Bacon smoothie! Bacon smoothie! Bacon smoothie!
April 27th, 2011
06:00 PM ET
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J. Wilson has survived his 46-day beer-only fast and found some unexpected spiritual insights.

Wilson, who lives outside Des Moines, Iowa, was emulating a Lenten tradition carried out by German monks hundreds of years ago. In keeping with tradition he ate his last solid food on Ash Wednesday and broke his fast on Easter Sunday.

“I made a bacon smoothie and that’s what I broke the fast with,” Wilson said.

He slurped down the smoothie after midnight on the morning of Easter Sunday. He was up late for an interview with the BBC in London for their Easter Sunday broadcast.

Read - Beer-only fast ends with bacon smoothie

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5@5 - Karen & Quinn Hatfield
April 27th, 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.

With the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Catherine Middleton expected to capture a few billion people's attention worldwide on April 29, it should come as no surprise that holy matrimony is on the mind.

Of course, being betrothed isn't always a cake walk: temperatures surge; someone steals your counter space; and soufflés don't always rise like they should. Sure, it's a labor of love - but at the end of the day, most will tell you it's 150 percent worth it.

Karen and Quinn Hatfield are one such couple - they own and operate Hatfield’s Restaurant in Los Angeles, which was named one of "The 10 Best New Restaurants in America" by Bon Appétit magazine in 2010.

She handles the sweets, while he tends to the savory.

Five Tips to Survive as a Couple in the Kitchen: Karen & Quinn Hatfield

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A very cheesy wedding ritual
April 27th, 2011
03:15 PM ET
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Four and a half years ago, my husband Douglas and I plighted our troth with infinitely less fanfare, but arguably as much ardor as the couple slated to take the royal plunge on Friday.

Little of our ceremony was traditional. I wore 64 yards of red tulle with black flames climbing up it and our Irish Wolfhound escorted me down the aisle. My groom had drawn heavily upon his theater tech and direction background to light, score and choreograph the proceedings - not to mention spending well over a decade converting the deconsecrated Episcopal church itself into our home.

The ceremony was highly reflective of who we are as individuals and as a united force - all the way down to the readings. One dear friend selected a Frank O'Hara poem, my father gave a speech on the importance of ethics in a marriage, a friend and sister shared passages from Jane Eyre and then one of the finest food writers in the country instructed us eat cheese together.

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Box lunch
April 27th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Hot dog! The female winner of the Nathan's Famous hot dog-eating competition will now be paid the same as their male counterpart. - NY Daily News

  • Trenta Sized: Starbucks is now the third largest restaurant chain, behind McDonald's and Subway. - USA Today

  • Paging Joel Salatin! The USDA may permit Monsanto to regulate its own crops. - Fast Company

  • Sea salt and wine are good for us...right? Right?! - LA Times

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Beaucoup buck for beans – coffee prices climb
April 27th, 2011
10:15 AM ET
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Consumers got a jolt this week with news that the price of coffee was hovering near $3 a pound, the highest price in more than three decades, forcing many coffee houses to consider raising prices or cutting services.

Bad weather in the world's top coffee growing regions, a weak dollar and pressure from emerging coffee drinking markets is putting pressure on the industry, which saw coffee beans trading Tuesday at about $3 a pound - just below its peak of $3.22 a pound on Friday.

The last time coffee prices were higher was in 1977 after bad weather in Brazil, one of the world's leading coffee producers, destroyed more than half of the country's coffee crops.

"We've been hit hard for close to year now," said Martin Diedrich, owner of Kean Coffee houses in Southern California. "I can't always ask what I need to because I get push back from my guests, from my customers. So I have to take a margin hit."

Read - Say it ain't so for a cup o' joe: Price of coffee beans climb

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April 27th, 2011
09:30 AM ET
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The whole "royal taster" thing? Total myth, it turns out, and Prince Charles is a hardcore locaganivore. Who knew?

Previously – Everybody must get sconed

See more from Piers Morgan and catch up on all Royal Wedding coverage at the Unveiled Blog

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Breakfast buffet
April 27th, 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.

Meat lovers unite and sharpen your favorite carving knife: April 27 is Prime Rib Day.

With all eyes looking to a certain wedding on Friday, it couldn’t be a better time for this English luxury.

Treat yourself by preparing prime rib the way you like it, and dress it up with a rich gravy and Yorkshire Pudding on the side.  It’s simply regal.

Stumped when it comes to managing meat? Raise the steaks on your next dinner with these tips on how to make the perfect prime rib.

April 27th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
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World Vegetarian And Vegan News announced on April 1 that the upcoming royal wedding would be entirely free of animal products due to cultural, health and environmental concerns.

“Celebrity vegan cook Sarah Kramer is being brought over from Canada to advise on ingredients for the reworked royal wedding cake,” the post said.

The report was, of course, just an April Fools’ Day hoax. While Kramer won’t be crafting an egg-free, dairy-free cake for Prince William and Kate Middleton this coming weekend, she will be taking part in the in the third annual Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale along with more than 140 groups across six continents from April 23 through May 1.

“My favorite thing in the world is to watch someone who isn’t vegan eat a vegan cookie and watch their eyes open,” Kramer says. “I’m changing people’s minds one tummy at a time.”

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Coffee klatsch
April 27th, 2011
05:00 AM ET
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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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