Taking a ribbing - testing out McDonald's cult sandwich
October 25th, 2011
08:00 PM ET
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I am a Kansas City Barbeque Society certified barbeque judge. Got an official pin and everything. Granted, anyone with a few bucks in their pocket and a free afternoon can qualify for this distinction, but I like to mention it as frequently as possible.

I also like to pretend that this makes me particularly qualified to assess the merits of McDonald's mercurially available McRib sandwich, seeing as it has "rib" in its name and all. I was wrong. There is no expertise needed. There are, for that matter, no teeth required for the consumption of this sandwich, in semi-discordance with the sandwich's signature "CHOMP!" campaign of the late 1980s.
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5@5 - Kitchen horror stories
October 25th, 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.

Kitchens are naturally scary places: there are open flames, an abundance of sharp knives and vats of boiling oil.

With Halloween lurking just around the corner, Jesse Mallgren of Madrona Manor in Healdsburg, California, gets in the spirit of things by sharing a few horrific tales from the culinary crypt.

Five of the Worst Things I've Seen in a Restaurant: Jesse Mallgren
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Coke chills out with a new can design
October 25th, 2011
04:15 PM ET
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Coke cans are getting a whitewash.

From November 1st through the end of February, Coca-Cola (KO, Fortune 500) will release 1.4 billion white Coke cans in the U.S. and Canada, each showing polar bears against a field of white. The temporary redesign is part of a joint campaign the company is undertaking with the World Wildlife Fund to protect the Arctic habitat of its wintertime mascot, the polar bear.

"We're using one of our greatest assets - our flagship brand, Coca-Cola - to raise awareness for this important cause," Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company, said.

Read Coke cans get a new look

Previously - How I kicked my Coke habit



Box lunch: Artisanal authenticity and midnight mollusks
October 25th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • The lost value of the word "artisanal." - USA Today


  • Borax, "Poison Squads" and the creation of the first food safety law. - Lapham's Quarterly


  • These haunted restaurants are creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky. - Food & Wine


  • It's midnight. Do you know where your oysters are? - NPR


  • Even these peanut butter cups are dressing up for Halloween with smoked salt and honey. - Gilt Taste
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Cooped up with the flu
October 25th, 2011
11:15 AM ET
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I'm half-conscious and alone in an Atlanta hotel room, and I've been banned from coming into the CNN.com office and passing this crud onto anyone else. It's the flu, I think - headache, dry cough, aches and a throbbing headache. I've been holed up here for a couple of days, swilling the orange juice and TheraFlu I stumbled out into the street to buy, biding time until my flight back to New York tonight.

It's utterly miserable being sick away from home – not just because loved ones and comfy clothes are far away, but also because it's just so hard to get the right food to eat. At home, there's chicken soup and toast and tea, edible in bed or on the couch with a friendly dog and hot and cold running episodes of Law & Order. In the center of a strange city, such comforts seem as rarefied and precious as a truffle-studded tasting menu at a multi-Michelin-starred restaurant. And frankly, I don't even think I could choke that down right now.
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