Laid-off producer becomes proud pie maker
March 14th, 2012
06:15 PM ET
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Dave Tuttle has a passion for pie. "Let's face it. Pie is wonderful stuff,” he says. “It makes people feel great.” And it would be hard for anyone to argue that point, after seeing and smelling one of his signature double crusted fruit pies as it emerges, hot and steaming, from the oven.

But Tuttle's passion grew more out of necessity than culinary curiosity. After a 20-year career in film and television, Tuttle found himself unemployed in 2008 during the height of the recession, as the industry was shedding jobs.

"For about a year, I really made it full time to try to find a job, to get back into the business because that's what I had known for 20 years," Tuttle says. But after that year, there was still no job, and even less savings. It was time to try something new.

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The Capital’s food deserts
March 14th, 2012
05:00 PM ET
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The restaurants and grocery stores in the District of Columbia provide residents, workers and visitors with ample access to healthy, seasonal foods. As a result, it’s hard for many people to imagine the stark contrast to many of D.C.'s poorest neighborhoods, which have little or no daily access to fresh food.

According to the D.C. Department of Health, 55% of District residents are overweight or obese - including nearly half of all children. In some neighborhoods, the rate of overweight and obesity exceeds 70%. Lack of access to healthy food options in the lowest income communities has been cited as a major contributor to the crisis.

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March 14th, 2012
03:00 PM ET
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CNN's Suzanne Malveaux and Eatocracy's Kat Kinsman discuss the Paula Deen's lawsuit, diabetes medication deal and the reaction from critics and her loyal fanbase.

Watch Eatocracy on CNN Newsroom every Wednesday at 12:45 ET.

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McDonald's new menu with a side of inflation
March 14th, 2012
11:00 AM ET
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Some incremental changes are coming to a McDonald's menu near you – what are the implications?

Later this month, McDonald's will change some of its Dollar Menu items and it will begin offering an expanded value menu, including 20-piece chicken McNuggets, double cheeseburgers, chicken snack wraps, and Angus snack wraps, according to Reuters.

As we learned in a conversation with the company, McDonald's is focusing its menu on four tiers (not including combo meals):

Premium: $4.50-$5.50+
Core: $3.50-$4.50
Extra Value Menu (new): $1.20 to $3.50+
Dollar menu

In trying to understand the implications of what McDonald's is doing, a restaurant industry consultant and associate of ours had this to say: "I get a kick out of these corporate guys at Wendy's (WEN) and McDonald's pretending they have some magical formula for value pricing. It's 100% driven by food costs and customer behavior."

Read the full story on CNNMoney: "McDonald's new menu is about inflation more than value"

March 14th, 2012
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.

It's an all-out pie palooza because March 14 is National Pi(e) Day!

Clever you, you've already figured out that today's date, 3/14, also corresponds to a famous mathematical constant you learned in school: 3.14, also known as pi. So it would stand to reason that today of all days is a great day to celebrate something of a similar name, pie.

In 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives agreed that yes, America, we should have a Pi Day, although it was celebrated beginning in 1988 at the San Francisco Exploratorium. The staff and visitors would march about a circular space and eat fruit pies.

What's the usual way of celebrating Pi Day? Why indulging in your favorite pie and talking about the relevance of pi, of course! Pie eating contests are also welcome, or you can even make a pie with the pi symbol on it like our iReporters.

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Coffee klatsch
March 14th, 2012
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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