5@5 - New twists on PB&J
February 9th, 2012
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.

Peanut butter and jelly: It's the salty-sweet combination immortalized in lunchbox lore that we always come back to.

And chances are, if you were a peanut butter-loving kid, you're now a peanut butter-loving adult.

Case in point, meet Lee Zalben. Zalben - appropriately nicknamed “The Peanut Butter Guy" - is the founder and president of Peanut Butter & Co.

While Zalben agrees nothing can replace the traditional PB&J sandwich, he's certainly not opposed to creating delicious riffs on the childhood classic.

These recipes are downright nutty by nature.

Five New Twists on PB&J: Lee Zalben
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February 9th, 2012
03:45 PM ET
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If you must waffle on Valentine's Day, don't make it about who you're taking to dinner. The "where" is a lock: Waffle House.

WALB reports that some Waffle Houses across the chain's 15-state span are tossing tablecloths over the formica and chrome, dimming the lights, pouring alcohol-free sparkling drinks and emphasizing menu items like ribeye and eggs, porkchops or T-bones in addition to their perhaps better-known breakfast fare.
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Take that snack down a notch. Possibly your belt as well.
February 9th, 2012
01:30 PM ET
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How many times have you been to the movie theater, ordered a regular-sized popcorn or soda and been asked, “Would you like a large for a quarter more?” What about ordering a sandwich at your local deli? "Make it a combo!" you probably say.

We’re trained early on, oftentimes by our parents, to clean our plates or no dessert. Frequently, regardless of how hungry we are, that’s exactly what we’ll do.

Sure, the medium-sized popcorn would’ve been entirely satisfying, but if offered the larger portion, we’re going to take it and eat it – all of it.
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Box lunch: Valentine boozing and pizza party engagements
February 9th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Whether you're a single dude out on the prowl, a recent dumpee or that rare breed of folks that actually enjoys the lovey-dovey day that is February 14, here's what you should be slugging back. - Grub Street


  • Ever wonder why are grapefruits called grapefruits? Here's your chance to find out. - Epicurious


  • 835,000 single-cup Tassimo coffee makers have been recalled in the United States over burn risks. - USA Today


  • If you have $10,010 in pocket change and a future bride or groom in mind who fancies delivery pizza from a major chain, consider a Pizza Hut-themed engagement. - Eater


  • Air Force flight attendants make meals from scratch for some of the country's most important government officials. - SF Gate
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Spouse vs Spouse: romantic dessert rumble
February 9th, 2012
11:00 AM ET
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Welcome to round eight of Spouse vs. Spouse, a series in which a couple of married food freaks, CNN’s Brandon and Kristy Griggs, square off in their Atlanta kitchen for culinary bragging rights – and invite you to weigh in too.

In each installment, Kristy and Brandon each make a creative variation on the same ingredient or dish – everything from pasta to seafood to cocktails to desserts. We serve both versions anonymously to our friends, who then judge which one they like better and why. We walk you through our kitchen process, bring the husband-and-wife smack talk and, of course, keep score. We also share our recipes here so that you can try them for yourself.

Our theme: Romantic desserts
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