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Combo plate: A doughnut summit, Hungry Girl gets a TV show, Snooki discovers fried pickles, and more

June 14, 2010 |  1:02 pm


--Sweet! L.A. Metblog contributors organize the city's first "Donut Summit." Participants sample 200 doughnuts from more than 40 different shops. [Los Angeles Times]

--"Hungry Girl," a.k.a. Lisa Lillien, is taking her show on the road: She's joining the Cooking Channel later this year with a series that will feature her in the kitchen whipping up her calorie-saving recipes as well as helping "humans" navigate the supermarket aisles. Her newest book, "Hungry Girl Happy Hour," debuts June 22.

--Who you callin' tacky? Making boxed wine look chic. [Time]

--Eat this Word: Vacherin. [Delights and Prejudices]

--Snooki discovers the joy of fried pickles, as seen near the end of this MTV sneak peek of "Jersey Shore's" second season. Snooki explains: "It was a sliced pickle, but then it was fried." [Via Grub Street]

--Jimmy Dean, sausage entrepreneur, dies at 81. [Los Angeles Times]

--Larchmont says "No" to food trucks, plus: hooray!, the return of Evan Kleiman's pie-a-day project, both from Squid Ink

--Your pizza party, improved. [Yum Sugar]

--If you're hankering for sugar, you might want to go for the real stuff. Sure, you might save some calories with sugar-free cookies and candies, but what you get in return might not be worth it. [Los Angeles Times]

--Video: How Good Books is cooking up a publishing empire, thanks in part to the "Fix-It and Forget-It" crockpot series.

-- Rene Lynch

Photo: Dozens of people enjoyed doughnuts during "Donut Summit" held at Griffith Park on Sunday. The summit encouraged participants to bring as many doughnuts with them as possible to be judged by their peers. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times