Spouse vs Spouse: romantic dessert rumble
February 9th, 2012
11:00 AM ET
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Welcome to round eight of Spouse vs. Spouse, a series in which a couple of married food freaks, CNN’s Brandon and Kristy Griggs, square off in their Atlanta kitchen for culinary bragging rights – and invite you to weigh in too.

In each installment, Kristy and Brandon each make a creative variation on the same ingredient or dish – everything from pasta to seafood to cocktails to desserts. We serve both versions anonymously to our friends, who then judge which one they like better and why. We walk you through our kitchen process, bring the husband-and-wife smack talk and, of course, keep score. We also share our recipes here so that you can try them for yourself.

Our theme: Romantic desserts
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Spouse vs Spouse: a soup showdown
January 17th, 2012
08:00 PM ET
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Welcome to round seven of Spouse vs. Spouse, a series in which a couple of married food freaks, CNN’s Brandon and Kristy Griggs, square off in their Atlanta kitchen for culinary bragging rights – and invite you to weigh in too.

In each installment, Kristy and Brandon each make a creative variation on the same ingredient or dish – everything from pasta to seafood to cocktails to desserts. We serve both versions anonymously to our friends, who then judge which one they like better and why. We walk you through our kitchen process, bring the husband-and-wife smack talk and, of course, keep score. We also share our recipes here so that you can try them for yourself.

Our theme: Soup
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'Suzilla' debuts as TV's newest extreme eater
December 23rd, 2011
10:00 AM ET
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Among friends, competitive eater  Suzanne "Suzilla" French is known for extreme behavior. Whatever she does, she does big, be it eating or drinking,  showing her love for country or pro-football.

She's the fourth-ranked competitive eater in the world - the kind of person who parties hard on Flag Day and decks her Facebook profile picture with the New Orleans Saints' logo. The last time I saw her, before she left Atlanta for her hometown of Houston, was in the back of a stretch limo that she'd rented for a mutual friend's birthday. I joined them after they'd spent the day at Medieval Times - a gorge-fest in its own right. Bottles of booze spilled forth as the car flew around town, making stops at bars where French knew everyone. I can't remember how it ended.

For its new extreme eating special, Discovery's Planet Green channel capitalized on her "girl-next-door consumes gargantuan portions of food" shtick. "Suzilla: The Mouth That Roars" follows the 28-year-old as she takes on men at least twice her size in eating competitions in some of the country's greasiest spoons and short-order eateries.

She took a few minutes out of her day job as a contract lawyer for an oilfield services company to talk about how she manages to not look like a competitive eater and the two kinds of food she refuses to eat.
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Spouse vs Spouse: holiday cocktail smackdown
December 22nd, 2011
04:01 PM ET
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Welcome to round six of Spouse vs. Spouse, a series in which a couple of married food freaks, CNN’s Brandon and Kristy Griggs, square off in their Atlanta kitchen for culinary bragging rights – and invite you to weigh in too.

In each installment, Kristy and Brandon each make a creative variation on the same ingredient or dish – everything from pasta to seafood to cocktails to desserts. We serve both versions anonymously to our friends, who then judge which one they like better and why. We walk you through our kitchen process, bring the husband-and-wife smack talk and, of course, keep score. We also share our recipes here so that you can try them for yourself.

Our theme: Holiday cocktails
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Dairy-free cookies for a cause
December 2nd, 2011
07:45 PM ET
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What a sweet start to the season! Our colleagues at CNN.com HQ in Atlanta went spatula to spatula in an all-out brawl for holiday cookie supremacy.

Husband and wife team Etan Horowitz (@etanowitz) and Daphne Sashin (@dsashin) won the CNN.com charity bake-off with their dairy-free adaptation of Maida Heatter’s “Grandma’s Gingersnaps.”

Staffers cast votes using dollar bills to indicate their favorites, and all cash went toward the Adopt-a-Family drive, buying gifts for two families of five this year - a mother and her four children, as well as a refugee family from Bhutan.
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