June 7th, 2012
05:00 PM ET
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Jesse Friedman and Laura Hadden are cooking their way around the world.

The Brooklyn couple has set out on a multi-year project to throw a dinner party featuring the cuisine of each of the 193 United Nations member countries - in alphabetical order, no less. They document the experience, complete with pictures and recipes, on their blog, United Noshes.

Thus far, they’ve cooked 36 meals - starting with Afghanistan and ending with China.

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Op-ed: Jane Velez-Mitchell – Get rid of gestation crates NOW
June 7th, 2012
01:00 PM ET
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Jane Velez-Mitchell is the author of 'iWant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life' and 'Secrets Can Be Murder: The Killer Next Door' as well as 'Addict Nation: An Intervention for America'. She hosts the Jane Velez-Mitchell show nightly on HLN at 7p ET.

McDonald's says it’s phasing out pig gestation crates. When I heard that news, I almost started crying. I was so grateful because I have witnessed the horror. One look at a pig gestation crate and you will know exactly what I mean.

A breeding sow spends most of her life in a tiny cage. It’s usually about seven feet long and two feet wide. She cannot turn around. She cannot scratch herself. She must urinate and defecate where she stands. Simply put, I believe she is tortured, day in and day out.

Box lunch: Yeast extract and Johnny Slurp's 'Sodateria'
June 7th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Give yeast a chance! How to cook with Marmite and Vegemite. - Grub Street

  • Urbanites raising and slaughtering their own meat may eliminate the corporate food system, but the process can still ruffle some feathers. - Slate

  • Jay Rayner on mastering the dark art of negative restaurant criticism. - Guardian

  • Bloomberg's soda ban will lose fizz with Conan O'Brien's solution: An all-you-can drink "Sodateria" in New Jersey. - Eater
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National chocolate ice cream day
June 7th, 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.

Here's the scoop - June 7 is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day!

There are few things that separate human beings into categories: Cat versus dog people, morning versus night people, and then there’s chocolate versus vanilla people. While chocolate ice cream does come in second to vanilla in terms of ice-cream popularity, doesn’t mean it takes its position lightly.

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June 7th, 2012
05:00 AM ET
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