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Braves beer: Brewed using bats

The Atlanta Braves not only have a new stadium, the team has a new beer to help quench the thirst of fans.

And it’s the brewing process that some will say make it a great pair with America’s Pastime.

Terrapin Beer Company from Athens, Georgia, is using the wood used to make Mizuno baseball bats to age the beer.

It’s called Chopsecutioner, honoring the Braves’ tomahawk chop.

CBS Sports described the beer as “a lighter IPA with a great flavor.”

It contains a whopping 7.3 percent alcohol level.

So how do the bats tie into the brewing process?

After the beer is fermented, they pour the beer on wood chips left over from making the bats. It cools the brew and ages it.

Terrapin is offering other baseball-themed beers at it’s new Brew Lab at SunTrust Park: On Deck IPS and Swing Batter Brown Ale.

Woman finds cow lip in tacos

A Texas woman found what she thought were teeth in barbacoa tacos ordered at El Rincon, a restaurant in Pflugerville.

According to San Antonio’s KENS, Courtney Aguilar took to Facebook to share a picture of the tacos, saying, “When you order barbacoa tacos, but get teeth instead.”

Aguilar wrote that she asked a restaurant server if she was seeing teeth in her food, and the server responded, “baby teeth.”

What she was seeing was actually cow lips.

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The restaurant responded to Aguilar’s claim on Facebook, saying they get their barbacoa from a vendor. The vendor in turn responded clarifying that what the woman saw was actually cow lips.

“Barbacoa is one the few items that we buy pre-made from an approved FDA vendor, and we are no longer going to buy from that vendor,” the post reads. “Barbacoa is cooked with different parts of the cow, but mostly from the head or cheek of cattle. El Rincon will stop selling barbacoa until we get a new vendor.”

“The reality is this: Barbacoa is a rough business. It starts with a whole skinned cow’s head, wrapped in burlap and baling wire and buried in a smoking hole in the ground overnight,” the San Antonio Express News’ food writer Mike Sutter wrote. “In the morning, somebody with a sledgehammer opens up that skull and the harvesting begins: all the fatty and lean soft tissue from lip to crown. Sometimes the brains, sometimes the eyes, sometimes the tongue if it’s not being held out for lengua.”

'Dirty Dozen': Strawberries, spinach top list of produce with most pesticides

Once again, the “Dirty Dozen,” the Environmental Working Group’s list of the types of produce with the highest loads of pesticide residues, has been released, and once again, it’s under attack by a produce industry group.

The 2017 Dirty Dozen list, released last week, includes in order: strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples, peaches, celery, grapes, pears, cherries, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers and potatoes.

The 2017 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce is here! https://t.co/NXtG85Brrg #DirtyDozen #CleanFifteen pic.twitter.com/VvfPpI1MoI— EWG (@ewg) March 9, 2017

>> Learn more here

Each of these foods tested positive for a number of different pesticide residues and contained higher concentrations of pesticides than other produce. Pears and potatoes were new additions to the Dirty Dozen, displacing cherry tomatoes and cucumbers from last year’s list.

The Alliance for Food and Farming, a nonprofit organization formed in 1989 which represents organic and conventional farmers of fruits and vegetables and farms of all sizes, has repeatedly called for EWG to stop publishing the list. The group asserts that the information is negative and misleading and might be scaring people away from consuming a healthful diet with lots of fruits and vegetables.

The list is based on EWG’s analysis of tests by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and found that nearly 70 percent of samples of 48 types of conventionally grown produce were contaminated with pesticide residues.

To read the USDA’s most recent Pesticide Data Program report, click here. The USDA report states that when pesticide residues are found on foods, they are nearly always at levels below the tolerances set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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“Over 99 percent of the products sampled through PDP had residues below the EPA tolerances. Ultimately, if EPA determines a pesticide is not safe for human consumption, it is removed from the market,” the USDA report states.

The Alliance for Food and Farming’s executive director Teresa Thorne had this to say:

“In light of new science and information about how safety fears are impacting low income consumers, it is concerning that EWG still releases a 'dirty dozen' list in 2017. EWG’s list has been discredited by scientists, it is not based upon risk and has now been shown to potentially discourage consumption of healthy and safe organic and conventional fruits and vegetables. If EWG truly cares about public health, it will stop referring to popular produce items that kids love as 'dirty' and move toward positive, science-based information that reassures consumers and promotes consumption.”

Remember: Fear-based messaging hurts low-income consumers the most. Find out more here: https://t.co/gm4D36cfTy pic.twitter.com/CkMMPauMg4— SafeFruitsAndVeggies (@SafeProduce) March 8, 2017

Recent peer-reviewed research by the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Center for Nutrition Research and published in Nutrition Today found that EWG’s messaging, which inaccurately describes certain fruits and vegetables as having “higher” pesticide residues, results in low-income shoppers reporting that they would be less likely to purchase any fruits and vegetables – organic or non-organic. The IIT scientists surveyed 510 low-income consumers in the Chicago area to learn more about what terms and information about fruits and vegetables may influence their shopping intentions, Thorne said.

“We were surprised to see how informational content that named specific fruits and vegetables as having the highest pesticide residues increased the percentage of shoppers who said they would be unlikely to purchase any type of fruits and vegetables,” said Dr. Britt Burton-Freeman, associate professor of food science and nutrition at IIT’s Center for Nutrition Research. “The concern is that depending on the structure of the communication about pesticides and fruits and vegetables, this could turn people away from wanting to purchase any fresh produce.

“In addition to this recent research, the other important reason that we remain frustrated that EWG continues to use this decades-old tactic is that the Centers for Disease Control reports that only one in 10 Americans eat enough fruits and veggies each day,” Thorne added. “This CDC statistic is especially concerning since decades of nutritional research shows that increasing consumption of conventional and organic produce can improve health and prevent diseases, like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity.”

One example of that type of nutrition research comes from a peer-reviewed paper published in the journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology, which found that if half of Americans increased their consumption of a fruit and veggie by a single serving per day, 20,000 cancer cases could be prevented annually.

Spinach pancakes? Chelsea Clinton says yes

Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton celebrated National Pancake Day on Tuesday by tweeting out a picture of some homemade pancakes.

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But the pancakes looked a little different than normal.

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Filet-O-Fish sales surge at McDonald's during Lent

Every March, McDonald’s sees a surge in sales of its Filet-O-Fish sandwiches.

According to a company spokesman, it’s primarily because of Lent.

Nearly 25 percent of the sandwiches sold during the year are sold during Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday and runs for 40 days, ending just before Easter Sunday.

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The dish’s existence dates back to the 1960s, when Cincinnati franchise owner Lou Groen noticed a drop in sales on Fridays when his Roman Catholic customers were observing Lent. 

Groen convinced the food chain to launch a whitefish sandwich as an alternative menu item to its popular burgers.

>> Related: What is Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, and how do we celebrate? 

Since its inception, the wild-caught Alaska pollock fish sandwiches have become a McDonald’s staple.

Social media users are jokingly taking to Twitter to express their excitement for “Filet-O-Fish Season,” some celebrating the discounts that many McDonald's restaurants offer on the sandwich on Fridays during Lent. 

Take a look:

Commence Filet-O-Fish season. #Lent— Caitlin N. (@catealli_15) March 1, 2017

It's Ash Wednesday. Which means it's gonna be lent fridays and Filet O Fish are gonna be sold for $1.59 again pic.twitter.com/XXghnR6AQT— HvyMtlLvr (@Artenomics) March 1, 2017

The filet-o-fish is truly a staple in the Catholic community during Lent.— Ally (@allyportz11) February 27, 2017

Pineapple pizzagate forces Iceland president to back off ban

Hawaiian pizza is not for everyone. It’s a decadent, tasty treat to some, but for others ham and pineapple are the worst topping choices ever created.

Iceland’s president waded into the fray last week when a student asked him a question about pineapple on pizza. (Ham wasn’t mentioned, by the way.)

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 Guðni Th. Jóhannesson said he found the combination “completely disgusting,” USA Today reported, and would ban it if he could.

By Tuesday Jóhannesson was forced to back down from his remarks on banning it after a social media storm, dubbed pizzagate, erupted.

“I like pineapples, just not on pizza,” he posted on Facebook. “I do not have the power to make laws that forbid people to put pineapples on pizza.”

“Presidents should not have unlimited power. I would not want to hold this position if I could pass laws forbidding what I don’t like. I would not want to live in such a country,” he said.

Dear President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson,We cant believe you.  Poor Iceland. However, we forgive you because our guess is...Posted by Homegrown Tap & Dough - Arvada on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Instead, Jóhannesson, made his own recommendation for the best topping.

“For pizza, I recommend seafood,” he wrote on Facebook.

Jóhannesson is Iceland’s youngest president ever at 48. He was sworn into took office last August.

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson: people should try fish on their pizza!Posted by Farerskie kadry on Tuesday, February 21, 2017

'Top Chef' alum shares pro-immigrant message on restaurant receipts

In the wake of President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban, a former "Top Chef" contestant and U.S. immigrant from New Zealand is using his restaurant receipts to share a pro-immigrant message with customers.

"Immigrants make America great (they also cooked your food and served you today)," read the receipts from New York eatery Kiwiana, owned by Mark Simmons.

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According to CNN, the move by Simmons, who appeared on the fourth season of Bravo's "Top Chef," gained national attention Sunday after journalist Mary Emily O'Hara posted a photo of her receipt on social media.

"Breakfast in Brooklyn," she captioned her tweet, which had been shared nearly 100,000 times by Thursday morning.

>> Check it out here

Breakfast in Brooklyn pic.twitter.com/JHEtfJhqPO— Mary Emily O'Hara (@MaryEmilyOHara) February 5, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

How to get free Krispy Kreme doughnuts all month long

It’s “Freebruary” at Krispy Kreme this month, meaning you have a chance to get a free doughnut all month long.

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Buy a cup of the new "Smooth" or "Rich" brews and get a free original glazed doughnut every time you visit until Feb. 28.

Both blends are made from 100 percent Arabica beans. Krispy Kreme recommends you choose the “Smooth” blends for subtle and easy drinking and “Rich” for a more bold experience.

>> Shaquille O'Neal buys Krispy Kreme store

“We have completely reinvented Krispy Kreme coffee from the bean to the cup, ensuring our customers’ beverage experience delivers the fresh quality and taste you always get from Krispy Kreme Doughnuts,” Jackie Woodward, chief marketing officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, said in a news release. “Our new Smooth coffee is the only coffee designed to be the perfect complement to Krispy Kreme’s freshly-made Original Glazed doughnuts and other treats. It’s a combination that’s deliciously inseparable, and we’re proud to say that our coffee is now doughnut-worthy.”

The offer cannot be combined with any other coupons and is valid at participating locations only.

Buy any size and get a FREE Original Glazed 2/6 thru 2/28 (US/CAN) Details- https://t.co/xK7ziSUAHe #Freebruary #KrispyKremeCoffee pic.twitter.com/NVv22NCDCd— krispykreme (@krispykreme) February 6, 2017

5 ways to celebrate National Peanut Butter Day

Rejoice, peanut butter lovers: Now you have the perfect excuse to enjoy your favorite treat.

According to NationalDayCalendar.com, Jan. 24 is National Peanut Butter Day.

Here are a few ways you can celebrate:

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1. Help us settle the great debate. Which is better – crunchy or creamy? "Women and children prefer creamy, while most men opt for chunky," the National Peanut Board says on its website. There's also a geographic divide: East Coast residents tend to like smooth peanut butter, while West Coasters like theirs crunchy, according to the site.

What do you think? Weigh in with our poll:

2. Grab some Girl Scout Cookies. Two of the organization's five best-sellers are full of peanut butter goodness: Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs and Do-si-dos/Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies. The Girl Scouts also offer gluten-free cookies called Trios, made with peanut butter, oatmeal and chocolate chips. Click here to learn where you can buy the cookies.

Peanut Butter Patties aka Tagalongs are the best Girl Scout cookies and it's not even close. pic.twitter.com/Wehlujm1kb— Seth Ryan (@SethRyan4) March 31, 2015

3. Make a PBJ. According to the New York Daily News, a 2016 survey by Peter Pan Simply Ground Peanut Butter found that the average American will eat nearly 3,000 peanut butter-jelly sandwiches during his or her lifetime. Read more here.

How do you make your peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Our experts have LOTS of opinions. https://t.co/adn9hwIKdB pic.twitter.com/pXhqtFtzxq— Rachael Ray Show (@RachaelRayShow) November 8, 2016

4. Eat like the "King." If you're looking for something a little more adventurous than the run-of-the-mill PBJ, try one of Elvis Presley's supposed favorites. According to Elaine Dundy's book "Elvis and Gladys," Presley would eat "sandwich after sandwich of his favorite – peanut butter, sliced bananas and crisp bacon." Get the book here.  

What to make for lunch this week: The Elvis sandwich http://t.co/MaPADQsPrv pic.twitter.com/3TDDehdeNA— Globe Food & Wine (@GlobeFoodWine) January 6, 2015

5. Have a Southern treat – boiled peanuts. The National Peanut Board calls the snack "a delicacy in the peanut-growing areas of the South." Just boil them in "supersaturated salt water until they (have) a soft, bean-like texture." Check out a recipe from the Food Network's Alton Brown here. 

Hot dang. Momma boiled peanuts. pic.twitter.com/nw8B7qJACQ— Ike Morgan (@IkeMorgan) April 30, 2016

Baker of Trump's inauguration cake says she was commissioned to copy Obama's

Celebrity pastry chef and Food Network star Duff Goldman took to Twitter early Saturday to point out that President Donald Trump’s inauguration cake appeared to be an exact replica of the cake he designed and created for Barack Obama’s 2013 inauguration.

>> 'Saturday Night Live' takes swipe at Trump inauguration attendance – minus Alec Baldwin

In a message posted to his Twitter account, Goldman included a side-by-side image of his cake creation next to Trump’s inaugural cake and wrote, “The cake on the left is the one I made for President Obama’s inauguration 4 years ago. The one on the right is Trump's. I didn’t make it."

The cake on the left is the one I made for President Obama's inauguration 4 years ago. The one on the right is Trumps. I didn't make it. pic.twitter.com/qJXpCfPhii— Duff Goldman (@Duff_Goldman) January 21, 2017

According to The Washington Post, neither Trump’s team nor Goldman responded to comment requests, but the woman who made the cake came forward to talk about her creation.

Tiffany MacIsaac, the owner of Buttercream Bakeshop in Washington, D.C., said she had been commissioned to create the cake.

>> PHOTOS: The inauguration of Donald Trump

She said a person, who is as of yet unnamed, came in with a photo of Obama’s cake and asked her to recreate it.

“They came to us a couple of weeks ago – which is pretty last minute – and said, ‘We have a photo that we would like to replicate,’” MacIsaac told The Washington Post.

>> PHOTOS: Donald Trump attends inaugural balls

The bakery tried to find out if the client wanted to use the cake as inspiration or an exact replica, but the person who brought in the picture said the cake should be exactly the same, MacIsaac said.

“They said, ‘Nope, they want this exact cake. It’s perfect.’ And we said, 'Great,'” MacIsaac said.

Excited to share the cake we got to make for one of last night's inaugural balls. While we most love creating original designs, when we are asked to replicate someone else's work we are thrilled when it is a masterpiece like this one. @duff_goldman originally created this for Obama's inauguration 4 years ago and this years committee commissioned us to re-create it.  Best part is all the profits are being donated to @humanrightscampaign, one of our favorite charities who we have loved working with over the years.  Because basic human rights are something every man, woman and child~ straight, gay or the rainbow in between~ deserve! A photo posted by Buttercream Bakeshop (@bttrcrmbakeshop) on Jan 21, 2017 at 7:35am PST

MacIsaac said she is surprised by all the attention because, per her understanding, the cake was only supposed to be used as a prop.

“It’s just a Styrofoam cake. It’s not for eating,” she said. “I wasn’t expecting it to be seen on TV.”

>> Trump accuses media of lying about inauguration crowd

She said she did not mean to offend Goldman.

“Obviously, my intention was definitely not to upset him in any way," she said. "I just wish that it had not been presented the way that it was.”

MacIsaac added that the profits from her cake are being donated to the Human Rights Campaign.

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Later Saturday, Goldman responded to the controversy with another tweet, complimenting MacIsaac on the recreation.

"Remembering a fantastic cake I made is awesome, and the chef that re-created it for @POTUS Trump did a fantastic job. Group hug, y’all," Goldman wrote.

Remembering a fantastic cake I made is awesome and the chef that re-created it for @POTUS Trump did a fantastic job. Group hug, y'all. — Duff Goldman (@Duff_Goldman) January 21, 2017

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