Coffee klatsch
July 31st, 2012
05:00 AM ET
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Carbo-load like an Olympian
July 30th, 2012
05:00 PM 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.

As the London 2012 Olympics get rolling, it’s a good time to salute one of the world’s greatest athletes, Michael Phelps. His name is, of course, synonymous with his extraordinary swimming ability and a record-setting eight gold medals in Beijing in 2008.

But for me, the first thing I think of when I hear Phelps’s name is his exceptionally large calorie regimen.

Whether you’re on a similar five-hour-a-day, six-day-a-week training circuit as Phelps, or whether you just want to eat in a manner that he would appreciate, here are a few places where you can go way overboard on the carbs and calories.

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Opinion: Why I’m celebrating Chick-fil-Gay Appreciation Day
July 30th, 2012
11:00 AM ET
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Editor's Note: Steve McDonagh owns and operates Hearty Restaurant and The Hearty Boys Caterers with his partner, Dan Smith. In addition to winning the first season of Food Network's hit series "Food Network Star," Smith and McDonagh live in Chicago with their son, Nate.

I am not a Dan Cathy basher. I respect Chick-fil-A's Chief Operating Officer for taking an honest stand and putting his business in the line of fire by clarifying the company’s stance on gay marriage.

It takes guts to be responsible for your words. It takes a person of conviction who is willing to bear the repercussions from those who dislike what he has to say. And in a political climate where our politicians are afraid to say anything off-prompter, lest it be twisted and dissected for hidden meaning, the responsible are difficult to find.

I’ve been vocal about my political and social convictions for years. My guess is that Cathy would be surprised at how much he and I have in common.

As the drought continues, food prices continue to rise
July 30th, 2012
10:00 AM ET
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The drought that's spreading across the Midwest is already squeezing consumers, and it's only going to get worse, as the rising cost of soybeans and corn leads to higher prices for meat, peanut butter and other staples.

The price of ground beef could rise to about $2.88 per pound this year, a 4% jump from last year, when the average price per pound was $2.77, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And if you want steak, get ready to pay 25 cents more per pound for sirloin, with the average price rising to $6.47.

Meat prices had already been moving higher, even before the drought took hold.

Read the full story on CNN Money - Get ready to pay more for your steak

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