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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