5@5 - Give vegan cooking a chance
October 17th, 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.

What do former President Bill Clinton, Russell Simmons and Ellen DeGeneres have in common?

If you said they all steer clear of animal products, then ding ding ding, we have a winner!

From international bake sales to critically acclaimed documentaries, veganism is officially mainstream - but that doesn't mean the plant-based diet still doesn't have its skeptics. Even the most devout of vegetarians shudder at the thought of the other "v" word, pledging their allegiance to the United States of Grilled Cheese.

If nixing dairy, meat, eggs and butter still sounds just as fun as stubbing your toe or sitting next to that person on the subway, chef Chloe Coscarelli - the first vegan to win a Food Network cooking competition - is here to make her case.

Why Veganism Isn't As Terrible As It's Made Out To Be: Chloe Coscarelli

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October 17th, 2011
04:01 PM ET
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However you slice it, this is pretty awesomely cheesy. The Omaha World-Herald served up a clip of GOP presidential hopeful and former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain crooning a re-vamped version of John Lennon's "Imagine" entitled "Imagine There's No Pizza" at the 1991 Omaha Press Club meeting.

It's not the first or last time Cain delivered a hot slice of his musical stylings. Just last week, Cain crooned the aptly-titled "Impossible Dream" at a rally in Jackson, Tennessee, and in 1996, the associate minister at Antioch Baptist Church North recorded an album of gospel songs.

And here's what Herman Cain looks like as an ice cream sundae.

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October 17th, 2011
03:00 PM ET
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Do owl curry, fallow deer and rat stir-fry whet your palate? Meet Jonathan McGowan, the taxidermist and naturalist who's made roadkill an essential part of his diet.

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Filed under: Meat • Offal • Video • Weird News

Box lunch: A fair trade Halloween and cupcake rage
October 17th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • The scary side of Halloween candy found in West Africa. - Good

  • Eat more organs and save the planet. - Guardian

  • A whole lamb before kickoff? This ain't yo mama's tailgate. - HamptonRoads.com

  • Living by the Girl Scout Law now includes eating locally. - LA Weekly

  • A woman is charged with a misdemeanor count of battery (we'll be here all week) after hurling cupcakes at her husband in a frosted rage. - Chicago Tribune
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