March 9th, 2011
05:30 PM ET
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"Holy moley!" is what Cheyenne Terry yelled when she spotted the very large egg roll down the conveyor belt towards her.

In late February, in Yell County, Arkansas, while in the gathering house collecting eggs for her uncle at Tom and Paula Ernst Poultry Farm, Terry discovered the unusually large egg. It reportedly weighs in at 5.4 ounces and measures 3 1/2 inches long.

Terry read about an Iowa man whose hen laid an egg February 18th, weighing in at a whopping 4.1 ounces and the same length.

"That’s a freaking huge egg," is all her uncle could say when he saw her find for the first time. Terry says the egg is nearly four times larger than a normal egg. She is saving the egg at home in her refrigerator and hopes to break a Guinness Book record for the world largest chicken egg.
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5@5 - Chef Annie Somerville
March 9th, 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.

Anyone remember the Outback Steakhouse commercial with Jemaine Clement of "Flight of the Conchords" fame touting his diet as "semi-veg?"

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

OK ... so maybe we're the only ones.

In any event, there's a growing movement of people, aptly dubbed "flexitarians," doing just that – living a predominantly vegetarian lifestyle with the occasional pork chop here and there.

One such person is Chef Annie Somerville of the vegetarian Greens Restaurant in San Francisco, California. She certainly doesn't have beef with folks eating meat - she just thinks you might want to consider doing it a little less often.

Five Reasons to Be a Flexitarian: Annie Somerville
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Groceries continue to chomp away at your wallet
March 9th, 2011
02:15 PM ET
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After holding steady for two years, food prices in the United States are rising once again, due to growing demand and tight supplies of wheat, corn and other key commodities.

That means American consumers are being hit with higher grocery bills at a time when gas prices are already starting to dent household budgets. On the bright side, economists say the recent spike in fuel prices isn't yet translating into higher costs at the supermarket.

For the moment, food producers and retailers have been absorbing higher energy costs and have pledged not to pass them on.

Still, according to the U.S. government's Consumer Price Index, food prices in January rose 1.8% from the prior year, marking the fastest pace since 2009.

Read the rest of "Why you're paying more for groceries" on CNN Money.



Lunchtime poll – service with a sneer
March 9th, 2011
12:15 PM ET
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From a colleague of ours:

Did I tell you the story of the waitress at [bar name redacted] giving my 73-year-old stepfather a hard time because he was confused by the menu? P.O’ed me pretty good.

He hadn't in fact, but I'm not surprised. This chat was coming apropos of an article you'll see here later today, about the increasing frequency of bartenders (sorry - "mixologists") putting their very particular tastes where your mouth is - and not always politely.
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Box lunch
March 9th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.


  • Guy Fieri can no longer drive his $200,000 Lamborghini to Flavor Town ... because it was stolen. - Eater LA


  • Champagne wishes and sushi dreams: Nobu Matsuhisa enters the hotelier fray in Vegas. - USA Today


  • From the Swedish Chef to Julia Child to Andrew Zimmern: Food TV through the years. - Menuism


  • Drink this, not that: how wine stacks up against fast food calorie counts. - Food & Wine
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Are you eating in your sleep?
March 9th, 2011
10:00 AM ET
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From our pals at CNN Health's The Chart:

She was alarmed by the time that she made a baked potato in the middle of the night. “Do you know how long it takes to bake a potato! It scares me that the episodes last that long and also the reason I know that I baked it in the oven, rather than microwaving it, is because the oven was still on in the morning.”

Then the things that she was eating got a bit bizarre. For example, one time, her husband found her trying to eat a frozen veggie burger. But what brought her to the sleep center was the episode where she found an open, half-eaten can of cat food and she was not sure if she had really fed it to her cat.

Read Get Some Sleep: Do you eat in your sleep?



Breakfast buffet
March 9th, 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.

Here's a food holiday we'll sink our claws into: March 9 is National Crabmeat Day.

As the late H. L. Mencken said, “There is a saying in Baltimore that crabs may be prepared in fifty ways and that all of them are good.”

See? There’s no need to be crabby!

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Coffee klatsch
March 9th, 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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March 9th, 2011
12:15 AM ET
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