March 12th, 2012
06:15 PM ET
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On Top Chef, food innovations and the ascendance of vegetables.

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5@5 - Irish beers for St. Patrick's Day
March 12th, 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.

As we gear up to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, everybody knows about Guinness–  but what about some of the unsung heroes of Irish beer and Irish-style beers that are available in the United States?

Ted Kenny, the owner of Top Hops Beer Shop in New York City, certainly isn't knocking the famous Irish stout, but there’s a lot more out there to try.

Here are five beers worth raising on March 17 - without the green dye, please.

Five Irish Beers for St. Patrick's Day: Ted Kenny


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Three steps to cheesesteak supremacy
March 12th, 2012
02:00 PM ET
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Matt Sloane is a CNN Medical producer. He seeks to rid the world of sub-par cheesesteaks.

As a Philly-area native, nothing offends me more than a bad cheesesteak - and there are a lot of bad cheesesteaks out there. So, having been a connoisseur for almost 30 years, I've learned a thing or two about what makes them amazing.

Let me be clear about something: there are steak and cheese sandwiches, and there are cheesesteaks. They are not the same thing.

Restaurants, take notice. If you call it a cheesesteak, it had better be greasy, cheesy, and chopped up. If there are chunks of steak, brie, or horseradish sauce, it's a steak and cheese sandwich.

So, what's the magic recipe for a perfect Philly cheesesteak? In this case, less is more. A good cheesesteak should consist of only three main components: the bread, the steak and the cheese. If you want to put fried onions on it, I'll give you a pass, but I personally am a purist.

Box lunch: Airplane appetites and Irish milkshakes
March 12th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • How your taste buds work a mile high in the sky. Also known as "the reason so many people order tomato juice on airplanes." - New York Times

  • You could go to McDonald's and order a Shamrock Shake. Or you could make your own at home ... with whisky. - Three Many Cooks

  • Sometimes it's hard not to patronize restaurant guests - especially when they reserve a 8-person table for a prime Saturday night then fail to show up. - Well Done Fillet

  • The grim reality of the safety of children who live or work on farms. - NPR
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Pancake primary season
March 12th, 2012
10:30 AM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

It’s the Republican Presidential primaries, and the pancakes are flying (they always do during primary season). Mitt Romney has been a pancake-making machine, most recently serving them while fielding questions in Atlanta. In an interview Rick Santorum’s wife, Karen, revealed that he makes pancakes with his kids. Ron Paul has been immortalized in pancake art that’s available on eBay.

Newt Gingrich hasn’t spent a lot of time flipping pancakes but some reporters observed that he looked like he’d been eating too many of them. I wish that all the Republican candidates would do a Top Chef-style pancake elimination challenge; perhaps that would help clear the field. While I wait for that to happen, I’m looking at some of the country’s coolest pancake places.

National baked scallops day
March 12th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Every day I'm scallopin' - March 11 is National Baked Scallops Day!

Get your shellfish fix with these gems inside bright, fan-shaped shells. A popular delicacy, scallops just may be one of the most prized eats on the half-shell.

The white and meaty scallops encased in the shell have a mild, sweet flavor and are packed with nutrients that promote cardiovascular health.

Coffee klatsch
March 12th, 2012
05:00 AM ET
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