April 17th, 2012
05:11 PM ET
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TMZ and other sources report that Miley Cyrus was rushed to the emergency room on Monday night after wounding herself with a knife while cooking dinner in her Toluca, California, home. Her mother and boyfriend, Liam Hemsworth of "Hunger Games" fame, took her to get the bloody cut stitched up at a nearby emergency room.

We've been there, Miley. We've been there. And we have the scars to prove it.

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It's pronounced hos-pi-tal-it-tee
April 17th, 2012
03:00 PM ET
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You say broo-sheh-tah. I say broo-ske-tah. Should we just call the whole meal off?

Dining out gives people a night off from cooking and clean-up duty, but it can also serve up a buffet of pronunciation pitfalls.

The Wall Street Journal recently revealed that, after years of testing, Olive Garden’s gnocchi sales finally took off after the dish was further described on the menu as “traditional Italian dumplings.”

In the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, a study titled “The name-pronunciation effect: Why people like Mr. Smith more than Mr. Colquhoun” further proved people are more likely to favor easy-to-pronounce names than difficult-to-pronounce ones. In the case of Olive Garden, traditional Italian dumplings (Mr. Smith) won the popularity contest against gnocchi (Mr. Colquhoun), and added an extra comfort level for diners.

Box lunch: Postseason for wings and pizza's bubbly match
April 17th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • How wing restaurants plan to score in the postseason. - NRN

  • Is the man who eats raw hearts, live scorpions and eyeballs on YouTube just another stunt eater or a reminder that food choices are based on culture and prejudice? - Guardian

  • If our food is in plastic food packaging that's a major source of "potentially harmful chemicals," what does that mean for our food? - Washington Post

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Teamsters strike may kill off Twinkies. Let the hoarding commence.
April 17th, 2012
10:45 AM ET
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The maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread heads to court Tuesday to try to throw out its union contracts, in a battle that leaves the iconic baker's future very much in doubt.

Hostess Brands, which makes Ding Dongs and a variety of other sweet treats, is asking the bankruptcy court in White Plains, N.Y. to tear up labor agreements, which would, among other things, allow Hostess to change how it funds union pensions. The hearing is expected to last two days.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, together represent more than three-quarters of the 18,500 workers at the company.

Tax Day restaurant deals, freebies and specials
April 17th, 2012
09:15 AM ET
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Feeling flush this Tax Day and looking to blow your whole refund on a single meal? You're in luck, because Triomphe restaurant in New York City is hosting a 12-course "Great Write-off" dinner at a mere $1040 a head.

While you're busy gobbling down caramelized foie gras and toast with ramp jam and Ossetra caviar with traditional accompaniments, the rest of us will be frantically clicking "like" on Facebook, shaking printer cartridges and rifling for couch change to take advantage of these national Tax Day food deals.

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National cheese ball day
April 17th, 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.

April is shaping up to be one cheesy month and today is no exception! April 17 heralds National Cheese Ball Day!

You can really take advantage of today's holiday by enjoying crunchy cheese puff balls, all covered in orange, or by bringing out your silver cheese spreaders to play with the classic appetizer, the cream cheese ball.

The origins have never been hazier for such a famous, kitschy favorite. But many point to vintage cookbook "Food of my Friends," written by Virginia Safford and published in 1944 as a source for the first printed cheese ball recipe.

Coffee klatsch
April 17th, 2012
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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