National rum day
August 16th, 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.

Does it feel like the tropics to you? Or do you want it to? Pour yourself a glass of sunshine and celebrate National Rum Day today!

When you’re drinking something like bourbon, you’re drinking a heavily regulated spirit, with laws that strictly dictate the ingredients, methods of production and aging. Rum is just the opposite, and can’t be pinned down. Rum “is whatever it wants to be,” writes Wayne Curtis in his And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails.

He continues: “There have never been strict guidelines for making it. There’s no international oversight board, and its taste and production varies widely, leaving the market to sort out favorites. If sugarcane or its by-products are involved in the distillation process, you can call it rum. Rum is the melting pot of spirits. . .as the bon vivant James Beard put it in 1956, ‘Of all the spirits in your home, rum is the most romantic.’”
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New Orleans' iconic Hubig's Pies burns down
July 27th, 2012
01:00 PM ET
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The home of New Orleans's beloved Hubig's Pies was destroyed by a fire early Friday morning in a "total loss," according to the New Orleans Fire Department.

The five-alarm fire at the historic bakery began around 4:28 a.m. in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood, CNN affiliate WWL-TV reported.

An employee noticed smoke coming out of the fryer room, where the fire is assumed to have started.
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Salmonella linked to chicken feed
August 26th, 2010
07:35 PM ET
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Federal investigators have found salmonella bacteria in feed and in barn and walkway areas at farms at the center of the nationwide outbreak, officials said.

The feed or feed ingredients could have become contaminated after they went through heat treatment that was sufficient to kill salmonella, officials from the Food and Drug Administration told reporters.

Produced at a mill at a Wright County Egg Co. facility, the feed was given to pullet chickens at both Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms, which between them recalled more than a half-billion eggs since the salmonella outbreak.

CNN Health has the FULL STORY

See all egg recall information on Eatocracy and full coverage on CNN Health

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Wright County Egg shells out two more brand names in recall
August 26th, 2010
11:15 AM ET
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Egg eaters had two new brand names to search for in their refrigerators Thursday because of the nationwide salmonella scare sparked by egg recalls.

Wright County Egg, the company responsible for 380 million of the 550 million recalled eggs, said in a news release Wednesday night that it had confirmed cases of Salmonella enteritidis illnesses related to shell eggs bearing the Cardenas Market brand and Cardenas Market was beginning a voluntary recall.

The statement said affected eggs were distributed to Cardenas Market stores in California and Nevada, packaged in 60-egg cases over-wrapped with plastic.

The CNN Wire staff has the FULL STORY.

See all egg recall information on Eatocracy and full coverage on CNN Health

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August 11th, 2010
08:00 PM ET
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Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (CNN) - A military jury at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Wednesday recommended a 14-year prison term for Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi, a Sudanese man who served as cook and driver for Osama bin Laden.

CNN Senior Producer Charley Keyes has the FULL STORY

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August 5th, 2010
11:15 AM ET
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We reported earlier that former hot dog eating champion, Takeru Kobyashi, was scheduled to appear in a New York courtroom this morning after causing a scene at the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. Now, it seems he's out of hot water so long as he doesn't bark up the wrong tree.

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Hot dog eating champion Takeru Kobayashi was sentenced to six months' probation Thursday in New York. The charges against him - resisting arrest, trespassing, obstruction of governmental administration and disorderly conduct - will be dismissed if he successfully completes it.

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Chelsea Clinton and a case of the late night munchies
August 2nd, 2010
02:00 PM ET
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Ain't no party like a Clinton family party.

The marital merrymaking for former first daughter, Chelsea Clinton, and her groom, Marc Mezvinsky, lasted well into the wee hours of Sunday morning. According to a source, invited guests were offered a 2 A.M. snack of grilled cheese sandwiches, brownies and popcorn for the ride home.

CNN National Correspondent Susan Candiotti has the FULL STORY over on our sister site, Political Ticker.

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Frozen chicken nugget recall
July 20th, 2010
11:30 AM ET
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Perdue Farms, Inc., is recalling approximately 92,000 pounds of frozen chicken nuggets - nearly 50,000 packages - because they may contain pieces of plastic.

Those affected are sold at Wal-mart stores in the United States under the Great Value brand.

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Refrain from this romaine
July 15th, 2010
11:30 AM ET
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Fresh Express is voluntarily recalling certain Romaine lettuce products in the United States and Canada with expired use-by dates of July 8 through 12 and an "S" in the product code.

These include 6- to 32- ounce, romaine-based salad products. Consumer questions can be directed to the Consumer Response Center at (800) 242-5472.

For complete recall information, read the FULL STORY

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