5@5 - Virginia Willis - Southern is a state of mind
January 12th, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

Virginia Willis is the author of Bon Appétit, Y’all! Recipes and Stories from Three Generations of Southern, and her next book, Basic to Brilliant, Y'all, is due out in fall 2011.

After graduating from of L'Academie de Cuisine and LaVarenne, Willis went on to work for famed chefs and cookbook authors Nathalie Dupree and Anne Willan. She has also acted as the Kitchen Director for Martha Stewart and Bobby Flay, as well as executive producer for "Epicurious" on the Discovery Channel.

It's safe to say Virginia's passion for and career in food has certainly taken her far beyond her Southern roots and borders, but just because her White Lily Flour and Duke's Mayonnaise are out of sight certainly doesn't make them out of mind.

If New York can have its own state of mind, the South can too.

Five (Delicious) Reasons Being a Southerner is a Frame of Mind: Virginia Willis

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January 12th, 2011
03:26 PM ET
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Whew! Snomageddon averted here in Brooklyn. Yup, plenty of it dumped down overnight, but in a mad burst of sn-overkill for the inadequate response to the Christmas storm that blocked off outer-borough roadways for days, Mayor Mike Bloomberg made sure that plows drove past each resident's home approximately 153 times while they were trying to get some shuteye. (Not that we're complaining. Or that we counted.)

But as for the rest of the country (we know you're out there - we can see your frost breath), things seemed a tad more dire, as evidenced by the blizzard of iReports documenting picked-over supermarkets and snowed-over shopping carts. Plow through the gallery above and shovel down these chilling tales of desperation dining and dealing from our commenters on yesterday's Snowmageddon Supper.

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Lunchtime poll – dining and dashing
January 12th, 2011
12:35 PM ET
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A few months back, we served up a poll on stiffing on restaurant tips as payback for poor service. Boy howdy, did people have something to say. Nearly 70 percent of respondents (22,212 votes, if you're keeping track) had no qualms about laying a goose egg, but how about bailing on the whole tab?

Box Lunch linked today to an episode of ABC News program What Would You Do?, centered around diners' reactions when they believed a group of teens to be ducking out on their tab. The full report is posted on their site, but the gist was that until patrons saw that there might be financial consequences for the waitress who'd served them, they simply raised their collective eyebrow - which leads us to wonder...

Previously – Tipping points – on stiffing for poor service

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Box lunch
January 12th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Schmear campaign: A Florida professor was arrested after fellow plane passengers claimed he had a suspicious package. The package ended up being a bagel. - NBC Miami

  • What would you do if you witnessed a dine and dash? - ABC News

  • Facebook paid the American Farm Bureau Federation $8.5 million to acquire the Internet address ‘fb.com.' - Reuters

  • The real food issues we should focus on in 2011. No food truck trends included. - Great Performances
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Truly vintage vino - circa 4000 BC
January 12th, 2011
09:30 AM ET
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Forget France. It turns out, the real birthplace of wine may be in a cave in Armenia.

An international research team says it has found the world's oldest winery in a paper published Tuesday in the peer-reviewed Journal of Archaeological Science.

"It's the oldest proven case of documented and dedicated wine production, stretching back the horizons of this important development by thousands of years," said Gregory Areshian, co-director of the excavation and assistant director of the University of California Los Angeles's Cotsen Institute of Archaeology.

Areshian says that clay pots and vats discovered at a sprawling cave system in southern Armenia near the border with Iran shows signs of an organized effort to press and distill grapes during the Copper Age, about 6,000 years ago.

Read Scientists discover 'oldest' winery in Armenian cave

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Breakfast buffet
January 12th, 2011
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 and the most delicious finds on TV.

Today, opt for curries instead of flurries. January 11 is National Curried Chicken Day, and we're preparing a steaming bowl for our Snowmageddon supper.

Potatoes, carrots, onion and spice - this tasty dish will defy the ice. (We know, we know. Practically a modern-day Shakespeare, n'est–ce pas?)

What's on TV?

Coffee klatsch
January 12th, 2011
05:00 AM ET
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