The time Julia Child snorted, accidentally cut a guy and other fan tales
August 15th, 2012
08:00 AM ET
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Today would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday, and Eatocracy is celebrating her legacy. Fans sent in their favorite stories about the beloved TV chef and cookbook author.

‘You taught my dad how to cook’

Monica Bennett was 12 years old and heartbroken over her parents’ recent divorce when she moved to Ohio to live with her dad. On his own for the first time, her father had to learn how to cook for his daughter.

Night after night, Bennett found her father bent over Julia’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” preparing a feast for just the two of them. They enjoyed Boeuf Bourgignon countless evenings, but her favorite was Child’s crepes. Twenty-five years later, she carries on the crepe-making tradition – and other culinary adventures - with her own family.
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August 9th, 2012
01:01 PM ET
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Following the Chick-Fil-A controversy, Bread8 Productions digs deep into food and gay culture in Austin to see which foods are gay and which are straight.

iReport producer Jareen says:

Luismiguel4 says he and host Tim Young were inspired to create this tongue-in-cheek video in light of the Chick-fil-A controversy that sparked after the company's CEO expressed his thoughts on same-sex marriage public. 'We kind of thought things were blown out of proportion,' he said. 'People are already assuming that Chick-fil-A is strictly for family values, so we wanted to bring out that stereotype by asking which foods are straight and gay,' he explained.

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July 16th, 2012
04:44 PM ET
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iReporter Percy von Lipinski celebrates July's National Ice Cream week, by spotlighting Vancouver ice cream shop, La Casa Gelato. The ice cream shop gained popularity throughout the years, being featured in publications like Gourmet magazine, and visited by food and television personalities like Martha Stewart. La Casa Gelato is known for its unexpected flavors.
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Feeding a family of four for $100 a month
July 13th, 2012
01:45 PM ET
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To housewife Mavis Butterfield of Gig Harbor, Washington, saving money is a game. And she isn't afraid to roll up her sleeves to win.

No, this thrifty, coupon-clipping mother of two plans on growing 2,000 pounds of fresh food this year right out of her own back yard. Armed with 1.25 acres of planting space, Mavis says spending less on groceries and growing as much food as possible is great way to save those pennies.
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Got a question for Jamie Oliver?
May 8th, 2012
01:30 PM ET
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Chef Jamie Oliver will be sitting down with CNN soon, and you can take part in the interview.

Oliver is best known for his activism on improving the health of people around the world through better food buying choices and cooking know-how. He has hosted many TV series over the past 14 years, from "The Naked Chef" to "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution," and is the author of cookbooks including "Jamie at Home," "Jamie's Ministry of Food" and "Jamie's 30 Minute Meals".

Would you like to ask him a question? If so, upload it to iReport on video (please keep all questions under 15 seconds long).

Post your video by Friday, May 18 at noon ET, and you could see his response on CNN.com!

IMPORTANT: If you are under 18, please provide contact information for a parent or guardian, otherwise we cannot ask your question.
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iReport: Grow it and show it
April 19th, 2012
02:00 PM ET
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There are lots of reasons to grow your own food. It’s cheaper, safer, healthier, better for the environment, and even reduces stress.

So this year, we challenge you to grow one thing for your dinner table: Herb, vegetable, fruit … just one thing that you cultivate yourself.

Whether you're using a rooftop, countertop, or community garden, if you're blessed with full sun or none, we invite you to join the iReport kitchen garden club - and chronicle your successes and foibles through photos and video.

We'll all learn together.

Let's get started! See the garden assignment on iReport.
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April 13th, 2012
05:45 PM ET
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Caught up in the backyard chicken craze? Broadcast journalism major and iReporter Kayla O'Brien cracked the underground chicken culture ruffling feathers in Winter Park, Florida. Her report follows.

The Backyard Chicken Initiative is making an impact in Winter Park.

Some Winter Park residents want to keep chickens as pets. However due to an ordinance in the city it is currently forbidden. The Backyard Yard Chicken Initiative project wants Winter Park to follow the 500 other cities in the United States that have overturned similar laws in recent years.

The project president Rachel Whited is a chicken owner herself. She keeps her chickens in hiding to dodge any possible punishments from city code enforcers. As the leader of the group she is asking for people with an open mind to get involved with their cause.

"We are looking for people to come with us to the City Commission Meeting because physical people look even better than ink on paper," Whited said.

Read the rest at iReport and read our F.A.Q. on getting started with backyard chickens

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March 27th, 2012
04:15 PM ET
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We asked via iReport for your stories of that person, place, book, restaurant or dish that made you sit up and start to see food as more than just a three times a day chore. You eat every day, and you've got a story to share.

Every so often, we're sharing the most hunger-inducing and heartfelt ones right 'chere.

iReporter Chris Morrow ran into the judges of MasterChef - Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich - in a field and asked them who taught them to love food. Gordon Ramsay cited a certain French chef, but also had a few things to say about his steak-loving fellow countryman Piers Morgan.

Click tab two to see the video and submit your own touching tale of food fandom via iReport: Who taught you to love food?

Previously - Fame Bites: Piers Morgan

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March 26th, 2012
01:00 PM ET
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iReporter kdelizzle says she created a Hunger Games inspired cake for the bakery she works for in Florida. After she created the cake, which took her approximately five hours, she handed out samples at the midnight showing of “The Hunger Games” last Thursday, and says people really enjoyed it.

As for "The Hunger Games" movie, kdelizzle says she was blown away by the movie, and thought it really translated well from the books. Although she loved everything about the movie, she says she did find one particular highlight in the film, "I think Peeta was my favorite my character because he is a baker too," she says.

More from iReport at the movies: 'The Hunger Games' has arrived!

Previously - 'The Hunger Games' bucks hunter stereotypes and Life-sized Stormtrooper cake takes eaters to the delicious side

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