Telegraph
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