Fame Bites - Tory Burch
February 11th, 2011
06:15 PM ET
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Fame Bites goes inside the belly of the entertainment beast. We're dishing out where the celebrities are eating, what they're eating and who they're eating with.

New York Fashion Week officially stepped onto the runway Thursday, much to the delight of ascot-wearing and stiletto-teetering fashionistos and fashionistas everywhere.

Tory Burch, an American designer, has one of the most anticipated Fall/Winter 2011 shows on Sunday, February 13. Her ready-to-wear collection, handbags, shoes and jewelry are currently available at 36 free-standing Tory Burch stores across the United States, nine international stores, toryburch.com and over 500 select department and specialty stores worldwide. Burch was also named one of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" by Forbes in 2010.

Seven days of strutting around in six-inch heels works up quite the appetite, so she's offering up one of her favorite dishes tailor-made for the hectic week ahead.

And great Odin's raven(!), it's actually not some sort of kale juice cleanse.
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Wine, wine, everywhere with not a bite to eat
February 11th, 2011
06:00 PM ET
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The Golden State. The Land of Wine and Food. California Dreamin’. Find Yourself Here.

The West Coast state (and all its slogans) boasts sunny skies, bottomless goblets of Pinot Noir and the country's highest number of cash farm receipts. Yet, there exists a surprising disparity between California’s most agriculturally rich areas and food security; where the crops are abundant, so is the hunger.

In its 15th annual survey about the nation’s food security, the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that nearly 14.7 percent of U.S. households were food insecure (meaning that the entire household does not have enough food for a healthy life) at some time during the year in 2009 - with one out of seven Americans now relying on food stamps.

And in the USDA’s latest Economic Research Report, California falls right near the national average with 14.1 percent of its population experiencing food insecurity. Arkansas faced the highest household-level percentage of 17.7.
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5@5 - Shepherd Craig Rogers
February 11th, 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.

Craig Rogers wants to know: are ewe a fan of lamb?

Rogers is the shepherd and owner of Border Spring Farms in Patrick Springs, Virginia, where he raises and sells “Certified Naturally Grown" and "Animal Welfare Approved" lamb and sheep to local chefs like Josh Smith and Bryan Voltaggio.

Chew the cud with him, ya herd?

Five Reasons to Eat American Lamb: Craig Rogers
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February 11th, 2011
04:00 PM ET
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Lunchtime poll – how you gonna woo?
February 11th, 2011
01:30 PM ET
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I'm an old married person and in fact will be away from my beloved husband on February 14th (did I mention that Eatocracy will be live from New Orleans all next week?), but if we were indeed going to be on the dine together, I'm pretty sure I know how it'd go down.

He'd make a steak, pattypan squash and butter-drenched hen of the woods mushroom and I'd seek out the blackest Madiran known to man (Bonny Doon Vineyard's "Heart of Darkness" if you're keeping score). No real reason, other than that's what we ate on our first Valentine's Day together in 2005, and we've done that ever since. Some traditions are worth repeating.

Frankly, we'd also rather not deal with Valentine's Night price-gouging, churn and burn "sexy" menus and the often icky spectacle of folks getting all romantical at too-close tables. I'm sure there are perfectly dandy V-Day dinners to be had (or the PR folks flooding my inbox would like for me to believe), but in my couple of decades of dating and marriage, I've yet to witness one.

You gonna chow down all romantic-like on Valentine's Day?

Previously - Lunchtime poll – a delicious proposal



Box lunch
February 11th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • In a New York state of mind? Don't toast that bagel then. - The Daily Meal



  • This is not the time to clam up about wild oyster extinction. - TIME


  • The B.R. Myers backlash begins: Robert Sietsema think Myers has dyspepsia and envies a good meal. - Village Voice


  • More from the B.R. Myers's peanut gallery: Francis Lam weighs in on why comparing food writers to "foodies" is like comparing apples and oranges. - Salon
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Vintage Cookbook Vault: Franks a lot!
February 11th, 2011
11:30 AM ET
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The Vintage Cookbook Vault highlights recipes from my insane stash of books and pamphlets from the early 20th century onward. It's a semi-regular thing.

hot dog crown

Look at you, gettin' all fancy pants with your...your...CROWNS and your FRANKS! Calling it a "hot dog" or a "wiener" is juuuuuust not swanky enough for you any more. And yeesh - not just one kind of canned corn, but two. TWO!
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Breakfast buffet
February 11th, 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.

Get the sensation! February 11 is National Peppermint Patty Day.

Introduced in York, Pennsylvania, by Henry C. Kessler, the peppermint patties that we know and love today have been on the market since the 1940s.  Feeling really fresh? Try this brownie recipe from Real Simple: it combines our favorite chocolate treat with actual peppermint patties.

We have a feeling that certain freckled-face Peanuts character would approve.

What's on TV?
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Coffee klatsch
February 11th, 2011
05:00 AM ET
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Pssst! Got a sec to chat?

We are utterly thrilled when readers want to hang out and talk – whether it's amongst themselves or in response to pieces we've posted. We want Eatocracy to be a cozy, spirited online home for those who find their way here.

Consider the daily Coffee klatsch post as your VIP lounge – the primary comments thread for readers who'd like to chat about topics not related to the articles we're running. That way, everyone knows where to find each other, and each post's comments section remains on topic.
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