May 3rd, 2012
07:00 PM ET
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It was a few minutes before 11 a.m. and Bill Adams had two things on his mind: Brunswick stew and cracklin cornbread.

To satisfy his craving for meat stew and fried pig skin, this lifelong Georgia boy made the hour-long drive Tuesday from his home in Griffin to Harold’s Barbecue in south Atlanta. When he and his friends learned this was to be Harold’s last week in business, they made plans for a final pilgrimage.

“Just wanted to stop by for one last meal,” the longtime patron said as he waited in the restaurant’s dusty parking lot for doors to open. He wasn't alone; there were about a dozen others, including a pair of Georgia State Troopers.

“It’s inevitable. Everything changes. Nothing lasts forever,” he said. “We don’t like it but we can’t stop it.”

May 3rd, 2012
06:30 PM ET
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The popularity of the mint julep is rooted as much in the nation's capital as it is in Louisville. Karin Caifa has the report.

Trot on over to our other Kentucky Derby coverage:

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5@5 - Cinco de Mayo menu essentials
May 3rd, 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.

There's no time for a siesta; Saturday is the big fiesta!

Kick off your Cinco de Mayo in style with Chef Josh Gentry of the Little Donkey restaurant in Homewood, Alabama.

Five Dishes and Cocktails You Need to Have at Your Fiesta: Josh Gentry

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May 3rd, 2012
02:00 PM ET
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For more on CNN's investigation of September's historic and deadly Listeria outbreak watch "CNN Presents" this Sunday at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET on CNN.

On a sunny morning early last September, Susanna Gaxiola fed her husband a healthy breakfast of fresh cantaloupe in their Albuquerque, New Mexico, home. Her husband, Rene, a Pentecostal pastor and minister, had been fighting a rare blood cancer and he was eating fresh cantaloupe and other fruit daily.

Around the same time, Paul Schwarz ate fresh cantaloupe in his home in Independence, Missouri. Though 92 years old, Schwarz was still active and healthy, and ate fresh fruit often. And Dr. Mike Hauser, a podiatrist, also ate fresh cantaloupe with his family in Monument, Colorado. Hauser, 68, had been fighting myeloma, a blood cancer, but he was recovering well, even planning a bow-hunting trip in the mountains.

Within days or weeks of eating the cantaloupe, all three men became horribly sick, and all eventually died painful deaths. Their deaths were directly caused by the cantaloupe, which was contaminated with the deadly bacteria Listeria, according to health officials.

Read - Third-deadliest U.S. food outbreak was preventable, experts say

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The spaghetti incident: when office lunches go AWOL
May 3rd, 2012
01:30 PM ET
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It was an accident, the kind of split-second disaster played out in corporate lunch rooms around noon every day. I reached into the fridge to grab my cubby of leftovers from amongst the other tubs and containers, and out fell somebody else’s.

The yellow Tupperware tumbled off its perch, conked into a shelf and flipped to land on the floor – face down, lid off, pasta strewn. Lunch? Served.

Even if you subscribe to the 5-second rule, it surely does not apply to linguine and seasoned chicken chunks. Mop-sop-scoop? Wait – with hands? Ick. Container? Better. There could be no delusions of pretend-it-never-happened.

Mess disposed, evidenced tidied, floor sanitized, I washed the mystery person’s container, warmed my waiting pasta and beanballs, then returned to my desk to type a note to my coworkers.

Subject line: “Sorry about your lunch.”

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Box lunch: Pig preferences and garlic bread greatness
May 3rd, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • You could soon be eating rice tainted with human genes. - Natural News

  • China's Bright Food just bought 60 percent of cereal maker Weetabix. - Reuters

  • Trade your dinner jackets for lab coats: A scientific look at menus. - CBS This Morning

  • How to make great garlic bread. It's so easy, Count Dracula could do it. - Guardian
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May 3rd, 2012
10:00 AM ET
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Two farms have been quarantined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as the agency continues to investigate last month's discovery of mad cow disease at a California dairy farm.

Authorities also have launched an investigation at a calf ranch where the initial infected cow was raised 10 years ago, according to a statement released late Wednesday by the USDA.

Last week, the USDA documented the fourth confirmed U.S. case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) - a brain wasting disease affecting cattle - known commonly as mad cow disease, at a rendering facility in central California. USDA officials said the cow was never presented for human consumption and was not a threat.

The farm where the cow was initially discovered has been under quarantine since the discovery, agriculture officials said. Wednesday's announcement of a second quarantine involves a farm closely associated with the dairy where the sick cow was discovered last month, the USDA said. The agency is still trying to determine if any at-risk cattle are present at either of the two farms.

Read the full story: "USDA quarantines 2 farms in mad cow investigation"

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National raspberry tart day
May 3rd, 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.

A sweet tart, tout de suite! May 3 is National Raspberry Tart Day.

It's that time of year when fresh berries are coming into season, and filling the tables at your local farmers market or grocery store. What better time to make yourself a sweet taste of summer?

The sweet fruit tarts that we know and love today evolved from medieval tarts, which were typically filled with meat and served as dinner. But when our ancestors decided to replace the hearty meat with rich custard and fresh fruit, a whole new kind of dessert filled the realm.

Coffee klatsch
May 3rd, 2012
05:00 AM ET
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