Dealing with picky eaters on Thanksgiving
November 23rd, 2011
06:00 PM ET
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Dealing with a child who is a picky eater is tough enough, but trying to satisfy the tastes of a picky eater at Thanksgiving is nearly impossible.

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Thirteen-year-old Mitchell Lefreve is one such picky eater. “I like cheese and meat,” said Lefreve. That’s pretty much it. But it gets even more interesting. He’ll eat cheese pizza, but not with meat on it. He’ll eat French fries but with cheese, hot dogs also with cheese, no other condiment.

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Bagels, water and an urban legend
September 29th, 2011
12:10 PM ET
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There’s a saying in Brooklyn, New York – Brooklyn bagels are the best because of the water. Connoisseurs of New York bagels will tell you it’s the local water that gives Brooklyn bagels their unique taste.

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“That is true,” said Ameen Hamin, a manager at Terrace Bagels, a Brooklyn bagel shop at the top of several lists of the best bagel stores in New York. “We have the best water here so everything is made with water. That’s what makes the bagel taste good and gives it that texture.”
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The unsung food heroes of the debt debate
August 2nd, 2011
03:00 PM ET
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The long road to compromise over America's debt ceiling was paved with harsh words, hard work and, of course, takeout dinners.

Beyond the headlines and the partisan attacks were the real people doing the work of governing - and working up quite an appetite. And those folks feeding the hungry mouths on Capitol Hill kept things moving. As one 18-hour day rolled into another, takeout kept people going.

"Pizza seems to be the food of choice when they are arguing," Ron Neumeyer, part owner of Armand's Pizza franchise in Washington D.C. explained to CNN’s Lisa Desjardins. Guys like Neumeyer, those veteran caterers of late-night policy debates, know to keep an eye on the news because intractable debate means an uptick in orders.

Still, this time, they noticed something different.

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Diners dish on food pyramid's replacement
June 2nd, 2011
04:15 PM ET
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The USDA has replaced the food pyramid with a dinner plate. CNN's Jim Roope takes the new nutritional icon to a Los Angeles restaurant to get diners' opinions.

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Turn your own ideal plate into a piece of art and send it to CNN iReport by Sunday at 5 p.m. EST.

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Podcast – Out to Lunch: Tacos beyond the box and Bell
February 7th, 2011
03:45 PM ET
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Many of us grew up eating out-of-the-Ortega-box shells and spent our pocket change on cheapo "seasoned beef" at Taco Bell. We never dreamed that there was a whole flavor world beyond neon cheese and shredded iceberg lettuce.

Taco trucks and blogs abound around the country, but unless you take a step away from the chains, you're never going to know what deliciousness awaits just over the border.

There's plenty more to chew on, but it all starts with the first bite. Come out to lunch with Eatocracy.

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And yes, I do assert that Tacos Nuevo Mexico is my favorite taqueria in all the land - and Top Chef's Bryan Voltaggio didn't hate it one bit. Don't knock it 'til you've tried it - but also, school me on your favorites. We'll share a list in a future post.



A Filipino family feast
November 26th, 2010
11:00 AM ET
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Thanksgiving is an American holiday, but because so many of us have roots in other countries, there are many international dishes on Thanksgiving tables. CNN Radio’s Jim Roope was invited to a Filipino family Thanksgiving celebration and discovered the addition of Lechon, roasted pig, next to the turkey, stuffing and sweet potato pie.

“All [Filipino] festivities are religious in nature so we always have an offering, a Lechon at the table,” said Nora Hizon, who immigrated to the U-S 40 years ago.” “We have the turkey, but we also have the Lechon,” she said.

After some coaxing, Jim Roope finally agrees to taste the Lechon. Listen to the audio player below to hear what happens.


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Recalls out of reach for the FDA?
September 9th, 2010
08:00 PM ET
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The Food and Drug Administration has limited power when it comes to food recalls, reports CNN Radio's Jim Roope. He speaks with the FDA's Associate Commissioner for Food Protection, Dr. Jeff Farrar about the measures the agency can take to get companies to remove compromised foods from the marketplace.


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August 24th, 2010
05:30 PM ET
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FDA officials have not yet determined how eggs from two Iowa egg farms became contaminated with salmonella. CNN Radio’s Jim Roope talks with Dr. Nancy Reimers, a poultry veterinarian and “eggs-pert,” about how the hard-shelled orb could become contaminated.

"It’s very rare," said Reimers.

There are three ways an egg could be contaminated. One is if the egg is not properly washed. A second, is through tiny pores in the egg shell.
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August 3rd, 2010
09:30 AM ET
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On occasion, we get to chew the fat with radio folks from around the country.

We've recently been lucky enough to pop up on on Heritage Radio's "Snacky Tunes," hosted by the gents from Finger on the Pulse, and with Jenny Wang, chef Bryan Caswell and the crew from Houston's 1560 The Game, chatting about food, news, culture, social media, CNN and did we mention FOOD?

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