July 6th, 2011
04:15 PM ET
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Food says so much about where you’ve come from, where you’ve decided to go, and the lessons you’ve learned. It’s geography, politics, tradition, belief and so much more and this week, we invite you to dig in and discover the rich, ever-evolving taste of America in 2011. The week will culminate with a Secret Supper in New York City, and Eatocracy invites you to participate online starting Monday July 11th at 6:30 p.m. E.T.

Douglas Jones works at CNN International

We were at a lake in east Tennessee on U.S. Independence Day weekend when someone’s grandfather brought out three glass jars and started passing around the flavored moonshine. In these parts, it wasn’t a surprise.

We had just returned to camp and already the barbecue grills were sizzling. The coolers were open and you could hear that crisp rush of ice falling as hands pulled out more cold beers.

We were three Americans from CNN who went to Tennessee to show a group of international journalists a bit of Americana on the most American time of the year: 4th of July weekend.

Fresh out of the lake water and still drying off, our group was exhausted after a trip on the Tennessee River catching catfish with our hands. It’s a practice called catfish “noodling” or “grabbling”.

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June 21st, 2011
03:30 PM ET
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You say Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, we say the Food, Wine and Moonshine Classic in Our Happy Place. We chat and quaff with the makers of Ole Smoky Moonshine - and somehow manage to keep all our faculties intact.

April 8th, 2011
05:15 PM ET
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Food in the Field gives a sneak peek into what CNN's team is eating, and the food culture they encounter as they travel the globe.

CNN International sports correspondent Patrick Snell samples the classic pimento cheese sandwich at The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia - for "work purposes," you understand.

Read more on the storm-based pimento cheese shortage earlier this week and the other, bizarrely economical items on the menu at The Masters.

More from Back|Story and dispatches from The Masters

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Filed under: BackStory • Cheese • Events • Food in the Field • Pimento Cheese • Regional Sandwiches • Sandwiches • Sports • Television

January 19th, 2011
09:45 PM ET
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Ahem. This is seriously worth watching just for menu recitation alone. Oh - and there are plenty of matters of protocol surrounding the feast as well.

Previously - Apple pie and White House honey highlight tonight's all-American State Dinner menu

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