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SheKnows Editorial

At SheKnows Food, we spend a lot of time reading about — you guessed it — food (and drinks too!). And we’ve come across some stories that are too good to not share. Here are the food items from the week that you don’t want to miss.

Someone inexplicably bought a photo of a potato for $1 million

Dear potato photo purchaser: You are not helping the case for modern art. Apparently a European businessman shelled out more than a million dollars for a photo of a dirt-encrusted potato, taken by famous photographer Kevin Abosch. The print is just one of three versions in existence, but still — it’s a picture of a potato. Even the best photo of a potato ever taken surely shouldn’t fetch the same price as a suburban McMansion? And yet here we are. — The Independent

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Treat your date to smothered, covered hash browns this Valentine’s Day

Nothing screams “deal breaker” to me like having a date take you to Waffle House for dinner, but what do I know about romance? Apparently not much, as Waffle House has announced that it is now accepting reservations for Valentine’s Day — for the ninth year in a row. That it needs to take reservations at all boggles my mind, but I guess for some people the promise of chowing down on waffles with someone they love while basking in the glow of candlelight is too good to pass up.

Many of the participating locations will also decorate their restaurants and play love songs for diners who are celebrating Valentine’s Day. So if that’s your idea of a romantic night, maybe you’d better make your reservation now, lest someone gets your favorite booth before you do. — First Coast News

Wendy’s is investigating a potential credit card breach

Wendy’s is investigating a potential credit card breach, but so far they don’t know which stores have been affected, how long the breach has been going on or whether they’re still being compromised. In other words, yikes. Apparently the potential breach was noticed after unusual activity appeared on cards that had been legitimately used at some of the chain’s 5,700 locations in the U.S.

It sucks to think that giving in to your desire for a chocolate Frosty and some fries could have resulted in your credit card information being stolen, but as of now, nothing about the breach is certain. Until it is, be vigilant about checking your credit card statements for any unusual charges — it could save you a lot of trouble in the long run. — NBC News

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Falling coffee prices doesn’t mean a cheaper cup for us

Yay, coffee prices are finally falling! Boo, that means basically nothing for us consumers. The price of coffee has dropped 33 percent in the past year, but Starbucks actually raised its prices just over six months ago. So what gives? It turns out coffee accounts for only 20 percent of the chain’s sales. The price hikes are due mostly to employers trying to provide a living wage and educational benefits for their employees.

Anyway, when was the last time you saw a chain restaurant reduce its menu prices? Yeah, I thought so. Better get used to the price of your morning coffee slowly rising — no matter what the actual cost of coffee is, you can bet that prices will just keep increasing on the consumer end of things. — Eater

Cucumber recall update: Six dead, 39 states affected

The CDC just updated its recall report on a salmonella outbreak connected to cucumbers that began in September, and it’s a doozy. So far, six people have died, 888 cases of salmonella have been reported, and more than 39 states have been affected. The contaminated cucumbers were imported from Mexico, but the CDC and FDA have yet to trace the salmonella back to a specific farm. The cucumbers were sold in bulk bins, in cardboard flats displaying the label “Limited Edition” or “Fat Boy.” If you think you may have purchased one of the recalled cucumbers, you should sanitize any surfaces it may have come in contact with, and make sure to regularly wash your reusable fabric shopping bags too. You can learn more about the outbreak on the CDC website. — CDC

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