Fame Bites – Jarius Wynn
September 22nd, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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Fame Bites goes inside the belly of the entertainment beast. We're dishing out where the celebrities are eating, what they're eating and who they're eating with.

For most of us, football food means hot wings and pizza but have you ever wondered how the players chow down?

The Green Bay Packers’ six foot three inch, 285 pound defensive end Jarius Wynn takes his food regimen very seriously and is as disciplined off the field as he is on. The Super Bowl champ loves his family, his football and his Macadamia nut cookies, but he does takes time out for a three week soul food eating sabbatical every year.

And about those Wisconsin cheese curds...

Eatocracy: Do you like to cook?

Jarius Wynn: Yes, I can cook everything, but I'm not too good at cooking macaroni and cheese from scratch. It just never turns out right, but everything else I can cook pretty well.

I like to cook on the grill - steaks, chicken, ribs and burgers. I get that from my dad. My dad is trying to open his own barbecue business.

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September 22nd, 2011
02:00 PM ET
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Deborah Feyerick is a CNN correspondent. Watch part two of this series Friday on American Morning and read producer Sheila Steffen's $30 grocery challenge

If you want to know what hunger looks like, look through the eyes of Tianna Gaines. The 31 year old Philadelphia native lives with her husband and three young kids in a simple, sparsely furnished row house. The kitchen is worn but very clean. "Roaches like water," Gaines says matter-of-factly as she wipes the counter.

She keeps dry-goods sealed in plastic bins. Cereal is stored on top of the refrigerator, in cereal-size plastic containers. "The mice eat through boxes," she explains as she reaches for a loaf of white bread. "We're out of whole-grain," she says pointing to the bright orange two-for-one price sticker.


Box lunch: Restaurant guest brain map, best whipped cream ever and Gordon Ramsay at home - your home
September 22nd, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Entitlement lobe, predictable joke bank and the "me master, you slave" gyrus - mapping the restaurant guest's brain. - Well Done Filet

  • Whip it real, real, real good with Nancy Silverton's dessert topping kung fu. - Food 52

  • "We are control freaks. Precision is everything." Thomas Keller on what makes the country's top chefs tick. - Grub Street

  • Gordon Ramsay. At your house. Every day. - Eater
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About that $16 muffin...
September 22nd, 2011
10:30 AM ET
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Editor's note: Matt Welch is Editor in Chief of Reason, and co-author (along with Nick Gillespie) of "The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong with America."

(CNN) - Have you heard the one about the Justice Department's $16 muffins? Probably not, though even if you have, this latest revelation of workaday government waste has long since lost its capacity to shock. And therein lies the real problem.

For those catching up: The DOJ's OIG (Office of Inspector General) Tuesday released an audit showing that the department spent nearly $500,000 for food and beverages at just 10 Justice-sponsored conferences in 2008 and 2009.

"One conference," auditors found, "served $16 muffins while another served Beef Wellington hors d'oeuvres that cost $7.32 per serving. Coffee and tea at the events cost between $0.62 and $1.03 an ounce. At the $1.03 per-ounce price, an 8-ounce cup of coffee would have cost $8.24."

Read Why the $16 muffin is no joke

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