5@5 - Foraging for flavor
June 5th, 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.

For Logan Cox, there is food all around you.

The executive chef of Ripple in Washington, DC, says take a look at the ground and most of it is available for your consumption - so don't be afraid to dig in.

"All of these items should be thoroughly washed in cold water two or three times before using. Avoid lawns or places that use chemicals," says Cox.

"The more brush, the better. If foraging in wild places, bring a book, guide, or a smart phone that has the Google Goggles App to confirm what you find. "

Five Lesser Known Edible Items To Find in Backyards or Nearby Wooded Areas: Logan Cox

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Disney to nix junk food ads aimed at kids
June 5th, 2012
02:30 PM ET
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Walt Disney Co. says it will set nutritional standards for the food advertisements on its networks aimed at children.

CEO Robert Iger announced the new policy at an appearance with First Lady Michelle Obama in Washington. The policy will apply to Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Radio Disney, and Disney-owned online sites oriented to families, effective by 2015.

"Parents tell us they need our support and we're listening," said Iger. "And as it turns out, doing the right thing for kids just happens to be a smart strategy for the Walt Disney Company and for its businesses - opening up new markets for us and building on our relationships with families."

Read - Disney to ban ads for junk food aimed at kids

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Filed under: Childhood Obesity • Health News • Junk • Michelle Obama

Class warfare in the grocery aisle
June 5th, 2012
01:00 PM ET
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LZ Granderson, who writes a weekly column for CNN.com, was named journalist of the year by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and is a 2011 Online Journalism Award finalist for commentary. He is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN the Magazine and ESPN.com. Follow him on Twitter: @locs_n_laughs.

Over the past year we've heard a lot about class warfare, the "Buffett Rule" and the tax code and so on. But if you want to see a blatant form of poor vs. rich, walk into a grocery store. Here we are forced to decide between what's good for our kids and what we can afford to feed them.

Whisky whets investor thirst for 'neat' returns
June 5th, 2012
11:30 AM ET
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Single malt Scotch whisky, the centuries old Scottish liquor, has emerged as an attractive investment over the last four years, analysts and industry experts say, with high demand for rare luxury bottles driving record-high auction prices.

The recent opening of a lavish, Manhattan-based whisky club, and the $460,000 world auction record sale of the Macallan ‘Cire Perdue’ in 2010 are just a few signs of the trending single malt market.

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National gingerbread day
June 5th, 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.

It's not just for the holidays - June 5 is National Gingerbread Day.

Gingerbread actually refers to a number of sweet confections that include ginger, whether a moist loaf of bread or a crispy cookie.

Ginger is one of those versatile spices that lends well to lots of different cooking styles. It’s related to warm and sweet spices like tumeric and cardamom, and pairs well with molasses and cinnamon. The Germans have pretty much perfected their type of gingerbread cookie, called the Lebkuchen, but it tastes nothing like that sweet and spicy gingersnap your grandmother makes.

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